Soothe and protect your hands with the w&h beauty team's favourite hand creams...
Our hands are one of the first give aways of our real age, so it’s a good idea to care of them all year round by using an age-defying hand cream. Regularly cocooning your mitts in nourishing cream throughout the seasons will soothe and protect them from dryness, dark spots and sunburn. The W&H team have tried hundreds over the years and we’ve put the best ones all in one place so you can protect your hands from the elements!
Whatever your skin type, a change in elements can be tough on skin. If you are chief cleaner, washer and cook in your household, your hands will be getting immersed in water constantly and this constant change of moisture can also cause the skin to chap. But there are several simple steps you can take, including using hand lotion, to soothe sore, red or uneven skin.
Each of these replenishing lotions provide long-lasting relief from dry skin, working hard to heal as well as hydrate. If you have sensitive skin, look for natural formulas packed with high-quality, organic ingredients like nourishing shea butter, sweet almond oil and beeswax.
With beautifully delicate scents including jojoba, fig and grapefruit, and in a range of prices to suit all budgets you’ll be able to find a transeasonal hand cream that you’ll want to use again and again.
Our current favourite is Mavala Hand Cream Tube With Collagen, £12.65, drenched in plumping marine collagen the award winning formula seeps deep beneath the skins layers to soften, hydrate and improve pigmentation.
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Lavender isn't everybody's thing, but this Nourishing Hand Cream really could be. It's light, sinks in speedily and leaves tight, dry hands feeling comfortable thanks to vitamins B5 and E. As well as classic British lavender, it has notes of patchouli and musk. The blend is present without being overpowering, so you'll carry a whisper of fragrance with you all day.
One for hands in dire need of help, Dr Ceuticals Hand SOS is a thick, cleanly scented balm packed with super-healer lanolin as well as moisture retaining glycerin and rich cocoa butters. It sinks in surprisingly quickly, instantly comforting chapped or dry hands, then over time can help to heal cracked skin, blisters or build-up.
Gallinee La Culture Hand Cream is a little thicker than most, but that's not a bad thing. Slather this on dull, dry hands before bed, allow the shea butter, probiotic and lactic acid-infused formula to do its thing overnight and wake up to plumped and exfoliated hands. The tube is on the small side bit a little goes a very long way.
Elemis has a knack of making everyday products feel a little bit special and this British Botanical Hand & Nail Butter is no exception. It's got essential oils of lavender and geranium, so smells delicious in a soothing way. And, despite being called 'butter', is actually fairly light to apply, so sinks in beautifully and allows you to get on with your day feeling softened and smoothed.
This is not a drill, we are seriously suggesting you use a product designed for horses, and here's why: Hoofmaker has been knocking around since the 70's to nourish brittle hooves, but as many a horse owner discovered, this light protein-enriched lotion works a treat on human hands too. It smells delicious - like summer - it's got great 'slip' so you can really work it into your hands, nails and cuticles before it disappears. Then, when it does disappear, it's gone for good. No grease, no weird tacky residue. Hands feel plump and peachy and aforementioned protein strengthens your nails with every use. As an added bonus, the giant 170ml tube costs a mere £8 so it'll last forever.
Containing witch hazel, walnut leaf extract and vitamin E, Susanne Kaufmann's hand cream works to protect the skin from drying out and absorbs quickly. None of that unpleasant greasy feeling here, just velvety soft hands in an instant!
If you're a sucker for pretty packaging, or something that smells nice, then this is your product.
Blended with white truffle extract, rhubarb and rose this Molton Brown cream will keep hands healthy, moisturised and smelling delicious.
If your beauty cupboard is lacking a hand cream then definitely try this award winning hand protector from The Body Shop. It's guaranteed to help you achieve super soft mitts and with a £5 price tag it makes a super bargain buy.
This refreshing, non greasy hand cream contains a botanical blend of soothing echinacea and toning hops, as well as antioxidant-rich beta-carotene and vitamin E. This uplifting cream works to soothe and protect the hands and is available to buy from the Liz Earl website.
Regenerate and repair the skin on your hands with this essential cream by Tata Harper. This miracle product locks in moisture AND helps to get rid of wrinkles - grab it before it goes at Net-a-Porter.
For instant hydration, try this fast absorbing hand cream from Boots. Containing natural plant extracts such as Hibiscus, it also works as an exfoliater for the skin. Well worth the £2.17 price tag then!
Protect your hands against enviromental damage whilst keeping them soft and supple with this luxurious hand cream by Eve Lom.
Our favourite thing about this thick, beautifully scented cream? How quickly it sinks in, and without leaving any grease - making it perfect to keep on your desk.
The bryophyllum extracts in Dr Hauschka Hand Cream hydrate the skin, while natural oils and waxes (including jojoba and beeswax) soothe and protect.
The bargain Neutrogena Norwegian Formula Hand Cream is iconic for a reason - it really works. A tiny dab will sort out even the driest skin, and there's a Norwegian Formula product for every eventuality.
A high glycerin content draws moisture from the air and within your skin, while the hydrating ingredients seal it into the top layer of skin for long-lasting relief.
The iconic cream, in a formulation developed for the hard-working skin on your hands - we love Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Intensive Moisturizing Hand Treatment.
Giving a whole day of softer skin, this gel cream is quickly absorbed, softening chapped winter skin.
This bargain buy fixes one of the worst winter beauty bugbears - reddened, rough skin. The quickly-absorbed skin even sticks around even after washing hands.
Johnson's 24 Hour Moisture Hand Cream is blended with conditioners, moisturiser and oils to help fight tightness, flakiness and dullness.