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The 10 Best Hand Creams of 2019

Hand Creams: The best of 2019

They’re truly our first line of defense — and attack — in our everyday lives. We plunge them into that not-so-mild bucket of cleaning solution to set to that long delayed spring clean with a will and sprinkle fertilizer with them, all because the manufacturer assured us we could.

And yet when it comes to giving them a delightful moisturizing treat, we often make them wait in line — somewhere pretty close to the back.

By now you’ve guessed that those long suffering and occasionally moisture-starved ‘buddies’ are our hands. Without treating your hands to the best hand cream you can find, you'll end up with cracked fingers, premature wrinkles, and uncomfortably dry skin.

But the good news is that it’s never too late to start taking great care of your hands. And in this guide, we’ll provide you with the best hand creams which will leave them moisturized and nourished with supple, smooth skin.

Editors choice

1. J.R. Watkins Hand Cream

8.75 / 10

The first thing we noticed about this product was its charming retro-style tube, as well as the fact that its manufacturer actually had 150 years’ experience in providing quality skin care and gaining several very satisfied customers as a result.

And right there and then we decided to give J.R. Watkins’ Hand Cream a try. After all, any manufacturer which had spent that long creating products which constantly delighted its clients was bound to get it right when it came to hand care too.

And we can confirm that it delighted us too, making us extremely glad that we did take the plunge and gave it a try.
It was smooth and thick, but easily absorbed by our skin when applied. And it kept our skin soft and supple throughout the day, keeping any unwelcome dryness and itching at bay.

But perhaps its effectiveness in this regard is hardly surprising given the fact that it comes filled with ingredients capable of taking great care of your skin. There’s shea butter, that natural plant-based oil which is renowned for its antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti aging qualities as well as its ability to heal scarring. There’s also another fabulous plant-based oil, cocoa butter, an excellent moisturizer which also comes with its very own set of anti-inflammatory and scar-healing super powers too. There’s also avocado oil, renowned for its moisturizing and skin healing properties, as well as glycerin, aloe vera and panthenol known for their ability to keep skin hydrated and smooth.

All these ingredients mean a hand cream which comes packed with anti-aging, hydrating and antioxidant protection.

And the icing on the cake is its delightful citrus fragrance which will make your hands smell like sunshine all day long.
If you’d love a product which not only smells great, but will also make your skin feel amazing, J.R. Watkins’ Hand Cream might just be what you’ve been searching for.

Key Features
  • A unique formula packed with natural oils and moisturizers
  • Excellent antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-aging protection
  • Smooth, non-greasy formula
Specifications
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 1.2 x 6.9 inches
  • Vitamin Types: Vitamins A, C & E
  • Product Weight: 3.36 ounces
  • Cruelty Free: Yes
Pros
  • Excellent antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-aging protection
  • Pleasant citrus fragrance
  • Excellent moisturizing qualities
Cons
  • May feel slightly greasy

If you happen to work in a profession that can be demanding on your hands or involves spending loads of time outside, such as catering, construction, gardening or housekeeping, for example, only a very special product will do when it comes to providing the restorative and protective care you deserve on a daily basis. And that’s where SALCOLL’s COLLAGEN Anti-Aging Moisturizing Hand Cream comes in. This rejuvenating elixir will encourage the healing of any minor injuries, provide long term hydration, banish any discomfort due to itching, while also encouraging the growth of new cells for smoother, younger looking skin.

And if you’re wondering whether it all sounds too good to be true — which it certainly does — we invite you to take a closer look at what it’s made of, just like we did.

The first thing which stood out to us and which differentiates it from other hand creams is the use of collagen which plays a key role in this product’s restorative qualities.

Also on the list is glycerin which will keep your skin moisturized and youthfully plump, as well as allantoin, which also comes with regenerative qualities of its own, in addition to its ability to reduce inflammation. And the fact that it’s also hypoallergenic and great for sensitive skin is also an added plus.

And having tried it out too, we can attest to the fact that our skin did love it and we’re pretty certain that yours will as well.

Key Features
  • A unique collagen-containing, restorative formula
  • Impressive anti-inflammatory and hydrating properties
  • Suitable for sensitive skin
Specifications
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 3 x 2 inches
  • Vitamin Types: None
  • Product Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Cruelty Free: No
Pros
  • Can be easily absorbed by skin
  • Capable of regenerating and hydrating skin
  • Capable of reducing inflammation
Cons
  • Consistency may be somewhat watery

There’s something endlessly fascinating about products manufactured by brands which have stood the test of time that never fails to draw us in for a closer look. Just how good will it be? Will it live up to the hype?

We found ourselves asking those same questions again as we snapped open our deliveries of Neutrogena’s Hydro Boost Hydrating Hand Gel Cream to see what it was made of and if our hands would love it.

We discovered a dermatologist-approved product which came with a mild, delicate fragrance and which made our skin feel like satin, and a tad plumper too.

The secret to that perfectly light moisturizing touch? Hyaluronic acid, renowned for its ability to hold up to 1,000 times its own weight in moisture — no mean feat — ensuring a reduction in wrinkles while providing antioxidant protection.

Our verdict after experiencing softer, plump skin and fragrant hands? This is one product which is pretty good and does live up to the hype. And perhaps the fact it does what it says it would on the packaging, is no surprise considering the fact that it is, after all, produced by a brand that knows a thing or two when it comes to skin care.
And you too can treat your hands to what is essentially happiness in a tube and get to give them the pampering they deserve.

Key Features
  • A light, hydrating formula
  • Dermatologist-approved and ideal for all skin types
  • Excellent hydrating qualities thanks to the presence of hyaluronic acid
Specifications
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 2.4 x 5.3 inches
  • Vitamin Types: None
  • Product Weight: 3.2 ounces
  • Cruelty Free: No
Pros
  • Suitable for all skin types
  • Excellent moisturizing qualities
  • A mild fragrance
Cons
  • May require frequent applications

It’s rich, hydrating and revitalizing and is not just ideal for moisturizing your hands, but is also ideal for caring for parts of your skin particularly prone to dryness. But what is the secret of the hydrating and restorative efficacy of Burt's Bees’ 100% Natural Hand Salve?

For starters, there’s its selection of natural oils which includes almond, olive and sunflower, all of which come with excellent antioxidant qualities. Also, included in that category is soybean oil, an efficient emollient, as well as beeswax and eucalyptus oil, renowned for their antimicrobial qualities.

There are also natural herbal extracts, including lavender, also capable of encouraging healing and reducing inflammation, and rosemary, which is capable of reducing inflammation as well.

Thanks to these natural ingredients, Burt's Bees’ 100% Natural Hand Salve is a superb remedy for hands regularly exposed to the wind and sun. Especially since all that’s required are small quantities for your skin to reap the rich dividends of its protective and restorative qualities.

Do we wish it was a little less greasy? We certainly do. But in spite of its slightly oily feel, there’s no denying that the hand cream contained in that delightfully quaint compact tin, is a very special treat that does what it says on its packaging.

Key Features
  • A unique formula consisting of natural herbs and oils
  • Excellent protective and restorative properties
  • Antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties
Specifications
  • Product Dimensions: 3.3 x 3.3 x 1.1 inches
  • Vitamin Types: Vitamins A & E
  • Product Weight: 3.04 ounces
  • Cruelty Free: No
Pros
  • Ideal for reducing inflammation thanks to the presence of lavender and rosemary
  • Capable of providing antimicrobial protection
  • Ideal for keeping skin smooth due to the presence of natural herbs and oils
Cons
  • May be slightly greasy

It’s hydrating, soothing and restorative. It’s also safe for diabetics and comes at an amazing price too.
But what is it about O'Keeffe's Working Hands Hand Cream which makes it an excellent choice and most likely deserving of a coveted spot in your beauty cabinet?

Surprisingly, the key to its effectiveness lies in three relatively simple ingredients, most of which belong to the categories mentioned above in our list of things to look for:
There’s water, to keep your skin supple, paraffin to lock the moisture against it while keeping it extra smooth, and glycerin to attract even more moisture too.

The result is an impressively effective formula which is perfect for chapped, dry hands and is even capable of restoring cracked skin marvelously.

Best of all, it’s non-greasy and will seep right into the skin of your hands where it will get to work at once.

All these amazing qualities mean that O'Keeffe's Working Hands Hand Cream is the perfect choice if you work outdoors or would love to protect your hands from the harsh winter cold and its attendant dryness.

If you’re in search of a product which lives up to its promises in every way, this mini-miracle in a jar, might be just what you need.

Key Features
  • A hydrating, soothing and restorative formula
  • A product which is ideal for diabetics
  • A unique formula consisting of safe, simple ingredients
Specifications
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 3.5 x 1.2 inches
  • Vitamin Types: None
  • Product Weight: 0.16 ounces
  • Cruelty Free: Yes
Pros
  • Non-greasy and capable of providing relief to sore, itchy skin
  • Contains glycerin which is an excellent humectant
  • Is suitable for use by individuals with diabetes
Cons
  • May have a slightly sticky consistency

Dermatologically tested, moisturizing skin care with a fresh, fruity fragrance? Count us in! However could anyone refuse a hand cream filled with the scents of summer and the ability to magically soften and restore their skin?

Especially when it’s light, easily absorbed and won’t leave any grease on your hands. Did we mention that it also contains beeswax? That means that this hand cream will not only moisturize your skin but will also provide it with antimicrobial and antioxidant protection.

But perhaps its most impressive qualities stem from its main ingredient, sea buckthorn oil. In addition to being capable of providing protection from extremely hot or cold weather, it also comes with rejuvenative qualities which enable it to encourage healing.

And that’s not all there is to it either, sea buckthorn oil is also capable of enhancing your skin’s elasticity and providing antioxidant protection too.

With all these amazing qualities, we were glad that we decided to try out Weleda’s Sea Buckthorn Hand Cream. And we won’t be surprised if you end up similarly charmed in the same way we did. In fact, we’re sort of counting on it.

Key Features
  • A dermatologically tested, moisturizing formula
  • A light citrus fragrance
  • Anti-inflammatory and antioxidant protection
Specifications
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 1.8 x 5 inches
  • Vitamin Types: Vitamins B, C and E
  • Product Weight: 2.4 ounces
  • Cruelty Free: No
Pros
  • A light, fresh citrus fragrance
  • Capable of providing antioxidant and anti-inflammatory protection
  • Capable of enhancing elasticity
Cons
  • Consistency may feel powdery

Products which come with a promise to transform everything in just one application are few and far between. And since we're in the business of unearthing rare gems, we couldn't help but wonder if we'd stumbled on another of them this time.

It didn't take us long to discover that we rather liked what we'd found. Especially since it seemed like an entire skin care routine provided in one elegant tube. But however was it going to live up to that bold promise to do what no other manufacturer had ever declared they could (as far as we could tell from all the digging we’d done)?

We decided to take a peek at its roll call of ingredients before dousing our hands in the stuff.

First up came alpha-hydroxy acids and ceramides which may be considered to have somewhat magical rejuvenating abilities.There was also shea butter too, that one emollient loved the world over for its ability to stave off dryness, encourage healing and reduce inflammation.

Deciding to slather our skin with it, we discovered it was also fragrant-free and nongreasy and easy for our skin to absorb.

We were also rather impressed by the fact that the manufacturer had gone the extra mile to have it tested by medical experts.

So did Eucerin’s Advanced Repair Hand Cream prove as marvelous it promised?

Those of us who got to test it overnight did awaken to supple, elastic skin, however everyone else who tried it on in the daytime felt they had to apply it often.

However, we all agreed that it made our skin feel wonderful and it’s pretty likely that it will make yours feel the same way too.

Key Features
  • A unique formula containing alpha-hydroxy acids and ceramides for extra hydration
  • Excellent anti-inflammatory and antioxidant qualities
  • Dermatologist-approved and fragrance-free
Specifications
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 2.6 x 6 inches
  • Vitamin Types: Vitamins A, C & E
  • Product Weight: 9.9 ounces
  • Cruelty Free: No
Pros
  • Capable of gently exfoliating and rejuvenating skin
  • Excellent anti-inflammatory and antioxidant qualities
  • Fragrance free
Cons
  • May feel slightly oily

Products which have been made for sensitive skin will always have a very special place in our hearts. Especially since they mean that almost anyone can get to experience how awesome they are.

Just like CeraVe’s Therapeutic Hand Cream which seems to have ticked virtually every box on the hand cream wish list.

After all, who wouldn’t love to have a skin care product from manufacturers conscientious enough to not only get it tested by dermatologists, but also approved by the National Eczema Association?

And that extra bit of care can also be seen in its very special formula which comes with three different ceramides (1, 3, 6-II) to provide an extra level of protection and restoration to your skin.

Also occupying top spot on that list of ingredients is niacinamide, one of vitamin B’s many incarnations which will bolster that protection, reduce inflammation and repair damage too.

We were also pretty impressed by the manufacturer’s patented MultiVesicular Emulsion (MVE) technology which imbues this product with the ability to release its goodness slowly throughout the day.

And as can be expected, only good things can result when that much love and care is poured into any product. And we were hardly surprised to note that CeraVe’s Therapeutic Hand Cream did make our skin feel extra soft when applied overnight and kept it feeling refreshed and satin smooth throughout the day too.

All these amazing qualities mean this is one hand cream which is an excellent option if you have sensitive skin and are in search of a product which will give your skin the care it deserves.

Key Features
  • A formula which is dermatologist approved
  • A formula which has been approved of by the National Eczema Association
  • Excellent protection and restoration thanks to the presence of three different ceramides (1, 3, 6-II)
  • Patented MultiVesicular Emulsion (MVE) technology
Specifications
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 1.9 x 6 inches
  • Vitamin Types: Vitamin B
  • Product Weight: 3.04 ounces
  • Cruelty Free: No
Pros
  • Suitable for sensitive skin
  • Excellent protection and hydration
  • Suitable for rosacea, eczema and psoriasis
Cons
  • May have a slightly sticky consistency

The next product on our list is reminiscent of a tropical paradise and is filled with goodies your skin will love.
There’s coconut oil, which is renowned for its ability to soothe any irritation as well as its antimicrobial and antifungal qualities.

There’s also shea butter, another popular natural emollient capable of reducing inflammation and encouraging healing too. What’s more, Yes To Coconut Hydrate & Restore Protecting Hand & Cuticle Cream also comes with passion fruit, grapefruit extract and avocado oil.

And that’s not all there is to this skin care product either. Because it contains vitamins A, C and E, it’s also capable of protecting your skin from all those free radicals lurking in the atmosphere, providing it with a rejuvenating touch.

In addition to being packed with natural ingredients which are great for your skin, it’s also free from those which have a less than stellar reputation such as parabens, SLS and petroleum.

And because it’s Leaping Bunny Certified, it’s also cruelty free, making it an ideal option for vegans. If you’d love a natural, fragrant product which will make your hands feel super soft while keeping your skin in excellent condition, this is one product which may deserve pride of place in your beauty cabinet.

Key Features
  • A special formula which is 97 percent natural
  • Excellent antioxidant protection
  • A cruelty-free product which is suitable for vegans
Specifications
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 2.4 x 5.9 inches
  • Vitamin Types: Vitamins A, C and E
  • Product Weight: 3.2 ounces
  • Cruelty Free: Yes
Pros
  • A product which is rich in natural skin care ingredients
  • Antioxidant, antibacterial and antimicrobial protection
  • An excellent option for dry skin
Cons
  • May cause breakouts on sensitive skin

The presence of certain ingredients in any skin care product always means good news. And almond extract, honey and shea butter happen to be included in such select company.

That's how we knew that there was no way we were going to pass up on an opportunity to check out L'Occitane's 20 percent Shea Butter Hand Cream.

Especially since we'd heard only good things about it before deciding to try it out and experience it for ourselves.

We must admit that we were pretty impressed with how easily our skin absorbed it and how quickly it set to work on our skin.

However, considering the fact that our skin loves honey as much as our palates do, it's no surprise that it got to bask in the humectant and healing qualities which come with this amazing natural remedy.

The presence of shea butter was also another added bonus too. This is especially true since it served to boost the healing and moisturizing properties of the honey while also providing antioxidant protection which was further enhanced by the almond extract also present in the formula, due to its high vitamin E content.

We must admit that we thoroughly approve of this offering brought to us by this company which started out in the French countryside.

And we think there's every chance you might too.

Key Features
  • Rejuvenating qualities due to antioxidant protection
  • Accelerated healing due to honey and shea butter contained in formula
  • Antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties due to the presence of honey and shea butter
Specifications
  • Product Dimensions: 2.1 x 1.6 x 7.2 inches
  • Vitamin Types: Vitamins A, C & E
  • Product Weight: 1.28 ounces
  • Cruelty Free: Yes
Pros
  • Excellent antimicrobial, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory protection
  • Mild delightful fragrance
  • Soothing healing qualities
Cons
  • May require frequent applications

What are the best hand creams made of?

The very best hand care products in this regard, are very often a delightful blend of the right ingredients, which will nourish, protect, and heal your hands:

Humectants

Your skin loves water and ingredients in this category will keep your hands thoroughly moisturized. Examples include: Aloe vera, glycerine and hyaluronic acid.

Occlusives

Often consisting of mineral and natural oils, they are an excellent choice for locking in moisture against your skin while being gentle with it at the same time and nourishing it too. Great examples include: Argan, coconut, olive oils and shea butter.

A low risk of allergic reactions

Having sensitive skin doesn’t mean you should get left out of taking care of your skin. Keep a sharp look out for hypoallergenic products which come with a dermatologist’s seal of approval.

Antioxidants

These ingredients will bestow a youthful, healthy appearance on your hands by keeping free radicals at bay and are an excellent choice if you happen to love spending time outdoors. These rejuvenating ingredients include: beta-carotene, vitamins A, C and E.

What perks can you expect from carefully selecting the best product for your hand care routine?

Smoother, supple skin

Between getting plunged into cold water to do the dishes, splashed in paint during redecorating DIY projects, our hands certainly deserve a touch of pampering.Hence, getting the right hand cream will make up for all the rigors they are exposed to daily.

Healthier nails

Our skin is far from the only part of us that gets to benefit from a soothing, hydrating dose of hand cream. Our nails and cuticles also benefit from a mini-makeover and look a tad more glossier than usual too.

Younger looking skin

Hand creams which come with natural oils, humectants, antioxidants and sunscreen, will not only protect, but will soothe and heal your skin, keeping it looking refreshed and youthful looking. After all, you treat your face to the best face creams you can find, why not do the same favor to your handworking hands?

Now we’ve examined the best qualities to look out for when selecting the hand cream that’s best for you and the benefits of using it regularly, we invite you to take a look at our list of the very best hand creams which have what it takes to keep those hands pampered and in great condition.

Resources — Everyday Health, Health Line, NiveaOur Everday LifeSkin City Blog

 

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