Though a plethora of in-depth studies and articles exist on anything and everything skincare, nailcare, haircare, and even scalpcare, there’s one key category that’s often overlooked. I’d go so far to say that this category is an afterthought for most of us.
I’m talking, of course, about our hands, aka the most overworked, underappreciated part of our bodies. Think about it: Our hands work hard all day and receive little to no respect. It’s about time we show our hands the gratitude and love they deserve.
Similar to the peculiar skincare regimen we religiously follow to reverse signs of aging and brighten our complexions, our hands crave the same attention. They, too, wrinkle due to sun exposure; chap and dry in the colder months; and could use a glow-up every once in a while.
Feeling guilty yet? Don’t panic. It’s not too late to begin your handcare journey. The first step? Discovering the right hand cream and using it throughout the day. Scroll to see 20 top-rated hand creams.
Average rating: 4.5/5. A tried-and-true hand cream. Bonus: It includes SPF, which is imperative in wrinkle prevention. "It goes on very nice and rubs in easily. I've tried other lotions with sunscreen, and they just don't apply as easily as Eucerin," said one reviewer who applies this hand cream every morning.
Average rating: 4.5/5. This vegan hand cream is comprised of 20% shea butter and olive oil, which work hand in hand with exfoliating sea salt to add moisture. "This is the BEST hand cream EVER. My hands and cuticles become so dry that I can snag a pair of stockings; this cream is so rich, and it literally heals my skin," exclaims a satisfied reviewer.
Average rating: 5/5. The ingredient, vetiver, reduces the appearance of dark spots, ensuring a balanced skin tone. "I'm pretty picky with scents, as I don't like overpowering perfume types. This is light and and refreshing," says one reviewer.
Average Rating: 4.7/5. Proven to deeply hydrate and nourish your hands without being greasy. "I live in a very cold part of the United States where the windchill can drop to -90º, and these products keep on working their moisturizing magic!" a reviewer comments.
Average rating: 4.5/5. Anti-aging hand lotion, check. "My hands also looked like I was 90. Not anymore!" says a reviewer who has struggled with extremely dry and cracked hands over the last 25 years.
Average rating: 4.8/5. Eleven dollars for a two-pack—not a bad deal. "A few people said the hand cream was too greasy. I think they put too much on. The package says 'a dab,' and that's what I used—well, I needed a bit more at the beginning with the eczema, but I sing the praises of this product! Wahoo!" advises a reviewer.
Average rating: 5/5. A natural product made up of some of the best extracts including, rosemary, lavender, coffee, pomegranate, green tea leaf, and more. "For those who hate the feeling of lotion, this is for you! I've lost count of how many different lotions out there that claim to be non-greasy, yet they all fail. This is the first one I've come across that actually is non-greasy!" a reviewer assures.
Average rating: 4.5/5. A lot of hand creams use vitamin E because it moisturizes and nourishes by absorbing quickly into the skin. "I keep this on my desk at work—not only does it keep my hands from getting dry, but the scent helps to keep me in a good mood. It's very subtle— not floral. One whiff and I was addicted," writes a reviewer.
Average rating: 5/5. Don't forget: Hand creams also smell amazing. They're the perfect afternoon pick-me-up. "My hands were quite spotted from years of sun, but most have faded away," says a reviewer who applies the hand cream nightly.
Average rating: 4.7/5. An all-in-one cream for your face, body, and hands. Now there's really no excuses for handcare. "It's not a high-end cream, and you won't break the bank, but feels like it," comments one reviewer.
Average rating: 5/5. This comes in multiple fragrances, so pick your poison. "I have tubes of it everywhere—one in my office desk, one in my purse, one in my bathroom at home, one in my car. It's the best hand cream for dry skin," one happy customer says.
Average rating: 4.7/5. Ahava is made with nutrients from the dead sea in order to keep your hands hydrated and healthy. "I'm a bit compulsive, so I did research online and bought the 10 best hand lotions based on lists and reviews from multiple websites. Anyway, this is by far the best hand lotion you can find," raves a reviewer who lives in a colder climate.
Average rating: 4.5/5. Does anyone else buy products because they're aesthetically pleasing? "The best thing, however, is the lemon cream smell… It's the BEST smell on the face of this earth," claims one customer.
For the extremely dry and chapped...
Average review: 4.8/5. I never travel without this guy. "This is the best hand lotion I've found yet. I work with my hands and wash them constantly throughout the day. I use this at night, and my hands haven't cracked yet since I've found this lotion," writes one pleased reviewer.
Average rating: 5/5. It's all in the name. "This is the ONLY product that keeps my hands soft all day! Since I'm an administrator, I'm always typing, so I can't have greasy hands," explains one reviewer.
Average rating: 5/5. Industrial strength sounds very serious. "When you first apply it, it's quite thick and almost chalky, but it absorbs into your skin quickly if you don't use too much. It's heavier and quite conditioning, and it *eventually* leaves your hands feeling matte. It takes about five minutes for the greasy, clammy feeling to leave your hands while it absorbs into the skin," one user notes on when applying the hand cream.
Average rating: 4.7/5. If this cleared my eczema, it can save your dry hands. "I bought this product looking for relief for my dried-out winter hands. They had gotten so bad they were cracked and bleeding, and nothing was saving them. Aveeno is a brand I trust, so I gave this a go," explains one user who now won't go a winter without it.
Average rating: 5/5. Working hand cream for working hands. "This products works just as advertised. Highly recommended," confirms a reviewer with extremely dry, chapped hands.
Average rating: 4.5/5. Don't forget, hand massages are important too. "This stuff works miracles," writes a reviewer who rock-climbs frequently. "Highly recommend for anyone needing relief from dry or cracked hands, as well as those whose jobs or activities shred their hands."
Average rating: 4.8/5. This First Aid Beauty cream aims to provide instant relief to dry and cracked hands, thank you. "This product along with my acne-care treatment has made my face the healthiest/clearest my skin has ever been!" exclaims one happy customer. Up Next: These 5 Common Moisturizer Ingredients Are Toxic—Here's What to Buy Instead