14 of the best hand creams to save your skin from post-hand sanitiser dryness
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Beauty Crew Digital Content Editor / April 16 2020
With the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak dominating headlines, health authorities are advising one of the best lines of defence against spread of the disease is regular hand washing and sanitising. But, all this hand washing and extra use of alcohol-based sanitisers can leave your skin feeling rather dry and rough.
Below, we’ve rounded up the best nourishing hand creams to combat dehydrated skin and restore your parched palms to their former glory.
L’Occitane Almond Delicious Hands
Hailing from the iconic L’Occitane Amande range, Delicious Hands is enriched with almond milk and almond oil to hydrate hands throughout the day. And, we can't get past the smell of this goodie – it’s positively mouthwatering!
kōtia Revitalising Hand & Nail Cream
The hero ingredient in kōtia Revitalising Hand & Nail Cream - deer milk - may not be one you see around a lot (it's actually the only brand to use it!), but it's one that your rough, dry hands will love. Packed with vitamins and minerals, this rich hand cream is insanely nourishing and conditioning, so it'll have your hands (and nails) feeling soft and smooth in no time.
Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour® Cream Intensive Moisturizing Hand Treatment
First created in 1930, Elizabeth Arden’s Eight Hour® Cream Intensive Moisturizing Hand Treatment was christened with its name after a client of Elizabeth’s used the cream on her child’s skinned knee. Eight hours later, the skin had healed. The gel-cream formulation is quickly absorbed by the skin and hydrates for up to eight hours.
Neutrogena® Norwegian Formula Hand Cream
Inspired by the glycerin-based hand preparations used by fishermen in the harsh, cold Norwegian climate, Neutrogena developed this ultra-nourishing formula which leaves dry, chapped hands noticeably softer after just one use.
ECOYA French Pear Handcream
Not only does this decadent hand cream moisturise skin and form a protective barrier against harmful elements, it also smells completely delectable! Notes of tree-ripened Queensland pears, rose and cinnamon make it an absolute treat to use.
Lush Helping Hands
Originally developed for nurses, Lush’s Helping Hands combines the natural antiseptic benefits of honey with African marigold essential oils and shea butter to calm and soften rough, cracked hands.
Sisley Restorative Hand Cream
Sisley's Restorative Hand Cream is an intensive formula containing a duo of moisturising active ingredients to soothe, repair and rehydrate even the driest of hands. It also cares for the cuticles and reinvigorates damaged and neglected nails.
Lanolips Milk & Honey Hand Cream Intense
Whenever much-loved Aussie brand Lanolips releases a new beauty buy, you know it's set to be a banger. Made with 98.6 per cent natural ingredients including triple lanolin, the new Lanolips Milk & Honey Hand Cream Intense surpasses all our hand hydration expectations.
Santa Maria Novella Almond Paste Cream
Santa Maria Novella Almond Paste Cream hails from the world's oldest pharmacies: Officina Profumo Farmaceutica di Santa Maria Novella in Italy and is said to be the first-ever product made by the Dominican Monks. Not only does it smell heavenly, the dense paste formula is incredibly nourishing and restorative for dry hands.
The Body Shop Hemp Hand Protector
This best-selling hand protector contains sustainably sourced, cold-pressed hemp seed oil which is a natural source of gamma-linolenic acid (GLA) AKA a very effective skin hydrator. Our tip? It's also perfect for use on cracked elbows and heels.
Mavala Hand Cream
Formulated with a potent 2 per cent marine collagen solution, Mavala’s Hand Cream definitely doesn't muck around when it comes to moisturising hands and preventing redness and roughness.
OPI Pro Spa Protective Hand Nail & Cuticle Cream
This clever multi-tasking hand, nail and cuticle cream is supercharged with ProSina, a protein-rich form of hydrolyzed keratin, as well as shea butter to care for the hands, strengthen the nails and protect the cuticles.
Duit Tough Hands For Her Intensive Skin Repair
Loved by builders and gardeners, this hard-working hand cream contains potent peptide complex to repair dry, calloused skin and reduce signs of ageing including fine lines and wrinkles.
Isobel is a Digital Content Editor at BEAUTYcrew, marie claire and InStyle. When she's not busy hunting for the latest beauty news, you’ll find her arranging her skincare collection in search of the perfect “shelfie.” Isobel was previously BEAUTYcrew's Junior Beauty Writer.