The best hand creams to save your skin from post-hand sanitiser dryness
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Beauty Crew Digital Content Editor / May 19 2021
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.
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.
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.
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!
Grown Alchemist Anti-Bacterial Hand Cream
Like a multi-tasker? Then you’ll be wanting to add this innovative pick to your kit. Featuring an anti-bacterial formula that protects hands as well as hydrates, you can ease up on the hand sanitiser knowing you’ve got this little tube within arms reach throughout the day.
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.
La Roche-Posay Cicaplast Hand Cream
If your hands have turned on you to the point where you’re dealing with some serious skin issues like dermatitis and eczema then we think it’s probably time to bring out the big guns. That’s where this nourishing and restorative hand balm comes in. Suitable for everyone from mum to bub and the sensitive-skinned too, this is the pick we’re using to tackle chafing, dry patches, cracking, scratches and rough skin, and even superficial burns.
CeraVe Reparative Hand Cream
When it comes to injecting a bit of much-needed moisture back into skin, we have to admit you’re kidding yourself if you’re not using the kinds of hydrators that promote long-lasting moisturisation. Thanks to the addition of their signature triple-ceramide blend, this hand cream is not only going to hydrate hands, she’s also going to promote a healthy moisture balance and skin barrier.
Eau Thermale Avène Cicalfate Hands Repairing Barrier Cream
The hero ingredient in this hand cream is micronised sucralfate,a special kind of protein that creates a hydrating barrier to protect skin. Soothe fragile hands with this protective formula that includes the brand’s balancing thermal spring water, as well as copper and zinc sulfates to reduce the risk of bacterial infection.
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.
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.
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.
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.