Is there anything worse than chapped, dry hands? It can often be so distracting that it makes focusing on work difficult due to the irritation it causes. It would be nice if any old lotion would take care of this annoying problem, but unfortunately the market is saturated with 'moisturizers' that only help temporarily before we find ourselves spending more money on a longterm solution.
Skip the drugstore hand creams and opt for one of these formulas, specially designed to heal your skin from the inside out and help your body better hold in moisture going forward -- plus, they only cost a few dollars more than the chintzy stuff you were using before. Trust us, it's worth it.
Read on for the 5 best hand creams you'll be thankful you invested in!
1. L'Occitaine Pamplemousse Rhubarbe Hand Cream, $12
Not only is this hand cream the texture equivalent of rubbing butter all over your hands, but its scent was designed by pastry chef Pierre Hermé to subtly smell like grapefruit and rhubarb -- a nice reminder that the cold weather won't last forever.
2. Kiehl's Since 1851 Ultimate Strength Hand Salve, $22
Kiehl's tends to be the gold standard of skincare products, and this hand salve only supports the brand's good reputation. This hand lotion is thicker than most, but it contains botanical oils as well as natural wax derived from olive oil to condition dry, damaged skin.
3. Buckler's Chapped Skin Remedy, $10
This back-to-basics skin repair formula is heavy duty without being oily. Certified vegan, this balm contains chamomile and calendula extracts, aloe and shea butter. The formula is also paraben-free and does not contain perfumes or artificial colors, so you can feel good about what you're rubbing into your skin.
4. Yu-Be Moisturizing Cream, $16
This Japanese lotion was created by a pharmacist in 1957 and uses tons of moisturizing glycerin to heal chapped hands. Today, Yu-Be is known as one of Japan's classic beauty brands, with its lifespan of over half a century serves as evidence of how well it works.
5. Ahava Mineral Hand Cream, $23
This hand cream uses aloe vera, witch hazel and allantoin to soothe dry, cracked skin and provide natural moisture, plus its enriched with minerals for healthy skin healing. With Ahava products, you always know you're in good hands (pun intended). Created with water from the Dead Sea, natural lotions like this one are sure to heal even the driest of skin.
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