7 expert and shopper-approved creams to keep your hands moisturized


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Keeping your hands clean and sanitized is an everyday routine that we all hold in high esteem, but after the deed is done, who wants cracked, ashy hands? — Um, no one!

To maintain both germ-free and moisturized hands, we’ve compiled a list of our seven favorite hand creams, gels and lotions. These dermatologist-recommended and customer-approved products range in price from $4 to $19, so there’s sure to be something here for everyone.

Shop: Gold Bond Ultimate Intensive Healing Hand Cream, $3.89

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This cheap and cheerful option may be the least costly, but it certainly does not lack in quality and richness. Offering an amazing bang for your buck, Gold Bond’s Ultimate Intensive Healing Hand Cream uses petroleum to help restore smooth, soft and healthy skin.

Shop: The Body Shop Shea Hand Cream, $4.20 (Orig. $6.00)

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A customer-favorite across the country — chances are, you’ve already seen someone pull this bad boy out at some point in time — the Shea Hand Cream by The Body Shop boasts one of the most hydrating formulas out there. Infused with the scent of shea, this lightweight cream absorbs quickly into the skin and helps soften and protect the hands.

It currently remains a best-seller on the brand’s native website, with shoppers dubbing it “the best hand cream for very dry skin.”

Shop: Neutrogena Hydro Boost Gel Hand Cream with Hyaluronic Acid, $4.41

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While Neutrogena’s Hydro Boost line currently stands as one of its most commercially successful and shopper-approved releases to date, many aren’t aware that the line also features a hand cream — and it’s pretty darn good.

Coming in a gel-like texture, this hand-moisturizing agent is said to be unlike any other creams tested for hands. In addition to boosting moisture, the light texture lends to a quick-absorbing application — Not to mention, it smells like fresh laundry.

Shop: Burt’s Bees Almond & Milk Hand Cream, $8.69

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Dr. Caren Campbell, a San Francisco-based dermatologist, explained that our hands often need “barrier ingredients like paraffin to keep moisture locked in.” One product that shoppers say does this perfectly is Burts Bees’ Almond & Milk Hand Cream.

Formulated with sweet almond oil and vitamin E, this rich and heavily hydrating hand cream works to restore the moisture in dry hands while the beeswax — an ingredient that runs throughout the entire brand’s product lineup — locks it all in place.

Shop: Supergoop! Forever Young Hand Cream with Sea Buckthorn and SPF 40, $14

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A particular favorite of New York City-based dermatologist Dr. Hadley King’s is the Supergoop! Forever Young Hand Cream with Sea Buckthorn. Packing much more than moisture-locking ingredients into its recipe, this cream aims to also fight hyperpigmentation and aging and even offers UV-ray protection.

“It combines sea buckthorn fruit to lighten dark spots and argan and meadowfoam seed oils to hydrate and moisturize without feeling greasy,” Dr. King said. “And the SPF 40 protects your exposed skin from UV damage.”

Shop: Jack Black Industrial Strength Hand Healer, $15

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Jack Black is a trusted brand in body care so it comes as no surprise that the company boasts one of the most customer-loved hand treatments on the market.

The Jack Black Industrial Strength Hand Healer is described as “an amazingly rich, non-greasy hand cream that provides intense healing benefits.” Dubbed “the hardest working hand cream in the business,” this product’s formula is made with intensive moisturizers and conditioners that help reduce the appearance of calluses and is said to heal “unsightly cuticles.”

Sephora shoppers can’t stop raving about its benefits with one gushing that it really does “have healing effects.” Another also heralded it as “the best cream for chronically dry hands.”

Shop: EltaMD Silky Hand Creme, $19

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This final option may be the priciest of the bunch, but it can also be considered the overachiever. Another favorite of Dr. King’s, the EltaMD So Silky Hand Creme goes above and beyond in the hand care game.

“The formula combines ceramides, emollients and vitamin E to nourish dry skin, and sclareolide, a plant-derived ingredient that helps to lighten dark spots,” Dr. King explained.

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