When the mercury drops, your hands are the first to show it. The combination of delicate skin and constant beatings, from hot soapy dishwashing to icy winds, can leave otherwise pretty hands chapped, rough and ragged. Many, many hand creams, lotions, salves and balms exist, but these top-rated picks truly restore and leave hands happy.
The Body Shop Almond Hand & Nail Butter
The Body Shop’s cult-favourite body butters have enjoyed monster success and for good reason: they work. Their specially formulated Almond Hand & Nail Butter is basking in the same consumer love, as it magically packs in restorative almond oil to repair and soothe both skin and nails, leaving behind silky skin and no greasy feeling.
This iconic tube has award-winning status, and for good reason. A whopping 20 per cent of this moisture-rich formula is shea butter, which quickly absorbs and deeply moisturizes. Also enriched with honey, almond, grape seed, and coconut oil, the only thing better than this hand cream is the delightful scents, like cherry blossom and rose petals, it comes in.
One Minute Hand Scrub
Creams will go much, much further and moisturize much deeper if dead, flaky skin is sloughed away first. L’OCCITANE’s hand-specific One Minute Hand Scrub is specially formulated for delicate, damaged paws and goes “hand and hand” with their hand cream; shea oil compliments the shea butter-rich hand cream, while organic sugars gently soothe and smooth.
FRESH Brown Sugar Hand Cream
A similar ingredient list (and divinely intoxicating scent) is shared with both FRESH’s Brown Sugar Hand Cream and the ultra-popular Brown Sugar Body Polish, but the formulation is what sets them apart. Whipped, airy and ultra-lightweight, this hand cream sinks in deeply and quickly, leaving skin supremely moisturized and nourished thanks to softening brown sugar and Vitamin E.