These Hardworking Hand Creams Are Guaranteed to Nourish Dry, Cracked Hands

When it comes to our skincare routines, we’re happy to dedicate a serious amount of time to make sure they’re thorough and effective. If you think about it, it makes sense. Considering that the skin on our faces is exposed to all of the elements all day, every day, it’s safe to assume that it needs a little more TLC than the skin on the rest of our bodies, which is, for the most part, protected by our clothes.

With that being said, besides our faces, there is another part of our bodies that faces the wrath of the great outdoors but doesn’t seem to receive nearly as much attention. That’s right—just like how external aggressors can force our skin into a panic, potentially resulting in dryness, oiliness, breakouts or sensitivity, the skin on our hands can suffer too.


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And it’s not only the cold weather than can turn previously soft hands dry, cracked and sore. From drying hand soaps to irritating surface cleaners, the skin on our hands can react badly to a number of things throughout the day. It’s imperative, therefore, that we do all we can to make sure we give our hands all the moisture they need to ensure skin remains soft, supple and comfortable.

And trust me, I know the perils of applying greasy hand creams all too well. There is little I hate more than the feeling of coated, slimy hands. Therefore, I have made it my personal mission to find some of the very best hand creams out there that don’t make me go "ick." So if like me, you dislike the feeling of greasy hands, but hate dryness even more, keep scrolling for the most nourishing hand creams and balms out there.


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1. L'Occitane Shea Hand Cream

2. The Body Shop Hemp Hand Protector

3. Chanel La Crème Main

4. Haeckels Eco Marine Hand Balm

5. Aesop Resurrection Aromatique Hand Balm

6. Diptyque Luxurious Hand Balm

7. This Works Perfect Hands Intense Moisture

8. Neutrogena Norwegian Formula Hand Cream 

9. Rituals The Ritual of Ayurveda Hand Balm

10. Jo Loves Seville Orange and Neroli A Hand Lotion

11. Miller Harris Scherzo Hand Cream

12. Byredo Blanche Hand Cream

13. Jo Malone Vitamin E Hand Treatment

14. Soap & Glory Hand Food Hand Cream

15. Jurlique Rose Hand Cream

16. Nursem Caring Hand Cream

This story was originally published at an earlier time and has since been updated.

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Shannon Lawlor is a renowned beauty journalist and has contributed to Who What Wear’s beauty content since 2020. As a leading beauty editor, expert and brand consultant, she has over eight years of experience working for some of the industry’s most esteemed titles, including Who What Wear (of course), Glamour UK, Stylist, Refinery29 and Fabulous.

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