Winter has done a number on our hands. The harsh winds making them dry and cracked, not to mention the uptake in hand washing we’ve all been practicing during the pandemic. But don’t put yourself at risk of letting the virus get into cracks into your hands! Keep those paws moist and know spring (summer depending on where you are…) is our reward.
The swift rate at which we’re flying through hand creams right now is a bit scary, but luckily online shops are still open so you don’t have to worry about running out of the good stuff you won’t find on drugstore shelves.
And with the swift gust of spring looming, we’ve rounded up five of our favourite moisturizing hand creams to help make your at home life a little more luxurious over the next few weeks… or months?
This lovely non-greasy formula has the best minimal packaging and is chocked full of natural moisturizing botanicals like camellia seed oil, grape seed, wheat germ and rosehip oil that soften and smooth cracked hands. Cold pressed orange peel oil And vanillin give this cream its delicious creamsicle like scent while helping to repair damaged skin caused by oxidative stress.
It’s hard to resist the herbaceous vegetal formulas from Aesop, and this hand balm is no exception. It smells of refreshing mandarin rind, grounded by woody rosemary leaf and cedar atlas. The powerful botanicals work to soften the skin over time to deliver deep hydration to soothe your over washed hands. Keep a tube in your handbag, on your desk, and by your bedside and remember to apply regularly. This formula is also available in a large format pump perfect for you bathroom.
For those of you who are out of the habit of wearing perfume everyday, Byredo’s velvety smooth scented hand cream feels super luxurious and comforting. One of their earliest and most classic fragrances from Ben Gorham, Bal d’Afrique is an elegant blend of Moroccan cedarwood, vetiver, cyclamen, violet, African marigold, bergamot, and bucchu – a love letter to Africa. “It’s an imaginary journey as well as a complete celebration of how I see African culture and its influence.” Transport yourself to Africa without having to leave the house.
While most of the creams on this list come in the format of a metal tube, I love the ease of having a pump format lotion somewhere in the home. It’s a daily reminder that when you wash, you should moisturize every time, and I love this lightweight format infused with avocado oil, absorbent fatty acids and vitamin B5. It’s the kind of lotion you can put on multiple times in the day that isn’t so precious you feel bad when you wash your hands again in half an hour.
Shea butter is such a life saver and something we always look for in a hand cream because it absorbs into the skin and nourishes your skin quickly. One of L’Occitane’s best selling products, this hand cream also features honey, almond extracts, and coconut oil, for a rich fatty acid blend that quickly softens and moisturizes dry skin without being super greasy.