Stocksy / Beatrix Boros
The best hand cream is one that protects from sun damage, prevents fine lines and brown spots, repairs existing damage and leaves skin (as well as cuticles) soft and supple. Oh, and it needs to sink in fast. Thankfully, there are new-gen hand creams and some cult classics that do all those things and more. More? Yes, and one even prolongs the wear of your manicure.
Not a fan of creamy textures? We hear you, which is why we've included an oil and multiple serums that do the job of a hand cream without any residue.
And while some of these hand creams may be pricier than your average, it's worth remembering that our hands are often the first places to show the signs of ageing because they're always out in the open—being ravaged by the environment, over-zealous anti-bac use or too much washing up (dull as dishwater, literally) can accelerate the ageing process to no end. Here we reveal the 12 best hand creams.
Jean-Louis Sebagh, MD, is a London-based cosmetic doctor with 30 years of experience, which he has ploughed into this hand cream to sit alongside the rest of his product lineup. This hand cream contains hyaluronic acid—a hydrating molecule often found in skincare to leave skin plump and smooth.
As a hand cream powerhouse, this boasts skin-repairing vitamin B5 alongside hyaluronic acid. It also protects from the sun with a hefty SPF 25 and fends off pollution.
Become a Beauty Pie member (£10 per month), and you'll be able to get this hand cream for just over £5. It contains retinol, which is considered the gold standard ingredient for anti-ageing since it tackles everything from pigmentation and fine lines to skin cell turnover and texture.
Ameliorate's hand treatment promises to work for 12 hours. Lactic acid gently exfoliates while also stimulating new skin cell renewal. Oat oil, shea butter and barley extract leave hands impossibly smooth. Ideal if your hands are seriously dry or chapped.
This serum—which is described as an overnight "facial" for hands—combines eight antioxidant- and omega-rich oils that repair and nourish your skin while you sleep.
You can never go wrong with Elizabeth Arden's products. This one provides eight hours of moisture to the hands and is never greasy.
Prefer your skincare to be natural and organic? Then let me introduce you to Yope. This hand cream contains shea butter and vitamin E to moisturize, while argan, coconut and olive oils strengthen and nourish the skin. Anti-inflammatory and antibacterial sage extract protects and soothes, while green caviar smoothes the skin. Vitamin E fends off environmental damage that can cause premature skin ageing.
Specially created for nail polish wearers, this hand and polish cream helps bolster the longevity of your manicure. It contains jojoba and avocado oils, soothing colloidal oats and copper extract to restore skin.
Dull-looking hands? The alpha hydroxy acids in this hand cream will gently nibble away at dead skin cells to unveil brighter-looking hands in no time.
Not a fan of heavy creams? Try this light yet hydrating oil. Argan, macadamia and sesame oils restore the skin's elasticity, so hands feel soft and supple again.
Originally formulated for horse hooves, this makes light work of dry, callused human hands.
Have you seen a chicer hand cream? This Scandi hand serum contains a hefty dose of retinol, so if texture and tone are your issues (think crepey skin and brown spots), then this should be top of your list.
Consider your dry, cracked knuckles a thing of the past with one of these diligent hand creams.