Over the past few weeks, the basic task of washing and sanitizing our hands has rocketed to the top of our self-care priority list. However, the increased frequency of this very responsible routine can result in dry and cracked skin. Although shopping in-store is currently out of the question, we can still have one of the best hand creams delivered via Amazon Prime® to soothe away any discomfort as quickly as the next day. If your current hand lotion is just not cutting it at the moment, we’re happy to help you find a richer formula.
To start, ingredient callouts are more than just buzzwords. Pay attention to hand creams, lotions, and salves that highlight the efficacy of plant butters (shea butter works magic!), waxes, and oils. You should also keep an eye out for ingredients that you might recognize from your face care formulas. And, if you’ve always thought of glycerin or vitamin E as basic, think again; they’re both superb for treating scaly, itchy hands.
In a pinch, a body lotion can do just fine, but there’s a reason hand creams are a category of their own. Unlike body creams, hand care formulas are designed to provide instant relief and to absorb quickly (so you can continue your keyboard or iPhone® activity smudge-free). That said, don’t ask your foot cream to double as a hand cream, since many contain cooling ingredients, such as menthol, or exfoliating acids — both of which can be irritating to dry hands. Below, we’ve rounded up moisturizers that heal dry hands in a snap — all of which you can order and receive ASAP on Amazon Prime.
L’Occitane® Shea Butter Hand Cream
There’s a reason L’Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream is one of the most beloved hand creams on the market. What’s the allure? Chic aesthetic aside, the rich cream-to-balm is formulated using a 20% concentration of nourishing organic shea butter to soothe and protect dry, cracked skin on contact. If you find the texture too heavy-duty at first, here’s a pro tip: the dense cream can take a few minutes to absorb, so make it a night table staple and slather it on before you go to sleep.
The Body Shop® Hemp Hand Protector
Long before cannabis became the “it” ingredient, The Body Shop introduced a body care line infused with fair trade hemp extract completely free of THC, including the bestselling Hemp Hand Protector. If your skin dries and cracks easily after multiple washes, this creamy formula will instantly hydrate and protect it with cannabis sativa oil, beeswax, and vitamin E. Do you feel lost without a tube of hand cream on you at all times? We hear you. The packaging is super portable.
Weleda® Sea Buckthorn Hand Cream
Those with chronically dry hands need backup tubes of Weleda’s Sea Buckthorn Hand Cream — it’s as effective as it is lightweight, making it ideal to apply throughout the day. It’s also infused with omega-rich sea buckthorn oil, which helps repair and protect stressed or irritated skin. Plus, you’ll love the delectable (and natural!) scent, a blend of bright citrus and earthy sandalwood notes.
Goldfaden MD® Hands To HeartTM
As long as you’re nourishing your hands with hand cream, it’s worth exploring formulas with anti-aging benefits, regardless of your age. Truth bomb: the cruel effects of UV exposure and gravity are most visible on our hands. A daily application of Goldfaden MD Hands To Heart delivers a balanced dose of retinol, hyaluronic acid, and niacinamide to help counter loss of volume and address stubborn dark spots, while replenishing moisture levels depleted by constant handwashing. Bonus: it also treats dry cuticles and strengthens your nails.
Retinol shouldn't be used by women who are pregnant, considering getting pregnant, or nursing. Please consult with your doctor before use.
Mario Badescu® Special Hand Cream With Vitamin E
Mario Badescu Special Hand Cream With Vitamin E is proof that you don’t need to spend a bunch of money to get your paws on a nourishing formula. The lightweight texture glides on and leaves your hands feeling silky smooth without any dreaded greasiness. Because it’s packed with antioxidant vitamins A and E and skin conditioning wheat germ oil, it provides a much-needed moisture boost between hand washes.
AHAVA® Dead Sea Mineral Hand Cream
Fans of AHAVA Dead Sea Mineral Hand Cream have been slathering it on since the ‘90s — us included! — because of how soothing the formula is on stressed, dry hands. It features a marine salt extract packed with 21 minerals, but the “best of” list goes beyond sodium, magnesium, and potassium. The creamy formula is also infused with allantoin, an ingredient known for its soothing properties — something our overwashed and over-sanitized hands are in need of at the moment. We also can’t get enough of AHAVA’s signature clean floral scent.
Avène® Cicalfate® Hand Cream
We are so glad the once-difficult-to-pin-down French pharmacy favorite is now available on Amazon Prime. The Avène Cicalfate Hand Cream feels thick and goopy at first, but once you massage it in, it absorbs fully — no stickiness to speak of. This particular formula also includes a copper-zinc sulfate complex, which is designed to help typically dull and ashy hands look brighter. Plus, if your dry hands often become red or itchy, the brand’s thermal spring water will help soothe the discomfort on contact.
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