Don’t wait until summer for soft skin! A hydrating hand cream can reverse winter’s worst effects — like cracking and scaliness — and can even help prevent signs of aging and reduce the appearance of sun spots. But with a million options out there, how do you know which one to choose?
To make it easier, we asked our editors to share their favorite formulas, from CBD-infused to SPF-packed, that’ll transform dry skin to smooth and supple any time of the year.
Supergoop! Forever Young Hand
Cream With Sea Buckthorn SPF 40
It’s easy to forget how much our hands are exposed to the sun, but just like our faces, they need sunscreen, too! Supergoop’s hand cream makes it easy to nourish and protect at the same time with this formula that contains SPF 40. “When I turned 35, my skincare regimen got real — and that included my hands. The first sign that you’re getting old (sigh) is age marks, and your hands are not free from that reality. Even for those of us who use sunscreen religiously on our faces, most of us probably don’t use it on our hands. When freckles started popping up on the backs of my hands — and not just when I had been in the sun — I realized that hand cream with SPF was necessary, stat. “I already slather SuperGoop Everyday 50 on my face in the a.m., but now, I keep a pump bottle of SuperGoop Forever Young Hand Cream SPF 40 in my kitchen by the sink and a small travel bottle in my handbag. Prevention is key.” — Christine Anderson, executive director
Clarins Hand & Nail Treatment Cream
While pretty much any hand cream can be used to soften cuticles, this one actually strengthens nails, too. Along with adding moisture back to dry hands, the formula contains sesame oil and Japanese mulberry, which together act like a shield to protect hands from the elements.
AHAVA Dead Sea Mineral Hand Cream
With AHAVA’s hand cream, you’ll harness the benefits of the Dead Sea to hydrate your dry, windburned hands. The formula is rich with minerals, witch hazel, and allantoin, and it’s also great for softening cuticles. “I never thought I’d find a hand cream that I’d ever completely use up. I first came across AHAVA’s Mineral Hand Cream in a very small sample size, and I liked it so much that I had to buy the full thing. “This hand cream is scented, but it’s a subtle, clean, and powdery scent that reminds me of fresh baby wipes. It smells really nice and comforting on my skin. The cream itself is quick-absorbing, leaving my hands feeling very smooth and velvety, and it isn’t wet or pasty-feeling like most lotions. Basically, when my hands or feet need some TLC, or my legs need it after shaving, I’ll reach for this hand cream and apply it liberally to enjoy its soft feel and scent!” — Melanie Yates, senior home decor editor
TONYMOLY Peach Hand Cream
We’ve been fans of Tonymoly’s hand creams for years. Not only are they nice and hydrating, but they have affordable prices and come in playful packaging! The best-selling Peach version is also our personal favorite, and it contains shea butter, peach extract, and anti-aging adenosine. You’ll smile every time you pull this cute little fruit container out of your handbag.
Tocca Cleopatra Crema da Mano
Tocca’s Cleopatra hand cream is a cult-favorite that’s like wrapping your hands in a scented candle. You can also kiss dry skin goodbye thanks to the moisturizing blend of shea butter, avocado oil, and aloe. “As someone who has owned a lot of hand creams, I can tell you that nothing smells as good as Tocca’s Cleopatra. It’s no wonder it’s always selling out! I’m not usually a fan of scented lotions, but this one has an addicting mix of cucumber and grapefruit that’s smells sweet without overwhelming the senses. It also has shea butter, which does wonders for my always-dry hands.” — Ashley Phillips, beauty and style editor
L’Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream
You can bet that this best-selling balm from L’Occitane will save your skin from unnecessary dryness. A soothing blend of honey and almond extracts, coconut oil, and shea butter, this correction cream leaves hands feeling supple and smooth. “I love this hand cream for a couple reasons – it’s small enough to toss into my bag, it smells amazing, and it’s super thick and moisturizing — but not greasy. This cream comes in a bunch of other scents, but the original shea butter scent is my favorite and smells fresh and clean.” — Danielle St. Pierre, senior food and drink editor