Most of us are practicing more frequent, thorough hand washing during the COVID-19 pandemic—which is good for our health but not necessarily for our skin. If your hands are starting to look like lizard skin, it’s time to step up your lotion game. Discover the best hand creams to rehydrate your thirsty skin (and keep in mind that when it’s time to fly again, these will be a good bet for the plane as well).
CeraVe Moisturizing Cream
Frequently recommended by dermatologists (who also helped develop the formula), CeraVe Moisturizing Cream works by using essential ceramides to restore your skin’s protective barrier. It’s fragrance- and oil-free, and suitable for those with eczema and other skin conditions. Not just for hands, this thick cream can be used anywhere on the body, including the face.
O’Keeffe’s Working Hands
One of the best hand creams for dry, cracked skin, Working Hands helps restore moisture and recreate your skin’s protective layer—without leaving your hands greasy. It’s ultra concentrated, so you don’t need to use much to see results.
Burt’s Bees Ultimate Care Hand Cream
If you’re looking for a hand cream without strong fragrances or chemicals, consider this option from Burt’s Bees. Ingredients include baobab oil, pumpkin oil, watermelon seed oil, green tea extract, and no parabens or phthalates. The formula includes a gentle exfoliator to help get rid of dry skin.
L’Occitane Shea Butter Intensive Hand Balm
This thick, healing cream is composed of 25 percent shea butter, which soothes and hydrates ultra-dry skin. While it’s formulated for your hands, you can also use it on feet or other dry parts of the body.
Vaseline Clinical Care Extremely Dry Skin Rescue
This affordable hand cream is formulated for very dry skin, designed to restore the skin’s protective barrier. Fragrance-free and non-greasy, it is appropriate for sensitive and irritated skin.
Le Labo Hand Lotion
The soothing scent of Le Labo’s hand lotion was inspired by the hinoki trees that grow around the Buddhist temples of Mount Koya, Japan. Its vegan, cruelty-free formula features almond and safflower oil, moisturizing hands without leaving a greasy residue.
Clinique Deep Comfort Hand and Cuticle Cream
Clinique’s moisturizing formula is designed to condition both hands and cuticles, and is free of parabens, phthalates, sulfates, and fragrance to avoid irritating sensitive skin. It’s also free of oil so you won’t be left with a greasy feeling on your hands.
Soap & Glory Call of Fruity Hand Food
If fragrance-free isn’t your thing, pick up a tube of Hand Food, which smells good enough to eat thanks to a tropics-inspired blend of hibiscus, cantaloupe, and cedar. Nourishing ingredients include shea butter, macadamia oil, and vitamin E.
Aveeno Intense Relief Hand Cream
Affordable and soothing, this non-greasy cream from Aveeno offers long-lasting moisture that persists up to 24 hours and even stands up to hand washing. The fragrance-free formula incorporates oatmeal and other emollients that are easy on sensitive skin.
Weleda Skin Food Original Ultra-Rich Cream
Designed for “dry, rough skin on faces, elbows, hands, and feet,” Skin Food incorporates beeswax and oils for an ultra-moisturizing formula. Weleda’s products are not tested on animals and do not contain synthetic preservatives or fragrances.
More from SmarterTravel:
- Stop Touching Your Face If You Want to Stay Healthy
- 7 Travel Beauty Tips Experts Swear By
- How to Make Your Home Smell Like a Hotel Spa
Follow Sarah Schlichter on Twitter @TravelEditor for more travel tips and inspiration. Codey Albers contributed to this story.
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