Rigorous hand washing is the recommended thing right now (and do keep doing it). But it can also be harsh on your skin. Antibacterial soap can strip it of natural oils and antibacterial hand gel has a high alcohol content to kill viruses. No wonder the best hand creams are suddenly more than just a luxury.
Skincare is normally so focused on our faces that it’s understandable if you’ve never given your hands a second thought.
But right now they’re in need of some TLC, especially as they lack the daily dose of nourishing oils, serums and moisturisers that we treat our faces to.
So be sure to apply hand cream straight after washing your hands for 20 seconds.
Another bonus: the mood-boosting effects of massaging a hand cream into your skin, especially when it smells as good as the new Glossier Hand Cream (addictively fresh and musky at the same time).
According to the Touch Research Institute at the University of Miami, pressure receptors under the skin, when stimulated through massage, can affect the nervous system.
It has a meditation-like calming effect, slowing down your heart rate and reducing levels of the stress hormone, cortisol.
And let’s face it, we could all do with a bit of calm during these uncertain times.
So keep your paws soft and supple with one of the best hand creams below.
Best Hand Cream For Dry Hands
Trust Glossier to design a hand cream in a palm-sized pod with a flip-top lid for easy one-handed application. And we’ve not even got the best bit yet: the product inside. Hitting the sweet spot between a lotion and cream, nutrient-rich moisturisers (meadow foam seed oil and coconut fruit) absorb fast (about 5 seconds to be exact) before a virtually invisible film forms over the skin to protect it from aggressors. Clever, cute and also philanthropic as Glossier donated the first 10,000 units to US hospital workers.
Best Hand Cream For Age Spots
By now we’re all well rehearsed in the benefits of retinol for turning back the clock on ageing skin. This hydrating hand cream contains a micro-encapsulated version. The retinol is slowly released into the skin to tackle uneven pigmentation without irritation.
Best Hand Cream For Eczema
If you have eczema, the last thing you want to do is apply a product that will worsen or irritate it further. This contains probiotics to support your skin’s microbiome and keep it as healthy as possible. It’s also incredibly soothing so even the fussiest skin will be appeased.
Keep scrolling for a few more of Team Marie Claire‘s greatest hand cream hits.