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Rough, calloused hands are a badge of honor at the gym: they mean you’ve been putting in the time and lifting big. But everywhere else, they’re not so great. Think about how often you shake someone’s hand out in the real world—do you really want them to feel like they’re running their mitts over sandpaper?
It’s more than common decency. Hydrated, smooth hands are healthier and don’t show signs of aging as quickly (just like the skin on your face). Plus, they just feel better. When skin gets dry, it cracks more easily and cracked skin is uncomfortable and, in some cases, painful. It’s an especially big problem in the winter, when cold temperatures, along with low humidity outside and the dry heat from radiators inside, conspire to suck moisture from your body at a rapid pace. It happens all over your body, but particularly on your hands, since they tend to be exposed to the elements more than your other parts.
Regular use of a hand cream can change all that. A good cream can take very dry hands back to smooth and hydrated in the blink of an eye and can make aging hands look less like the Crypt Keeper. It can even protect your skin from losing more moisture as the day goes on. Use any of these 12 healing hand creams to keep your paws healthy and protected year round. If not for you, at least do it for that poor soul who has to touch your calluses next time you shake hands.
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Best Hand Cream For Construction Workers
O’Keefe’s Working Hands Hand Cream
This old-school hand cream is top-rated on Amazon for a reason: it’s powerful, works quickly, and is unscented for guys that want major relief without smelling like they just put on cologne. It’s ideal to keep in your pocket or work bag and should be used frequently, but especially after you wash your hands (that’s when your moisturize absorption powers are at their strongest).
Best Lotion For Frequently Washed Hands
Neutrogena Hydro Boost Hand Gel Cream
Raise your hand if you’re not a big fan of heavy, greasy lotions. This gel cream is lightweight and fast-absorbing, so it won’t leave your hands feeling sticky or slippery. It’s powered by hyaluronic acid, same as your face moisturizer, to help skin cells retain more moisture.
Best Hand Cream for Cracked Fingers
Buckler’s Chapped Skin Remedy
An intense salve for very dry hands, this cream can also be used all over your body for immediate relief (cracked elbows, dry heels, rough feet). It contains aloe vera and shea butter to help quickly hydrate and protect skin.
Best Hand and Foot Cream
Lubriderm Daily Moisture Hydrating Body and Hand Lotion
If you’re wondering why you need a specific product just for your hands, this classic lotion can be used all over your body. The non-greasy formula moisturizes skin with the help of Vitamin B5 and we love that it comes in a big bottle so you can slather it on as needed.
Best Men’s Anti-Aging Hand Cream
Vaseline Clinical Care Hand Cream Dark Spot Rescue
Like classic Vaseline, this lotion contains petroleum jelly to help soothe and protect a compromised skin barrier. But it also has a healthy dose of niacinamide, a form of Vitamin B3, which helps to fade dark spots, which are frequently the first signs of aging to show up on hands.
Byredo Black Saffron Hand Cream
If there ever was such a thing as a status hand cream, this is it. Byredo—A cool guy fragrance brand—makes ultra-moisturizing hand creams in a variety of scents, but we like this best for the masculine, dark take on bright saffron. It smells like a fancy cologne, but won’t overpower everything around you.
Best Hand Cream For Wrinkles and Dryness
Perricone MD Cold Plasma Plus+ Hand Therapy
This hand cream has more in common with your facial moisturizer than the heavy lotions you’re used to using. It’s lightweight, sinks in quickly (like, within seconds) with no greasy residue, and is packed with hydrating and skin-protecting ingredients like shea butter. It also contains amino acids, which help to reduce signs of wrinkles by helping skin retain moisture.
Best Drugstore Hand Cream
Eucerin Advanced Repair Hand Cream
Dermatologist-favorite brand Eucerin’s hand cream is ideal for really dry, cracked hands. It contains shea butter to moisturize, ceramides to help build the all-important protecting lipid layer, and even has exfoliating properties to help get rid of dead skin cells.
Best Hand Cream With SPF
Supergoop! Forever Young Hand Cream with Sea Buckthorn Broad Spectrum SPF 40
Sun exposure is one of the biggest culprits behind aging – both on your face and on your hands. Not only does this rich cream have SPF40 protection against the sun’s damaging rays, but it also contains sea buckthorn which is said to help reduce the appearance dark spots. There’s also meadowfoam and argan oils in the mix to help moisturize and pump up skin with hydration.
Oars and Alps Dry Hand Repair Cream
Like the rest of the Oars & Alps line, this hand cream uses naturally derived ingredients like coconut and sunflower oils to moisturize thirsty skin and help repair damage that can come from dryness. The star of the show in this cream is shea butter, known for its ability to moisturize deep down into skin. And it’s all in a travel-friendly tube.
Weleda Skin Food
If clean, natural products are your thing, you can’t go wrong with the classic Weleda Skin Food. The intensely moisturizing cream is free of mineral oils, synthetic preservatives, and fragrances and can be used all over your body—even your face if you’re so inclined.
Aveeno Skin Relief Intense Moisture Repair Cream
The fragrance-free cream is packed with a “triple oat complex” which helps soothe skin and calm redness, making this one ideal for anyone with sensitive skin or other skin issues like eczema. It also contains ceramides to help build up your all-important skin barrier.
Jack Black Industrial Strength Hand Healer
You’re probably not surprised to find Jack Black’s cream on this list. Their products are popular because they work and this hand cream is no exception. It’s ultra moisturizing, thanks to macadamia nut oil and vitamins A and E.
Best Men’s Heavy Duty Hand Cream
Nivea Men Creme
This little tub of concentrated cream is ideal to use on the go. Pack it in your carry-on or backpack whenever you travel and use it anywhere on your body you need a little extra moisture, but especially your hands. A little goes a long way with this straightforward cream.
Caswell-Massey Centuries Sandalwood Hand Cream
This super rich cream contains natural soothing and hydrating ingredients like aloe vera, shea butter, hops, and avocado oil to take your hands from dry to supple in a flash. The sandalwood scent is masculine and warm, but won’t overpower the cologne you’re already wearing.
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