As we transition into fall, it’s not the skin on your face that needs protection (I mean, yes, it does—but there are other parts of your body that could use a barrier against cold, dry weather). The crisp autumn air can really wreak havoc on your hands’ moisture levels. Not to mention, mundane tasks like taking a hot shower or washing dishes can also leave your hands parched on a daily basis if you’re not careful. That’s part of the reason why having a go-to hand cream can be so essential for your skin-care routine.
For those on the hunt for a quality hand cream, it starts with the ingredient list. Overall, it’s best to look for items that include vitamin C, vitamin B, peptides, shea butter, lanolin, and hyaluronic acid, according to board-certified dermatopathologist Gretchen Frieling, MD. “No single hand cream will have all of these ingredients, but try to find one that has at least three of these,” Frieling previously told Well+Good.
For some of the most popular hand creams floating around the internet, take a look at these picks below that Sephora shoppers love.
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Best Hydrating hand creams
If you’re looking to give your hands the VIP treatment, this Necessariure cream is one to put in your rotation. The cream really packs in the moisture thanks to ingredients like niacinamide (a vitamin that helps improve the skin’s texture) and peptides (a string of amino acids that help stimulate collagen). Reviewers also rave that the cream quickly absorbs into the skin and doesn’t leave behind a greasy residue.
This two-for-one cream is a must-have for the cold-weather season and beyond. Use it to moisturize your hands and nails when the air starts to get drier than normal. The cream also features a fair amount of shea butter to increase its nourishment and soothing powers.
From the same brand that brought you the fan-favorite Bum Bum cream, comes this Sol de Janeiro moisturizer. It serves up an instant shot of hydration to your hands. Not to mention, the cream features a blend of acai and coconut oil ingredients that leave your hands feeling baby soft and smelling like a vacation.
When your hands just can’t seem to keep their moisture and are looking rough around the edges, this Clarins cream may be just what you need to add to your beauty routine. Its lightweight formula includes a high dose of shea butter that seamlessly goes on to your skin and leaves it feeling “silky and smooth,” as noted by one reviewer.
Bring your dehydrated hands back to life with this Fresh hand cream. It fights harsh dryness using ingredients like vitamin E, seaberry oil, and cranberry seed oil, which has several omega 3s to help preserve the skin’s elasticity .
If you’re looking to moisturize your hands and combat dark spots at the same time, this is calling your name. The vegan hand cream is overflowing with power-hitting ingredients to increase your skin’s brightness and punch up its moisture, including vitamin C, vitamin E and glycerin. One five-star reviewer also praised how long-lasting the cream was. “I’ve used many products trying to get my chapped hands to stop cracking, and I feel like I have hope again for soft hands using this product!” they wrote. “The hand cream lasts a long time and is very saturating.”
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