There are hundreds of hand creams on the market, so how do you know which ones are best? Experts will tell you the perfect hand cream should feel as though the skin is being fed with nourishment and ideally, it should protect against age spots and wrinkles too.
But it can still be hard to find the right one for your hands particularly at this time of year. Cold weather is notorious for leaving even young hands feeling dry or chapped and often aging them years ahead of their time.
E45 Moisturising Hand Cream shows that you don’t have to spend a fortune to get them feeling soft and young again. While The Hand Treatment from Crème de la Mer The Hand Treatment reveals that if you have particularly problem hands, splashing out can sometimes be well worth the investment. Meanwhile, Crabtree & Evelyn Gardener’s Hand Therapy is a lesson that names can be deceiving. Indeed, people who’ve never been near a garden spade in their lives swear by this superb cream.
Clarins Hand and Nail Treatment Cream is a longstanding favourite – and with good reason. Since 1979, it has been replenishing hands and taking years off them. But there are some excellent newcomers to the market too, particularly Liz Earle’s Superskin Hand Serum, a silky and light cream that works a treat and won’t leave a greasy film.
10 best hand creams
10 best hand creams
1/10 Mrs White’s How Handy, £10 for 30ml
This intensive and luxuriously creamy hand and cuticle cream is the ideal size to slip into your handbag. Made from only natural ingredients including English beeswax and almond oil, it is particularly good for hands that are dry or aching.
2/10 Clarins Hand and Nail Treatment Cream, £20 for 100ml
This smells and feels fantastic, making it an utter pleasure to apply. And it works: just a small amount leaves hands feeling soft and hydrated. Be warned, though: there’s no SPF.
3/10 Estée Lauder Re-Nutriv Intensive Smoothing Hand Creme, £54 for 100ml
This is expensive but indulgent. It’s good for making skin feel more supple and does seem to reduce the look of dark spots and wrinkles. Good news for dry hands is that it keeps skin moisturised even after you’ve washed them several times.
4/10 E45 Moisturising Hand Cream, £3.99 for 50ml
This great-value cream hydrates dry, rough and chapped hands quickly and lasts ages after applying it. Use sparingly, as it can leave hands a tad on the greasy side.
5/10 Avon ANEW Clinical Absolute, £6 for 75ml
Even Spot Correcting Hand Cream with SP F15 A good one for women who suffer skin discoloration on their hands, this new cream targets the signs of ageing including age spots and sallow nails. Use it morning and night, gently massaging over cleansed, dry hands. It’s got sun protection, too.
6/10 Crabtree & Evelyn Gardeners Hand Therapy, £9 for 50g
You don’t have to be a gardener to use this cream, which soothes and softens dry, labour-weary hands. With notes of sage, rosemary, thyme and lavender, the smell’s not too flowery – one blokes will like, too.
7/10 Crème de la Mer The Hand Treatment, £70 for 100ml
We know this is a lot to spend, but this is worth the investment. It hydrates and plumps and seems to make hands look smoother instantly. Light in texture, rather than oily and thick, you need only a tiny amount, so 100ml will last you.
8/10 Liz Earle Superskin Hand Serum, £17.50 for 75ml
This claims to make skin firmer, smoother and more supple thanks to the combination of cranberry seed and rosehip oils and kigelia extract. The result is a cream that feels like it’s really hydrating your hands, without leaving a lingering greasy film.
9/10 Weleda Sea Buckthorn Hand Cream, £7.95 for 50ml
This cream has no synthetic ingredients or mineral oils or artificial additives of any kind. Instead, it’s packed with organic oils and plant extracts and skin-saving vitamins.
10/10 Aesop Resurrection Aromatique Hand Balm, £19 for 75ml
This is the IndyBest editor Sally's favourite little luxury; a heady combo of mandarin, rosemary and cedarwood, the smell alone will transport you from dreary desk to the Med. And it leaves dry, weary hands soft and hydrated. Use on cuticles and feet too.