Winter is coming, and you know what that means. That’s right: the curse of dry, cracked hands and dehydrated skin. Repeated hand washing, harsh soaps, changes in weather and skin conditions like eczema are some of the predominant culprits when it comes to dry skin. Long, hot showers or baths can dry out your skin, and central heating during winter months can impact dryness as well.
The American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) also notes that age, occupation, climate and frequent swimming can be factors. When it comes to who gets dry skin and why, a person’s job can be a huge part of the cause for those who frequently have their hands immersed in water or require continuous handwashing at work, such as nurses and hair stylists. The AAD mentions that “by our 40s, many people need to use a good moisturizer every day.”
Here are the top 10 hand creams and moisturizers for dry, cracked hands—as rated by Dermstore shoppers.
Key Ingredients: A rich balm filled with coconut oil, shea butter, dimethicone and antioxidants, this hand cream wastes no time in soothing and moisturizing skin. L’Occitane is proud to provide authentic products with Mediterranean roots.
Why We Love It: It’s no surprise that this best-selling hand cream “is sold every 3 seconds around the world!” Voted Allure Best of Beauty 2013 Winner for Best Hand Cream, you can count on this classic staple to banish dryness and help to heal dehydrated skin.
Reviews Say: “I have tubes of it everywhere. One in my office desk, one in my purse, one in my bathroom at home, one in my car. It’s the best hand cream for dry skin.”
Key Ingredients: Beeswax and mineral oil work together to provide cooling hydration and added comfort for inflamed hands.
Why We Love It: One of the most versatile skin creams, Avène is ideal for the body, face and hands. Safe for infants, children and adults, this cold cream provides relief and nourishment for those with sensitive skin.
Reviews Say: “I have been using the Avène Cold Cream for years to treat my daughter’s severe eczema. Since my daughter was an infant, she has been experiencing eczema on her face and hands, and just a little bit of the Avène Cold Cream heals it quickly. I think this is a miracle cream, and I would highly recommend it.”
Key Ingredients: Vitamin E, vitamin A and hyaluronic acid work with healing eucalyptus to repair signs of aging, and white tea extract combines antioxidants for added protection.
Why We Love It: Jack Black is practical, affordable and filled with vitamins to enrich dry hands. Dermstore shoppers consider this the ideal option for hard workers and the man in your life who deserves a little extra care.
Reviews Say: “Never in my life [have I] felt my father have soft hands! This product is amazing for a hard-working, hands-on type of guy!”
Key Ingredients: Dead Sea minerals infused with a beachy scent keep the skin healthy and moisturized while allantoin and witch hazel help to repair dry and cracked skin.
Why We Love It: AHAVA absorbs quickly while providing instant moisture and a scent straight from the sea. This option has quickly become a favorite of those with mild psoriasis and dryness.
Reviews Say: “The cream is lightweight, non-greasy, and the scent is subtle which is great. I got a small sample in my Beauty Fix box and I don’t want to use it all up, but it just feels so nice on my hands.”
Key Ingredients: Treat yourself every day with aloe vera, panthenol, antioxidants, vitamin E and shea butter. If you’re looking for high-intensity hydration and a highly concentrated moisturizer, Bliss will help offer the results you crave.
Why We Love It: We love to pamper ourselves at Dermstore with this indulgent, luxurious cream. Enjoy a rich and velvety texture and intense moisture for dry hands.
Reviews Say: “I am a dentist and a gardener. Frequent hand washing dries out my hands and this cream brings the softness and moisture back.”
Key Ingredients: Omega-rich sea buckthorn extract can begin to diminish hyperpigmentation and increase the skin’s natural elasticity. Meadowfoam and argan oils aim to increase firmness and UV filters defend against environmental damage.
Why We Love It: SPF 40, we can say no more. Supergoop protects from harsh UV rays while revitalizing skin, and has become an instant favorite among marathon runners and outdoor adventurers.
Reviews Say: “I feel like I just found a treasure when I saw this hand cream with high SPF 40, plus it helps lighten dark spots. Totally sold!”
Key Ingredients: Ceramides, niacinamide, hyaluronic acid and dimethicone combine into a creamy formula that has been protecting dry hands for decades.
Why We Love It: CeraVe’s patented release delivery system distributes moisture, smooths hands and protects against irritants. For those who prefer a classic, fragrance-free option, this is a go-to staple.
Reviews Say: “I have rosacea and this is a lifesaver! I recommend this product because it is lightweight, gentle, natural, and safe for women, children, and seniors. [I’ve bought] this brand for twenty years.”
Key Ingredients: Vitamin A and retinol help to soften fine lines and wrinkles while azelaic acid, licorice-root extract and kojic dipalmitate brighten the skin. Pomegranate extract, cucumber extract and ascorbyl palmitate are all essential antioxidants that work with vitamin E to repel free radicals and UV damage.
Why We Love It: We can’t get enough of Jan Marini’s hand cream for two reasons: proven anti-aging benefits and skin-softening qualities. “In a 28-person 4-month pre-release independent clinical study, 93% of subjects noted improved satisfaction with the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and 96% of subjects noted superior overall satisfaction with skin on their hands.”
Reviews Say: “This hand cream is a winner! It helped lighten the dark spots on my hands and even out my skin tone, as well as brighten it.”
Key Ingredients: Shea butter intensely hydrates the skin while vitamins A and C aid in skin rejuvenation and renewal. TULA is proud to be cruelty-free, paraben-free, sulfate-free and gluten-free.
Why We Love It: Dual purpose probiotic technology simultaneously strengthens both skin and nails. Conditions cuticles, softens hands and works to reduce the appearance of aging.
Reviews Say: “I only started using this hand cream a couple months ago and I’ve already gone through several tubes because I use it so often! The best part about it is that it is not oily at all and you start to feel your hands become softer and healthier in just a few days.”
Key Ingredients: Panthenol, a provitamin of pantothenic acid (vitamin B5), can help to kick-start the healing process of irritated skin. DML Forte is a hypoallergenic and fragrance-free option, with no irritants for those with sensitive skin.
Why We Love It: DML is a crowd-pleaser and dermatologist-recommended essential to add to your bathroom cabinet. Gentle enough for hypersensitive skin with a hypoallergenic formula designed to heal irritated skin.
Reviews Say: “Got samples of this from a dermatologist about 15 years ago & have been using since then. Great moisturizer year-round [and combats] dry winter skin.”