23 Best Hand Creams 2021: To Stay Moisturized Year-Round

Robert Hundley

Just like your face and the rest of your body need sun protection, so do your hands. Supergoop! super fans shouldn’t miss an opportunity to add another of the brand’s sunscreen products to their routine. Handscreen formulated with broad-spectrum SPF 40, antioxidants, and natural oils to protect and hydrate dry hands. Otherwise, opt for Deborah Lippmann’s SPF 25 multitasking hand and cuticle cream for luxurious nourishment and anti-aging benefits.

Dr. Barbara Sturm Super Anti-Aging Hand Cream

La Prairie Cellular Hand Cream

Deborah Lippmann Rich Girl Hand Cream

Supergoop! Handscreen SPF 40

Therapeutic Relief

When the skin seriously craves moisture and repair, you should look to a hand cream developed with therapeutic benefits in mind. Some products are classics for a reason—items you buy again and again because they work that well. When it comes to hand, body, and lip treatments, Aquaphor’s Healing Ointment is one of those products. The ointment creates a protective barrier over the skin to repair cracked, wounded, or parched skin without irritating.

Those with incredibly dry hands—whether from working, skin conditions like eczema, or frequent washing—should consider CeraVe’s Therapeutic Hand Cream. It’s packed with nourishing ingredients like hyaluronic acid, niacinamide, and ceramides to help restore the skin barrier and retain moisture.

Otherwise, keep Eucerin’s Eczema Relief Hand Cream close—it’s formulated with colloidal oatmeal, shea butter, and ceramides to relieve skin concerns without fragrance or greasiness. Lastly, the Skinfix Hand Repair Cream—infused with colloidal oatmeal, allantoin, and sweet almond oil—is another excellent option for those treating signs of eczema.

Aquaphor Healing Ointment

CeraVe Theraputic Hand Cream

Eucerin Eczema Relief Hand Creme

Skinfix Eczema+ Hand Repair Cream

Packed With Shea Butter

Shea butter is a renowned emollient for its ability to soften and hydrate nearly any skin type, so you should consider hand creams that feature this star ingredient. Inspired by and crafted from ancestral African shea butter traditions, the 54 Thrones African Beauty Butter is an intensely rich formula packed with plant oils and two types of emollient that leaves the skin feeling hydrated and impeccably glowy.

Get your softest hands yet with the L’Occitane Hand Cream packed with 20 percent shea butter, coconut oil, honey, and marshmallow extracts. Or, the vitamin B5-infused cream by Malin+Goetz is a stellar option for someone looking for soothing and balancing treatments—especially if your hands could benefit from the moisturizing powers of shea butter, glycerin, and honey. Infused with antioxidants, avocado, and shea butters, Caudalie’s Hand and Nail Cream provides lasting nourishment, a silky finish, and a lightly sweet citrus fragrance.

54 Thrones African Beauty Butter

L’Occitane Hand Cream – Shea Butter

Malin + Goetz Vitamin B5 Hand Treatment

Caudalie Hand and Nail Cream

Iconic Fragrances

Can’t get enough of that standout perfume? Buy it as a hand cream, too. Lovers of Byredo’s signature perfumes and candles should add its hand cream to its beauty arsenal—notably this scent that features a fragrance inspired by perfumer Ben Gorham’s perception of the innocence and simplicity of the color white.

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