Chances are your cuticles and palms may be in need of a little TLC. If taking extra precaution to keep yourself safe from coronavirus, or COVID-19, has you washing your hands incessantly, as well as frequently slathering on anti-bacterial gel.
Here are some of our recommendations.
Combined with a dab of vitamin E-rich cuticle oil, a rich hydrating hand lotion can work wonders on dryness, cracking, and environmental damage. Packed with a checklist of potent ingredients including Argan Oil, vitamin C, and (yes!) even SPF, the best formulas out there offer long-lasting protection to take you well into the spring.
Eucerin Advanced Repair Hand Cream
The best hand cream for dry skin, a standout feature of the star Eucerin Advanced Repair Hand Cream is that it contains alpha hydroxy acids, which increases cell turnover for younger-looking hands. The brand also has a hand cream with a high level of broad-spectrum sunscreen, Eucerin Daily Hydration Hand Cream with SPF 30.
Neutrogena Hydro Boost Hand Gel Cream
Of all the products tested, this Neutrogena hand healer is the only one with a gel-like formula. It improved hydration by a whopping 40% and consumers compared the smell to a fresh load of laundry. Hyaluronic acid helps add and lock in moisture, contributing to its impressive hydration scores in our Lab test. Many claimed it was “lightweight,” but left their hands feeling coated and greasy over time. And because it’s not heavy, it might not be the best fit for those with severely dry.
Soap & Glory Call of Fruity Hand Food Hand Cream
Testers noted softer, more hydrated skin “immediately” with this cream. Credit goes to a plethora of fast-absorbing moisturizing ingredients, including glycerin, grape seed oil, shea butter, and coconut oil. In our Lab tests, it earned the third highest score for moisturization at 34%. “While there was an overwhelmingly positive response to texture, the scent was polarizing. It reminded a tester of bubblegum.
Aveeno Intense Relief Hand Cream
Aveeno’s Intense Relief Hand Cream, which contains soothing oatmeal and moisturizing glycerin and petrolatum, was rated as many testers’ favorite. They said it made hands look the smoothest, and it scored high for how quickly it absorbed into the skin. Not only did testers love this fragrance-free product, but it also improved skin moisturization by a notable 31%. Its thick formula provides a great barrier against outdoor elements without feeling oily. “I loved how it spread easily and didn’t feel greasy after,” said one tester. “My hands felt smooth and moisturized, but with no residue.”
L’Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream
This shea butter formula is on every hand cream roundup for a reason. It feels as luxurious as the pretty silver packaging looks, and is so rich that a single tube goes a long way.
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