8 Hand Creams to Help Protect Your Skin From Harsh Winter Weather

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Between the cold air and washing more often than usual to avoid a cold or the flu, winter can be really brutal on your hands. While we often focus so much on taking care of our faces and bodies, our hands really get the brunt of it during this season. Dry hands can hurt and even crack, so if you have small cuts on your hands and have no idea where they came from, it could be the result of dryness. To help combat this winter dryness, i’s so important to moisturize every time you wash your hands and reapply moisturizer throughout the day.

Not sure where to start? These are some of the best hand creams to get you through the upcoming months.   

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Philip B. Floral Lavender Hand Creme $40

If there is one hand cream that you'll be happy to leave out on your bathroom sink, this is the one! The bottle is so pretty and sophisticated, you won't want to relegate it to the inside a medicine cabinet. Formulated with a relaxing scent that isn’t overpowering, Philip B’s cream is rich, yet absorbs quickly. And yes, there is a hand wash in the same scent. 

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L'Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream $29

One tube of this product is sold every three seconds for a very good reason—it really gets the job done. I’ve always had very dry hands and have been using it since grade school. Made with 20% organic shea butter as well as honey, sweet almond oil and coconut oil, it penetrates even the driest hands. Available in several sizes, keep a tube on your nightstand, desk and in every handbag.

Bring along a tube of this moisturizer to your next spa day and ask your nail technician to use it during a mani/pedi for an extra luxurious treat.

hand salve
Kiehl's Ultimate Strength Hand Salve $16

Made with avocado, eucalyptus, and sesame seed oils, this product really forms a barrier on your hands without feeling sticky. It also absorbs quickly, so you can apply it before cleaning up or going to bed without worry. Like most Kiehl’s products, it has both a gender-neutral scent (it’s fresh and herbal, not at all flowery) and packaging. 

cuticle serum
Olive & June Cuticle Serum Duo $30

Sometimes our cuticles need a little extra attention too. That’s where Olive & June’s Cuticle Serum Duo comes in. The texture of this product is so light and not at all sticky. Dispensed from a pen applicator with a cloud-like tip, it’s easy to apply on the go or when you’re traveling. Made with avocado, apricot kernel, jojoba and sunflower seed oils, you can use it on its own or before you apply cream to your entire hand.

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Fork & Melon Rich Hydrating Cream for Body & Hands $15

Are you a multitasker? Do you have limited space for products? Then Fork & Melon Rich Hydrating Cream for Body & Hands might be your new favorite product. It comes with a pump so you can easily dispense the proper amount when you get out of the shower or after washing your hands. 

This non-toxic cream is made with watermelon oil, which just might be the next big thing in terms of moisturizing ingredients. It’s light, absorbs quickly and contains plenty of skin-friendly ingredients, including vitamins A, B, and E. But don't like the inclusion of watermelon oil fool you, this product doesn’t smell like the fruit. It has a light, fresh scent that’s reminiscent of a five-star hotel.

Lemon & Sage Hand Cream
Bliss Lemon & Sage Hand Cream $5

Do you need a little hand cream to keep in your desk at work or in your purse to use throughout the day? Does your office or any place you frequent have the worst smelling hand soap? Then this Bliss Lemon & Sage Hand Cream might be exactly what you need. It has a fresh fragrance that gives you just a little bit of pep, and the 1.7oz tube costs just $5.

Way of Will Balancing Hand and Body Lotion $28

If you're looking for a hand lotion to keep by the kitchen sink, this is a great option. Made with a blend of shea and cacao seed butters, sweet almond oil, and avocado oil, it has a thick texture and penetrates the skin quickly. Scented with ho wood and sweet marjoram, it smells like a fresh forest. The formulation is also very clean without parabens, sodium laurel sulfate, or other synthetics. 

cbd hand cream
Elina Organics CBD Restoring Hand Cream $42

Made with CBD and arnica, this cream is formulated not just to moisturize but also to reduce pain and stiffness in your joints. So, it’s perfect to use after HIIT, weightlifting or those moments you’ve gripped something like a steering wheel or ski poles so tightly that your hands hurt. 

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