Amidst the novel coronavirus outbreak, we are encouraged to practise good hygiene, and one of the recommended measures is frequent use of hand sanitisers to disinfect our hands.
However, with the squeaky clean feeling comes the drying effect on our hands, which is no surprise since many hand sanitisers contain alcohol.
This is where you need to start investing in a good hand cream to counter this drying effect and prevent dry, cracked hands! If you are not sure where to start, we run through and recommend the 19 best hand creams out there for you to check out.
1. Caudalie Hand and Nail Cream
Formulated with shea butter, grapeseed oil and avocado oil, this Caudalie Hand and Nail Cream makes a great choice for your next hand cream. Rated highly on Sephora, reviewers noted that the scent is calming and not overpowering.
This retails for SGD20 at Sephora stores and on Sephora.sg.
2. Origins Make A Difference Rejuvenating Hand Cream
This Origins Hand cream is sure to make a difference to your hands. It has a botanical formula, which includes Meadowfoam Seed oil and Rose of Jericho, and promises to be grease-free yet hydrating.
3. Supergoop! Forever Young Hand Cream
We are always mindful to sun protect our face but neglect our hands – but no longer. Supergoop! is setting the standard for hand creams with sun protection. It has SPF40 which makes it one of (or only!) hand creams with high SPF.
This award winning product garnered the Allure Best Beauty Awards in 2014, which makes it a worthy purchase, especially if you are looking for good sun protection for your hands.
It is available for SGD18 at Sephora stores and on Sephora.sg.
4. Bath & Body Works Aromatherapy Eucalyptus and Spearmint Hand Cream
Rated as the #1 hand cream on Influenster, this is a must try. Formulated with shea butter and vitamin E, this promises to be moisturising and nourishing. The eucalyptus and spearmint essential oil infusion creates an uplifting and refreshing scent.
5. L’Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream
This hand cream is undoubtedly a fan favourite with many around the world. With 20% shea butter and sweet almond, the L’occitane Shea Butter Hand cream promises to leave your hands soft, supple and smelling good. This comes in the top 3 hand creams on Influenster.
This retails at SGD15.30 for 15ml and SGD32.50 for 75ml and you can get them at L’Occitane stores or online.
6. Neutrogena Norwegian Formula Hand Cream
This highly concentrated formula will heal very chapped and dry hands. It has a thick consistency and it acts as a barrier to protect your hands from drying out. A little goes a long way, so a little dab is all you need. This is especially sought after during cold weather. With its drugstore price, it is well worth the buy.
7. The Body Shop Almond Hand & Nail Cream
The Body Shop hand creams are among the top ten best hand creams on Influenster. The standout hand cream has to be the Almond Hand and Nail Cream. Touted to be a “manicurist’s must-have”, this baby promises to not only moisturize your hands but also conditions your nails.
This retails for SGD10.90 for 30 ml and SGD21.90 for 100 ml at The Body Shop.
8. Burt’s Bees Almond Milk Beeswax Hand Crème
In the top 5 best hand creams on Influenster is the Burt’s Bees Almond Milk Beeswax Hand Crème, which won the 2013 Natural Health Natural Beauty Award. This hand cream is formulated with sweet almond oil and vitamin to moisturise and nourish dry skin, and, of course, beeswax which acts as a skin conditioner.
9. Burt’s Bees Hand Salve
Burt’s Bees continues to be a favourite with another hand cream in the top 10 best hand creams list on Influenster. Formulated with botanical oils, herbs and beeswax, this hand salve promises to be a “salvation for rough, dry hands”.
It is enriched with lavender, eucalyptus and rosemary which gives it a refreshing scent for both men and women.
This retails for SGD21.50 for 85g on LookFantastic (shipping fees apply).
10. Aveda Hand Relief Moisturizing Creme
The Aveda Hand Relief hand cream promises an intense moisture therapy that soothes dry hands. If you’re like us and get annoyed when you have to keep re-applying your hand cream after a hand wash, this one is for you. The hand cream is formulated with Andiroba oil and plant hydrators that promises to last through three hand washes.
This retails for SGD46 at all Aveda counters or online at Tangs.
11. Clarins Hand and Nail Treatment Cream
The Clarins Hand and Nail Treatment Cream is infused with Japanese Mulberry and Sesame Oil to protect hands from harsh weather. It promises to keep your hands and fingers smooth and moisturised by creating a protective layer against the harsh elements. It also has anti-ageing properties!
This retails for SGD43 at Clarins counters and on the Clarins website.
12. Kiehl’s Ultimate Strength Hand Salve
This Kiehl’s hand cream promises all day care for severely dry and hands. It has a thick consistency, so a little goes a long way. It also promises to last all day while protecting our hands from even industrial heavy work. It has a neutral scent, which will appeal to those who would prefer something without a strong fragrance.
This retails for SGD27 for 75ml and SGD45 for 150ml online at Kiehl’s website and at all Kiehl’s stores and counters.
13. Sephora Collection Hand Balm
If creams are not your thing, then the Sephora Hand Balm will be a better choice for you. This hand balm promises to be a skin softening treatment hand balm. Formulated with moisturizing oils and waxes, it does not have a greasy texture and ensures that your hands stay soft and smooth. With 5 different scents to choose from, you will be sure to find something you fancy.
This retails for SGD9 on Sephora.sg and at all Sephora outlets.
14. Ahava Deadsea Water Mineral Hand Cream
Another fan favourite and in the top 20 best hand creams on Influenster, the Ahava hand cream is rich with minerals to protect your hands from the harsh environment. It contains Witch Hazel which sanitizes and smooths skin and Allantoin which heals dry and chapped hands.
This retails at SGD32 on Ahava and at Ahava stores and outlets.
15. Aveeno Skin Relief Hand Cream
Aveeno products have a large following in America and we‘re not surprised why. Their products are well-loved for its simple, gentle, fragrance-free formulas, that are best known for caring intensely dry skin.
The Aveeno Skin Relief Hand Cream is intensely hydrating, and your hands will feel the moisturising effects even after one hand wash. It’s formulated with ACTIVE NATURALS® Colloidal Oatmeal to help form a protective emollient barrier on your dry skin, preventing loss of precious hydration.
18. QV Hand Cream
QV has long been a well-known skincare and moisturiser brand in our local drugstores. Naturally, they also have a dedicated Hand Cream, which absorbs quickly and does not leave a greasy after-feel. The pH is also balanced, which helps to maintain the skin’s natural protective properties.
17. Lush Helping Hands Hand Cream
Lush prides themselves on delivering high quality products with clean and cruelty-free ingredients, and the Helping Hands hand cream is up there as one of their best products.
Made of nourishing almond oil, shea butter and calming chamomile, this hand cream not only keeps your hands soft without leaving a sticky finish, but also has a soothing effect on the mind. It can be used both as an overnight treatment and as on-the-go relief whenever your hands feel particularly dry.
Lush Helping Hands hand cream retails for SGD30 (100g), available at all Lush stores islandwide and online.
18. Eucerin pH5 Skin-Protection Hand Cream
Those with sensitive skin can’t go wrong with the pH5 Skin-Protection Hand Cream from Eucerin, the dermatologist-recommended brand with products specifically formulated for sensitive skin.
The name of this hand cream comes from the pH5 Enzyme Protection in the formula, which strengthens the skin’s barrier and prevents moisture loss. It also contains Dexpanthenol with wound healing properties to treat hands with damaged, cracked skin.
19. Aesop Resurrection Aromatique Hand Balm
A hand cream doesn’t have to be just a quick fix for when your hands feel dry. It could be a pampering and indulgent experience in itself, which is definitely the case with this Resurrection Aromatique Hand Balm from Aesop.
Containing Mandarin Rind, Rosemary Leaf, Cedar Atlas, this hand cream provides your hands and cuticles with rich moisture to keep them soft and smooth. The stimulating blend of citrus, woody and herbal scents combined with the luxurious texture makes this product a joy to use. You will want to keep reaching for it all the time!
Aesop Resurrection Aromatique Hand Balm retails for SGD39 (75ml), available at all Aesop stores islandwide.
20. Jurlique Limited Edition Rose Luxe Hand Cream
If you are a fan of rose scents, you will love the new limited edition Rose Luxe Hand Cream from Jurlique, with the scent of the unique Jurlique Rose, specially bred and harvested in South Australia. The Jurlique Rose is featured in many of the brand’s products for its healing and nourishing properties, as well as its elegant scent that will stimulate the senses and calm the mind.
The hand cream has a luxurious, rich texture that melts into the skin to keep your hands soft and moisturised without leaving a greasy residue.
This limited edition packaging will feature an exclusive hand-drawn illustration of the Jurlique Rose by Australian artist Adriana Picker to celebrate this unique ingredient.
The Jurlique Limited Edition Rose Luxe Hand Cream retails for SGD74 (125ml), available from 15 March 2020 on Lazada and at all Jurlique stores islandwide.