Ever since the novel coronavirus outbreak, we have been encouraged to practise good hygiene, and this means that we’ve been washing our hands more frequently and using more 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 26 best hand creams out there for you to check out.

1. Caudalie Vinotherapist Hand and Nail Cream

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One of the best hand creams for: Dry hands

Formulated with shea butter, grapeseed oil and avocado oil, this Caudalie Vinotherapist Hand and Nail Cream is one of the best hand creams you can purchase.

Rated highly on Sephora, reviewers noted that the scent is calming and not overpowering. They also loved that this is absorbed quite quickly into the skin, so there’s no greasy feeling left behind.

This retails for S$20 at Sephora stores and on Sephora.sg.

2. Origins Make A Difference Rejuvenating Hand Cream

Best Hand Creams Origins Make A Difference Rejuvenating Hand Cream

One of the best hand creams for: Dry hands

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. These are just some of the reasons why this is one of the best hand creams out there!

This retails for S$47 (75ml) and can be purchased at various Origins stores and counters islandwide, or online at Metro.

3. Supergoop! Handscreen

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One of the best hand creams for: Sun protection

We are always mindful to protect our face from the sun, but we tend to forget about protecting our hands too. Well, it’s time to make a change! 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.

This retails for S$19.09 at Revolve.

4. Bath & Body Works Aromatherapy Eucalyptus and Spearmint Hand Cream

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One of the best hand creams for: Dry, cracked hands

Formulated with shea butter and vitamin E, this hand cream promises to be moisturising and nourishing. The eucalyptus and spearmint essential oil infusion creates an uplifting and refreshing scent that will also make it a joy to apply.

This retails for S$8 at Bath & Body Works online, and is also available at Bath & Body Works outlets. There is an ongoing promotion where you can buy any three hand creams from Bath & Body Works and get two more for free.

5. L’Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream

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One of the best hand creams for: Dry hands

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 retails at S$16 for 30ml, S$35 for 75ml, and S$45 for 150ml. You can get them at L’Occitane stores or online.

6. Neutrogena Norwegian Formula Hand Cream

Best Hand Creams Neutrogena Norwegian Formula Hand Cream

One of the best hand creams for: Dry, chapped hands

This highly concentrated formula will heal very chapped and dry hands instantly. 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.

This retails for S$8.60 on Watsons and S$7.69 on iHerb.

7. The Body Shop Almond Hand & Nail Cream

Best Hand Creams The Body Shop Almond Hand Nail Cream

One of the best hand creams for: Dry hands

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 moisturise your hands but also condition your nails.

This retails for S$12 for 30 ml and S$24 for 100 ml at The Body Shop.

8. Burt’s Bees Almond Milk Beeswax Hand Crème

Best Hand Creams Burt’s Bees Almond Milk Beeswax Hand Crème

One of the best hand creams for: Dry, cracked hands

In the top five 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.

This retails for S$26 at Sephora stores and on Sephora.sg.

9. Burt’s Bees Hand Salve

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One of the best hand creams for: Rough, dry hands

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 S$26 at Sephora and on Sephora.sg.

10. Aveda Hand Relief Moisturizing Creme

Best Hand Creams Aveda Hand Relief Moisturizing Creme

One of the best hand creams for: Dry, cracked hands

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 S$46 at all Aveda counters and for S$42.49 online at Amazon.

11. Clarins Hand and Nail Treatment Cream

Best Hand Creams Clarins Hand And Nail Treatment Cream

One of the best hand creams for: Dry hands

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 S$45 at Clarins counters and on the Clarins website.

12. Kiehl’s Ultimate Strength Hand Salve

Best Hand Creams Kiehl’s Ultimate Strength Hand Salve

One of the best hand creams for: Dry, cracked hands

This Kiehl’s hand cream promises all day care for severely dry 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 S$27 for 75ml and S$45 for 150ml online at Kiehl’s website and at all Kiehl’s stores and counters. 

13. Sephora Collection Hand Balm

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One of the best hand creams: Dry hands

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 moisturising oils and waxes, it does not have a greasy texture and ensures that your hands stay soft and smooth. With three different scents to choose from, you will surely be able to find something you fancy.

This retails for S$10 on Sephora.sg and at all Sephora outlets.

14. Ahava Deadsea Water Mineral Hand Cream

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One of the best hand creams for: Dry, chapped hands

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 sanitises and smooths skin and Allantoin which heals dry and chapped hands.

This retails at S$10 on Ahava and at Ahava stores and outlets.

15. Aveeno Skin Relief Hand Cream

Best Hand Creams Aveeno Skin Relief Hand Cream

One of the best hand creams for: Dry, chapped hands

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 treating 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 is formulated with ACTIVE NATURALS Colloidal Oatmeal to help form a protective emollient barrier on your dry skin, preventing loss of precious hydration.

This retails at S$16.90 at Guardian and Watsons, and S$12.90 on iHerb.

16. QV Hand Cream

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One of the best hand creams for: Dry, sensitive hands

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, making it one of the best hand creams you can get.

This retails for S$8.40 at Guardian and Watsons.

17. Lush Helping Hands Hand Cream

Best Hand Cream Lush Helping Hands

One of the best hand creams for: Dry hands

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 S$30 (100g) and is available at all Lush stores islandwide and online.

18. Eucerin Advanced Repair Hand Cream

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One of the best hand creams for: Very dry, sensitive skin

Those with sensitive skin can’t go wrong with the Advanced Repair Hand Cream from Eucerin, the dermatologist-recommended brand with products specifically formulated for sensitive skin.

This hand cream is formulated with ceramide-3, natural moisturising ingredients, and nourishing shea butter to give your hands the instant relief they need.

Eucerin Advanced Repair Hand Cream retails for S$16.90 on Shopee and Lazada

19. Aesop Resurrection Aromatique Hand Balm

Best Hand Creams Aesop Resurrection Aromatique Hand Balm

One of the best hand creams for: Pampering yourself

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 S$41 (75ml), available at all Aesop stores islandwide.

20. Jurlique Rose Hand Cream

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One of the best hand creams for: Dry hands

If you are a fan of rose scents, you will love the Rose 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.

The Jurlique Rose Hand Cream retails for S$79 (125ml) and is available on Metro and at all Jurlique stores islandwide.

21. THE FACE SHOP Dr. Belmeur Advanced Cica Recovery Hand Cream

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One of the best hand creams for: Dry, damaged, sensitive skin

This hand cream is touted to be one of the best hand creams out in the market because of its ability to last for 24 hours!

It is formulated with ceramide to create a moisture barrier for the skin and prevent any moisture loss, panthenol to provide anti-inflammatory and soothing properties, and madecaddoside to aid in regeneration of skin cells to heal damaged skin.

We love that this doesn’t leave a greasy feeling too! Use this and you’ll immediately see your hands turn from dry and chapped to soft and smooth!

THE FACE SHOP Dr. Belmeur Advanced Cica Recovery Hand Cream retails for S$20 on THE FACE SHOP

22. Innisfree Jeju Blending Tea Hand Cream

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One of the best hand creams for: Dry hands

If you’re looking for a hand cream that doesn’t just do its job of providing relief to your dry hands, but also smells incredibly good, the Innisfree Jeju Blending Tea Hand Cream is one of your best bets!

This hand cream comes with a floral fragrance with hints of rose and Lily of the Valley that will instantly calm you down. The scent may even remind you of the slow living lifestyle of Jeju!

This hand cream is formulated with olive-derived wax and shea butter, allowing easy application with no greasy after-feel. Available in three tea scents, this will give your hands a healthy glow to them and make them significantly softer.

The Innisfree Jeju Blending Tea Hand Cream retails for S$19 on Innisfree.

23. Etude House Missing U Hand Cream

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One of the best hand creams for: Trying something cute

Take one look at this and you’ll notice just how adorable this hand cream is! Housed in a little oval tub in four different animal designs, this hand cream is formulated with a mixture of natural herbs, shea butter, and olives to moisturise, heal, and soothe your hands.

We love that the shea butter helps to instantly hydrate your skin and also prevent moisture loss to keep your hands smooth all day long.

The Etude House Missing U Hand Cream retails for S$3.80 on Shopee.

24. Jo Malone London English Pear & Freesia Hand Cream

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One of the best hand creams for: Pampering yourself

Looking to pamper yourself with some fragrant hand cream that will not only soothe your hands but also uplift your mood? Look no further, because the Jo Malone London English Pear & Freesia Hand Cream is one of the best hand creams that does the job really well.

The formula is enriched with apricot kernel oil, clary sage extract, shea butter, and vitamin E. Once you apply it onto your hands, you’ll notice that it conditions and nourishes your skin right away, keeping them supple and smooth.

The Jo Malone London English Pear & Freesia Hand Cream retails for S$66 on Sephora.sg and at Sephora stores.

25. Glossier Hand Cream

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One of the best hand creams for: Bringing around

Housed in a palm-sized pod and sleek curves and 360-degree squeeze, this hand cream is certainly a great one to have if you’re always applying cream on-the-go.

This is packed with nutrient-rich moisturisers such as meadowfoam seed oil and coconut fruit extract to nourish your hands without leaving a sticky residue. It also helps that the cream is fast-absorbing!

The Glossier Hand Cream retails for US$18 (~S$24.92) on Glossier.

26. Fenty Skin Hydra’Reset Intensive Recovery Glycerin Hand Mask

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One of the best hand creams for: Intensive recovery

When we want to give our face a pampering treat to hydrate and nourish our skin, we usually apply facial masks. Likewise, if you’re looking to moisturise and soothe your hands, you can opt for a hand mask instead of just a hand cream because it’s that much more effective.

The Fenty Skin Hydra’Reset Intensive Recovery Glycerin Hand Mask is one that deeply moisturises, revitalises, and nourishes thanks to its formula packed with 40% glycerin, fruit oils, and plant extracts.

Apply this to your hands right before you sleep and awake to soft and smooth skin!

The Fenty Skin Hydra’Reset Intensive Recovery Glycerin Hand Mask retails for S$32 on Sephora.sg and at Sephora stores.