hand creams

As I write this, my email is bursting with news surrounding new hand sanitizer launches, but my dry hands are not having it. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a big advocate for cleaning one’s hands frequently, and I’ll never discourage you from hoarding sani bottles like it’s March 2020. But the thing is, it’s imperative that you team antibacterial products with hand cream to keep your skin hydrated and nourished rather than parched and irritated. 

Unsurprisingly, following a year of handwashing and sanitizing, hand cream has become one of the biggest skincare trends of 2021, with interest having increased 141 percent from last year, per a recent report from SkinStore. That’s probably why you’ve landed on this very article, so let’s get to it, shall we? Ahead, shop GRAZIA USA‘s curated luxury edit of hand creams to try in 2021—plus why we love them.

hand cream, L'Occitane
L’OCCITANE SHEA BUTTER INTENSIVE HAND BALM, $36 VIA SEPHORA. SHOP NOW

A little bit of this shea butter-infused hand balm goes such a long way in moisturizing even the driest hands.

Nécessaire
THE HAND CREAM, $20 VIA NÉCESSAIRE. SHOP NOW

This no-fuss, non-greasy hand cream is probably exactly what you’re looking for. The peptide and multi-vitamin-enriched formula is fragrance-free, hydrating, and recyclable.

La Mer, hand cream
LA MER THE HAND TREATMENT, $90 VIA NORDSTROM. SHOP NOW

Customers love how this formula visibly diminishes age spots over time and makes hands look “years younger.”

hand cream, RE:ERTH
REJUVENATING HAND TREATMENT, $50 VIA RE:ERTH. SHOP NOW

This isn’t hand cream as you know it. It’s a lightweight, balmy treatment containing pure retinol to increase skin rejuvenation, as well as Japanese white turmeric root extract to deeply moisturize. See incredible before-and-after photos here.

Kate Somerville, hand cream
KATE SOMERVILLE DRY SKIN SAVER, $50 VIA SEPHORA. SHOP NOW

Love multipurpose products? In addition to your hands, you can use the restorative cream all over the body. Per a clinical study, it’s proven to hydrate for up to 24 hours.

Henné, hand cream
HENNÉ LUXURY HAND CREAM, $25 VIA CREDO BEAUTY. SHOP NOW

With nearly perfect five-star reviews across the board, this formula needs to be on your radar. If you like fragrance, this is a great clean option, as its two scents—Blomma and Citrus—come from essential oils.

hand creams, Chanel
LA CRÈME MAIN, $50 VIA CHANEL. SHOP NOW

Is your purse really complete without this chic squeeze-bottle? People love the way it simultaneously softens skin and strengthens nails.

RéVive, hand cream
FERMITIF HAND RENEWAL CREAM WITH SPF 15, $85 VIA RÉVIVE. SHOP NOW

If you’re not already putting sunscreen on the top of your hands daily, it’s time to consider investing in a cream containing SPF. This option not only protects against future sun damage but also diminishes age spots over time.

Diptyque, hand cream
LUXURIOUS HAND BALM, $45 VIA DIPTYQUE. SHOP NOW

It practically goes without saying that this hand balm is as luxurious and aesthetically pleasing as the brand’s famous candles. Many users say they purchased it as a special treat for themselves, and now they’re addicted.

Kiehl's, Hand Cream
ULTIMATE STRENGTH HAND SALVE, $24 VIA KIEHL’S. SHOP NOW

I have kept a bottle of this hand salve in my bathroom for years, as it’s perfect for using after washing your hands. I’ve also heard from countless medical professionals who love the way it repairs their hands after constant washing and sanitizing.

All products featured on GRAZIA are independently selected by our editors. However, when you buy something through our retail links, Grazia may earn an affiliate commission.

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