The Best Hand Creams for Chapped, Dry Skin
And The Ingredients That Make Them So Effective
When you think about your skin, you probably concentrate on your face and keeping it looking youthful and healthy. We tend to give the most love to the features most visible to others, but when was the last time you thought about your hands? Between winter weather and excessive hand washing to avoid spreading germs, your hands take a beating and could probably use a little “me time.”
A thoughtfully formulated hand cream is much more than a personal care item. The right combination of ingredients repair damage, eliminate cracking and irritation, and can even reduce the visible signs of aging. If you already have a favorite, there’s a good chance that it includes some of the ingredients listed below. Here are three of our all-time favorites and some of the reasons why people love them.
Sakura Tokyo Hand Cream
Nothing says renewal like the return of the cherry blossoms in Japan in springtime. As the fleeting Sakura blossoms fill the air with their subtle fragrance, admirers gather to take in the beauty before it disappears from view. Our Sakura Tokyo Hand Cream melts effortlessly into the skin, nourishing it with the concentrated fatty acids found in shea butter as well as protecting it from free radical damage with antioxidant-rich olive oil. These ingredients repair the damage dehydration causes while glycolic and mandelic acid work to reduce the appearance of dark spots, turning back the signs of aging and restoring skin’s naturally youthful appearance.
Calycanthus Rejuvenating Hand Cream
You know how refreshed you feel after a good night’s sleep? You can thank your body’s natural repair system for that wide-awake feeling. Since your hands take a beating all day long, they need something equally rejuvenating during your waking hours. Getting moisture through the surface of cracked, dry skin requires ingredients that are both effective and gentle. Our Calycanthus Rejuvenating Hand Cream contains allantoin, a keratolytic ingredient that helps slough off dead skin so new healthy cells can surface. It’s gentle and effective, especially when combined with linseed oil, which permeates the outermost layer of the skin and reduces water loss. Add in rice brain oil, olive oil, and beeswax to seal in moisture, plus a little sunflower seed oil to fight the signs of photoaging from sun exposure, and you have a hand cream that hydrates and protects your skin from damage.
“I love the smell of calycanthus body lotion by Acca Kappa. It reminds me of the smell of Jasmine.” — Maria A., Verified Buyer
White Moss Hand Cream Intensive Treatment
When basic hydration just won’t do, you need a formula that soothes itching and irritation while also nourishing your skin. Our White Moss Hand Cream Intensive Treatment contains a trio of flower and fruit extracts, including magnolia (magnolia liliflora) blackberry (rubus fruticosus) and violet (viola tricolor) extract. Together, this trinity stops damaging free radicals in their tracks while also soothing irritated skin and calming inflammation. Add in shea butter and olive oil, and you get an intensive moisturizing treatment that offers long-lasting hydration and leaves hands feeling silky soft. If you have sensitive skin or work in the medical field where hand-washing exceeds the norm, this will be your new best friend.
“As a surgeon, I wash my hands at least 50 times a day. I [use] Acca Kappa to keep them from getting dry and cracked, especially during the winter months when the air is so dry. Good Stuff!” — Steven T., Verified Buyer