A HAND CREAM FOR ALL SEASONS
Super dry skin can be a challenge anywhere at any age, even in the summertime. When it strikes your hands, it can get in the way of shuffling papers, washing dishes, bathing, and romance. Despite the season, my 20-something hands are constantly rough, cracked and craving moisture every day. So I’m on a mission to find the hand moisturizers for young people with dry skin. Here are my faves:
Bliss High Intensity Hand Cream ($18) – High Intensity Hand Cream contains macadamia oil, which can be instrumental in moisturizing skin, reversing signs of age, and even giving skin a healthy-looking glow. The cream also contains grapeseed extract, which offers rejuvenating properties. After application, my skin felt incredibly soft, and I liked needing to apply only a pea-sized amount to stay smooth and moisturized – a little goes a long way. Also, love the scent – a soft, creamy lemon.
Kiehl’s Ultimate Strength Hand Salve ($22) - I was a little worried about its initial thickness, but I was relieved to discover that it absorbed within a few minutes and left behind minimal residue. I also enjoyed the clean, refreshing eucalyptus scent. What most struck me about the Ultimate Strength Hand Salve was that, even after washing my hands twice and taking a shower, the skin on my hands remained soft.
The Close Seconds:
Fresh Brown Sugar Hand Cream ($18.50) – Winner of a 2012 Martha Stewart “Big Day Beauty” Award, Brown Sugar Hand Cream is designed to supremely moisturize the driest of hands, leaving skin soft and cuticles healthy-looking. The cream’s lightweight, whipped formula also means that no residue is left behind on the skin after application. However, like with most lightweight creams, you might find yourself having to regularly re-apply. Also, just for clarification: brown sugar is an ingredient, not a scent. Rather, the cream has a refreshing lemony fragrance.
Clarins Hand and Nail Treatment Cream ($30) – Despite its appearance, Hand and Nail Treatment Cream is wonderfully lightweight and non-greasy on the skin. My hands felt soft and free of oily residue. Because it is so lightweight, I recommend regular re-application (which isn’t a problem when you know the result is silky smooth skin and healthy-looking nails and cuticles!)
Philosophy Hands of Hope ($18) – Philosophy’s Hands of Hope is a great choice for those concerned strictly with moisturizing. This one is unscented, so now worries about competing with your perfume or other fragrances. Additionally, its non-greasy formula means that it absorbs quickly into the skin, yielding soft skin in a short matter of time. Along with providing long-lasting moisture, the cream also gives cuticles a healthy-looking appearance.
Aveda Hand Relief ($20) – In line with Aveda’s ecological mission, Hand Relief uses plant-based emollients and humectants, fruit acids, and antioxidants in order to provide superior moisture to dry hands. Along with its moisturizing capabilities, this cream also increases skin’s elasticity with continued application. The fruity, fresh scent and non-greasy formula makes Hand Relief a light and refreshing moisturizing experience.