Hand cream is one of those beauty product categories that divides opinion. Some people think it's indulgent and unnecessary, while others can't leave home without it. But there are definitely certain times of the year when it becomes a necessity. The skin on your hands is actually really prone to damage, both from the sun and other elements. And just like the rest of our body, hands can show signs of ageing – in fact, they're often the first part of your body that does so. And now that Chanel has launched their own luxurious hand cream, we think the naysayers might just change their mind.
The combination of cold, dry air and constant hand washing to ward off cold germs makes popping a hand cream in your bag a must if you want to avoid lizard-like hands and cracking cuticles. And with many creams offering a range of hydrating and protective ingredients like aloe, coconut oil, almond oil, cocoa butter, chamomile and even broccoli oil, your hands are also getting a good dose of healthy nutrients. While we may not all be rushing out to buy a pricey Chanel hand cream, read on for six of the best salves, balms and creams to solve any hand woes.
Chanel La Creme Main: Chanel has launched the Rolls-Royce of hand creams in a stunning pebble-shaped pot. This fragrant hand balm moisturises, smooths and brightens skin. Plus it's quickly absorbed for a luxurious coating of moisture that will make you feel a million bucks.
Ameliorate Intensive Hand Treatment: Ameliorate's new hand cream contains alpha-hydroxy acids that gently smooth the skin on the hands, soften cuticles and deeply moisturise. It also contains a barley extract, after developers found that people in the brewing industry had incredibly soft hands.
Kiehl's Ultimate Strength Hand Salve: Kiehl's Ultimate Strength Hand Salve is a fail-safe choice of hand cream that contains a blend of botanical oils to soothe, condition and moisturise the skin. The thick, rich and non-greasy formula is instantly absorbed to form a "glove-like" protective barrier against moisture loss.
Dr Hauschka's generating Hand Cream: Dr Hauschka's hand lotion, a moisturising combination of rich olive and avocado oil with cocoa butter, is also designed to double up as a hand mask. So spread a thick layer over your hands and wrap in a warm towel for five minutes while your relaxing and catching up on your favourite box set.
Weleda Skin Salve: This backstage beauty secret that has been around since 1926. The vegetarian-friendly formula is made with organic sunflower seed oil, and extracts of wild pansy, chamomile, calendula and revitalising rosemary extract, and is a great rescue remedy for lacklustre or generally undernourished skin.
Yes To Coconut Protecting Hand Salve: A non-greasy yet super moisturising hand and cuticle skin protectant cream. This hand and cuticle hero, formulated with virgin coconut oil - which is rich in vitamins A, C and E - helps to smooth and restore dry, cracked and chapped skin. Keep one at your desk and another in your purse!