Your parched cuticles will thank you.

By Hana Hong
Updated March 16, 2020
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Yes, proper hygiene is important, but stripping soaps can leave your hands cracked, rough, and painful. And I don’t know about you, but I’ve been taking very frequent visits to the sink lately. If your hand-washing is taking a toll on your palms, try some of these skin-softening, nourishing, and ultra-hydrating hand creams. Here are the ones we can’t stop slathering on.

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Eucerin Advanced Repair Hand Cream

Ideal for the most sensitive skin types, Eucerin’s deep repair cream cradles distressed skin with a powerhouse blend of rich AHAs. Once it’s on, the formula starts working instantly to help strengthen and condition skin that's been worn down by the elements.

To buy: $6, walgreens.com.

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Rituals The Ritual of Ayurveda Hand Balm

Made with a hefty dose of ayurvedic ingredients, like sweet almond oil and Indian rose, this hand healer is ultra soothing and helps chapped or cracked skin heal faster.

To buy: $13, ulta.com.

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Neutrogena Hydro Boost Hand Gel Cream

Give your hands a cool burst of hydration with a saturated dose of hyaluronic acid. The gel texture in Neutrogena’s formula means that it’s super moisturizing, yet never sticky, gloopy, or greasy.

To buy: $6, ulta.com.

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Chanel La Crème Main

Housed in a glossy white tube, Chanel’s hand cream feels just as luxurious as it looks. The silky satin formula sinks right into skin and leaves behind a light floral scent—but no greasy finish. The price is a splurge, but a little goes a long way and the adorable egg shape slides perfectly into your purse.

To buy: $50, chanel.com.

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Skinfix Eczema+ Hand Repair Cream

Eczema can quickly make dry hands a million times worse. Fight back against itchy rashes with Skinfix’s cream, which is whipped up with soothing colloidal oatmeal and a rich blend of emolient oils to comfort cracked patches.

To buy: $18, sephora.com.

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Kiehl’s Ultimate Strength Hand Salve

Kiehl’s hand salve marries some of the most effective oils in the business—avocado oil, sesame oil, and eucalyptus oil (among others)—to par down redness, itching, and stubborn dry patches. Think of it like a glove of hydration.

To buy: $16, kiehls.com.

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Supergoop Handscreen SPF 40

Lather on this triple threat to target three main concerns at once: The impressive SPF 40 factor protects against UV rays to prevent sun damage, sea buckthorn helps to lighten dark spots, and argan oil delivers deep moisture.

To buy: $38, sephora.com.

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