Just like your hat, gloves, and scarf, hand cream is a winter essential. Here, five you won’t mind pulling out of your bag and your hands will thank you for.
L’Occitane Almond Delicious Hands
Infused with almond milk and almond oil, this creamy lotion is neither too thick nor too thin. It sinks right into skin and leaves behind a light milky scent—but no greasy finish. A little goes a long way and the 1-oz. tube is sized perfectly for your purse.
To buy: $12, amazon.com.
Lollia Hand Cream
When it comes to the prettiest packaged hand lotion, this one gets our vote every time. No matter the scent you choose (lavender, vanilla, jasmine, or floral), they’re all made with whipped shea butter that feels like a spa treatment for your hands every time you apply it. The beautiful patterned tubes come packaged in a matching paper box that makes this pick great for gifting, too.
To buy: $24, anthropologie.com.
Le Couvent Des Minimes Gardener’s Hand Healer
Hands in need of some major treatment? Try this hand healer that gardeners and florists (along with many others) swear by. Made with a hefty dose (20 percent) of shea butter, as well as chamomile, calendula, lemon, and rosemary, it’s ultra soothing and helps chapped or cracked skin heal faster.
To buy: $19, dermstore.com.
Neutrogena Norwegian Formula Hand Cream
For a bargain buy that won’t cause irritation or compete with your perfume, this hard working fragrance-free treatment is a tried and true favorite. Made with a high percentage of glycerin—a natural humectant—the thick formula traps in moisture so hands stay hydrated. Try it on elbows and other dry spots, too.
To buy: $4, target.com.
Supergoop Forever Young Hand Cream SPF 40+
Lather on this triple threat to target three main concerns at once: The impressive SPF 40+ protects against UV rays to prevent sun damage, sea buckthorn helps to lighten dark spots, and argan oil delivers deep moisture.
To buy: $12, sephora.com.