It’s no secret that I was my hands A LOT. Just one of the many joys of having OCD. While I don’t do any good for avoiding stereotypes, contamination is a big deal for me and it’s the main component of my OCD. My hands are often dry and generally gross looking as a result of the compulsive hand washing. So, in recent years, I’ve gone through a hell of a lot of hand cream. You name it, I’ve probably tried it. Some of it dreamy and really effective, some of it cheap and awful. So, I thought it’d might be nice to put together my definitive list of the best hand creams for very dry skin. So, if you’re a fellow sufferer like me, or your hands are always in water, I hope you find this helpful.
Aveeno Daily Moisturising Lotion
I love this stuff. This was recommended to me by a pharmacist when my hands were at their worst. I’m talking bleeding, cracked and just generally hideous. I started using the hand cream, which worked amazingly well but I then discovered the general body lotion which works just as well but it lasts longer and it’s basically the same price. It’s easily absorbed, it’s not greasy, and I genuinely saw a difference within a couple of days. I 100% would recommend to anyone who has hands in the same state as mine were! Or you know, anyone, really. It usually costs around £5.99 for 500ml, but it’s occasionally on offer and you get it between £3-4, depending where you shop. You can find out more, including where to buy it from here.
Soap & Glory Hand Food
So many of my friends recommended I give this a try and I’m so glad I did. It smells AMAZING and it works really well for dry hands. It’s got a light, fresh and floral scent with hints bergamot and vanilla, so it’s a real treat for your hands. It also absorbs quickly while still keeping your hands feeling soft. If you’re a fellow Soap & Glory fan, you’ll know that you can get this for £5.50 for 125ml at Boots. They quite frequently do 3 for 2 offers on Soap & Glory too, which is a great opportunity to stock up.
Lush Handy Gurugu
This heavy duty hand cream is the absolute nuts. It’s packed with shea butter, almond butter, chamomile, evening primrose, lemon juice and loads more good things for your skin. It smells gorgeous and more importantly, it does the job. It’s designed for hard working hands and aims to hydrate, brighten and soften your skin. Being quite thick, I think it’s much better suited to being a bedtime hand cream. But rest assured, slather it on before you go to sleep and you’ll be amazed at the results in the morning. It’s available all year round at Lush at £8.95 for 100g. Slightly more pricey, but a pot will last you ages as you only need a little to feel the benefits. Definitely worth investing in.
The Body Shop Hemp Hand Protector
Any Body Shop fans will be aware of this best-seller. I love all of their hand creams but this is without a doubt my favourite of the bunch. It’s perfect for dry hands and it’s long lasting, even after you’ve washed your hands. The smell I personally find is a little strange but for the results you get, it’s worth it. Available in 2 sizes, you can find this at The Body Shop for £12 for a 100ml tube, or £5.00 for a 30ml. Again it’s a little bit pricey if you go through hand cream as frequently as I do, so keep an eye out for the special offers where they do 30% off the 100ml tubes!
Garnier 7 Day Intensive Hand Cream
The cheapest of the bunch but it certainly doesn’t feel that way! I keep a tube of this on my desk at work, it’s affordable and a little goes a long way. It smells lovely with the shea butter scent and it’s even though it’s quite thick, it’s easily absorbed. It’s really long lasting too, and I’ve found that it still leaves my hands soft after washing. It’s currently £3.29 at Boots, but you should be able to find it in most shops that sell all things beauty related.
Prices correct at time of publishing.