The Very Best Hand Creams, According to Dermatologists
Supergoop Forever Young Hand Cream
"My favorite hand cream is Supergoop Forever Young Hand Cream. It combines seabuckthorn fruit to soothe and meadowfoam sea oil to hydrate, creating a strong skin barrier—plus UV hand protection with SPF 40. It keeps your hands smooth and spotless."
—Marnie Nussbaum, M.D.
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Avène Eau Thermale Cold Cream Concentrated Hand Cream
"This hypoallergenic, soap-free, and paraben-free hand cream is excellent for all skin types and is extremely fast-absorbing—it won't leave any stickiness or greasiness. It also stands up to frequent hand-washing, and offers at least 24 hours of hydration, so re-applying is minimal."
—Parvaneh Rafaeloff, M.D.
"The DML Forte Cream is a thick, non-greasy, fragrance-free, non-irritating white cream that absorbs into the skin and leaves hands looking and feeling less chapped and dry. It contains both simethicone and petrolatum, which create a barrier that helps to lock in moisture. Use it every time you wash and dry your hands."
—Tsippora Shainhouse, M.D.
Neutrogena Norwegian Formula Hand Cream
"My favorite cream to heal even the most dry and cracked hands is the Neutrogena Norwegian Formula Hand Cream. It works so well because it's rich with glycerin, which helps to bind moisture to the skin, and is long-lasting even through repeated hand washing. My skin feels softer after only a few uses—and it can stand up to harsh Chicago winters."
—Quenby Erickson, M.D.
Epionce Medical Barrier Cream
"My favorite hand cream is my favorite body moisturizer, Medical Barrier Cream by Epionce. Created by a dermatologist who had terrible eczema as a child, he studied to give just the exact right combination of ingredients to protect the skin and help it heal."
—Dr. Amy Taub
Restorsea Pro Intensive Hand Treatment 10X
"Restoresea products contain an enzyme derived from salmon as they emerge from their eggs, which helps break down old skin cells without damaging healthy ones. It also smells divine!"
—Margo Weishar, M.D.
Elta MD SoSilky Hand Cream
DERMADoctor KP Duty Lotion
"My hands get overworked and are exposed constantly to water. So I need a heavy-duty product that not only protects them but helps soften and repair the dryness. DERMAdoctor KP Duty Lotion is something I keep nearby my sink and in my purse as my go-to solution for problem hands."
—Audrey Kunin, M.D.
St. Ives Cocoa Butter and Vanilla Bean Hand and Body Lotion
"Cocoa butter is one of the best ingredients we have to soften dry skin. This natural oil seals cracks between rough cells without leaving the skin feeling greasy."
—Joshua Zeichner, M.D.
CeraVe Reparative Hand Cream
"CeraVe Reparative Hand Cream is a fast-absorbing, non-greasy cream, with hyaluronic acid and three essential ceramides, which creates a protective barrier to lock hydration into the skin. It helps to alleviate dryness so hands look healthy and feel soft—plus the fragrance-free formula is suitable for sensitive skin as well."
—Arash Akhavan, M.D.
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