Skincare

Handy Heroes: My Top 5 Hand Creams

jodie / 23rd September 2014

If, like me, your hands are always dry, regardless of season, you’ll appreciate these creams. They’re guaranteed to give you a “helping hand” when it comes to keeping things hydrated. I’ve picked my 5 favourite hand creams:

Norweigian Formula Concentrated Hand Cream (Unscented)

This is the unscented version, which is the only version I’ve ever tried from this brand. Come to think of it, I’ve never actually seen an scented version, but I’ve heard it’s got a medicinal sort of scent, which sounds horrid to me, so I’m quite glad this one doesn’t have a scent! This is a firm favourite for many bloggers because it’s so cheap and effective.

Pros:

Very hydrating. The formula is super concentrated, which makes it quite hard to rub in, but that’s cool ’cause it genuinely feels like it’s working, and not in a superficial, siliconey way. It’s fairly inexpensive, costing £3.69 for 50ml, which isn’t too bad considering you don’t need to use loads of it. It lasts ages too. 

Not greasy. This sinks in so quickly, so it doesn’t leave your hands feeling greasy. This is perfect if you write a lot (which I do in work) as it means your pen won’t be flung around the room due to slippery mitts. The small size is great for travel, and very appealing to someone who likes to keep a hand cream in every bag she owns.

Cons:

No scent. Okay, I know I’m contradicting myself. But sometimes it IS nice to put on a hand cream and be overwhelmed by the smell of synthetic flowers!

Best for: Really chapped, sensitive hands.

 

Vaseline Healthy Hand and Nail Conditioning Hand Lotion

This is a very forgettable hand cream because it’s a little bit beige. There’s not an awful lot going on, but it’s still a good moisturiser. The thing that appealed to me most about this one was the fact that it was a hand and nail cream, but I noticed no significant improvement in the appearance of my nails.

Pros:

Very affordable at £3.27 for 200ml, and has ingredients to help strengthen your nails.

Cons:

None. I guess it’s not very memorable? There are fancier creams out there, but this is a nice, quite basic one.

Best for: Those looking for a hand cream with nail care built in.

LUSH Handy Gurugu

I’ll often go into LUSH for one thing and come out with, like, 5 more items than expected, thanks to their pesky salesforce. That wasn’t the case when I bought this though; I went in looking for a new hand cream and they suggested this.

Pros:

It’s very hydrating, feels quite luxurious and rich, and also smells nice: earthy and natural. I find this works fast – I notice a vast improvement in the appearance of my hands and nails when I use this – and doesn’t feel too greasy (you do have to wait a few minutes for it to sink in first though).

Cons:

Quite expensive at £7.95 for a hand cream, especially compared to some of the other creams available. The pot packaging is also fiddly, bad for transportation, and unhygienic.

Best for: Those seeking a rich moisturiser, or a once-a-day treatment (I use it before bed).

Soap & Glory Hand Food

This is a cult favourite, and I can totally see why: It smells beautiful and is pretty hydrating. The packaging is also lovely.

Pros:

It’s pretty moisturising, not the best I’ve used, but it’s still great. It also smells very luxurious and the scent really does linger. It also comes in a travel-size mini-version, which is great for handbags (and cheaper at £2.50!). 

Cons:

I don’t think it’s anything special. For those with really dry hands, give this a miss.

Best for: Pretty scent and good all-rounder.

Neal’s Yard Bee Lovely

This is probably my favourite of the lot. I like everything about this moisturiser apart from the price! Good thing I got if free in a magazine, eh? I’ll be devastated when it runs out!

Pros:

This is very hydrating, without being ridiculously greasy. Sometimes it feels like you can only have hydration if it comes with greasiness, but that’s not the case with this. It also smells absolutely gorgeous – a delicate lemon and honey scent. The packaging is very pretty and it’s a nice, travel-friendly bottle. I didn’t know how I felt about the screw top until one of my other hand creams with a flip-top lid exploded everywhere (RIP Nivea Smooth Nourishing Hand Cream), so I’ve decided I actually rather like it! You’re also somehow helping the bees by buying this? I’m not sure how, as Neal’s Yard doesn’t specify, but still…. SAVE THE BEES.  

Cons:

It’s rather pricey at £10 for 50ml. But I guess if you have the budget, it’s worth it.

Best for: Those with a conscience (THOSE BEES, MAN!) and for those with a bigger budget.

What are you favourite hand creams?