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Best Hand Creams

BellaSugar's Top Five Hand Cream Picks

I'm a hand cream junkie, so it is with great pleasure and conviction that I present my top five favorites to you. Over the past year, I've tested many a cream in search of my favorite, and I have two. The first is June Jacobs Green Tea and Cucumber Hand Cream ($46) because of its quick rate of absorbency, non-greasy feeling and soothing scent.

The second is L'Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream ($25) because of its rich, thick texture and unparalleled soothing results. If there's one thing I've learned from my experiences, it's that the key to a good hand cream is shea butter, and the higher the content, the better. Below are three runners-up that I use regularly to soothe dry, chapped hands. What's your all-time favorite hand cream?

  • Kiehl's Unusually Rich — But Not Greasy At All — Hand Cream with SPF 10 ($15.50) takes the cake when it comes to consistency since it's not too thick and not too runny. It's also not greasy whatsoever and it's a great sports cream since it contains SPF 10.
  • Liz Earle Hand Repair ($28.50) smells like heaven and works wonders on dry cuticles. A little goes a long way, and there's also a travel tube available for $8.
  • Yu-Be Cream ($15) is a high quality Japanese yellow-tinted hand cream that moisturizes on a healing level. I highly recommend this fast-absorbing lotion — if you can handle the strong camphor scent.
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muffinsangria muffinsangria 8 years
I love Aveda Hand Relief, even though it is ridiculously overpriced. It's still the best hand cream I've ever used. At home, I just use my regular body lotion for my hands.
sm225 sm225 8 years
I like Sally Hansen AGE CORRECT w/RETINOL - it's a good handcream for overnight - smells good with grapeseed oil - not to greasy - and affordable. I love shea butter products for hands - but they are so expensive it's hard to use them every night...
alethia037 alethia037 8 years
It's not really hand cream, but I love Palmer's Cocoa Butter Concentrated Cream - so smooth and smells so yummy!
ElizabethRae ElizabethRae 8 years
I've got the L'Occitane one and I love it. A little pricey but it lasts forever.
sugar_me_sweet sugar_me_sweet 8 years
i use the loccitane one. ive had mine for awhile but im not big on the hand cream after winter is over.
Bebett Bebett 8 years
I have been a faithful Aveda Hand Relief user.
bushra bushra 8 years
jadoremondieu, i'm a faithful Neutrogena fan too, i use their Anti-Ageing one on the summer, because of the sun protection, my hands really get burnt by the sun. but because the original formula lasts ages i keep one at my desk, one in my bag and another at home. i also have Crabtree and Evelyn La Source but use it occasionally as it is too scented for my liking.
jadoremondieu jadoremondieu 8 years
I'm a hand-cream junkie too, after having been on Roaccutane years ago; my hands have never been the same again! I'm going to go and get the L'Occitane one now on everybody's recommendations. I have always tried different things but come back to the good old Neutrogena Norwegian Formula. I've just tried their Anti-Ageing formula - at 26, I have super-wrinkly hands - but it's not as good as the classic formula. I love it because it actually works, is non-greasy and doesn't smell like anything in particular, and is cheap enough for constant (every hour, at a minimum) re-application =)
leeluvfashion leeluvfashion 8 years
My favorites are: - Kai Body Cream - C.O Bigelow Almond Hand Lotion - Philosophy Lemonade Hand Cream - Lubriderm Skin Therapy for Dry, Sensitive Skin
terryt18 terryt18 8 years
The Keri hand cream at the drugstore is great and reasonably priced.
MissMarisol MissMarisol 8 years
I am a hardcore L'Occitane Shea Butter fan. Doesn't leave my hands greasy and it makes them feel so soft.
Jewels2080 Jewels2080 8 years
I really like Lollia hand cream, they have some great scents and they are very soothing.
MartiniLush MartiniLush 8 years
I would also recommend "look ma, new hands" with paraffin. I get it at Bath and Body Works.
dracodarling dracodarling 8 years
Eucerin and Aveeno have always been my choice especially since Aveeno has SPF in it now. There are much better and inexpensive ones out there. These are a splurge!
CiaoBella2 CiaoBella2 8 years
I use L'Occitane's every night and would like to try Kiehl's for daytime. I wish you could get the June Jacob's one at Sephora, I'd like to smell it first before buying.
tokki83 tokki83 8 years
Barielle Professional Hand Cream ($15) also Gold Bond Ultimate Healing Skin Therapy Lotion ($10)
juliarose23 juliarose23 8 years
ahh i have the L'Occitane one, and i'm using it right now! i have no complaints, except for the smell kind of reminds me of babies...
emalove emalove 8 years
I need that Kiehl's one! Right now, I'm using this lemon-sugar scented hand cream from Target...smells pretty fab.
WiCkeD_LaDy WiCkeD_LaDy 8 years
Hey Bella, the hand creams from Bath and Body Work are great, they really work, my favorite is the one that smell like lemon and coco.
melizzle melizzle 8 years
L'Occitane- so luscious! But, drugstore brands work just as well for me. :) Expensive hand cream is a nice, occasional splurge.
gruaig_rua gruaig_rua 8 years
I bought the L'Occitane one last month and absolutely love it!
kwikwit kwikwit 8 years
I agree with MindayH, there are a lot of inexpensive options out there that are just as good as the more expensive choices. I used L'Occitane for a long time but with this economy I've switched over to Eucerin and it really is great stuff.
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