If you spend a lot of time taking care of your face, your hands are probably feeling a little bit neglected. The summer pool and beach time—not to mention the usual abuse from cooking, cleaning, and working—has made them look old and scaly. Here are my favorite luxurious and super-rich hand creams to make sure that your hands are just as pampered as the rest of your body.
L'Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream happens to be one of my favorites, as well as one of the company's best sellers. This hand cream (they now have a Lavender Hand Cream as well) is a super-smoothing, indulgent balm made with 20 percent shea butter, honey, sweet almond extract, jasmine, and ylang-ylang oils. It also contains anti-oxidizing vitamin E to help nourish damaged skin. Your hands won't feel greasy or oily after use; rather, they'll feel refreshed and soothed. Buy it here for $25 for 5.2 oz or get a travel-size for $9.
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La Prairie Cellular Hand Cream is a notch above the rest. Made from marine ingredients, it is luxuriously moisturizing and alphahydroxy-enhanced to exfoliate flaky skin and prevent moisture loss. It also helps hands look firmer and fights signs of saggy, aging skin. Buy it here for $85.
Kiehl's Ultimate Strength Hand Salve is designed for super-dry, active hands—a great nighttime treatment for rough hands and cuticles. The extremely thick lotion is made from a special blend of ingredients including olive oils, botanical oils, and natural wax to form a "glove-like" shield on your hands. This helps to soothe and condition seriously dehydrated and damaged skin. You can buy it here for $18.