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15 Luxury Hand Creams To Try In 2023

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Give those dry, cracked & over-sanitised hands some love

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With the cold weather now thriving in the UK, the possibility of dry and cracked hands is all the more likely. Save your skin from winter irritation with the best luxury hand creams, as highlighted in our edit below.

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The Best Luxury Hand Creams To Try Now

One of the biggest skincare trends of 2023 is full-body TLC. While looking after your face and making sure it stays hydrated may be your priority, it’s equally important we look after the rest of our skin as well. Not sure where to start? Try giving your hands a little hydration boost with these creams, lotions and balms:

Our Top Picks

  1. Best Hand Cream For Eczema: CeraVe Therapeutic Hand Cream, boots.com
  2. Best Hand Cream For Overnight Repair: NEOM Perfect Night’s Sleep Hand Balm, neomorganics.com
  3. Best Non-Greasy Hand Cream: Aesop Resurrection Aromatique Hand Balm, aesop.com 
  4. Best Hand Cream For Aging Skin: Shiseido Ultimune Power Infusing Hand Cream, harrods.com
  5. Best Vegan Hand Cream: Noble Isle Tea Rose Hand Lotion, johnbellcroyden.co.uk
  6. Best Natural Hand Cream: Bamford Rose Nurture Balm, bamford.com
  7. Best Organic Hand Cream: Manucurist Paris Fleur d’Orange Hand Cream, manucurist.com
  8. Best Smelling Hand Cream: The White Company Pomegranate Hand & Nail Cream, thewhitecompany.com
  9. Best Hand Cream For Dry Skin: Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Intensive Moisturizing Hand Treatment, boots.com
  10. Best Hand Cream For Cracked Hands: Aveda Hand Relief Moisturizing Creme, aveda.co.uk
  11. Best Hand Cream For Working Hands: Cowshed Restore Hand Cream, cowshed.com
  12. Best Luxury Hand Cream: Chanel La Crème Main, chanel.com
  13. Best Quick Absorbing Hand Cream: Jo Malone Lime, Basil & Mandarin Hand Cream, jomalone.co.uk
  14. Best Travel Hand Cream: L’Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream, loccitane.com
  15. Best Hand Cream For Hands & Nails: This Works Hand Cream, johnlewis.com
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White and blue bottle of hand cream

1. CeraVe – Best Hand Cream For Eczema

Therapeutic Hand Cream, £6.50, boots.com

Recommended by the National Eczema Association, this hand cream from CeraVe has a fast-absorbing, non-greasy formula that hydrates and calms irritated skin. This cream also includes three essential cermides, which help to lock in moisture and build up the skin’s protective barrier, leaving it soft and healthy to the touch.

Hand cream tube

2. NEOM – Best Hand Cream For Overnight Repair

Perfect Night’s Sleep Hand Balm, £21, neomorganics.com

Featuring a blend of cocoa butter, lavender, chamomile, patchouli and 11 other essential oils, NEOM’s Perfect Night’s Sleep hand balm has been crafted to create a relaxing experience for its wearer. Made with 100 percent natural fragrances, this balm will help you drift off to sleep while softening and moisturising dry hands.

Crumpled tube

3. Aesop – Best Non-Greasy Hand Cream

Resurrection Aromatique Hand Balm, £23, aesop.com

With a scent built around citrus, woody and herbaceous aromas, Aesop’s hand balm is both rich in smell and hydration. Great for nourishing dry hands and cuticles, this is a medium weight cream that avoids leaving a greasy finish.

Hand cream tube decorated with pink gradient

4. Shiseido – Best Hand Cream For Aging Skin

Ultimune Power Infusing Hand Cream, £25, harrods.com

Shiseido delivers a double whammy with its ultra-moisturising hand cream, using anti-aging technology to smooth skin while promoting circulation and protecting against external damage.

White bottle with black pump

5. Noble Isle – Best Vegan Hand Cream

Tea Rose Hand Lotion, £22, johnbellcroyden.co.uk

This lotion from Noble Isle combines natural extracts of black tea and rose petals, locking in moisture and keeping your hands nice and smooth. As well as being vegan, the lotion is paraben, gluten and cruelty free –  let the guilt-less pampering commence.

Green tub of Rose Nurture Balm

6. Bamford – Best Natural Hand Cream

Rose Nurture Balm, £20, bamford.com

A new product to hit Bamford’s shelves (and soon our baskets) is the Rose Nature Balm, which uses natural nourishing oils like argan, avocado, hemp and jojoba to smooth and hydrate skin. With 100% natural fragrance, you can use the balm on multiple areas of dryness, including cuticles, elbows and heels.

Pink tube of hand cream on peach-coloured background with green leaves

7. Manucurist Paris – Best Organic Hand Cream

Fleur d’Orange Hand Cream, £16, manucurist.com

Vegan skin and nailcare brand Manucurist Paris has created a line of hand creams that not only smell divine, but are also Cosmos Organic-certified by the Soil Association (meaning almost all ingredients are of natural origin). Our favourite is the Fleur d’Orange hand cream, which as the name suggests is led by fruity orange notes with hints of  orange blossom, honey and bergamot.

Hand cream on table with pomegranates

8. The White Company – Best Smelling Hand Cream

Pomegranate Hand & Nail Cream, £15, thewhitecompany.com

This fruity hand cream combines natural shea butter and sweet almond oil to better protect and nourish skin. With notes of pomegranate, mandarin and amber, hands will feel softer and smell great too.

Elizabeth Arden

9. Elizabeth Arden – Best Hand Cream For Dry Skin

Eight Hour Cream Intensive Moisturizing Hand Treatment 75ml, £28, boots.com

Promising up to eight hours of (non-greasy) hydrated skin, this award-winning Elizabeth Arden Intensive Moisturizing Treatment will transform seriously dry hands.

Aveda

10. Aveda – Best Hand Cream For Cracked Hands

Hand Relief Moisturizing Creme 125ml, £24, aveda.co.uk

A personal favourite of ours, Aveda’s best-loved Hand Relief really does work magic on desperately dry and cracked hands. Plus, it smells delicious and is 95 per cent naturally derived.

Black bottle of hand cream

11. Cowshed – Best Hand Cream For Working Hands

Restore Hand Cream 500ml, £30, cowshed.com

A restorative lotion procured for ‘hardworking hands’, Cowshed’s Restore Hand Cream combines shea and cocoa butter to soften the skin, whilst the fusion of natural antiseptics sweet orange and peppermint leave hands feeling refreshed.

Chanel hand cream bottle

12. Chanel – Best Luxury Hand Cream

La Crème Main, 50ml, £46, chanel.com

Perfectly portable, Chanel’s La Crème Main – a fusion of softening May rose wax and brightening iris pallida – was created for men and women on-the-go. 

Jo Malone

13. Jo Malone – Best Quick Absorbing Hand Cream

Lime Basil & Mandarin Hand Cream 50ml, £26, jomalone.co.uk

If you’re after something with a delicious scent, Jo Malone’s basil and mandarin treatment – inspired by the brand’s signature fragrance – is a must-have. This is a quick absorbing formula (no leftover grease here), made with a blend of shea butter, vitamin E, apricot kernel oil and clary sage extract to leave hands feeling soft.

L'Occitane-Shea-Hand-Cream

14. L’Occitane – Best Travel Hand Cream

Shea Butter Hand Cream 150ml, £22, loccitane.com

Combining luxurious shea butter, almond, honey and coconut oil, as well as sweet-smelling jasmine and ylang-ylang, this best-selling treatment – in which one is sold every three seconds –  ticks all the right boxes. It comes in 30ml and 150ml bottles, with the smaller being the perfect size to stow away in your handbag so you can hydrate on the go.

This Works

15. This Works – Best Hand Cream For Hands & Nails

Hand Cream 75ml, £19, johnlewis.com

Hydrating? Check. Non-greasy? Check. Pretty packaging? Check. What’s not to love about This Works’ sumptuous and nourishing hand cream?

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