The best luxury hand creams for over-scrubbed skin

Ellen Millard

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2 March 2021

Extra hand-washing calls for extra moisturiser. Give your skin a hydration hit with one of these nourishing creams.

2 March 2021 Ellen Millard | If you purchase something via our website, we may earn an affiliate commission.

Winter is always tough on skin but, combine cold weather with constant hand washing and hand sanitiser use, and it's likely your hands are feeling dryer than a desert right now. But help is at, ahem, hand. Forseeing the wake of cracked, weather beaten skin on the horizon, skincare brands have been souping up their hand cream formulas, offering powerful hydration with will have your hands smooth and soothed in no time.

Kiehl’s Ultimate Strength Hand Salve

As its name suggests, this Kiehl’s wonder product means business. It’s not the most attractive, nor the most fragrant, but it certainly works. Avocado oil, eucalyptus oil and sesame seed oil combine to make a deeply rich formula that targets severe dryness - perfect for those getting trigger happy with the hand sanitiser.

Kiehl's Ultimate Strength Hand Salve, from £16 for 75ml, spacenk.com

Aesop Resurrection Aromatique Hand Balm

You can count on Aesop to create the prettiest hand cream on the market. Sealed in a handbag-friendly blush-pink tube, the brand’s signature Resurrection Aromatique balm is packed with a blend of fragrant botanicals and skin-softening emollients to rescue labour-weary hands. A woody, citrus scent seals the deal.

Aesop Resurrection Aromatique Hadn Balm, £21 for 75ml, lookfantastic.com

Austin Austin Palmarosa & Vetiver Hand Cream

There’s no better time to support British brands. Austin Austin is an independent father-and-daughter business based in Norfolk, where the duo produce all their organic beauty products. With top notes of marjoram, middle notes of palmarosa and rosemary and base notes of vetiver and lavender, this all-natural hand cream is free from silicones, parabens and any artificial colours or fragrances.

Austin Austin Palmarosa & Vetiver Hand Cream, £15 for 250ml, libertylondon.co.uk

Floris Hand Treatment Cream

Fans of Floris London will be pleased to hear the perfumer has packed three of its scents into a trio of hand creams. Rose Centifolia, Cefiro and Chypress are reimagined as nourishing balms, enriched with vitamins and natural oils to combat signs of ageing and protect against environmental damage. Wear with your favourite Floris London scent for extra olfactory points.

Floris Cefiro Hand Treatment Cream, £18, mrporter.com

Byredo Slow Dance Hand Cream

Designed to encapsulate the awkward and exhilarating feeling of a couple’s first slow dance, Byredo’s Slow Dance scent has top notes of opoponax, middle notes of geranium, labdanum and violet, and base notes of patchouli and vanilla. Reformatted in a moisturising hand cream, this luxe product is packed with natural oils to keep skin hydrated.

Byredo Slow Dance Hand Cream, £30 for 30ml, theperfumeshop.com

Susanne Kaufmann Hand Cream Nourishing

From her spa in Austria's Bregenz Forest, Susanne Kaufmann creates expert organic skincare themed around the Alpine tradition of natural healing remedies. This nourishing hand cream contains active calming ingredients such as witch hazel, broccoli oil, walnut leaf extract and vitamin E, which work together to hydrate, protect and renew skin.

Susanne Kaufmann Hand Cream, £31 for 50ml, spacenk.com

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