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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.