Best Hand Creams
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The arrival of winter changes pretty much everything. How we dress, how much time we spend outdoors and how late we are to work. One of the biggest differences is our skin. The coldest season of the year does a real number on skin, especially the skin on our hands. So there's never been a better time to review the best hand creams.

Obviously the primary function of said creams is to moisturize dry hands. After being exposed to indoor heating and stale air, it's no wonder they need some TLC. The key is to apply a hand cream daily and in some cases twice a day. Even after you see improvement. And no, you can't just rub regular lotion on your hands and get the same results. That's because hand creams are specifically formulated to deal with cracks and brittle cuticles.

Look for formulas with proven hydrators. Like marula oil, colloidal oatmeal and shea butter. If you're super sensitive, skip the ones featuring fragrance. On the other hand, if sensitivity isn't a concern, a nice fragrance can really make a dreary winter day much, much better.

Scroll down to discover the best hand creams to buy in bulk. Because we still have several months of winter to go.

Necessaire The Hand Cream
Nécessaire

Nécessaire The Hand Cream, $25 at Nécessaire

Nécessaire's hand cream has a lot going for it. It's a skin barrier treatment boasting five ceramides, five peptides, niacinamide and marula butter/oil. The fast-absorbing, never greasy formula reverses dryness and helps recover brittle cuticles.

Chanel La Creme Main
Chanel

Chanel La Crème Main, $55 at Chanel

This cream moisturizes, brightens and protects hands. Iris pallida protects the skin barrier while diminishing the appearance of dark spots. May rose wax imparts a moisturizing, protective veil for lasting hydration.

Sol de Janeiro Brazilian Touch Hand Cream
Sol de Janeiro

Sol de Janeiro Brazilian Touch Hand Cream, $16 at Sol de Janeiro

Searching for a hand cream that smells just as good as it works? Search no more. This super rich cream moisturizes on contact, then locks in that hydration while supporting skin's natural barrier and microbiome. Then there's the brand's beloved pistachio and salted caramel aroma...

Eucerin Eczema Relief Cream
Eucerin

Eucerin Eczema Relief Cream, $12.99 at Target

Although it's technically not a hand cream, this eczema treatment works wonders on dry, cracked hands. The formula absorbs in a flash and utilizes colloidal oatmeal to lock in moisture. Then licorice root extract comes in to soothe irritated skin. Feel free to also use on your body.

LOccitane Nourishing and Protective Shea Butter Hand Cream
L'Occitane

L'Occitane Nourishing and Protective Shea Butter Hand Cream, $30 at Sephora

There's a whopping 20 percent organic and fair-trade certified shea butter in this cream so you know it'll both moisturize and protect your hands from getting dry and tight. Consider the fresh, powdery scent a (big) bonus.

Grown Alchemist Hand Cream
Grown Alchemist

Grown Alchemist Hand Cream Vanilla + Orange Peel, $26 at Grown Alchemist

You won't need perfume after applying Grown Alchemist's beautifully scented cream. The aroma comes courtesy of vanillin and orange peel oils. It doesn't skimp on comfort, either. Its moisturizing formula features a powerful blend of botanical extracts.

EltaMD So Silky Hand Creme
EltaMD

EltaMD So Silky Hand Crème, $25 at EltaMD

Banish dry, flaky skin for up to 12 hours with EltaMD's silky hand cream. It's comprised of ceramides, gentle emollients and vitamin E to nourish and revive.

Kiehls Ultimate Strength Hand Salve
Kiehl's

Kiehl's Ultimate Strength Hand Salve, $32 at Sephora

The name kind of says it all. This maximum strength moisturizer tackles dryness, dullness and even uneven texture. It forms a "glove-like" protective barrier and its blend of botanical oils and natural wax derived from olive oil soothes and conditions.

Lano Coconutter Hand Cream Intense
Lano

Lano Coconutter Hand Cream Intense, $14.95 at Lano

Lano's entry transforms dry hands and nails. It accomplishes such a feat with help from one quarter lanolin. The added coconut oil will help connect you to summer throughout winter.

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