Keeping your skin moisturized during winter can be a challenge. Dry, cold air outside coupled with hot indoor heating can leave your hands vulnerably open to the elements.
Is there an answer, besides wearing those tiny stretchy dollar store gloves, until spring?
Yes: it’s moisturizing hand cream. Using it regularly can help to keep those painful cracked corners at bay.
Here are 5 bestselling hand creams and what consumers have to say about them:
This one gets 5 out of 5 stars on Amazon.com. Marketed as an “iconic hand cream” it uses a recipe of 40% glycerin and emollients to help seal moisture into your skin.
Amazon.com reviewers say:
“Be warned–this formula IS waxy, thick, and not as easy to spread as runny, milky hand creams. BUT, it absorbs quickly enough, and application isn’t particularly laborious. A little goes a long way.”
“This is hands down THE best product for dry hands!”
And for the men:
“…A small drop is all you need and any sense of oiliness is gone in a minute or less. What you’re left with are moisturized hands that don’t smell like flowers that were bred in nuclear waste. The stuff works, it is cheap, and it made my wife feel smug (for recommending it). What more could one want?”
O’Keefe’s “manly hand cream” is another highly concentrated solution that works.
You might feel like a construction worker using it, but, really, what’s so bad about that?
It offers guaranteed relief and is clinically proven to increase moisture levels and prevent further drying.
Over 6,000 reviewers on Amazon.com give this product an average of 4.5 stars out of 5.
“I could tell right away it was not like anything I’d every used before. It is smooth going on, but not greasy at all after you’ve applied it and rubbed it in. It also doesn’t have any noticeable odor.
I did have a little burning at the start, but by the next morning, there were no noticeable ill effects. The dryness, cracking, redness, and itching that my usual regimen failed to address over the previous two weeks was completely healed in two days. Really, this stuff is nothing short of a miracle.
Made from olive oil, almond oil, bees wax and other natural ingredients, Burts Bees Hand Salve has a dedicated following.
This reviewer from Alberta, Canada says:
“Would like to express my appreciation to Burt’s Bees. I am someone who has struggled all of her life with chronic mild to moderate eczema on my hands. I have tried a multitude of medications and creams over the years to alleviate the problem. Finally, I found one that works for me, and I couldn’t be more grateful.”
This favored hand cream is enriched with 20% Shea butter to penetrate and nourish your hands. Apparently, you can apply it and stay protected, even after multiple hand washings.
From someone who loves it:
“I work with patients in a hospital setting and wash my hands at least 15-20 times a day. My hands are often dry and chapped. I’ve tried everything: Eucerin, Vaseline, Cetaphyl, etc but nothing has come close to this cream. I got it as a gift from a coworker and haven’t stopped using it since.
This one isn’t as thick as some others on this list, but keeping a bottle by the faucet in the kitchen can do wonders. For everyday, regular dry hands, users say you can re-apply a small amount after washing your hands, and you’ll get yourself through the winter.
A Curel fan has this to say:
“Curel lotion in general is the only lotion that takes care of my very dry hands in winter. This type of Curel is excellent and great size for purse. Nothing else works on my dry, dry, hands and fingers in winter. I live in NE USA and wash my hands A LOT!”
No excuses now for sandpaper palms: slather it up!