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Are your hands chapped beyond repair this winter? Mine too–and I’m blaming it on the Polar Vortex! It’s been brutally cold; enough to cause my hands to be red, with rough cuticles and so dry. On the bright side, I’ve been testing hand creams to find ones that really keep hands in top condition.

Hand creams come in every variation and price range, but what I look for in a good winter hand cream are ingredients like glycerin or Shea Butter, natural oils like avocado or argan and antioxidants. Glycerin helps to prevent moisture loss, which is essential in the dry, winter air. While SPF is essential for me in a summer hand cream, I feel it’s optional in the winter unless you’re trying to prevent age spots. That being said, these are some of my favorite hand creams for winter:

Carols Daughter Almond Cookie Hand Cream

Carol’s Daughter Almond Cookie Hand Cream has sunflower seed, coconut, and soybean oils and nourishing vitamins and antioxidants. My hands have been a complete disaster this winter and the Carol’s Daughter Almond Cookie Hand Cream ($14) not only smells delicious, it really helps keep my hands moisturized. Love!

AVEENO Positively Ageless Skin Strengthening Hand Cream

The AVEENO® POSITIVELY AGELESS®  Skin Strengthening Hand Cream helps to strengthen the skin’s moisture barrier and is clinically proven to deeply moisturize for 24 hours. This hand cream is non-greasy and I really felt like I could feel the difference with use. Excellent!

Curel Hand-and-Cuticle

Curel Hand & Cuticle Therapy is infused with soy milk, monoi oil, and vitamin E to nourish and soften hands and cuticles. What I like about this hand cream is that it absorbs quickly and completely and isn’t greasy. This would be a nice hand cream to keep at your desk, if you work in an office setting for that reason alone.

Caudalie Hand and Nail Cream

Caudalie Hand and Nail Cream is like a spa treatment for your hands! The formula contains anti-oxidant grape-seed polyphenols, fair trade shea butter, grape-seed oil, avocado, plant glycerine and sweet orange. This hand cream is light, yet once applied, your hands feel completely moisturized and comfortable.

Sally Hansen Smooth & Perfect Hand Creme

Sally Hansen Smooth & Perfect Hand Creme instantly hydrates hands with glycerin and petrolatum in the formula and although it claims to help brighten, I didn’t see anything in the ingredients that would help with that. This hand cream does have a lightweight formula and moisturizes thoroughly. If you’re a Sally Hansen nail product fan, this is a nice hand care product to consider.

butter london signature lotion-tube

butter LONDON Backstage Basics Signature Lotion is a brand new product that was inspired by the hectic pace of backstage at fashion shows. This lotion is formulated with Shea Butter, Aloe Vera Leaf Juice, Glycerin, Safflower Seed Oil, Sweet Almond Oil and antioxidants. It’s rich, thick and nourishing. It has a light fragrance, with notes of bergamot, freesia, amber and vanilla –so pretty–and can be applied anywhere, not just hands.

TATCHA Indigo Hand Cream

TATCHA INDIGO Soothing Silk Hand Cream combines the stems, leaves and petals of the Indigo plant, steeped in water and fermented to make a concentrated botanical extract. Liquid Silk and Squalane hydrate skin, while the Indigo extracts are known to have anti-inflammatory properties. This blue-tinged hand cream (don’t worry, it disappears as you rub it in) would be especially pampering for someone that works with their hands, such as a nurse, or someone who has especially sensitive, inflamed or irritated skin.

Some of my other favorite hand creams include (links to previous coverage) La Mer, Neutrogena Norweigian Formula and Aveda Hand Relief. For some of my other top nail care picks, make sure to check out Top 10 Nail Care and Manicure Products! How are your hands doing this winter?  Tell me what hand cream you’re using!

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