Hand Creams: Tried and Tested

It’s that time of the year again. DRY HANDS. Grrrrr. Well, for me, that “time” lasts almost 9 months of the year, thanks to the constant air conditioning and naturally very dry hands, but it just gets worse in the fall/winter. Thanks to this, I am obsessed with hand creams, and I will never be found without one. I have tubes at my desk in the office, in my car, in each of my purses/bags, on the bathroom shelf and my dresser.

It is critical to keep your hands moisturized because the skin on top of the hands is very thin and they are the first to show signs of ageing. Well-groomed hands also leave a very good impression about your presentation in general.
Typically, I would go for the best smelling hand creams (hello, Bath & Body Works), however, thanks to my eczema (very sexy, I know) I have been asked by the dermatologist not to use any perfumed creams. Here are my top picks based on performance, longevity, less greasy, etc.

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  1. L’Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream: It has “Shea Butter“, what’s not to like? I had heard a lot about this, but I only tried it because I got it as a gift from a friend (Thanks, F!). These are super light weight, and feel almost velvet-y when applied. You can choose a non-scented original one, or one of the scented ones, which smell incredible, but not overpowering. It makes your hands look healthy immediately, and last for a very long time.
  2. Kiehl’s Ultimate Strength Hand Salve:  I am a total Kiehl’s fan-girl (brand focus post coming up soon) so when I saw their hand cream, I knew I had to get it. I usually pick up the travel size at the airport and carry it around everywhere with me. It smells a little medicinal and feels slightly greasy when applied, but you need the tiniest amount and it absorbs very quickly.
  3. Body Shop Almond Hand & Nail Cream: Budget friendly, fair trade and all things nice. This is also light-weight but great performing hand cream. It is a bit slippery, but it absorbs quickly as well. I do think the packaging can get a bit hard to manoeuvre once you get through about 60% of the product, but hey – nothing a tube wringer can’t fix. I don’t think it lasts as long as the L’Occitaine one, for instance, but still very good for half the price.
  4. Soap & Glory Hand Food: S&G has the most fun names and packaging, and the Hand Food is no different. A more watery formula, neutral-ish smell, and good product at a very reasonable price. Not pictured above, but I think I have gone through two tubes already. Available at Boots here in Dubai and the UK.

Tip: To buy the L’Occitane or Kiehl’s hand creams at a discount, look for them at the duty free. That way, you get them for 20-25% off retail price, and also get to carry them with you without worrying about the 100ml/liquid rule.

It’s all about the hands, people! x


  1. I knew I’d like this post when I read the title ☺ I love l’occitane hand creams but have you tried the hemp hand cream from the body shop? Its my go to hand cream! I’ve reviewed it on my blog ☺

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