Cold weather brings with it statement knits, oversized puffer jackets, and – on a slightly less glamorous note – dry, dehydrated hands. Despite being the most exposed part of our body during the colder months, they're often the most neglected, in part because it can be tricky to find a product that sinks in fast while still packing plenty of moisture. There's nothing worse than a lovely scented hand cream that leaves greasy fingerprints all over your keyboard.
So we've found the heavy-duty skin protectors that not only hydrate, but are also fast-absorbing and, most importantly, non-greasy. Read on for our edit of the balms, creams, salves, and lotions that will keep your palms, nails, and cuticles soft and slip-free all year round.
A mix of mandarin oil, rosemary leaf, and cedarwood soothes rough skin and cuticles in this handy tube from Aesop. Rich but non-greasy, it helps to fight dermatitis, combat the first signs of aging, and leaves skin feeling hydrated and smooth.
Resurrection Aromatique Hand Balm, $27, available at
Enriched with 20% shea butter, L'Occitane's hand cream has achieved cult status for good reason. Blended with almond, honey, and coconut oil, plus the essence of jasmine and ylang-ylang, it protects and heals dry, cracking skin.
Shea Butter Hand Cream, $29, available at
Fortified with antioxidant-packed rose oil and hydrating shea butter, Lano's hand cream leaves a silky, protective veil for continued hydration.
Rose Hand Cream Intense, $14.95, available at
Pop a tube of this in your handbag for on-the-go hydration. The gel-cream formula, infused with community trade argan oil from Morocco, leaves hands soft and smooth.
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Wild Argan Oil Hand Cream, $4.80, available at
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A long-standing favourite, this emollient-rich treatment comforts and conditions chapped and irritated skin with sesame oil and Japanese mulberry.
Hand and Nail Treatment Cream, $30, available at
A deliciously scented pick-me-up, this cream is formulated with geranium, walnut, and apricot kernel oil, but maintains a lightweight texture for soft, smooth hands.
Geranium & Walnut Hand Cream, $30, available at
Perfect for sensitive skin sufferers, this is a hand treatment that packs a punch. Working to protect dry and chapped hands from daily aggressors, it leaves a non-greasy film that restores the skin's moisture barrier.
Lipikar Xerand for Hands, $7.47, available at
Delivering 12-hour hydration, this rich cream strengthens the skin's moisture barrier and leaves hands softer and smoother.
Deep Comfort Hand and Cuticle Cream, $23.50, available at
Restore suppleness and soothe irritation with this fast-absorbing lotion formulated with Atlantic kelp extract and magnesium PCA.
Atlantic Kelp and Magnesium Energising Hand Lotion, $27, available at
Combining notes of tangerine, coconut, amber, and brown sugar with intensely moisturizing grape seed and vanilla extract, this hand cream is soothing, comforting, and most of all, smells divine.
Ambre Vanille Hand Cream, $18, available at
Specifically designed for dry, busy hands, this thick but non-greasy blend of botanical oils conditions and moisturizes skin, forming a protective barrier against further moisture loss.
Ultimate Strength Hand Salve, $16, available at