There are few things more satisfying than using a really fancy hand cream, especially the constant washing and disinfecting that has become a routine during the pandemic. If you want to add a little bit of luxury to your post-soap routine, we’ve rounded up some of our favorites, including an Ayurvedic cream that smells like roses, a super moisturizing soufflé that sells out almost everywhere, and a high-coveted designer hand cream. There is something for everyone here.
The editor’s favorite
You’ve probably heard of Augustinus Bader’s The Cream ad nauseum, but there’s a reason this brand is getting so much attention. Introduced in 2020, the hand treatment contains the signature amino acid and vitamin-packed TCF8 formula that protects against aging, pollution and much more.
An Ayurvedic dream
Shaped by Ayurvedic traditions, Ranavat hand cream smells better than a bouquet of red roses and is filled with sesame seeds and sweet almond oils to keep your hands hydrated.
Vacation in a bottle
You know Oribe’s high-end hair products. Turns out they make a pretty decent hand cream too. Made from sweet almond, glycerine and shea butter and infused with its chic Côte d’Azur scent, it supplies even the roughest winter hands with a high dose of moisture.
For the snob scent
With a delicate, herbal, citrus scent that convinces the most discerning palettes – i.e. my best friend the scented snob – 54 Thrones has developed a cult following for their over-moisturizing Ghanaian baobabs and Egyptian jojoba-wrapped beauty butter. The luxurious gold tube it goes in? 10 of 10.
The iconic standby
Chanel’s iconic hand cream is on numerous “Best Of” lists for good reason. Why not take the extra rich version for a spin?
The sensitive skin healer
For those who do not want a fragrance at all, but do not want to forego aesthetics, the perfume-free, peptide-rich range of Necessaire is safe for sensitive skin and has a stylish packaging.
For your bedside table
This popular soufflé (read: constantly sold out) is technically suitable for the whole body, but thick enough to serve as an overnight hand mask.
A chic French cream
Buly’s extra rich hand cream is the pinnacle of French pharmacy chic. It has antibacterial properties from tea tree, manuka and niaouli oils and soothes the hands thanks to lemongrass, geranium and sweet orange extracts.
An ultra-thick balm
This balm-like treatment is packed with plant substances popular in Chinese medicine such as astragalus, honeysuckle and liquorice, and thanks to hinoki, fir, holy basil and spruce, it has a woody scent. It is deeply reparative and has antimicrobial properties.
The best fragrance
This baby pink tube from Grown Alchemist is one of the hand creams I reach for the most – with cactus flowers, cedarwood and tri-hyaluronan complex, it heals and soothes the hands and has a wonderfully unique scent.
A light option for summer
Not looking for a super rich moisturizer? This light serum with SpaRitual’s signature citrus cardamom scent has won countless awards and is currently sold out – add your waiting list now.
Keep in your purse
Combine this with one of the very chic hand disinfectants from Byredo and keep both in your handbag at all times. This makes wiping after shopping like an elegant ritual.