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The Best Hand Lotions For Severely Dry Skin #ThanksWinter

November 25, 2015 by Lisa Fogarty
shefinds | beauty

Cold, dry weather call for intensely hydrating solutions. During the bitter winter months--or any other time your hands feel cracked, dry, and scaly--the most crucial first step to avoiding rough hands is finding an oil-based ointment or lotion that contains soothing, effective ingredients like shea butter, petrolatum, glycerin, and lanolin. Lotions don't simply alleviate the irritating effects of dry skin; they can even prevent the signs of aging from creeping up on your hands.

Here are 7 highly moisturizing hand lotions, salves, and creams that will keep your hands soft as silk on even the coldest days.

Kiehl's Since 1851 Ultimate Strength Hand Salve

This cult hand cream enjoys 5-star reviews almost everywhere it's sold. Why? Put simply, because it really works. The special combination of ingredients form a 'glovelike' protective barrier against moisture loss so your hands really stay hydrated for hours on end.

Kiehl's Since 1851 Ultimate Strength Hand Salve

Smith's Rosebud Salve

This multipurpose lip balm also works wonders on very dry hands, thanks to the simplest of ingredients: petrolatum, cotton seed oil, and a blend of essential pols and botanicals. It comes in a cute, portable tin and smells heavenly.

Smith's Rosebud Salve

Yu-Be Moisturizing Skin Cream

This Japanese, glycerin-based cream is infused with good-for-your-skin ingredients like vitamins E, B2, and camphor. It's non-greasy, contains zero synthetic dyes, fragrances, or sulfates, and remains the number one selling medicated skincare cream in Japan today. Feel free to multitask with Yu-be by using it on rough elbow, knees, cuticles, and heels.

Yu-Be Moisturizing Skin Cream

Crabtree & Evelyn Avocado, Olive & Basil Ultra-Moisturizing Hand Therapy

This award-winning hand lotion hits all the right notes with the most effective of ingredients, including macadamia nut oil, Shea butter, avocado oil, vitamin E, and myrrh to condition nails and cuticles. If you're searching for the most luxuriant cream you can find, you've found it.

Crabtree & Evelyn Avocado, Olive & Basil Ultra-Moisturizing Hand Therapy

Ahava Dead Sea Mineral Hand Cream

Made with Dead Sea minerals, aloe vera, witch hazel, and allantoin to help heal cracked skin, this absorbent cream rapidly works to provide an intense level of moisture without leaving hands feeling greasy. Put a little on at bedtime and prepare to wake up with baby-soft hands.

Ahava Dead Sea Mineral Hand Cream

Eucerin Plus Intensive Repair Hand Cream

This lightweight, but thick cream uses Alpha Hydroxy to exfoliate skin while providing an intense dose of moisture to dry, cracked hands. This unscented cream is so effective that some even claim it works on rosacea.

Eucerin Plus Intensive Repair Hand Cream

Avon Moisture Therapy Intensive Healing & Repair Hand Cream

Fans of this popular, fragrance-free cream (and it has quite an impressive following) cherish it for its ability to heal extremely dry hands in a jiffy. Avon's formula is just as effective on feet, knees, and elbows and Avon claims its moisturizing benefits last days after you apply it.

Avon Moisture Therapy Intensive Healing & Repair Hand Cream

TokyoMilk Shea Butter Lotion

There aren't enough positive words on the planet that I could use to describe TokyoMilk's incredible line of lotions, which are made with Shea butter, Japanese green tea, and other natural ingredients like mimosa bark and dandelion. They offer a wide range of products, but I strongly suggest giving Honey & The Moon No. 10 a spin--with hints of honey, sugared violet, jasmine, and sandalwood, you'll feel like you're giving your hands a spa treatment.

TokyoMilk Shea Butter Lotion

Author:

Lisa Fogarty is a lifestyle writer and reporter based in New York who covers health, wellness, relationships, sex, beauty, and parenting.

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