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Best hand creams

A little mood-boosting treat is something we all need right now, I reckon. A dollop of luxe hand cream seems a rather good place to start.

A little mood-boosting treat is something we all need right now. And also something to tackle the the dryness caused from all that hand washing and sanitising. Yes, the alcohol rub is keeping the germs at bay, but it’s also a demon at stripping out the natural oils and drying out skin. (Definitely keep washing and sanitising though!)

So, if your mitts are as shrivelled as ours and could do with a good dollop of luxury hand cream this seems a rather good place to start. Go forth and moisturise!

Gardeners’ Hand Cream

If the combination of lockdown, sunshine and springtime has you scurrying into the garden, your hands may be feeling overworked. This blend of orange, geranium and lavender with restoring grape and jojoba will soothe tired, chapped and blistered gardening hands.


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Verso hand serum

OK, time to get serious. This chic Stockholm brand’s treatment serum contains retinol, the super-smoothing wonder ingredient usually found in face creams. So if this doesn’t sort out your mitts, nothing will. On a less serious note, I really dig the typeface on the packaging.


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Original Carshalton lavender hand cream

One that won’t break the bank and made with oils from lavender grown in Carshalton, Surrey. It’s blended with jojoba and coconut to produce a calming and clarifying hand cream.


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L’Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream

This brand from the South of France is the nearest we’ll get to Provence for a while, it seems. The cream has won awards, it’s 20 percent shea butter and also has almond, honey and coconut oil thrown in for good measure. Good enough to eat (but don’t obvs).


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Laura Mercier Ambre Vanillé Hand Cream

Laura Mercier’s ultra-luxe bath and bodycare range is dependably divine. Currently 15 percent off at John Lewis (so chop chop and shop shop), it comes in several fragrances. Fig is my all-time favourite but you’ll have to wait until it’s back in stock.


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Crème de la Mer Hand Treatment

Hey big spender! Obviously La Mer products don’t come cheap but if you feel like splashing out, this cult favourite won’t disappoint. Nobody does magical skin-plumping better.


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Reverence Aromatique Hand Balm

Yes, it’s insanely expensive but that price is for a whopping 500ml bottle, while the 75ml tube is £21. Aesop is the brand in every fashion and beauty editor’s bathroom right now and with good reason. This bergamot rind, vetiver root and petitgrain concoction is absolutely delicious, and, if you can stretch to the matching hand wash, you’ll nab extra skin-finessing benefits, as it comes with finely milled pumice to exfoliate every time you wash.


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