The best hand creams for busy mums

by Lorna White |
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From bottle-washing to nappy changing, bathing baby and hand sanitiser, general germ-fighting can take its toll on your poor hands.

A good hand cream is an essential to have in your handbag, but with so many different hand creams to choose from, it can be hard to pick one that you know will work for your dry hands.

That's why we've put together a list of our favourite hand creams that keep our hands silky smooth.

We love the scent of this shea scented hand cream from The Body Shop. It's a gel cream formula with a non-greasy texture making it ideal for regular application on dry hands.

One reviewer said: 'Superb hand cream soaks into the skin, not sticky, smells delightful and keeps my hands soft.'

This cult cream is always a winner in our books. It feels a little rich at first, but then sinks right in. Not the most portable of tubes, but once you’re addicted, buy the mini sizes for your hand/nappy bag.

One reviewer says: 'Fab hand cream - excellent for soothing and rehydrating dry hands. I’ve been using it for years. Had a lovely light fragrance and easily absorbed but rich feel.'

Hemp seed oil is perfect for restoring moisture to dry skin as it's rich in vitamin E and has the optimal balance of essential omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids to leave hands feeling soft, supple and healthy.

One reviewer said: 'I bought this 3 weeks ago and it's amazing! My hands are very dry but after trying this hand cream my hands look much better and softer. The smell is not great, but it doesn’t bother me, it's the best hand cream I’ve ever bought and I will keep buying more!'

Treat your hands to a little bit of luxury with this Molton Brown hand cream which smells amazing with grapefruit, yuzu, lemongrass, rhubarb leaf, rose, spearmint, vanilla, musk and spun sugar for instant pampering.

One reviewer said: 'I love Rhubarb and Rose and I love this hand cream. It smells amazing, the consistency is thick but not too thick - it's just right and absorbs quickly into the skin leaving it feeling lovely and moisturised and soft. It's not greasy at all and a tube lasts quite a while even with a few uses a day.'

This affordable yet hugely popular hand cream provides relief from dry, chapped hands instantly, making it great for the winter months. Each hand cream provides up to 200 applications.

One reviewer said: 'I have used this hand cream for a very long time, it is brilliant, quickly absorbed and you don’t need to use a lot as it is concentrated. I apply it every night before I lay down to sleep, great results.'

Award winning for a reason, this never-greasy hand cream combats croc-hands and also has anti-ageing benefits to tackle age spots with soothing Sesame Oil and fortifying Japanese Mulberry which protects against chapping and irritation.

One reviewer said: 'Just love this cream and have been using for a while now. Use everytime I wash my hands and they feel so soft. Also have one in my handbag so can't do without it.'

Ideal for super dry hands that need an extra strong treatment. This product is clinically proven to instantly boost moisture levels to create a protective layer on the skin's surface and help prevent further moisture loss with results within days.

One reviewer said: 'I am on my second pot now and I can definitely say that this is the most effective hand cream I have ever used. I work in a hospital environment and washing hands continuously followed by alcohol gel can really cause super dry skin with occasionally painful cracks. This hand cream works wonders. Definitely would recommend to anyone!'

NIVEA is a trusty brand we all know and love. Their intensive nourishing hand moisturiser formulated using almond oil and lasts for 24 hours leaving you with soft, moisturised hands all week.

One reviewer said: 'Bought this a while ago and keep it in work. It's my current favourite - not too greasy or 'wet' and dries in well and hands are super soft after!'

Formulated for normal to dry skin this hand cream is suitable for sensitive skin and will keep your hands moisturised through all the daily hand washes to keep hands healthy.

One reviewer said: 'I bought this when my hands began to get chapped and sore from the cold weather. Now I use it throughout the day and it leaves my hands feeling so soft. This product isn’t at all greasy and I can still use a pen at work without it slipping out of my hand!'

Alternative retailers
Walmart$29.75View offer
Dermstore$33.00View offer
Neiman Marcus$33.00View offer
Bloomingdale's$33.00View offer

This hand balm contains beneficial botanicals that soothe and hydrate the skin without leaving hands feeling greasy but instead soft and hydrated.

One reviewer said: 'This really is the best. Really moisturising and smells wonderful. Only a tiny amount required with maximum results.'

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