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The Best Hand Creams on Amazon, According to Hyperenthusiastic Reviewers

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Here at the Strategist, we like to think of ourselves as crazy (in the good way) about the stuff we buy, but as much as we’d like to, we can’t try everything. Which is why we have People’s Choice, in which we find the best-reviewed (that’s four-to-five-star reviews and lots of ’em) products and single out the most convincing ones. While we’ve written about some essential skin-care products for colder months, the best products for easing eczema flare-ups in winter, plus the best facial moisturizers for dry skin, here, we perused the pages of Amazon’s beauty section to find the most trustworthy hand creams for soothing cracked, itchy winter skin. (Note that reviews have been edited for length and clarity.)

Best hand creams for cracked skin

O’Keeffe’s Working Hands Cream

“Every winter, my fingers and knuckles crack and bleed. I wash my hands a lot, and they become rough and in painful shape in winter. I have tried everything on the market to heal my hands. I noticed that over a hundred people gave five-star reviews on this product. Well, over a hundred people can’t be wrong. I received this hand cream yesterday, and when I put it on my hands, I could tell right then and there, this was something well beyond all of everything on the market that I have tried. Believe me or not. This stuff started working immediately. It is not greasy whatsoever. It seems that it absorbed into my hands quickly and was smooth as silk. I filled all the cuts and cracks on my hands with this cream, today they are almost healed. I don’t understand how this cream worked so fast, but it did. I do believe that this product is the best hand cream that could be made on earth.”

Neutrogena Norwegian Formula Moisturizing Hand Cream

“This is the only hand lotion that has ever worked for me, and I’ve tried almost everything on the market. I work in food service and wash my hands frequently, and have suffered from severe eczema for most of my life. My hands are usually covered in cracks and are painful, itchy, and embarrassing. After years of suffering, I finally went to a dermatologist, and she recommended a short course of topical steroids and this cream (the fragrance-free one, she made sure to specify). I’m done with the steroids now, and have been applying this cream any time I wash my hands. For the first time in maybe five or six years, my hands don’t sting, they aren’t red and swollen, and customers don’t ask me about my skin. I feel an absolutely massive sense of relief. I think I will be buying this lotion for the rest of my life.”

CeraVe Therapeutic Hand Cream

“Love, love, love. Definitely one of the best hand creams that I have ever used. Does the job of keeping the skin nice and smooth, and not dry. I used this so much during the winter months, and I still do now, even in the nice weather. No fragrance, which I like. I highly recommend this product. You won’t be disappointed.”

Best hand cream for sensitive skin

Eucerin Advanced Hand Repair Cream

“I have sensitive skin and allergies. Very good, soothing, healing, and softening cream. Highly recommended. Best I have used. Recommended by my allergist and dermatologist.”

Best anti-aging hand cream

Robanda Anti-Aging Hand Treatment

“I ordered this after noticing age spots continually getting worse on the tops of my hands but honestly didn’t hold out much hope for it to be effective. I’ve only used it about ten times and only on the tops of my hands because I don’t really like the feel of it as a whole-hand moisturizer. The spots are about 50 percent gone and the others are fading. It seems to work best if I put it on at night after getting in bed. I just put a small amount on the top of one hand and then rub the backs together. I’m assuming it works best this way because there are hours in between hand-washings.”

Best scented hand creams

J.R. Watkins Hand Cream

“This hand cream is very smooth and thick, and NOT one bit sticky! A friend of mine let me try some and I had to buy my own right away, I was obsessed. I love the aloe and green tea fragrance, it smells so fresh. Sometimes I’ll dab a bit on my arms and elbows when I need a little afternoon scent pick-me-up. My hands get dry and scaly, and I need a hand cream that will sink in and last. This cream does the trick; it is my new go-to lotion!”

Camille Beckman Glycerine Hand Therapy Cream

“This has to be the best hand cream in the world — leaves skin soft, but not one bit greasy. Love the rich consistency. Comes in many wonderful fragrances. I took a chance on this one, mostly because I love honey. Don’t know how to describe the fragrance, but I LOVE it — smells heavenly and instantly relaxes me. If I ever get filthy rich, I will buy enough of this to use as often as I like, instead of rationing myself. In the meantime, there will be people wondering why this weird woman is sometimes seen sniffing her hands with a blissful, silly smile on her face.”

Best shea-butter hand creams

L’Occitane 20% Shea Butter Hand Cream

“This is the best hand lotion I’ve ever owned. I’ve been using this product now for over a year, and this is only my second tube as a little goes a long way! Right now, being pregnant, I’m ultra-sensitive to perfumes and smells but the scent of this shea butter cream is so mellow I can wear it day in and day out. Living in the dry climate of Colorado a good lotion is essential and this product fits the bill perfectly! It doesn’t leave an oily residue, and rubs in effortlessly. As a bonus, my husband loves the scent as well!”

Pre de Provence 20% Natural Shea Butter Hand Cream

“I usually use body lotion on my hands but bought this because I wanted to try a hand cream instead — hoping it would be less greasy. I have been using this for about a month now and it makes a world of difference! This cream makes my hands baby soft. It rubs in quickly and doesn’t leave my hands the least bit greasy. Plus the smell is amazing. My mom loves lavender so I’ve smelled my fair share of lavender products and this one is just subtle and flowery enough without being too sweet or overpowering.”

Best cocoa-butter hand cream

Queen Helene Hand + Body Lotion

“I wash dishes at a cafe for 40-plus hours a week and my hands were getting destroyed. I started using gloves but I knew that was not all I needed to get my hands healed. One of my co-workers happened to have this stuff at work and I tried it and wow, it works! I now apply it while I’m at work three to five times a day and, along with using the gloves, my hands have gotten almost back to normal in about a week. The consistency is nice (you don’t have to work hard to get it rubbed into your skin), it smells great (combats the gross latex smell from the gloves), and it’s filthy cheap”

Best aloe vera hand cream

Miracle Hand Repair Cream

“I only bought this out of sheer desperation, thinking once again I was throwing my money away. I work in health care and wash my hand over 30 times a day. Every day (during the winter) I come home and my skin is literally cracked on my knuckles and on my fingers. So I decided to try it, thinking it would do nothing. I was wrong! By a ‘miracle,’ it worked. I put it on when I went to sleep, and woke up and my hands were great! My hands were still a little dry but my knuckles felt GREAT. They were no longer cracked, hurting, or bleeding! I was still pessimistic, but night after night it worked! I don’t know how, but it does. Definitely worth a try!”

Best coconut-oil-enriched hand cream

Yes to Coconut Hydrate and Repair Hand and Cuticle Cream

“Love, love, love. This lotion smells SO amazing. The coconut smell is just strong enough to be pleasant but not overpowering. It’s not a noxious or strange-smelling coconut. My skin is super sensitive and prone to eczema, and I’ve used this many times without any issues. The perfect lotion, in my opinion.”

Best dead sea-mineral hand cream

Ahava Mineral Hand Cream

“The best hand cream I’ve ever used. My mom bought me this hand cream first when she came back from her trip to Israel. I loved it so much and worried that I would not be able to get this again. Well thanks to the World Wide Web, it is available easily! The scent is very light, not my favorite, since I prefer the citrus types of scents, but this one is okay. What I LOVE about it is that it is not greasy and it absorbs into the skin quickly. My skin is very sensitive, and I feel this is the best for me. I have eczema on my legs and arms, and although this is a hand cream, I use it for my legs and arms and it helps control the eczema. It is a little expensive, but I feel it’s the only lotion that helps my skin.”

Best lanolin (wax wool) hand cream

Udderly Smooth Udder Cream Moisturizer

“Love, love, love this cream and have recommended to my friends. I have had very sore, cracked hands, especially fingers, for many years now, and I have had instant relief with this cream! Right from the very first application, I could feel my hands soaking it in, and it leaves no greasy residue and has a slight, pleasant smell. As I use it, my skin has continued to feel supple and my hands have healed. My fingernails are growing stronger week by week, and I am not afraid now to show my hands. I have tried EVERYTHING over the years and no other cream has come close to solving the problem. No need for Band-Aids around my fingers to ease the excruciating pain of deep cracks any more. I will definitely be buying more of this wonderful product!”

Best hand cream for men

Jack Black Industrial Strength Hand Healer

“Hands down (no pun intended) the best hand lotion for a guy with very dry skin in the winter (or gal I would imagine). I’m used to getting the dreaded itches when the weather turns blisteringly cold and the air is drier than the Gobi. Humidifiers help, but my hands would still turn into nasty, red, itchy flake monsters. The best thing about this stuff is that I don’t have to keep reapplying. I don’t want to have to carry lotion with me all the time and keep squirting it all over my hands, and then getting my phone and tablet all gunked up. I put it on after I shower in the evening and right before bed. Keeps my skin nice and soft and tames the wild, red itch beast. The scent is also very nice. Think eucalyptus sauna, or a pleasant non-medicinal Vicks VapoRub–type scent.”

Best Korean-beauty hand cream

Etude House Missing U Hand Cream

“After reading a previous review about how tiny the size of this product is, I was a little hesitant to order. I am SO glad I did! I think it is the perfect size to keep in my purse, and it is not like you need a ton of product on your hands each time you use it. A tiny dab will do the trick! It smells so nice and it is not greasy at all. The packaging is super adorable, and I could see myself just filling it up with lotion whenever it runs out! Well worth the dollars for this supercute packaging. Definitely recommended!”

Best organic hand creams

Weleda Regenerating Hand Cream

“Sometimes natural cosmetics are less effective than regular ones, but that doesn’t apply to this cream. It is very moisturizing and nourishing without leaving an oily cover on your hands. It leaves the skin very smooth. It does not require a lot of product for one application — I think because the consistency is good; not too thin, not too thick.”

The Naked Bee Moisturizing Hand and Body Lotion

“I’m a dude who doesn’t ever really use lotion, but the dryness of this winter has made the knuckles on my hands crack pretty bad. It was painful. I use this lotion daily now, and I have no problems. It’s only moderately greasy. A few minutes after application, I don’t have any problem opening door knobs or anything else. I use a keyboard and mouse all day at work (and at home), and I have no problem using this lotion, waiting two to three minutes, and then using my keyboard and mouse. It’s kind of a nice smell, in my opinion, but maybe that’s because I associate the smell with my hands feeling good now! However, the smell is strong. People around you will be forced to have an opinion of it, one way or another.”

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The Best Hand Creams, According to Amazon Reviews