We hate to break it to you, but there’s not much you can do about most of the many ways that winter will ruin your look. You’ll still mess up that Kardashian-worthy blowout with your wooly hat. You’ll still have to swap your stilettos for those waterproof boots your mom gave you because she’s “worried about your feet being cold.” Your dry, cracked hands, though? Well, that is totally in your control — at least if you slather on one of the tried-and-true hand creams ahead that are proven to withstand any cold, dry air that winter blows your way.
Caudalie Rose de Vigne Hand and Nail Cream
We recommend closing your eyes before smoothing on a dollop of this cream ... then feel free to daydream that you’re away from all this snow and cold and general misery and instead are sitting in a rose-filled garden somewhere in the South of France. While you’re off in your reveries, the shea-rich moisturizer — a French-girl favorite — will be hard at work protecting your skin with resveratrol pressed from grapes grown in the brand’s own vineyards.
Pacifica Indian Coconut Nectar Super Hydrating Hand Cream
In addition to its undeniably adorable packaging and petite size that fits neatly in that pretty tote you snatched right off Kate Middleton's shoulder, this hand cream is also moisturizing enough to get you through the next couple months of dismal weather, easy. Plus, it smells like coconut. Enough said.
Burt's Bees Almond & Milk Hand Cream
Credit goes to Burt’s busy little hive of bees for creating this 99 percent natural cream, which locks in moisture with beeswax and other gentle ingredients that won’t irritate even the most sensitive skin.
La Mer The Hand Treatment
We challenge you to smooth on La Mer’s cult product and not start making excuses for why a $90 hand cream is a totally reasonable purchase. Here's one to start you off: It's powered by the same "miracle broth" in the brand’s $2095 mega-splurge face cream. We wouldn’t even blame you if a little of your new hand cream somehow ended up slathered on your face.
L’Occitane Lavender Hand Cream
Twelve bucks is all you need to protect your hands comme les françaises, with a lavender-infused shea cream that lets you forget it’s winter — until you look outside at the snow piling up, that is. (Quelle horreur!)
O’Keffee’s Working Hands Hand Cream
This cream will not be taking home any awards for packaging. That said, what it lacks in looks it more than makes up for in the talent category, transforming rough, red hands with a single slathering.
Crabtree & Evelyn Gardeners Hand Therapy
Never mind its name, you don’t need to claim gardening as a skill to keep this salve in your arsenal. Whatever your hobby, it’ll leave hands feeling like winter is just a bad memory.
Yes to Coconut Protecting Hand and Cuticle Cream
Smooth on this coconut cream, then grab a piña colada and notice how it suddenly looks so seasonally appropriate when held by hands that haven’t been so soft since summer.
Kiehl’s Ultimate Strength Hand Salve
Kiehl’s hand cream is far from greasy, yet it somehow manages keep hands moisturized even through the multiple washings that fighting off winter-flu germs makes an annoying necessity.
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