My skin is dry all year round. It could be 90 degrees and I'm sweating my butt off by the pool and my skin still feels dry, scaly, and tight. I use two body lotions, daily, and my skin is still dry. However, nothing compares to the dryness I feel during the cold, winter months. 

The part of my body that is dry, day in and day out, are my hands. Add in cuticles and nail beds and you've got a true nightmare. My hands are just always parched... they have dry patches, scaliness, and just the overall uncomfortable tight feeling that dry skin gives you. 

Because of that, I've tried so many hand creams over the years and I finally feel like I'm in a good place with the items I use to keep my hands in good shape. I don't exclusively use these in the winter but some are too thick for the summer months and I figured most people experience bad dry skin in the cold! 

The Best Hand Creams to Use for Dry Skin

Skinfix Eczema Hand Repair Cream

Skinfix is a brand that I've been curious about but haven't explored as much as I should. Their products are made to heal skin and protect your skin's barrier. They have an exclusive Eczema line which is where this hand cream falls into. Last winter I was desperate for some relief but wanted something not overly thick and greasy... I didn't want to have to work for hydration. Enter Hand Repair Cream, the winner of two Allure Beauty Awards, a title I do not take lightly. It's formulated with colloidal oatmeal and sweet almond oil to deeply hydrate and heal. The claim is that this will improve your skin's moisturization by 111% -- a really hard claim to be able to use while marketing products so you know it's true and proven. 

This is definitely my most used handcream and I love it so much. I keep it on my night stand to use before I go to bed (and even in the middle of the night if I wake up with dry hands) but then I keep it next to me when I'm working throughout the day. I like the fact that I can apply this and immediately use my phone or type on my keyboard because it sinks in and doesn't leave a greasy residue. It also instantly makes my hands feel better... it provides a true protective barrier and is an incredible handcream if your skin is dry, tight, and cracked. The tube is also small enough it can fit in medium-large bags to take with you during the day. 

Soap & Glory Hand Food Hydrating Hand Cream

I've loved this hand cream for years and it remains a top tier choice. It smells divine, like roses but the fragrance doesn't irritate dry skin. (I am allergic to most fragrance items and this doesn't bother me in the slightest). It has shea butter, macadamia oil, and marshmallow extract to deeply hydrate and treat your hands instead of just providing immediate relief (which it does). This is another formula that immediately relieves any dryness but also sinks in, without leaving greasy residue behind. The brand has a travel size available so you can take it with you everywhere you go... because the full size is rather large! 

Weleda Skin Food Hydrating Cream

I've heard about this cream for years and finally purchased it last year after a particularly bad ecezma flare up. This is THICK... like incredibly thick. This is a cream you would apply and then put gloves on to allow it to soak completely into your skin. It's too thick to use during the day so I usually apply this at night, or even use it as a spot treatment if I have a patch of dry skin somewhere on my body... because this isn't just a hand cream, it's an all over skin cream so you can use it on your face (which I have) and on my arms, legs, etc. Skin Food provides that instant relief I'm craving but isn't the cream I reach for the most since it's thick and emollient, almost like vaseline. However, it's a miracle worker but not for the faint of heart. 

A Little Something Hand Cream in Peppermint & Winter Caramel

Disclaimer: I cannot find these available online anymore but they are exclusive to Walgreens so see if they have them in stock at your local store. 

This is a new brand to me and I received this little handcream pack over the holidays and immediately fell in love. Firstly, I love the scents, they are very wintery and right up my alley. The scent is not super strong nor is it overpowering, and it definitely doesn't irritate my skin. This is also the most lightweight formula out of the four hand creams which I can appreciate when I just need a little moisture added back into my hands instead of something super powerful. I like this cream to throw into my handbag when I'm out and about, as it is very traditional handcream formula. It doesn't have special properties or crazy claims, it's just a normal handcream that is light and gets the job done. 

What are the handcreams that you love to heal and hydrate your dry skin?
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