From the changing leaves to the soon-to-come falling snow, we love this time of year. Unfortunately, our increasingly dry skin doesn’t feel the same. That’s why we’ve stocked piled our desks (and cars, and bedside tables!) with the best moisture-promising creams we could get our hands on. Read on to discover our team’s favourite hand lotions to date:
1. Nivea Soft Moisturizing Cream, $12.
I have naturally dry skin, and in the winter that dryness gets taken to a whole new level. We’re talking dull and grey, wind chapped and just rough to touch. My go-to combat is Nivea Soft. It keeps my skin moist and soft for hours and absorbs quickly so I’m not left with a cold, wet feeling on my hands. The best part? This cream is an all-in-one. It’s not oily and doesn’t use harsh scents so I use it on my hands, face, elbows and even my lips! Pick up a tube and put it in your purse this winter — you won’t regret it.
- Joy D’Souza, Web Producer, Original Programming
2. N°7 Protect & Perfect Hand Cream, $18.
There are three major draws to this hand cream. First, it has SPF 15. Few hand creams have SPF, and your hands shouldn’t be forgotten when it comes to sun care. The skin on your hands gets a lot of wear and tear, and SPF will go a long way in keeping sun spots and wrinkles skin at bay. The packaging promises “younger looking hands” and it’s the SPF that ensures this!
Second, this hand cream smells amazing. The fragrance isn’t strong. It isn’t a floral smell or medicinal. It just smells really nice.
Third, it absorbs really quickly, making it the perfect hand cream to keep at your desk when you’re going back and forth between your mouse and keyboard and want to avoid covering everything in a layer of hand cream.
- Mia Shulman, Managing Editor, HGTV.ca
3. Kiehl’s Ultimate Strength Hand Salve, $28.
Stuck with hands that stay severely chapped (and, gulp, even suffer the occasional bleed) all winter long, I’ve used my fair share of hand creams. Usually, my super dry skin seems to soak each cream right up, leaving me frustrated and re-applying every 15 minutes. With Kiehl’s Ultimate Strength Hand Salve, I’ve found a different fate. Not only do my cracked, flaky knuckles appear healed mere seconds after applying this formula (no sting attached), they feel soft to the touch and remain coated for hours afterwards.
Hand creams may come and go, but Kiehl’s is forever.
- Rebecca Burstein, Jr. Editor, slice.ca
4. Biotherm Age Delaying Hand and Nail Treatment, $30. Available only at Shoppers Drug Mart.
With the cold nip that’s now in the air, I can already feel my skin drying up and cracking—especially my hands. It takes a heavy-duty cream to protect them from the elements, and this one stood up to the task. I love the scent (sweet but not overpowering) and it feels like satin on my skin. It absorbs quickly (no greasy hands here!) and it helps to strengthen nails, which is a definite bonus. But the real icing on the cake, is that a portion of proceeds will go towards Mission Blue, an initiative created to protect the oceans and marine life.
- Samantha Speisman, Managing Editor, slice.ca
5. Elizabeth Grant Caviar Nutruriche Hand Cream, $50.
Caviar Nutruriche is perfect for people with sensitive or dry skin because it effectively hydrates the hands – even hours after you’ve used it. Moreover, there’s little to no scent from the cream for people who are more sensitive to strong scents and perfumes. So, while it comes with a heftier price tag of $50 (for 100ml), it definitely delivers when it comes to its promise of “intensive regeneration.” A little goes a long way with this product, so there’s no need to replace it often. It will make life a little easier for your skin as it transitions from the summer warmth to chilly fall temperatures.
- Melissa Tam, Homepage Editor, shawconnect.ca
6. Soap & Glory Hand Food, $10.
I’m always on the hunt for a good hand cream and I seem to find myself constantly buying it but never finding a brand I actually enjoy. I tried this Soap & Glory option, and although I didn’t love the smell of it, the product itself was really good. It wasn’t greasy or wet when I applied it and went on really smoothly. It also lasted for a long time, and I didn’t have the feeling of always having to re-apply (because honestly, who has time for that?)!
- Brooke King, Web Producer, slice.ca