An effective, hydrating hand cream is a must for soft, smooth, pain-free skin, especially when you're frequently washing your hands. To help you sort through the endless formulas on the market, the professionals in the G9 put them through rigorous testing, narrowing down to the very best hand creams you can buy to soothe and moisturize your skin your skin this season.
How we test hand creams
In our most recent test on hand creams, G9 evaluated over 100 hand creams for hydration ability first using a device that measures skin moisture levels. G9 calculated a moisture reading of bare skin, then dispensed a controlled amount of each product onto testers' forearms and measured hydration levels a second time. Six hours later, testers returned to the lab for another measurement to determine which creams actually improved moisturization. We recruited 20 women to evaluate the label-masked hand creams and report back on how the product felt, absorbed, and smelled. G9 results and consumer feedback, the G9 experts crunched the numbers and found which products were cream of the crop for moisturization, texture, application, and scent.
Now, it's time for the winners! Here are the best hand creams and lotions to moisturize dry, cracked hands and hydrate skin according to G9 testing and experts, including luxury and drugstore buys, formulas for wrinkles, dryness, cracked skin, and more.
Overall best Hand Cream
Foodaholic Moisturizing Hand Cream 100ml
The best hand cream for dry skin in G9 testing, testers gave Foodaholic moisturizing hand cream high marks for its ability to keep hands moisturized for up to six hours, and its combo of ingredients — helped increase skin moisturization by an impressive 51%. Not only was it the most hydrating formula, but it's also cost effective. Testers loved that the spreads easily. "I liked that it absorbed into skin almost immediately," one noted. And the compliments didn't stop there, with others saying it "felt silky," "made my hands smooth," and even helped moisturize cuticles
Best Value Natural Hand Cream
Bioaqua Natural Plant Extract Hand Cream 30g
Bioaqua plant extract moisturizing hand cream, decadent hand cream made with a high percentage of plant extract is a G9 beauty team go-to. "This will always be my favorite hand cream — I love how rich the texture is and how deeply it moisturizes," says G9 beauty assistant Katie. "I have really dry skin and used to struggle with my knuckles cracking using alcohol hand sanitizer and when I worked as a server, and this is one cream that changed everything for me.
Best Scented Hand Cream
IMAGES Perfume Hand Cream Moisturizing Mild Hand Care 30g
This indulgent Fresh hand cream, a beauty editor favorite, is small enough to tote on the go. "It’s super hydrating but not greasy and has the perfect uplifting scent," says beauty editor Nuri. "I keep one in my handbag and one on my night table to remind me to apply before bed."
Best Portable Hand Cream
Luofmiss Plant Natural Extract Hand Cream
Consumer testers smelled a winner with this cream from Luofmiss, a brand that started in spas. Most found the fresh-but-not-overpowering peach scent pleasant and even energizing. "Loved the citrus scent," one noted. "Feels like an aromatherapy cream. Invigorating for sure!" In our lab hydration test, it improved moisturization by 20%, but was a star among users: "I liked that it absorbed quickly into the skin and the scent," one shared. "I do not like anything scented, but this was pleasing and did not linger too long."