SPY Guide: The 8 Best Hand Creams for Cold Weather

Best hand creams for cold weather
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Once the seasons start to change and the cooler weather starts rolling in, it’s time to take stock of your skin care regimen and update accordingly. One easy update is to get a new hand cream. Listed below are some of the best and highly rated hand creams, weather guards and soothing balms that are great for the hands but ideally can be safely and effectively used on other body parts as well.

These formulas are ultra-hydrating, thick, quick absorbing and will keep your extremities soft and smooth during the cold winter months.

1. O’Keeffe’s Working Hands Hand Cream

This concentrated and almost perfectly rated hand cream by O’Keeffe’s will heal, relieve and repair extremely dry, cracked hands. It works by creating a protective layer on the skin’s surface that instantly boosts moisture levels and helps prevent further moisture loss. With ingredients such as water to hydrate, glycerin to draw in moisture to accelerate the hydration process and paraffin to create a barrier that helps maintain moisture in the skin, this ultra-effective cream is guaranteed to provide relief within days.

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2. Aveeno Skin Relief Hand Cream – BEST VALUE

Aveeno’s Skin Relief is an intensely hydrating hand cream that lasts through multiple hand washings while leaving your skin feeling soft and smooth for up to 24 hours. This cream is formulated with soothing oatmeal and rich emollients to provide intense relief of dry skin while forming a protective barrier against the elements. Aveeno is known for its use of natural ingredients and this formula is no exception.

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3. Burt’s Bees Ultimate Care Hand Cream – BEST REVIEWED

Burt’s Bees Hand Cream is not only the perfect moisturizer for extremely dry skin, it also contains a natural fruit acid complex to gently exfoliate skin. Quick absorbing, this hand cream has been shown to provide all-day moisturization for even the driest of skins, leaving your hands soft and fully hydrated.

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4. Neutrogena Norwegian Formula Hand Cream

Neutrogena’s Norwegian Hand Cream is a highly concentrated formula that has been clinically proven to help relieve dry hands. Rich in glycerin, this hand cream is specially formulated for dry skin, is long-lasting and will noticeably help improve the look and feel of your skin.

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5. Miracle of Aloe Miracle Hand Repair Cream

This unique hand repair cream by Miracle of Aloe uses an exclusive 60% pure organic UltraAloe gel to provide maximum moisturization and healing power to soften and restore hands. This cream also works great for knees and elbows to not only moisturize but also protect, rejuvenate and restore dry, red cracked and flaking skin fast. Lightly scented, this non-greasy formula will give you relief in just one application.

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6. Warm Skin All Weather Guard

Warm Skin is an all-weather guard and soothing balm that moisturizes and insulates the skin against all weather extremes. It works by holding in the body’s own natural warmth and serves as a barrier to prevent water loss and moisturizes the skin to keep it pain-free and flexible in the harshest of environments. It is recommended to apply this cream to the skin 5 to 15 minutes prior to any outdoor exposure, add another layer under clothing and on any exposed skin. Warm Skin will help maintain regular circulation and warmth without the interference of actual heavy clothing, works up to 5 hours without re-application and leaves no greasy feel.

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7. L’Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream – EDITOR’S CHOICE

L’Occitane’s Shea Butter Hand Cream blends 20% shea butter, honey, almond extracts and coconut oil to create a rich-textured formula that leaves hands soft and smooth. This effective formula penetrates quickly, leaves no oily traces and can be applied as often as needed. This cream is not only extremely effective but the packaging is aesthetically pleasing and will look great in any handbag or office.

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8. Moraz Herbal Hand Cream

The Moraz Herbal Hand Cream works as a treatment for dry skin, cracked hands, abrasions, dry elbows and fingers. This unique formula is made of 75% polygonum extract which comes from a plant that has been known to have nurturing skin care properties.. This cream also works throughout multiple hand washings, has a light texture and absorbs quickly.

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