The Best Hand Creams on Amazon, According to Gushing Reviews.

The Best Hand Creams on Amazon, According to Gushing Reviews

If the all-caps, five-exclamation-point reviews are any indication, people are pretty enthusiastic about finding a hand lotion that really works. We get it—itchy, scratchy, cracked, dry hands are pretty uncomfortable, and traveling to a different climate only makes them worse. Whether you're flying across the globe, sightseeing in cold weather, or just day-tripping in the next town over, hand cream is one of those travel must-haves. No matter what kind of moisturizer you need, we’ve got you covered. These are the best hand creams on Amazon, according to the people who’ve tried them.

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Best Overall Hand Cream

Neutrogena Norwegian Formula Hand Cream.

Neutrogena Norwegian Formula Moisturizing Hand Cream

Skin-care all-star Neutrogena delivers big time with this hand-specific moisturizer that has earned a whopping 4.8 stars from over 1,300 Amazon customers. As if that’s not enough, people say it does wonders for eczema suffers (scaly skin no more!). A little goes a long way (“just a “dab,” according to both the company and several Amazon reviewers), so these tiny 2-ounce tubes will last you a while.

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Highest Rated on Amazon

O'Keeffe's Working Hands Hand Cream.

O’Keefe’s Working Hands Hand Cream

Over 80% of 15,000 Amazon customers gave this no-nonsense tub of hand cream five out of five stars. “I don’t understand how this cream worked so fast,” said one reviewer. Other gushing reviews called it a “miracle product” and  “the best cream that could be made on earth.” We’ll high five to that!

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Best Value Hand Cream

Vaseline Healthy Hand and Stronger Nails Hand Cream.

Vaseline Healthy Hand & Stronger Nails

If you’re looking for a hand lotion at a rock-bottom price, this pick from Vaseline is for you (though keep in mind you’ll have to squeeze it into a slightly smaller container if you want to stash it in your carry-on). At less than 75 cents per ounce, it beats out every competitor (even our fairly affordable top pick is almost $3 an ounce). Plus, it has keratin to give your nails an extra boost.

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Best Unscented Hand Cream


MaryRuth’s Hydrating Hand Cream

Many “unscented” lotions still have a scent, but this pick from MaryRuth’s is largely neutral, thanks in part to its reliance on organic and natural ingredients. It’s ideal for sensitive noses or when you’re traveling in close quarters. (Trust us, your seatmate will thank you.)

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Best Hand Cream for Sensitive Skin

CeraVe Therapeutic Hand Cream.

CeraVe Therapeutic Hand Cream

Leave it to derm-approved CeraVe to formulate a non-irritating hand cream that’s gentle on sensitive skin and approved by the National Eczema Association. One reviewer said this fragrance-free, quick-absorbing formula is the “only moisturizer” she’ll use on her eczema-prone hands. And it won’t leave you feeling like a greaseball.

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Best Non-Greasy Hand Cream

kiehl's ultimate strength hand salve.

Kiehl’s Ultimate Strength Hand Salve

Most strong, long-lasting lotions leave a greasy trail behind that’s even more obvious when you’re touching a Kindle or iPad screen, but Kiehl’s delivers serious moisture with their popular, fast-absorbing hand salve that won’t smudge up your screen when you’re swiping on the go.

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Best Lightly Scented Hand Cream

Bliss - Lemon & Sage Hand Cream.

Bliss Lemon & Sage Hand Cream

The fastest way to make enemies is to apply a super-fragrant lotion in a confined space. Don’t risk it. Bliss’s popular Lemon & Sage Hand Cream has a light, universally pleasing scent that won’t turn your neighbors against you. Plus, it’s cruelty-free and packed with nourishing ingredients like shea butter, macadamia nut, and aloe.

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Best Drugstore Hand Cream

Dove Nourishing Care Intensive-Cream For Complete Daily Skin Care.

Dove Nourishing Care Intensive Cream for Complete Daily Skin Care

Though not explicitly for hands, this travel-size pick from drugstore-staple Dove stands out from the crowd. Customers say it not only works on hands but also faces, making it a super-versatile cream to take in transit. Plus, the circular metal container feels fancy—and is easy to pop in a pocket or purse.

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Best Long-Lasting Hand Cream

Aveeno Skin Relief Intense Moisture Hand Cream.

Aveeno Skin Relief Intense Moisture Hand Cream With Soothing Oat

Buyer after buyer raves that this pick from skin-care favorite Aveeno truly lasts for the advertised 24 hours and through multiple hand-washings. Because it’s fragrance-free and nongreasy, it’s another good pick for sensitive skin, but even normal skin types will benefit from its soothing formula.

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Best Hand Cream for Men

 JACK BLACK , Industrial Strength Hand Healer.

Jack Black Industrial Strength Hand Healer

Hundreds of dudes have raved about this Jack Black lotion, crediting its pleasant scent, light texture, and restorative ingredients like vitamins A and E for its ability to heal even the roughest hands. The brand can be a bit pricey, but customers say a little goes a long way.

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Best Luxury Hand Cream



If you’re going to splurge, this chic, egg-shaped container with “Chanel” stamped on the front is the way to do it. Even if you just throw it in a Target (excuse us, Tar-jay) tote, you’ll feel like you’re in first class.

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Best Anti-Aging Hand Cream

 Yes To Coconut Ultra Hydrating Moisturizing Hand & Cuticle Cream.

Yes To Coconut Ultra Hydrating Moisturizing Hand & Cuticle Cream

While it’s not marketed as anti-aging, this super-deluxe hand cream has all the ingredients you want in a skin-saving formula—antioxidants galore and rich, moisture-boosting emollients. It also avoids any of the B.S. you see elsewhere in the skincare aisle. Reviewers rave they’re “obsessed” with this cream, with one gushing “I cannot believe how healthy my hands look and feel!” We believe it! 

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Best Hand Cream for Cracked Hands

 Eucerin Roughness Relief Spot Treatment.

Eucerin Roughness Relief Spot Treatment

Eucerin-brand lotions have earned thousands of good reviews on Amazon, not to mention the Good Housekeeping seal of approval. So it’s no surprise the super-concentrated version of their famed formula packs in serious moisture for extremely rough, cracked skin.

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Best Hand Cream for Eczema

Gold Bond Eczema Relief Hand Cream.

Gold Bond Eczema Relief Hand Cream

Gold Bond’s Eczema Relief Hand Cream is specially formulated for eczema suffers. Reviewers—many who’ve tried their share of other hand creams—say it stops the itching, smooths rough skin, and absorbs quickly. In other words, it’s a godsend. You can thank 2% colloidal oatmeal, aloe, and vitamin E for the nearly instant relief.

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Best Hand Cream for Hand and Body

Lubriderm Daily Moisture Hydrating Unscented Body Lotion.

Lubriderm Daily Moisture Hydrating Unscented Body Lotion With Vitamin B5

For a no-frills, it-just-works, dermatologist-recommended cream that’s nongreasy, fragrance-free, and long-lasting, look to Lubriderm. The beloved brand’s signature lotion works as well on your hands as it does your body, and this TSA-sized tube rings in at a price that’s hard to beat.

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Best Hand Cream for Cuticles

Sally Hansen Treatment Cuticle Rehab.

Sally Hansen Treatment Cuticle Rehab

Trust a nail polish brand to make a stellar cuticle cream. This brush-on pick from Sally Hansen has over 1,000 five-star reviews on Amazon from customers who say it’s helped with everything from split, brittle nails to dry cuticles, thanks in part to vitamin E. Bonus points for the addition of jasmine and rose extracts, which infuse a pleasant, not-too-strong scent.

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Best Overnight Hand Cream

Gold Bond Ultimate Overnight Deep Moisturizing Lotion.

Gold Bond Ultimate Overnight Deep Moisturizing Lotion

This derm-tested, overnight lotion from Gold Bond gets rubbed onto dry skin at night, so you can wake up with the soft, smooth hands of your dreams. It absorbs easily and isn’t at all greasy, meaning your bedsheets won’t get sticky. If the 4.8 rating is any indication, it sure beats wearing Vaseline gloves to bed.

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Best Cult Hand Cream

Udderly Smooth Hand Cream 4 oz.

Udderly Smooth Hand Cream

Originally designed to moisturize cow udders, this cream is a cult classic—and not just because of its udderly awesome (sorry, had to) backstory. It’s also affordable, nongreasy, and has a light, fresh scent. While the original comes in a jar, this small tube is perfect for those on the moo-ve (okay, we’re done now).

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Best Hand Cream With Shea Butter

L'Occitane Fast-Absorbing 20% Shea Butter Hand Cream.

L’Occitane’s Fast-Absorbing 20% Shea Butter Hand Cream

“It’s practically magic,” says one reviewer of L’Occitane’s much-loved, fast-absorbing hand lotion, which comes in a stylish metal roll-up tube. Made with shea butter, honey, almond extracts, and coconut oil, this lotion smells insanely good. But don’t worry, it isn’t too strong, so you can still use it on an airplane without your seatmate looking at you sideways.

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Best Hand Cream With Aloe Vera

Miracle Hand Repair Cream 1 ounce tube.

Miracle Hand Repair Cream With 60% UltraAloe

Reviewers say this hand cream works wonders on sore, cracked, flaky hands. Not surprising, given that aloe has been shown to heal cuts and burns, treat dry skin, and soothe irritation. Turns out miracles do happen!

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Best Hand Cream With Vitamin E

Palmer's Cocoa Butter Formula Daily Skin Therapy Concentrated Cream.

Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula With Vitamin E

Palmer’s cocoa butter body lotion is so well-loved, nearly 2,000 reviewers have given it an average 4.7 rating. The company also makes this concentrated version, which is specifically formulated for hands, elbows, and knees but still contains the brand’s trademark ingredients: cocoa butter and vitamin E, which help even skin tone and improve the appearance of scars. It’s no wonder pregnant women everywhere swear by it for stretch marks.

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Best Hand Cream With SPF

Supergoop! Forever Young Hand Cream with Sea Buckthorn SPF 40.

Supergoop! Forever Young Hand Cream

A beauty-editor darling, Supergoop’s SFP-infused hand cream gently hydrates and protects against damage, without that notorious sunscreen smell and stickiness. It’s perfect for window-down drives, bike rides, beach trips, and any other adventures where your hands are exposed to the rays.

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Best Natural Hand Cream

J.R. Watkins Natural Moisturizing Hand Cream.

J.R. Watkins Natural Moisturizing Hand Cream

This cruelty-free, apothecary-style hand cream comes in a slew of great scents (coconut! grapefruit! lavender!), but our favorite is aloe and green tea, which has natural, uber-hydrating ingredients like shea butter, cocoa butter, and avocado oil.

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Editors' Pick Hand Cream

Aesop Resurrection Aromatique Hand Balm.

Aesop Resurrection Aromatique Hand Balm

Ask any WTP editor to show you the hand cream in their bag, and they’ll cheerfully whip out this cool tube from Aussie brand Aesop. Then comes the praise: We gush about its luxurious formula that sinks in right away, its light citrusy-cedar scent, and its dry finish that won’t smudge up devices or our airplane reading. Amazon reviewers agree, with one saying simply, “it works!!”

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