I need the best hand cream money can buy!

(80 Posts)
Elfontheedge Sun 27-Jan-13 10:00:14

I've got dry scabby flaky fingers exacerbated by washing up. Yuk. Will spend a bit if it really works but within reason!

SavoyCabbage Sun 27-Jan-13 10:01:45

Vaseline and those white cotton gloves overnight is good. If you don't mind the Minnie Mouse look.

Elfontheedge Sun 27-Jan-13 10:04:27

I am going to get some gloves today actually but I'm thinking as well for daytime use. My hands feel really grim at the minute and I never used to have a problem with dry hands at all hmm

mellowcat Sun 27-Jan-13 10:04:37

www.lakeland.co.uk/8944/DermaGuard This is brilliant stuff.

MrsPnut Sun 27-Jan-13 10:05:50

I use soap and glory hand food but I have tubes of it in every bag and use it every time I wash my hands.

Bunbaker Sun 27-Jan-13 10:06:12

Why don't you wear washing up gloves? They help insulate from the heat as well so I can have the water hotter to wash up in.

Elfontheedge Sun 27-Jan-13 10:08:07

Oh yes washing up gloves too!

BlackandGold Sun 27-Jan-13 10:09:54

Hemp in a tube from Body Shop - excellent stuff

I'm using Clarins at the moment - very good and smells nice.

catinboots Sun 27-Jan-13 10:11:39

I second the body shop hemp one. Really heavy duty stuff.

SavoyCabbage Sun 27-Jan-13 10:12:49

Keep some in your glove box for when you are in traffic.

ihatethecold Sun 27-Jan-13 10:16:33

You can't beat neutrogena hand cream. Cheap as well

knitknack Sun 27-Jan-13 10:32:08

I prefer the Body Shop ALMOND handcream to the hemp one, I find it more moisturising. Also, crabtree and evelyn la source is fantastic on my poor hands smile

Sugarbeach Sun 27-Jan-13 10:36:49

Defo wear rubber gloves for washing up.

Khiel's super strength hand crem IMO is the bestest ever.

PlumSykes Sun 27-Jan-13 10:38:23

Clarins or L'Occitane both fab, rubber gloves a must for chores.

noviceoftheday Sun 27-Jan-13 10:42:15

I have dry skin and use gloves and I moisturise all the time! Every sink in our house has L'occitane shea butter by it, I have a molton brown one (Nanji something) at my work desk and carry small tube of hand cream (not sure which brand) in my handbag..

babySophieRose Sun 27-Jan-13 10:43:13

Buy a gentle washing-up liquid, Fairy original made my hands horrible, use gloves when you can, put hand cream on your hands several times a day. E45 for hands is really very good, not oily, makes your hands soft, soft, soft...

BoringSchoolChoiceNickname Sun 27-Jan-13 10:44:33

If you haven't tried Neutrogena then definitely give that a go - ultra effective, dirt cheap, non-greasy and readily available.

MUMoo7 Sun 27-Jan-13 10:44:40

Flexitol hand balm works for me and is quite reasonably priced.

I have a REN one, an occitane and lush charity pot. I think REN is the most effective when my hands are really dry but I prefer the smell and texture of the other two

Marylou2 Sun 27-Jan-13 10:57:58

Just got L'occitane 20% Shea butter for my similarly grotty hands. Big improvement in 2 days.

HyvaPaiva Sun 27-Jan-13 11:01:27

Without a doubt, Clarins.

chipsandpeas Sun 27-Jan-13 11:02:53

another vote for the soap and glory hand food, smells nice and you dont need a lot of it

ceeveebee Sun 27-Jan-13 11:05:13

Aveda hand food is good
And Norwegian hand cream

LeMousquetaireAnonyme Sun 27-Jan-13 11:06:22


coffeeinbed Sun 27-Jan-13 11:06:58


DoItToJulia Sun 27-Jan-13 11:08:41

Swap washing up liquid to surcare. I use the Elizabeth Arden 8 hour hand cream and plain 8 hour cream overnight.

Someone started a thread not so long ago about an amazing cream and I can't remember the name of it. I will try and find it. I have never used it, but want to as she said it was properly amazing.

SanityClause Sun 27-Jan-13 11:08:42

I have started using a scrub and hand cream from Crabtree and Evelyn. They smell lovely, and my hands are much less scaly than they were!

TheOneAndOnlyAlpha Sun 27-Jan-13 11:11:54

L'Occitane Shea butter gets my vote too. I have a job where my hands are constantly dry, flaking and dusty and this cream is amazing.

happybubblebrain Sun 27-Jan-13 11:12:19

Fairy washing-up liquid made my hands dried out within a few days. The cheaper washing-up liquids are better on hands.

L'occitane is really good. Vaseline intensive care is a great overall moisturiser and cheap too.

ErikNorseman Sun 27-Jan-13 11:16:10

Body shop hemp hand protector is amazing. Used it when I worked in cafes and was constantly washing up or cleaning tables with wet cloths.

petitdonkey Sun 27-Jan-13 11:17:47

Another vote for Clarins! I have one in every handbag!

finlaysmum12 Sun 27-Jan-13 15:40:46

i recommend clarins or l'occitane.
tip is to slather on before then putting on rubber gloves and doing the washing up! the heat of the water helps it soak in. Also put a smidge of vaseline around the cuticles as well.

MarshaBrady Sun 27-Jan-13 15:41:27

Aveda is nice, but would like to try another one too.

monkeytennismum Sun 27-Jan-13 15:50:16

My hands were literally falling apart last week and the pharmacist recommended Flexitol Hand Balm. I've been applying this a few times a day and overnight with the cotton gloves and it seems to be working where all others have failed.

I might get the L'Occitane one once they are repaired though.

monkeytennismum Sun 27-Jan-13 15:50:42

My hands were literally falling apart last week and the pharmacist recommended Flexitol Hand Balm. I've been applying this a few times a day and overnight with the cotton gloves and it seems to be working where all others have failed.

I might get the L'Occitane one once they are repaired though.

GW297 Sun 27-Jan-13 15:56:41

Cath kidston surprisingly!

nannyj Sun 27-Jan-13 15:57:31

Khiel's definitely. I got some for Christmas and its amazing. The extra strength in the tube one.

polyhymnia Sun 27-Jan-13 15:58:48

Definitely Clarins!

Have spent a fortune on hand cream over the years and always go back to neutragena, those Norwegian fisherman can't be wrong!

moonbells Sun 27-Jan-13 16:04:12

I use nivea soft for everyday cream (It never loses its nice smell either, unlike some others!) and have a tube of manuka honey hand cream for extra TLC. That is lovely stuff for putting on at night and letting it do its thing.

Levantine Sun 27-Jan-13 16:14:10

Body shop Hemp (their rose one smells lovely but is watery)

I alternate between Clarins, Aveda and Flexitol. The Flexitol is best by a long shot but the other two are nicer to use!

MarshaBrady Sun 27-Jan-13 16:16:29

Aveda smells lovely.

I'd like to get one that works really well too, hands are very dry.

3rdnparty Sun 27-Jan-13 16:23:13

bought my mum clarins for xmas and she's getting v good results - I was trying the Aveda (really like the smell) but mine are in such a state after reading this am trying flexitol heel balm at night (as I had some) and definite improvements after 3 days - there are a few here...


alemci Sun 27-Jan-13 16:29:28

I like clarins and have an M & S spa one plus a small occitaine one.

Managed to get superglue on my hands yesterday and although I have W U gloves, I forget to put them on half the time.

EuroShagmore Sun 27-Jan-13 16:30:29

L'occitane, clarins or the gardener's one from Crabtree & Evelyn are great.

But go and buy Aveda Hand Relief just so you can snigger at the name (or is that just me?).

TurkeyDino Sun 27-Jan-13 16:33:34

I have hands that make exfoliating gloves redundant. The best stuff I have ever used is Superdrug intensive hand balm. And I've tried millions of hand creams.

ENormaSnob Sun 27-Jan-13 16:42:57

I really prefer the Norwegian formula.

Have tried loccitane, clarins, soap n glory, liz Earle and most others tbh but I still think Norwegian formula is the best.

EastRogen Sun 27-Jan-13 16:45:21

I use Kingsley House Cracked Heel Cream for applying throughout the day and Avon's Anew Platinum night cream WITHOUT those cotton moisturising gloves as I have found on many an occasion that the gloves absorbed the cream. I now rub the Anew Platinum cream in well and about an hour before bedtime so it has time to soak in.

I have tried loads of hand creams and I've found the best ones to use are for conditions like eczema/psoriasis/cracked heel skin etc.

Bunbaker Sun 27-Jan-13 16:52:00

Norwegian formula doesn't seem to work for me. It just sits on the skin and feels greasy and doesn't sink in. I have the Bodyshop Hemp one and that does sink in.

The Garnier Hydralock mentioned in that Gruniad article is brilliant - but I have a horrible feeling they have stopped making it.

canutesauntie Sun 27-Jan-13 17:00:43

I've got something called "mechanics hands" - lovely.
The current regime for fighting it off is Gloves in a bottle barrier lotion in the daytime with L'Occitane or Skinny Dip Finger Food overnight. I also swear by the skinny dip Miracle Balm for split or scaly areas.

TheDemonShedMaster Sun 27-Jan-13 17:18:46

Liz Earle Hand Repair - lovely smell and gives you lovely hands, too!

jenny99 Sun 27-Jan-13 17:24:01

Another vote for the scrub and hand cream from Crabtree and Evelyn. I think it is lemon and coriander. It is AMAZING. In the last year in my quest to find the perfect cream I have tried...

Dr Hauschka, Kiehls, Laura mercier, Neals Yard, Aveda and surely others....C&E wins hands down.

spottymoo Sun 27-Jan-13 17:25:30

Clairns hand and nail cream is fab received this for Christmas as well as a soap & glory manicure set that comes with a hand cream and a hand mask with gloves although haven't tried this yet.

lizzypuffs Sun 27-Jan-13 17:26:53

Ive tried them all...clarins wins every time.

letseatgrandma Sun 27-Jan-13 17:27:10
twentythirteen Sun 27-Jan-13 17:45:03

Khiels for dry and callused areas. I used to save this for just that but now use it regularly on hands AND face because it is so good.

JimbosJetSet Sun 27-Jan-13 17:45:07

Have you considered just getting someone else to do the washing up? wink

TheBeanAndTheBee Sun 27-Jan-13 17:56:36

Clarins is lovely IF your hands haven't got too bad. Im afraid i think neutrogena stuff is rubbish. My complete miracle cure is YuBe cream. Got given sample in space NK, have had terrible chapped hands for the past couple of weeks. Clarins, neutrogena etc have done nothing. Remembered how good this stuff is on very chapped lips and tried it yesterday on my hands. Have gone from red, chapped, horrible hands back to normal in less than 24 hours. Amazing stuff.

VBisme Sun 27-Jan-13 18:00:07

Definitely use heavy duty wasking up gloves, and put hand cream on before you wash up, the heat hepls the cream absorb into your skin.

StuntNun Sun 27-Jan-13 19:30:09

Aveeno Hand Cream with Colloidal Oatmeal worked a treat for me when I was washing my hands all the time with having a newborn.

TigerseyeMum Sun 27-Jan-13 20:49:59

Devotee of L'ocitane but recently switched to Neals Yard honey bee one and it's just as good.

Also Flexitol is good.

Nivea blue tub!! Cream of all creams!

Elfontheedge Sun 27-Jan-13 22:27:05

Oh my so many answers! Lots of things to try. Oh you guys!

AmandaPayne Sun 27-Jan-13 22:33:47

Neutrogena for me. I have tried lots of posh brands, including lots of those recommended here, and find them useless. Ok for keeping hands in good condition, but no good for serious repair.

The other thing I do for serious repair is the L'Occitane pure shea butter (in a tin, not the hand cream). Slather on in massive thick layer when you will be watching tv for an hour or so and wipe of any excess if and when you need to. A thick layer and gloves before bed is even better, but I tend to be up in teh night with the kids, so don't.

mamalovesmojitos Sun 27-Jan-13 22:35:45

Neutrogena. Find it better than l'occitane.

Lovecat Sun 27-Jan-13 22:39:28

I bought some Dr Hauschka cream in Space NK a few years back for my mum, who suffers from dry cracked hands. She rang me up a week later absolutely over the moon - she badly scalded her thumb and the side of her hand when she was young and it has been red and scaly for as long as I can remember - within a week of applying that stuff it was healed.

Ambi Sun 27-Jan-13 22:40:24

I've used Neutrogena which is good but Lidl have just started selling their own brand hand creams and they have an intensive one called SOS hand concentrate which is really good. Its briefly greasy then feels soft afterwards.

theoriginalandbestrookie Sun 27-Jan-13 22:41:48

Clarins but not the SPF stuff. Have loved it for years.

Wolfiefan Sun 27-Jan-13 22:45:24

Neutrogena. Fantastic.
Gloves in a bottle is not a hand cream but a barrier that prevents further drying. I use it under hand cream.
Gloves when washing up or out in cold weather.
Body shop also do hemp oil for hands.
Flexitol felt nice but didn't soak in IYSWIM. Ditto liz Earle and clarins.

sausagesandwich34 Sun 27-Jan-13 22:45:49

Atrix intensive -it's an oldy but a goody

also Aldi make their own and it's fantastic especially considering the price

TheSecondComing Sun 27-Jan-13 22:48:11

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PrettyVacant1 Sun 27-Jan-13 23:13:07

Another vote for The Body Shop Hemp hand protector.
It puts a barrier on your hands and is excellent and very rich if that's what you need.
There's also a new hand cream range that is lighter and smells less earthy than hemp.
It's called Absinthe.
Fantastic stuff.

ScrambledSmegs Mon 28-Jan-13 00:01:53

Neutrogena has worked for me up to this winter - new baby therefore constant hand washing plus central heating etc. Baby has dry, sensitive skin too, and she was prescribed a massive tub of Diprobase. Sadly she can't use it (too sensitive shock), but it's bloody amazing hand cream for me!

I also recommend L'Occitane Almond exfoliating paste - will help smooth the rough skin on your hands while moisturising amazingly. And smells divine. Will help your hands absorb whatever amazing cream you choose to apply to them no end.

(I'm so buying loads of the stuff recommended on this thread. It all sounds so good)

Arisbottle Mon 28-Jan-13 00:03:29

I have a lovely Liz Earle one.

I also have a cuticle butter from Lush which is good.

dontyouwantmebaby Mon 28-Jan-13 01:38:35

another Clarins hand cream fan here, sinks in beautifully and does the job.

plus another vote for the Body Shop hemp cream, does same as Clarins albeit with a different scent. Both brilliant.

EllenParsons Mon 28-Jan-13 02:10:36

Body shop almond oil hand cream. Works really well and smells gorgeous.

lifeistooshorttodrinkcheapwine Mon 28-Jan-13 09:07:10

Another vote for purenuffstuff and also try hand cream from www.handmadenaturals.co.uk . I think that the chemicals put into hand creams and beauty products like perfume, preservatives and silicones etc can actually be counter productive and DRY your hands.
Once I started using natural products my hands, face etc are loads better.

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