Edit: Best Winter Hand Creams

The Best Hand Creams for Winter | Monica Francis

Starting each November, I acquire tube after tube of hand cream until I have one for my nightstand, my living room, my purse, my car, and a spare. Otherwise my poor, dry hands would spend the whole winter chapped! After trying at least ten different hand creams over the past few years - from drugstore to designer brands - these are the clear winners in my book:


Night: Lano Rose Hand Cream Intense $15

I've been using Lano's all-purpose balm for travel, but I like this hand cream even better. It's thick but spreadable; a little goes a long way. I use it at night because it doesn't have SPF, and it's so lovely that I want to let it soak in for as long as possible before I wash it away. 

Day: Deborah Lippmann Rich Girl Hand Cream SPF 25, $28

As much as I don't like the name of this one, I do love the creamy texture, lightweight moisturizing, and SPF 25. Again here, a little goes a long way, so one tube will last quite a while.

On the Go: L'Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream Mini,  $12

A one-ounce tube is the perfect size to fit in your bag or tuck into a cosmetic case for traveling. Not all of their hand creams have shea butter, so double check - the ones with 20% shea are thick and moisturizing without being heavy. P.S. How sweet is this new Rifle Paper Co. edition?


If my hands still manage to get really dry, a quick sugar scrub does the trick. For dry arms or legs, I'll apply body oil before a shower (one of my favorite skincare tips ever), or use this ultra-repair cream on spots like elbows or feet.