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If you’re following health instructions as you should be, chances are you’ve been washing and sanitizing your hands pretty frequently these days.
While necessary, all that washing can take a toll on our skin — especially without proper moisturizing afterwards. Frequent hand washing dries out the surface of our skin by stripping away the body’s natural oils, leaving hands vulnerable to unwanted germs, as well as dryness, flaking, or in severe cases, eczema.
Left untreated, extremely dry skin can even lead to cracked, open wounds that actually create an entry point for bacteria into our bodies. The best way to avoid these issues is to moisturize every time you wash your hands, and to look for a rich cream or ointment to offer your skin the best protection.
When it comes to the gold-standard in the hand cream department, it doesn’t get much better than the Shea Butter Hand Cream from L’Occitane.
What is it?
This top-rated hand cream is a luxurious way to keep hands moisturized, and contains nourishing ingredients like organic spring honey and sweet almond oil in addition to its star ingredient of Shea butter.
Ideal for applying onto hands after washing, it’s a deeply moisturizing lotion that keeps skin smooth and hydrated throughout the day. With a light scent that some shoppers have described as “baby powder but more grown up,” it’s a sophisticated take on an everyday essential.
Retailing for $38 for standard tube, it’s also available in a miniature version that’s ideal for keeping stowed in a purse or backpack, and sells for just $16.
What shoppers are saying
“A staple in my bag,” raved one Sephora reviewer. “I bring this baby everywhere! The smell is my favourite but the moisture is what I live for.”
“My hands are so dry in the winter, but this stuff saved the day,” added another. “It is very moisturizing and a little bit goes a long way. One of my favourite things about it is that it absorbs quickly.”
One shopper noted that this hand cream is “a little on the greasier side, but that’s all moisture,” which is likely due to the rich nature of the oils and butters used in its formula.
Around the world, one of these tubes of rich hand cream is sold every two seconds, so you know it’s got to be good. If you’re looking for a hand cream that’s lighter in consistency though, you may want to pass on this one.