Blair's Guide: Our Best and Worst Hand Creams of 2013

When was the last time you showed your hands some love? Before you reach out for any old lotion, find out which products work best ... and which ones to skip.

Holding, typing, styling, high-fiving ... your hands go through a lot on a daily basis. But they usually end up at the bottom of the totem pole that is our beauty routine. Even though we spend hundreds on anti-aging face serums and new and improved heat protectants for our hair, it's easy to forget that our hands also show signs of aging -- even more so than our faces.

Forget the crow's feet, under eye bags, and fine lines; it's the dark spots, veins, and loose skin on your hands that are a dead giveaway to the real number of candles on your birthday cake. Add in dryness from frequent washings and rough patches from touching a variety of surfaces, and it's enough to make you weary to shake hands with a stranger or show off that new manicure. Besides, what's the point of getting that awesome mani if the rest of your hand looks like it belongs to the crypt keeper? We think it's high time you turned things around and showed your hands some love, and a quality hand cream is the perfect place to start.

Before 2013 ended, we rounded up the hand creams that will leave your hands soft and younger-looking ... and that were downright greasy and even headache inducing. Continue reading to get your picks.

The Worst No. 1 Clarins Hand and Nail Treatment Cream, $30
I really do not like this lotion as it has such a greasy feel to it. I kept trying to rub it in and realized it wasn't going to work. I know the SPF makes a difference in hand creams, but I can't continually use this due to the yucky feel and my computer/mouse don't care much for the film it leaves behind either! It feels greasy, that I felt like I had to use a lot of the product for minimal absorption.

The Worst No. 2 Avon Skin So Soft Soft & Sensual Replenishing Hand Cream, $5 
This hand cream doesn't stack up to the quality of other Avon products. As with all So Soft and Sensual products, it smells great, but I was a little disappointed in the results. My hands didn't seem to get any better. Another thing, I do use this product on occasion, but you need to plan to be at home and wear cotton gloves as it feels greasy. I would compare it to the feeling of rubbing Vaseline petroleum jelly on your hands

The Worst No. 3 EOS Everyday Hand Lotion. $3.99 
EOS generally has a good reputation when it comes to keeping people smooth, but I feel like the EOS Everyday Hand Lotion misses the mark. I don't love this lotion and definitely don't think it was worth the price. What I like about this lotion is the smooth, non-greasy feel and the cute pebble packaging. What I don't like is the price for such a small amount and the smell. It has a strong soap smell and I'm just not a fan.

The Worst No. 4 Origins Make A Difference Hand Cream, $20
I have mixed feelings about the Origins Make A Difference Hand Cream, it works for me but the price is soo steep. I got several Origins products for Christmas one year and absolutely loved them... but have not bought any since as they are expensive. I truly wish they were less costly -- I'd use them all the time."

The Worst No. 6 H2O+ Hand & Nail Cream, $18
H20+ Hand & Nail Cream isn't a bad hand cream ... it just doesn't work as well as it should. I keep this on my desk at work and use it regularly. While it does moisturize my hands without that greasy feeling, other hand lotions have worked better. This lightweight, powder-scented lotion sinks in so fast you can immediately type an e-mail without slipping all over the keyboard. While it does soften, it lacks the necessary ingredients for repairing chapped hands (one of their claims). Sea fennel and wakame are top ingredients, but only small amounts of allantoin (for repair) and vitamin E (for moisture) are present.

The Best No. 1 The Body Shop Spa Wisdom Africa Honey & Beeswax Hand and Foot Butter , $11 
The rich, buttery texture of this super moisturizing cream earned it my top spot. I love that this product is "all natural" and "smells of heaven." This is the best moisturizer for really dry, environmentally stressed skin. It doesn't just lie on the surface, it soaks into the top layers of your skin and soothes and softens even the driest of skin. I'm so happy I have this on hand. It is packed with soo much goodness with honey and shea butters. The luxurious feel of this affordable cream also makes it a hit during the holiday season. Definitely worth the buy!

The Best No. 2 Ahava Source Mineral Hand Cream, $21
Is baby soft skin possible? YES! Ahava works wonders on the skin! I've been in the Dead Sea and I know how soft it makes your skin ... and Ahava does the same exact thing! (It even saves you the expensive 12 hour-plane ride!) You'll never understand until you try it.

The Best No. 3 Avon Moisture Therapy Oatmeal Mini Hand Cream, $2
Avon makes this hand cream with oatmeal to soothe dry and itchy skin, and our reviewers love the wonders it works on their parched hands. I like this cream. It works wonders for really dry hands and it is perfect to put in a purse for on the go. I use it whenever my hands start feeling dry and itchy. It works wonders. The oatmeal is incredibly soothing. The cream is thick, but still spreadable. I use it on my legs as well as my hands and it brings incredible relief in the winter. This actually works better than the Aveeno oatmeal lotion. Scent wise, it is pretty much fragrance free and doesn't really smell like oatmeal at all.

The Best No. 4 Caudalie Hand and Nail Cream, $15  
The Caudalie Hand and Nail Cream comes with a hefty price tag for such a small bottle, but they are willing to overlook the price for the results they get. It is nourishing and luxurious. Loaded with shea butter, grape-seed extract and avocado oil, I feel like it makes a dent. Upon application, I think it smells like Fruit Loops cereal! Caudalie is a line out of France that specializes in using grape-seed polyphenols for a therapeutic effect on the skin. They have a whole line of luxurious and delicious facial and bath and body products to treat you to the spa experience. It all is just really lovely.


  1. I'm not a hand cream user. Thanks for sharing! Now I know what to avoid and what to buy next time I'll be needing one :)


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