Lifestyles: 12 Soothing Lotions Your Hands Need Right Now

by Amanda Fung

Wash, rinse, dry, repeat. That’s the beat we are all marching to as the contagious coronavirus continues its spread. With the drying effects of excess soap, water and hand sanitizer, our hands are in need of extra TLC. Below we’ve gathered our favorite moisturizers that will keep your skin hydrated all day (all available online).

1. Skincando’s COMBAT-READY Balm

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Skincando’s COMBAT-READY balm is ready to take on the driest and most worn out of hands. Its ingredients include beeswax, black tea, apricot kernel oil and coconut oil, making it the perfect solution to dry skin, chafing, eczema, sun burn and more.

$27 for 2 oz.,

2. Beneath Your Mask’s Heal Whipped Skin Soufflé

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This anti-bacterial, anti-aging and antioxidant hand cream is made to hydrate and strengthen your skin. With ingredients like shea butter, avocado, and sweet almond oils, this vegan and cruelty-free cream aims to repair and heal.

$28 for 1 oz.,

3. Aveda’s hand relief™ Moisturizing Creme

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Aveda’s best-selling moisturizing creme is made with Andiroba oil and other plant hydrators that infuse your skin with moisture, protecting them from cracking and dryness. It is paraben-free and fragrance-free, perfect for those looking for a simple remedy for frequently-washed hands.

$24 for 4.2 oz.,, available at Nordstrom (555 12th Street NW)

4. Avène Cold Cream Concentrated Hand Cream

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This hypoallergenic and paraben-free hand cream from Avène helps heal dry and chapped hands from dry weather. It is rich, yet fast-absorbing making it ideal for those who want the moisture without oily and slippery hands after application.

$15 for 1.6 oz.,

5. Byredo’s Tulipmania Hand Lotion

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This Stockholm-founded brand has perfected the art of home and body love with their wide range of perfumes, hand and body care products, candle, leather goods and home fragrances. Amongst their carefully crafted products is this moisturizing hand lotion that comes in a number of scents. Tulipmania is an ode to the spring flower with a wood base scent and notes of freesia.

$70 for 15.2 oz.,

6. Jo Malone London’s English Pear & Freesia Body & Hand Lotion

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Jo Malone’s signature English Pear and Freesia scented cream is the perfect companion for your (washed!) hands. The delicate lotion, with notes of King William pear, freesia and patchouli, is fast-absorbing, ensuring your hands are hydrated quickly and effectively.

$59 for 8.4 oz.,

7. Sol de Janeiro’s Brazilian Touch Hand Cream
Brazilian Touch Hand Cream

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Inspired by the celebration of all bodies and the Brazilian way of living life with joy, Sol de Janeiro’s products appeal to the senses inviting you to show off your best assets. Their hand cream is lightly-scented Brazil Nut, Cupuaçu Butter, Coconut Oil, and Açaí Oil, making it a top choice for cuticle and nail health.

$15 for 1.7 oz.,, available at Sephora (3241 M St NW)

8. Chanel’s La Crème Main

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Chanel’s La Crème Main protects, brightens and softens your hands, freeing them from the harsh realities of constant hand-washing and drying. The cream’s Iris Pallida ingredient protects the skin barrier and helps to lighten the appearance of dark spots while the May Rose Wax hydrates and softens the skin.

$50 for 1.7 oz.,

9. Skinfix’s Eczema+ Hand Repair Cream

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This hand cream is geared towards those with especially dry skin, frequent hand washers included. Jojoba oil, shea butter, and other botanicals are combined with 1% colloidal oatmeal and 5% sweet almond to create a fragrance- and paraben-free remedy that has been clinically-proven to heal eczema and dry skin and reduce redness, itching and stinging.

$24 for 3 oz.,

10. Kiehl’s Ultimate Strength Hand Salve

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Made by industry veteran Kiehl’s, this salve is made with avocado, sesame and eucalyptus oil – a miracle combination for dry hands in need of saving. The lotion draws and absorbs moisture from the air to form a protective barrier over the hands while repairing the appearance of dry hands caused by neglect and exposure to harsh elements, like subzero temperatures and even hand soap.

$23 for 5 oz.,, 3110 M St NW

11. L’Occitane’s Shea Butter Hands & Body Extra-Gentle Lotion

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This hydrating, gentle lotion is made by classic body care brand, L’Occitane, known for their delicate scents and effective formulas. Ingredients include organic shea butter and organic spring honey, making it ideal for soothing and nourishing frequently-washed hands.

$29 for 10.1 oz.,, 3106 M St NW

12. Aesop’s Resurrection Aromatique Hand Balm

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Australian-made Aesop’s Resurrection hand balm was specifically formulated to bring your skin back to life with its magical combination of mandarin rind, rosemary leaf,  and cedar atlas. This balm, available in a 2.6 oz. tube or 17 oz. pump bottle, will leave your hands and cuticles feeling supple and nourished with citrus, woody and herbaceous aromas.

$30 for 2.6 oz., $97 for 17 oz.,

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