As the effects of the cooler season begin to rear their ugly heads, we’re reminded that it’s the delicate skin on the hands and face that are the first to succumb to winter’s wrath. Dry, cracked and flaky hands are synonymous with the harsher months, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Herein we’ve rounded up the best five moisturisers that serve as the ultimate protective barrier.
Tulip Organic Hand Cream
Crafted with pure vegetable lipids — combining aloe vera leaf juice with shea butter and a blend of rapeseed, olive and coconut oils — while leaving out petroleum products, parabens and colourings, Tulip’s hand cream is the epitome of organic. A delightful floral scent reminiscent of freshly plucked tulips serves as the cherry on top of an already winning formula.
SM Novella Hand Cream
Serving up all the skin-softening, hand smoothing goodness with none of the greasy aftermath, Santa Maria Novella’s edition is the perfect handbag addition come the colder season. Suitable for all skin types, the rapidly absorbing formula contains shea butter, essential oil of Sicilian lemon peel, virgin beeswax and almond oil to create a sweet-smelling, nourishing blend.
Ecostore Extra Moisturising Hand Cream
Proving that you don’t need a multitude of unpronounceable ingredients, fragrances and preservatives to create a darn good moisturiser, Ecostore’s extra moisturising hand cream does exactly what it says on the tin. Simple but effective, the formula combines jojoba seed oil, shea butter and essential oils to create a soothing, protective barrier with a subtle scent of rose and cardamom.
Byredo Vetyver Hand Cream
Like slotting on a pair of luxurious silk gloves, a coat of Byredo’s ultra-rich hand cream leaves chapped mitts feeling smooth and supple beyond belief. Peppered with the fragrant notes of violet, angelica seeds, pomelo and jasmine petals, this delightful lingering scent lasts long throughout the day.
Clarins Hand and Nail Treatment Cream
Locking in moisture with its emollient-rich treatment, the combination produced by Clarins combats dry weathered hands while simultaneously resurrecting them to their former glory. The anti-ageing ingredients — including fortifying Japanese mulberry — work with the nourishing properties of the sesame oil to strengthen nails, condition cuticles, repair cracked skin and leave a lasting silky finish.