Dry, flaky hands should be the least of your concerns with what’s going on in the world right now. 

So you’re doing yourself some good and washing and sanitising your hands regularly. While washing them for over 20 seconds with soap guarantees that 99.9% of bacteria is removed, it’s also a recipe for dry hands. Not only does it strips moisture off your skin, the sanitiser you use afterwards also dries out your skin. 

The solution? Pretty straightforward: use hand creams. We’ve selected some lightweight ones that are nourishing enough to penetrate deep into skin. It’s also not greasy, and leaves no oily residue.

While it’s good that you’re reaching out for hand sanitisers often, remember to moisturise again by applying a hand cream afterwards.

Image: Giulia Bertelli on Unsplash

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Aesop Resurrection Aromatique Hand Balm

This hand cream does its job well thanks to skin-softening emollients. However, it’s the blend of citrus, woody, and herbaceous notes that will make you reach for it often.

Price
RM99 (75ml)
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Clarins Hand and Nail Treatment Cream

Dry, chapped, and irritated hands will be able to fully reap the benefits of this hand cream. It acts like a glove for your hands, both moisturising and shielding them from the elements and minimise signs of ageing. Its emollient-rich treatment also helps strengthen nails and conditions cuticles.

Price
RM108
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L'Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream

This super-creamy balm doesn’t leave any oily traces behind. Its formula is enriched with 20% organic shea butter, which is known for its extremely nourishing and moisturising properties. Honey, almond extracts and coconut oil are added in to create a more nourshing formula.

Price
RM45
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Kiehl's Ultimate Strength Hand Salve

This heavy-duty hand cream is made for even the driest, most sanitised hands. The thick, rich formula is made out of Kiehl’s own blend of ingredients, which includes botanical oils and wax dervied from olive oil. It repairs the skin from inside out and protects it against moisture loss.

Price
RM58
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Supergoop! Forever Young Hand Cream SPF 40

It’s important to keep them moisturised, but sun protection is equally as important too. Sea buckthorn fruit, meadowfoam seed and argan oils mainly help to nourish the skin and improve its elasticity, but the cream also lightens dark spots if there’s any.

Price
RM60
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Burt's Bees Ultimate Hand Cream

Burt’s Bees Ultimate Hand Cream is a classic favourite among many — hence, the name. It contains boabab oil to help moisturise and watermelon seed oil to nourish. This hand cream also mildly exfoliates when you apply it thanks to the fruit acid complex.

Price
RM110
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Jolin Lee
Contributor
Unlike most modern-day millennials, Jolin does not need caffeine or alcohol to power through the day (and night). Her eye for beauty is as sharp as her eyeliner flick, and she can spot your unblended eye makeup from a mile away.