Along with our necks, our hands are the first places to show signs of ageing. Now, thanks to constant handwashing and lashings of hand sanitiser, we’re seeing dryer skin, cracked cuticles and weakened nails more than ever.
While we’re always meticulous about moisturising our faces, our hands are often an afterthought, but now a good hand cream is more than just a luxury – it’s an essential. Living in the UAE, pollution and UV rays are also a problem, which can aggravate the issues even further.
Luckily, there’s a whole bunch of multi-tasking hand creams on the market that not only smell delicious, but work wonders on everything from chaffing, ragged cuticles, age spots and sun damage, and they even make great gifts for the festive season ahead.
MOJEH rounds up our top five hard-working hand creams that will make a welcome addition to your daily routine.
If you’re willing to invest in your face, then the same should count for the rest of your body. La Mer’s cult hand cream may come at a price, but its instant results will make it more than worth it. The Hand Treatment even works to calm skin conditions such as eczema, so it really does live up to the hype.
La Mer The Hand Treatment, Dhs450
Margaret Dabbs is an oracle when it comes to all things hands and feet, and while strictly not a cream, this serum is the business. Scented with uplifting geranium and mandarin, it is packed with anti-ageing antioxidants that leave hands visibly silky and improve firmness while diminishing age spots. This is a great option when you don’t fancy a thick cream.
Margaret Dabbs Hand Serum, Dhs150
Duft & Dust
This hand cream absorbs quickly to soothe and nourish the skin, leaving your hands soft as cashmere with the scent of floral honey. Specially enriched with Manuka Honey to nourish your skin and also provide gloss to your fingernail, it’s a travel size too, so a great handbag addition.
Duft & Dust Honey Blossom Hand & Nail Butter, Dhs35 at Lamise Beauty
The Body Shop
An all-in-one cream designed for lips, hands and nails, this fabulously festive cream is infused with cold-pressed strawberry seed oil and moisturising shea butter that really gets to work. It smells deliciously fruity, too, and is the perfect stocking filler.
The Body Shop Juicy Strawberry Lips, Hand & Nail Kit, Dhs69
If you’re suffering from severely dry hands right now, look no further. Formulated with botanical oils and a natural wax derived from olive oil, it may be heavy duty, but it still leaves a lovely herbal eucalyptus scent lingering long after use.
Kiehl’s Ultimate Strength Hand Salve, Dhs110
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