3 of the best…hand creams

I get really dry hands in winter – all those changes in temperature and time spent in gloves makes them tight and uncomfortable, and reading a lot doesn’t help as paper is seriously dehydrating. I have lots of hand creams (at least one in  each handbag, two of my desk, a couple on my bedside table etc.) but these are the ones I think do the best job.

L’Occitane 20 % Shea Butter Hand Cream is a miracle worker. Slather on a thickish layer at bedtime and wake up to softer, smoother, less irritated hands. If you hate thick creams which take a while to absorb, this isn’t the one for you, but for indulgent richness this one can’t be beaten.

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Buy it here for £19.00.

I love Cowshed products – the Grumpy Cow candle is marvellous for cheering me up, fittingly – and their Restoring Hand Cream is no exception. It has lavender and fennel oils for healing and soothing, and it smells lovely. I also love the bottle with a pump, which means that you won’t try to put the lid back on the tube with slippery hands and end up shooting it across the room. Only me? Ok.

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Buy it here for £16.99. It also come in a travel size tube for £8.00.

Nuxe’s Rêve de Miel Hand and Nail Cream is rich but is also absorbed really quickly. It smells fabulous – it contains  honey and sweet almond oil so it’s the sweetest of the three – and is really moisturising. The whole Rêve de Miel range is great, actually, especially the Fondant Shower Gel (I love the word ‘fondant’, it just sounds so soft and melting…)

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Buy it here where one tube is £10.50 and two tubes are £10.00. Which is odd.

What are you favourite creams for saving your hands from the ravages of winter?

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