11 Hand Creams That Are as Luxe as Your New Engagement Ring
There's hardly a better reason to keep your hands moisturized during the winter than to show off your new engagement ring. Even better than using your everyday hand cream, though, is getting one that feels and smells as luxurious as that new diamond. Bonus points if you choose one that you love enough to continue using for years to come—its scent can remind you of your engagement long after you're married.
There's a lot that goes into choosing the perfect hand cream, though. Among the most important criteria on our list? It must absorb easily (because who has time to wait around for it to soak in before you start typing on your computer?), it must work well and immediately, and it must smell good without being overpowering. With those requirements in mind, we set out to find the most luxe, fun-to-use formulas for brides-to-be (and married women, too!). The results? Eleven incredibly luxurious creams that will have your hands looking and feeling buttery soft.
Click through here for our recommendations, then find one that will be the perfect complement to your engagement ring.
This soft, clean scent is so classic and old-school. In fact, one tester's mom said it reminded her of her childhood. It contains soothing sesame oil and Japanese mulberry, which touts anti-aging benefits.
Clarins Hand and Nail Treatment Cream, $30, sephora.com
If you love anything rose scented, you'll go crazy for this cream's light, pretty, and natural scent. But it's not just the perfume of this flower that we love. Rose also works wonders to moisturize and soothe, and this cream uses rose butter, rose flower essential wax, rosehip oil, and other rose extracts to get the job done.
By Terry Baume de Rose Hand Cream, $50, bluemercury.com
If you're sensitive to scent, try Avene's super rich (but not greasy) hand cream. It has a subtle, clean smell that's perfect for those with reactive skin.
Avene Cicalfate Restorative Hand Cream, $25, dermstore.com
This one has a refreshing minty smell, which makes it a great cream to leave at your desk at work for a midday pick-me-up. Plus, our tester had super dry hands, and it instantly made them look and feel silky. (Guess it's called "Ultimate Strength" for good reason.)
Kiehl's Ultimate Strength Hand Salve, $15, kiehls.com
The price is high, but this hand cream is worth it. Here's why: It's a multipurpose product—it takes care of not just your hands but your nails and cuticles as well—and it has a light texture that instantly absorbs into your skin but deeply nourishes, thanks to a variety of botanical extracts that provide immediate and long-term benefits. Your hands, after all, are the first area to show signs of age.
Sisley Paris Nutritive Handcare with Harpagophytum, $105, bloomingdales.com
This tried-and-true cream has been a staple in our winter-weather beauty arsenal for a while. It has a light, powdery scent and it contains 20 percent shea butter, coconut oil, and honey and almond extracts to intensely moisturize.
L'Occitane Dry Skin Hand Cream, $29, sephora.com
If you suffer from eczema (or just dry skin) try this fragrance-free goat-milk hand cream; goat milk is rich in vitamins and minerals and is especially wonderful for easing eczema.
Beekman 1802 Pure Goat Milk Hand Cream, $22, shop.beekman1802.com
Fun fact: Lanolin, a derivative of sheep's wool, is one of the substances that's most similar to the structure of human sebum, which makes it very compatible to our skin. That means it sinks in and hydrates really well. It's the main ingredient in this skin salve, and you can use it everywhere from your hands and knees to your legs and heels.
Lano Lanolin Golden Dry Skin Salve, $26, net-a-porter.com
This velvety formula smells like dessert—in a grown-up, elegant kind of way. It's also filled with broccoli oil, walnut-leaf extract, and mallow to nourish and soothe.
Susanne Kaufmann Hand Lotion, $31, net-a-porter.com
If you're looking for a completely natural hand cream, Tata Harper's is the best. It has that herbal, floral scent that's common in all of her products, and it contains 19 botanicals to soften, plump, and moisturize.
Tata Harper Rejuvenating Hand Cream, $58, neimanmarcus.com
Even in the dead of winter, this jasmine and neroli cream will take your mind to a garden in the springtime. Both of those ingredients aren't just there to create the insanely gorgeous scent, though: jasmine helps to calm, and neroli oil to heal and moisturize.
Rodin Luxury Hand and Body Cream, $84, net-a-porter.com