As close-to-zero temperatures are zooming in on us and snow threatens to make its appearance any time now, a good, moisturising, pleasantly odoured hand lotion is an essential part of your bag this season. And given that we know you’re a busy mom, running errands while holding the phone in one hand and your crying baby in the other, and considering that – of course- you have no time to put gloves on whatsoever, make sure you squeeze one of these treasures in your bag whenever you leave the house.
Our selection of the best, chicest and travel-style hand creams:
The Luxurious Choice
Regenerating and brightening Iris Pallida protects the skin barrier and helps to diminish the appearance of dark spots. Hydrating and softening May Rose Wax leaves a moisturizing, protective veil on skin for lasting benefits.
Chanel hand lotion, €49, chanel.com
The Trendy Choice
Byredo’s ‘Bal d’Afrique’ collection celebrates the influence of African culture on Paris in the late 1920s. Infused with notes of Neroli and Bergamot, hearty Violet and Jasmine and a rich base of Moroccan Cedarwood, it’s a vibrant scent that’s at once warm and uplifting. This velvety hand cream allows you to indulge in the fragrance all day, while soothing and protecting your skin from the elements.
Byredo Bal d’Afrique Hand Cream, €26, byredo.eu
The Mediterranean Dream Choice
AERIN’s newest scent is inspired by the “beautiful blue of the Mediterranean sea.” This luxurious body cream locks in moisture, revitalizes and softens skin. Sweet Honeysuckle, coupled with Grapefruit and Mandarin Oil give the beach-inspired fragrance a citrusy, fresh finish.
AERIN Beauty Mediterranean Honeysuckle Body Cream, €70, aerin.com
The Intense Repair Choice
Quench excessively dry and parched skin with this exceptionally hydrating body balm from Aesop. Concentrated and nourishing pure Australian Macadamia Nut Oil is combined with aromatic Tangerine, Vanilla and Sandalwood, ensuring this is a multisensory post-shower treat.
Aesop Rejuvenate Intensive Body Cream, €29, aesop.com
The Chic Choice
Indulge in the warm fragrant scent of Rodin’s Hand and Body Cream – the luxurious formula includes calming Jasmine and nourishing Neroli essential oils, as well as powerful moisturizers, healing agents and antioxidants. Long-lasting hydration and dewy skin is guaranteed.
Rodin Luxury hand and body cream, €75, net-a-porter.com
The Smooth Healing Choice
Get smoother, softer hands with La Mer’s transformative treatment. This silky-smooth healing lotion is infused with the brand’s ‘Skin Brightening Complex’ and nutrient-rich Miracle Broth™ to protect and help fight early signs of aging.
La Mer Hand Treatment, €82, lamer.eu
The Exotic Choice
African Botanics’ ‘Marula Botanical Hand Cream’ is a restorative, hydrating and youth-enhancing treatment for dry, chapped, sensitive or irritated skin. Packed with oils, butters and botanicals, this moisturizer is specially formulated to sooth, soften and hydrate while combating the appearance of age spots and evening out skin tone. Rosemary and Cape Rose Geranium combine for a calming, uplifting fragrance.
African Botanics Marula Botanical Hand Cream, €54, africanbotanics.com
The Youthful Choice
Eve Lom’s nourishing ‘Time Retreat’ cream is the secret to achieving softer, more youthful-looking hands. This absorbent and intensely moisturizing formula is enriched with Liposome Encapsulated Retinol that firms the skin and stimulates collagen production, diminishing the appearance of wrinkles. A potent combination of Botanical Extracts, including Calendula, Shea Butter and Honey, helps to soothe, calm and condition.
Eve Lom Time Retreat Hand Treatment, €41, evelom.com
The Multitasker’s Choice
Tata Harper’s ‘Rejuvenating Hand Cream’ hydrates, regenerates and repairs the skin on your hands. The ultimate multitasker, this treatment creates a protective layer that locks in moisture and works to diminish the appearance of wrinkles.
Tata Harper Rejuvenating Hand Cream, €54, tataharperskincare.com
The Must-Have Choice
Elizabeth Arden’s award-winning treatment deeply moisturizes for up to eight hours. This quick-drying, non-greasy cream relieves dry, cracked skin while reversing the signs of moisture loss for softer, smoother hands. We think it’s a handbag must-have.
Elizabeth Arden Moisturizing Hand Treatment, €27, elizabetharden.com