Hydrate Your Dry Winter Hands With These Moisturising Creams

Seasonal change is upon us, and our skin is flipping out.
L’Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream
(Credit: L’Occitane)

With winter arriving in what feels like a very abrupt fashion, our skin has been left rocked by the change.

While chapped lips and drier skin are normal, and can be fixed with small changes to our skincare routines, our hands should be well-looked-after all year round.

There’s nothing more soothing than rubbing your hands with a luxe moisturiser after a long day at work, even if you were just typing out replies to emails.

We’ve rounded up some of our best picks for hand creams that will repair, restore and hydrate your dry hands as the weather cools down. Check them out below.

The Best Hand Creams For Dry Hands 2024

(Credit: La Roche-Posay)


La Roche-Posay Cicaplast Hand Cream

$25.95 at La Roche-Posay

Best for: Intense hydration

La Roche-Posay is quickly becoming Australia’s most trusted and accessible skincare brand, found in most chemists across the nation. Their Cicaplast Hand Cream is ideal for sensitive skin types, formulated with niacinamide to soothe and glycerin to hydrate the skin. It’s also suitable for children as well who fall victim to dry hands this winter.

Key features:

  • Targets dryness
  • Protects skin against external aggressors
  • Artificial fragrance free

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Jurlique Lavender Hand Cream

from $34 at Jurlique

Best for: A buttery, botanical formula

This rich, buttery formula works to calm and comfort your skin – and your senses. Jurlique grows botanicals, including its lavender, on a biodynamic farm in the Adelaide Hills. This beloved hand cream is also enriched with antioxidants that help protect against environmental aggressors and plant extracts that help to soothe, protect and moisturise skin.

Key features:

  • Rebalances dryness and restores smoothness, leaving hands feeling soft and supple
  • Rich, luxurious texture that leaves no oily residue
  • Made in Australia
The Aromatherapy Company Therapy Relax Lavender & Clary Sage Hand Cream
(Credit: The Aromatherapy Company)


The Aromatherapy Company Therapy Relax Lavender & Clary Sage Hand Cream

$14.96 (usually $19.95) at Myer

Best for: SPF protection

Soothe your hands – and protect them from sun damage – with this SPF-enriched hand cream from The Aromatherapy Company. Your hands will feel hydrated and restored by the infusion of avocado, kawakawa and coconut oils, with the added aid of lavender, clary sage and eucalyptus.

Key features:

  • SPF15 protection
  • Formulated with avocado, kawakawa and coconut oils to soothe and restore moisture
  • Fragranced with essential oils

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The Body Shop Hemp Hand Protector
(Credit: The Body Shop)


The Body Shop Hemp Hand Protector

$14 at The Body Shop

Best for: A rich touch

Touted as The Body Shop’s best hand cream for dehydrated hands, the Hemp Hand Protector will restore, repair and hydrate for up to 24 hours. Described as ‘fuss-free’, this product is made using French hemp seed oil, but has an overall creamy finish and isn’t greasy. Even better, the hemp crops help regenerate land overseas, and provide a habitat for wildlife in France. We love to see it!

Key features:

  • 24-hour hydration
  • Non-greasy finish
  • Made with hemp seed oil from France
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Glasshouse ‘I’ll Take Manhattan’ Hand Cream

$26.95 at Adore Beauty

Best for: Subtle scent

Beloved candle creators Glasshouse have forayed into the world of beauty, making a range of hand creams to match their existing scents. The ‘I’ll Take Manhattan’ cream boasts a hydrating formula that blends apricot kernel oil and antioxidant-rich rosehip oil, giving your healthy, hydrated hands a gentle scent, too.

Key features:

  • Non-greasy finish
  • Vegan and cruelty-free
  • Made in Australia

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L’Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream

$52 at Adore Beauty

Best for: A social media sensation

We’ll always sing L’Occitane’s praises! The French luxury beauty retailer can always be relied upon for quality products that smell amazing and look excellent in your bathroom cupboard. Its Shea Hand Cream is a best-seller, combining shea butter, honey, and almond extract for a formula that smooths and hydrates your hardworking hands. This product has gone viral on TikTok thanks to its intensely nourishing formula that can save even the driest skin.

Key features:

  • Lightweight texture with a fast-absorbing, non-greasy finish
  • Vegan and cruelty-free
  • Packaging is made from 95% recycled aluminium

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Clarins Hand and Nail Treatment Cream

$52 at Myer

Best for: Protecting like a glove

Trusted skincare brand Clarins offers an excellent hand and nail cream. Although a little more exxy than your average moisturiser, the luxe formula will leave you feeling extra-hydrated in the hands. With sesame oil and myrrh, the cream works ‘like a protective invisible glove’, protecting you from signs of ageing, dehydration, and climate damage.

Key features:

  • Fast-absorbing, non-greasy finish
  • Strengthens nails
  • Suitable for all skin types but Ideal for dry, dehydrated, chapped or damaged skin

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What is the best cream for dry hands in winter?

Ingredients that are known for their hydrating, nourishing properties like shea butter, glycerin, and hyaluronic acid are able to provide intense hydration. Opt for hand creams that have absorbent, non-greasy finishes if you’re using them during the day. Try keeping a cream in your handbag or on your desk for easy, daily use.

How do you rehydrate dry skin on your hands?

If your hands are really dry, you might want to try an overnight treatment. Slather your hands with a rich lotion or moisturiser and then pop them in a pair of soft gloves or socks when you go to sleep. Trapping the product will help it absorb more fully into your skin, and you’ll wake up with baby-smooth hands.

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