10 Hand Creams That’ll Prevent Dry, Cracked Hands

You'll need it after all the hand washing.


Chandré Davids |

Ever since we got the news that by washing our hands more frequently, we could lower our risk of contracting the coronavirus — we’ve all been spending a lot more time at the basin. But by washing our hands more frequently, we’re also risking dealing with a new problem-dry, cracked and itchy hands.

What causes dry hands?

You know how your skin tends to get dry and itchy in the winter months? Well, the same thing happens to your hands when you’re excessively washing them. By exposing your hands to warm water, harsh anti-bacterial soaps and sanitisers, you’re essentially stripping your hands of its natural moisture.

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Occlusive ingredients are key

So, while it’s great that we’re doing our best to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, it’s important that we’re not damaging our skin in the process. That’s why you need to be using a hand cream after every hand wash and sanitise. You want a hand cream that acts as an occlusive — these are ingredients that keep moisture in while also acting as a protective barrier.

Occlusives ingredients include

  • Shea Butter
  • Beeswax
  • Petrolatum
  • Paraffin
  • Oil

If you’re in the market for hand cream (and you should be), try out one of these top picks. All of them contain ingredients that will help your hands retain moisture and soothe dry, itchy skin.

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Burt’s Bees Almond & Milk Hand Cream

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Burt's Bees Almond & Milk Hand Cream

R 200

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The Body Shop Hemp Hand Protector

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The Body Shop Hemp Hand Protector

R 70

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CLARINS Super Restorative Age-Control Hand Cream

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CLARINS Super Restorative Age-Control Hand Cream

R 740

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Lulu & Marula Soothing Hand & Foot Balm

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Lulu & Marula Soothing Hand & Foot Balm

R 299

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Earthways Infusions Cinnamon & Frankincense Balm

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Earthways Infusions Cinnamon & Frankincense Balm

R 109

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Oh-Lief Natural Aqueous Cream

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Oh-Lief Natural Aqueous Cream

R 45

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Simply Bee Hand Cream

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Simply Bee Hand Cream

R 52

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Eucerin UreaRepair PLUS Hand Cream

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Eucerin UreaRepair PLUS Hand Cream

R 135

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Nutriwomen Dermaceutics Hand & Nail Cream

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Nutriwomen Dermaceutics Hand & Nail Cream

R 125

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Healing Hands Hand Cream

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Healing Hands Hand Cream

R 28.99

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