Best Hand Lotion

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There are a multitude of ways and reasons you may want to use a hand lotion. One of the biggest reasons is public restroom hand soaps tend to sap the moisture right out of your skin due to their low quality. Harsh weather, stressful situations, waiting in traffic and long days on the job can stress out and rob skin of its luster too. In addition to perking up tired, weary and stressed out skin, a good hand lotion can revitalize the senses as well. Be sure to check out our hand lotion buyer's guide below which outlines all the essentials you should know before making a purchase.

Best Drugstore Hand Lotion:

As a nurse, I probably wash my hands 50 times in a 12 hour shift at the hospital. In addition to soap and water, I also use alcohol-based hand sanitizer through out the evening. All of the water, alcohol and detergents in the soap leave me reaching for a hydrating hand lotion throughout the night. When choosing a lotion, you want the kind that hydrates your skin quickly, and one that keeps your skin hydrated for a decent amount of time. I chose the following hand lotions based on scent (which must be subtle enough for people to tolerate), the consistency, and the price point. Since I go through a considerable amount of lotion each night, the product has to be reasonably priced. All of the following are excellent selections and available at your local drugstore.

Essence of Beauty Citrus Coconut Body Lotion

This formula incorporates a stunning line up of moisturizers: passionflower seed oil, vitamin E and rice bran oil. The fragrance is smooth and energizing with notes of sugar cane, coconut and citrus. I love how I can get this lotion for less than $7 at any drugstore. Read Full Review

Essence of Beauty Citrus Coconut Body Lotion

Nivea Essentially Enriched Body Lotion

Nivea Essentially Enriched Body Lotion is perfect for anyone that needs a high performance moisturizer. If you need a lotion that will absorb fast so that you can drive, hold a cell phone or open a stainless-steel fridge within three minutes of application, this product is ideal for you. As with most Nivea products, it is unscented and ideal for doctors, nurses, dentists and all professionals that are in close proximity of patients. Read Full Review

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    Nivea Essentially Enriched Body Lotion

    Neutrogena Body Lotion

    Everyone should be using a moisturizer, dry skin or not. It is easier to prevent cracked, bleeding, infected skin than to heal it. By adding a few pumps of this lotion into your daily routine, you can minimize and counteract most damage caused from daily abuse. Read Full Review

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      Neutrogena Body Lotion

      Gold Bond Ultimate Soothing Skin Therapy Lotion

      If you struggle to keep your hands healthy and smooth, this lotion is the best choice for every day maintenence and repair. The formula is scent-free, dye-free and hypoallergenic, making it an excellent choice for anyone with cracked, burning skin. Read Full Review

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        Gold Bond Ultimate Soothing Skin Therapy Lotion

        Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Lotion

        This Canadian-born lotion moisturizes for an impressive 24 hours, even through multiple hand washings. If you have kids, this product is the perfect choice for your family as it is suitable for children and adults. This product has a decent amount of glycerine, which is ulta-hydrating and skin-loving. The formula calms inflamed skin and prevents diaper rash in infants. This product is also great post-procedure to help repair scars and damaged areas. Read Full Review

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          Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Lotion

          Best Hand Lotion for Normal Skin:

          For those of us lucky enough to have normal skin, the options for hand lotions are endless. We are charmed enough to be able to experiment with every flavor, fragrance and finish with no worries of a break-out or irritation. The following hand lotions are some of my personal all-time favorites that I always have in rotation between work, home and my car. Why do I love these lotions so much? They make me feel sexy, smell good and they add a little somethin' somethin' to my skin and over-all look. I chose the following based on price, effectiveness, scent and the active ingredients in each lotion. One of my picks is labeled as a hand and body lotion, which means it multi-tasks to save you money. I hope you get to enjoy at least one of my favorite hand lotions during the holiday season.

          Thymes Agave Nectar Hand Lotion

          If you are looking for a fun, light lotion with a subdued scent, I suggest that you give this product a try. The citrus fragrance is mild, making this lotion ideal for those who can't handle heavy, artificial fragrances. The formula is so sheer, it instantly melts into the skin and goes to work moisturizing. Read Full Review

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            Thymes Agave Nectar Hand Lotion

            Evolution of Smooth Cucumber Hand Lotion

            The packaging of this lotion is one-of-a-kind. The oval container is the perfect size and shape for any hand. Most lotions come in big tubes and bottles, which take up a considerable amount space. If your purse is too heavy, ditch your large hand lotion and give e.o.s. a try. Read Full Review

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              Evolution of Smooth Cucumber Hand Lotion

              Molton Brown London Pomegranate Ginger Enriching Hand Lotion

              Traditional pomegranate scents can get monotonous and boring. The ginger in this lotion adds an unexpected, refreshing twist to the product. I like how Molton Brown has formulated coordinating hand soaps to pair with their hand lotions. Read Full Review

              Molton Brown London Pomegranate Ginger Enriching Hand Lotion

              O.P.I. AvoJuice SkinQuenchers Hand and Body Lotion

              I was first introduced to OPI AvoJuice SkinQuenchers after I received a deep-moisturizing paraffin wax treatment for my hands. Although paraffin is deeply hydrating, using a heavy lotion or cream after the wax is removed would leave the skin too balmy. OPI AvoJuice locked in the benefits of the paraffin treatment while a sheer wave of moisture left my skin glowing and refreshed. Not only is this a wonderful lotion, it doubles as an aromatherapy treatment for the hands. Not only do I have several bottles at home, I never leave the salon without smoothing some on. Read Full Review

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                O.P.I. AvoJuice SkinQuenchers Hand and Body Lotion

                Out of Africa Vanilla Hand Lotion

                I have always been a fan of anything vanilla. The scent of this lotion is mellow enough for even the most sensitive to enjoy. Since this lotion has organic vanilla, the fragrance is naturally rich and full of depth while others are over-powering and artificial. Read Full Review

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                  Out of Africa Vanilla Hand Lotion

                  Best Hand Lotion for Aging Skin:

                  Just because you have aging skin doesn’t mean you need to stick with boring hand creams that require you to spend a lot of money in the department store. Quality is all about choosing the right ingredients not just the fancy name on the bottle. I have also taken in consideration the fact that aging skin has a tendency to lose moisture quickly because skin doesn’t reproduce collagen as rapidly as it does when we are young. There is plenty you can do to keep hands looking sexy and feeling silky no matter your age. You have done so much with that hand throughout your life so why not celebrate them daily with an indulgent little treat to yourself. I have chosen these products due to the fact that they are going to be a little on the richer side of the lotion spectrum. I have also statically selected each one due to their natural or rich hydrating blend of ingredients.

                  DermOrganic Anti-Aging Hand & Body Lotion

                  DermOrganics is the perfect hand lotion for aging skin. It contains Moroccan Argan oil which helps nourish skin deeply and helps reduce signs of aging. Other natural ingredients like lipids, collagen, vitamins and natural fruit extracts all add up to an incredible product that will truly give you noticeable results. Read Full Review

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                    DermOrganic Anti-Aging Hand & Body Lotion

                    Aqua Glycolic Hand & Body Lotion

                    If you are looking to rewind time try Aqua Glycolic to restore, revive and rejuvenate skin. This is a dermatologist recommended brand that not only helps retain moisture but works deep down to improve the appearance of skin. It also helps encourage cell turn-over while exfoliating dull skin cells. Read Full Review

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                      Aqua Glycolic Hand & Body Lotion

                      Bath & Body Works True Blue Spa, "Look Ma, Hands" Super Softening Hand Lotion

                      If you need something that you can take with you on the go this indulgent little lotion is perfect. It will give a moisturizing treatment and a spa-like experience in this cute little bottle. The ingredients are rich and soak right in to truly pamper and indulge hands with a bit of luxury and a hint of refreshing citrus. Read Full Review

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                        Bath & Body Works True Blue Spa, "Look Ma, Hands" Super Softening Hand Lotion

                        Alba Botanica Cocoa Butter Hawaiian Hand & Body Lotion

                        If you want softer hydrated skin with a little pick-me- up think of Alba Botanica like a little Hawaiian getaway in a bottle. It is perfect for refreshing both the mind and skin while drenching it in rich cocoa butter and other sweet smelling, hydrating botanicals. Read Full Review

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                          Alba Botanica Cocoa Butter Hawaiian Hand & Body Lotion

                          Sheaterra Organics Goat's Milk Almond Argan & Olive Anti-aging Hand & Body Lotion

                          If you love almond you are sure to love this deliciously scented lotion. This one is a bit of an overachiever due to the fact that is used all natural ingredients like Argan oil, olive oil and goat’s milk to treat those dry, tired hand to a silky, new texture. Read Full Review

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                            Sheaterra Organics Goat's Milk Almond Argan & Olive Anti-aging Hand & Body Lotion

                            Best Hand Lotion for Sensitive Skin:

                            I am going to start off with a disclaimer before I tell you how great these product choices are. If you find skin loosing moisture rapidly it is highly recommended you consult your medical practitioner first, then use these in addition to any other recommended treatment. You may suffer from other causes that need to be treated internally. It is also a great idea to drink a little more water when the weather starts getting colder, you may not be as thirsty, but your body loses moisture quickly when you are exposed to extreme cold and skin sapping electric heat systems. Okay enough of the lecture, so without further ado I want to recommend each and every one of these products personally.

                            My mother passed down her dry, sensitive skin to me and together we have collectively tried everything. I know these products work. No need to worry about smelling good, that’s what your fragrance is for. These options have been chosen due to the fact that they do not contain added fragrance and/or harsh chemicals (sorry no “good smelling” high end products here.) I have also chosen these simply because you get a lot for your money so feel free to apply liberally as necessary, and they all work wonders on sensitive skin of any type.

                            Gold Bond Ultimate Soothing Skin Therapy Lotion

                            If you are looking for a no-frills, hold-nothing-back product that will get the job done right, opt for this rich lotion from Gold Bond. It is fragrance-free and works on the most severe skin issues. It works to lock in moisture while helping skin repair and reverse any signs of damage. This is a great product for diabetics. Read Full Review

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                              Gold Bond Ultimate Soothing Skin Therapy Lotion

                              Sarna Sensitive Maximum Strength

                              If you need anti-itch, anti-inflammatory because you suffer from severe skin issues like eczema or rashes; then Sarna is the perfect brand for you. It comes highly recommended by dermatologists, it is very affordable, you get a lot of product for the cost and it is easy to find. Read Full Review

                              Sarna Sensitive Maximum Strength

                              Eucerin Original Moisturizing Lotion

                              Sensitive skin of all types will love Eucerin. This lotion seals in moisture while preventing its loss. Damaged skin that suffers from severe conditions will love the fast healing ingredients; free of any harsh additives. This rich formula soaks in fast and is never greasy. Read Full Review

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                                 Eucerin Original Moisturizing Lotion

                                Jason Softening Cocoa Butter Hand & Body Lotion

                                If you though that you couldn’t have soft, kissable hands think again. I know no one does that anymore but just in case you find someone who did, this product is a safe bet. Just because you have sensitive hands doesn’t mean they can’t look great. This cocoa butter and chamomile based formula is all natural and will sooth while softening the look and feel of your skin. Read Full Review

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                                  Jason Softening Cocoa Butter Hand & Body Lotion

                                  Lubriderm Advanced Therapy Moisturizing Lotion

                                  Lubriderm Advanced is perfect for sensitive skin types, including diabetics who are often prone to itch and rashes. This is grease-less formula that uses vitamins E and B5 to replenish moisture and restore skins elasticity. You will notice a huge improvement in the way skin looks and feels after one short week. Read Full Review

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                                    Lubriderm Advanced Therapy Moisturizing Lotion

                                    Best Hand Lotion for Dry Skin:

                                    Dry skin can crop up randomly during harsh winter months, after performing basic house-cleaning, using drying hand soaps and everyday use from work or play. It’s true that our hands help us in infinite ways so it’s important that we take care of them. Dry skin can range from skin that is just tight and uncomfortable to skin that begins to crack, peel and bleed. I have been to one end of this spectrum and back many times over. I have found that these products will work to bring precious hand (and body) skin back to life. All of these products have been chosen due to that fact that they have incredible reviews from those who are loyal users; they are all very rich and contain quality moisturizing ingredients.

                                    Elizabeth W Sweet Tea Hand Lotion

                                    If your hands want a rich indulgent experience with a light delicious scent, then you are sure to love Elizabeth W. This product line uses quality ingredients like Shea and Vitamin E while using inspired scents from flowers. This line will drench hands in moisture while inspiring your imagination. Read Full Review

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                                      Elizabeth W Sweet Tea Hand Lotion

                                      O.P.I. AvoJuice SkinQuenchers Hand and Body Lotion

                                      If you want rich hydration and a refreshing scented lotion that improves skin smoothness; you are sure to love this line by OPI. If you adore this brand’s nail colors, trust this lotion will give you the same quality and long lasting results. Read Full Review

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                                        O.P.I. AvoJuice SkinQuenchers Hand and Body Lotion

                                        Yu-Be Moisturizing Body Lotion

                                        When a product is good, it goes viral. Once it goes viral everyone wants to buy it for themselves. Sometimes that leaves you digging around looking for it, but Yu-Be is making its way from Japan due to popular demand. This lotion is ideal for giving yourself a hand massage, while giving skin a delicious drink of moisture. Read Full Review

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                                          Yu-Be Moisturizing Body Lotion

                                          Avalon Organics Hand & Body Lotion Aloe Unscented

                                          Avalon Organics uses all-natural organic ingredients to keep skin hydrated and protected. Aloe helps heal chapped and torn skin. Shea and Calendula soaks in deep to help create a barrier. This is a great product to help keep out harsh wind, cold and drying soaps from making matters worse. Read Full Review

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                                            Avalon Organics Hand & Body Lotion Aloe Unscented

                                            Aveeno Active Naturals Skin Relief 24 Hour Moisturizing Lotion

                                            Aveeno is a great, affordable, quality option that uses natural ingredients to lock in moisture and reverse signs of damage. Healing oats and soy are the foundation for this incredibly soothing and long lasting lotion. Even red, chapped and peeling skin will get 24 hours of long lasting, instant relief. Read Full Review

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                                              Aveeno Active Naturals Skin Relief 24 Hour Moisturizing Lotion

                                              Best Hand Lotion for Oily Skin:

                                              What a quandary you are, wanting to “moisturize” your oily skin. Those who do not have oily skin do not understand just how important the “right” type of moisture is for you. Its going to be a fine line between sifting through the products that sink into pores and make matters worse, and those who absorb oil but leave skin parched and wanting for more moisture. Fortunately, I do understand where you are coming from and have chosen the perfect products that give you the balance your oily skin's needs. All of these products have been chosen because they absorb into skin quickly and replace the oil with nourishing moisture instead. They are very lightweight and leave behind a refreshing/indulgent scent that will never overpower your senses.

                                              Kiehl's Deluxe Hand & Body Lotion with Aloe Vera & Oatmeal

                                              Kiehl’s is a no frills brand that truly delivers the goods. It helps keep oil production balanced with this light-weight formula. Aloe and oatmeal as well as natural citrus fragrance all add up to an ideal product to keep oily skin properly moisturized and refreshed. Read Full Review

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                                                Kiehl's Deluxe Hand & Body Lotion with Aloe Vera & Oatmeal

                                                Origins Ginger Hand Lotion

                                                Origins is ideal if you want fresh, lightweight moisture with almost all-natural ingredients. This lotion contains ginger and citrus extracts in addition to nourishing, lightweight oils. Do not fret these oils are designed to balance, enrich and nourish the skin without the grease factor. Rest assured this company specializes in your skin type. Read Full Review

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                                                  Origins Ginger Hand Lotion

                                                  The Body Shop Vanilla Bliss Hand Lotion

                                                  Vanilla is a great option for oily skin. If you are tired of all those refreshing scents and need something that will calm, sooth and hydrate skin with a gentle touch of scent, opt for the Body Shop. This company always gives it their all when it comes to any product, and you are sure to love this one. Read Full Review

                                                  The Body Shop Vanilla Bliss Hand Lotion

                                                  L'Occitane Verbena Moisturizing Hand Lotion

                                                  L’Occitane is going to give your hands a light touch of luxury. This lotion is a fan favorite due to the light-weight consistency and lasting moisture derived from quality ingredients like grape seed oil, Shea butter and heavenly scented Verbena extract. This gentle lotion is great for those who may even have sensitive oily skin. Read Full Review

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                                                    L'Occitane Verbena Moisturizing Hand Lotion

                                                    CND Scentsations Lotions Honeysuckle and Grapefruit Lotion

                                                    Chances are you may have had a CND lotion used on your during your manicure at your favorite salon without you even realizing. CND uses the highest quality ingredients that work great for oily skin due to the fast absorbing nature of this deliciously scented lotion. There are other scent options to choose from if you are in the mood for something else. Read Full Review

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                                                      CND Scentsations Lotions Honeysuckle and Grapefruit Lotion

                                                      Best Unscented Hand Lotion:

                                                      If you are seeking an unscented product I am going to assume that you do not want other fillers like heavy alcohol, greasy mineral oils and other “junk” that could lead to further irritation. Unscented lotions are also ideal for men. Try them out if you wear a fragrance and do not want the scent of your lotion overpowering your expensive perfumes or colognes. Whatever the reason for wearing an unscented lotion, I have decided to give you options that are either 100 percent natural or very close to it. These lotions have been chosen due to the fact that they will moisturize sensitive, dry, irritated skin types without causing further irritation or discomfort. All of these have also been chosen for their nourishing, quality /high-performing ingredients.

                                                      Aubrey Organics Unscented Ultimate Hand & Body Lotion

                                                      Men and women with all skin types; ranging from oily to sensitive will love the perfect balance of nourishing moisture Aubrey Organics delivers. This brand uses top quality natural ingredients like plant and nut-based oils. The result is lasting moisture that will improve hands with consistent use. Read Full Review

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                                                        Aubrey Organics Unscented Ultimate Hand & Body Lotion

                                                        Avalon Organics Hand & Body Lotion Aloe Unscented

                                                        This hand lotion is packed with only the best moisturizers known to skin. It contains natural organic ingredients like Aloe and Shea Butter. This bottle is awesome; it looks nice, it’s durable and the pump action allows you to get the perfect amount every time. This is a great by the sink product that works for any skin type. Read Full Review

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                                                          Avalon Organics Hand & Body Lotion Aloe Unscented

                                                          Beauty Without Cruelty Fragrance Free Hand & Body Lotion

                                                          If you demand heavy duty protection from your lotion but do not want to risk further damage with added filler ingredients, try BWC. Those who use this lotion love how gentle, yet effective it is. The active cruelty-free ingredients come together to help keep moisture locked thus making skin virtually damage-proof. Read Full Review

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                                                            Beauty Without Cruelty Fragrance Free Hand & Body Lotion

                                                            Madre Labs Unscented Hand & Body Lotion

                                                            If you have chapped, damaged or even cracked (bleeding) skin give this lotion from Madre Labs a try. It contains rich healing ingredients like nut oils that are high in natural vitamin E and protective plant botanicals. This is designed to heal and prevent free-radical damage while delivering instant relief. Read Full Review

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                                                              Madre Labs Unscented Hand & Body Lotion

                                                              Olive Naturally Simply Olive Unscented Hand & Body Lotion

                                                              If you want a 100 percent all-natural product that will work for any skin type, you cannot go wrong with Olive Naturally. This product will moisturize without the grease factor that many other love oil-based products have a tendency to do. This is a crowd pleaser that is perfect for the entire family. Read Full Review

                                                              Olive Naturally Simply Olive Unscented Hand & Body Lotion

                                                              Best Natural Hand Lotion:

                                                              Many hand lotions create dependency issues to keep you coming back for more. They offer temporary relief only to dry you out, and then force you to reapply. This is a vicious cycle to keep you using the product. If you stop then it gets even worse. Stop this madness and reach for better quality ingredients so this does not happen to you. All of these natural options have been chosen due to the fact that once you apply it, the lotion stays locked into your hands, even after washing. They have received rave reviews by all that use them. These will defiantly give your skin noticeable improvement with consistent high performing results.

                                                              The Naked Bee Orange Blossom Honey Moisturizing Hand & Body Lotion

                                                              The Naked Bee is growing in popularity due to the fact that this line uses bee’s wax in an innovative way. This ingredient creates a moisture barrier and wards off outside influences that strip the skin and break it down. The Orange Blossom scent is light and refreshing. You are sure to love this product. Read Full Review

                                                              The Naked Bee Orange Blossom Honey Moisturizing Hand & Body Lotion

                                                              EOS Hand Lotion Berry Blossom

                                                              If you want a lotion that is long lasting, does not contain an overpowering scent and is travel-ready then you will love EOS (Evolution Of Smooth). You can find this product easily in many popular store chains, and they are dirt cheap. Read Full Review

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                                                                EOS Hand Lotion Berry Blossom

                                                                Alba Botanica Cocoa Butter Hawaiian Hand & Body Lotion

                                                                Rough cuticles, ashy elbows and frequent hand washing are just a few reasons why you need a rich hand lotion to keep your dry skin healthy. This all-natural lotion contains rich emollient ingredients and is perfect for those who have mild to severe dryness. Nurses and others who hand wash frequently certainly need to keep this product on hand. Read Full Review

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                                                                  Alba Botanica Cocoa Butter Hawaiian Hand & Body Lotion

                                                                  Island Soap & Candle Works Creamy Coconut - Hawaiian Lotion

                                                                  This all-natural lotion contains the best blend of skin-happy ingredients. Coconut oil for rich grease-less moisture and protection, skin softening chamomile and sea kelp for skin strength. You can’t get a better combination than that. This may not be a popular brand but I assure you it is a quality one the reviews are all 5 stars on the website. Read Full Review

                                                                  Island Soap & Candle Works Creamy Coconut - Hawaiian Lotion

                                                                  Shikai All Natural Hand & Body Lotion

                                                                  Shikai is perfect for drenching hands (and skin) in pure moisture, while indulging the senses in an intoxicating scent. This line has tons of great options and yet all are derived from all natural ingredients. This line has been around for decades and has many loyal users who rave over the results. Read Full Review

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                                                                    Shikai All Natural Hand & Body Lotion

                                                                    Best Hand Lotion for Men:

                                                                    Every single person on the planet, including men, has skin. In the last year or so, there has been an explosion within the skin care industry. Corporate executives have discovered that Men's skin care is an undiscovered market. News Flash: Men do not want to wear their girlfriend's Lilly-of-The-Valley perfumed hand lotion! They do not want to be seen with anything feminine or girly. They want a product that is formulated for their specific needs. The following hand lotions are formulated especially for men. Although lotions are lighter than a cream, my selections worked just as well as many pricey body butters. They instantly penetrate the most damaged, calloused skin and get the job done. I based my criteria on absorbency, performance, and packaging. These products are sure to transform your man's lizard-like scales into soft, supple skin.

                                                                    Peter Thomas Roth Mega-Rich Body Lotion

                                                                    The formulation of this product is pretty impressive. Glycerin is an excellent hydrator that is typically reserved for creams and body butters. Mega-Rich Body Lotion absorbs fast and continues to deliver results through out the day. Read Full Review

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                                                                      The Body Shop Cocoa Butter Hand & Body Lotion

                                                                      This hand lotion can be used all over. It's great for feet, elbows, knees, hands and all of your 2,000 parts. Although the formula is rich, it allows you to get back to work within 60 seconds of application. Best of all, it leaves nothing behind but amazing skin. Read Full Review

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                                                                        Jack Black Epic Moisture Extra Rich Body Hydrator with Shea Butter, Coffee Seed & Organic Green Tea

                                                                        I love that this product is organic. Jack Black managed to incorporate the traditionally heavy Shea Butter into a light,energizing lotion. The Coffee Seed in this product also helps firm skin and minimize flaws. Read Full Review

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                                                                          Jack Black Epic Moisture Extra Rich Body Hydrator with Shea Butter, Coffee Seed & Organic Green Tea

                                                                          Kiehl's Creme de Corps Light Weight Body Lotion

                                                                          When applied to the hands and body, you can get dressed right away. My boyfriend loved how healthy his skin looked and felt after a few days of regular use. This is the perfect product for anyone who hates hand cream but needs an effective hand and body moisturizer. Read Full Review

                                                                          Kiehl's Creme de Corps Light Weight Body Lotion

                                                                          Gold Bond Ultimate Gold Men's Essentials Hydrating Lotion

                                                                          This product is a multi-tasker. It can be used on the face, arms, legs and body. If your man hates using a variety of lotions and potions, this is The Moisturizer for him. It is gentle on fragile skin and won't clog pores. It's easily accessible at any drug store at a bargain price. And yes, you can use coupons! Read Full Review

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                                                                            Gold Bond Ultimate Gold Men's Essentials Hydrating Lotion
                                                                             

                                                                            Best Hand Lotion Buyer’s Guide

                                                                            Hand Lotions are a matter of personal preference when it comes to choosing the right one. There are a few things to consider to help you narrow your choices down but don’t hesitate to try a few different ones to see what works for you best. You’ll also want to consider where you live as a region where temperatures dip into extreme cold or soar towards unbearable heat will make a huge difference in your skin’s needs. When the right lotion is applied, it can also provide you with a great mental boost while you're giving your overworked hands a well-deserved break.

                                                                            Hand Lotion and Normal Skin

                                                                            Normal hand skin isn't as tricky or as complicated as the skin on your face, so you have a lot of versatility when it comes to choosing your hand lotion. Find a product which isn’t too greasy because normal skin really doesn’t need thick emollients like dry, sensitive, or aging skin tend to require. Instead, look for lotions which are glycerin-based since they performs well when it comes to preventing moisture loss.

                                                                            There are also lotions infused with essential oils which can calm, invigorate, and soothe skin during application. Have fun experimenting with different oils such as sandalwood, sage, ginger, pomegranate, and lemon to see which works best for you.

                                                                            Hand Lotions and Oily Skin

                                                                            It may seem a bit strange applying hand lotion to oily skin since you might think adding more moisture seems like a bad idea when it’s really the opposite. In general, oily skin is prone to rapid moisture loss since the pores tend to be a bit larger. However, you still need to ensure a proper moisture balance to prevent oily skin from becoming dry, flaky, are irritated.

                                                                            Individuals with oily skin often complain about feeling “dirty” and this can lead to frequent hand washing which can prevent skin from generating its own natural moisture balance. If you’re someone with oily skin, you want to look for lotions formulated with balancing ingredients which keep skin from losing moisture like aloe, melon, cucumber, bergamot, as well as refreshing citrus oils and extracts.

                                                                            Scented Hand Lotions

                                                                            If you suffer from fragrance allergies, then you’ll need to be careful when selecting a hand lotion as many companies sneak in added fragrances to make the product more attractive to the buyer. Keep in mind that hands with cracked, blistered skin should always use a fragrance-free hand lotion until skin heals since lotions infused with alcohol/essential oil-based fragrances can burn and sting open cuts.

                                                                            Most hand lotions contain rich scents weather they are derived from essential oils or other ingredients. Try and find a hand lotion with formulated with moisturizing ingredients which give off a “natural” scent. For example, cocoa butter has a natural chocolate fragrance but is perfectly safe as long as there aren't added alcohol-based fragrance used to “enhance” the natural cocoa smell.

                                                                            Other naturally derived moisturizers include aloe which has a light mild fragrance and is a great for use on ultra sensitive skin. There’s also Shea butter which can be a bit of a hit or miss depending on the plant it was derived from; you can get something which smells a bit nutty and refreshing or a tad like motor oil.

                                                                            Drugstore Hand Lotions

                                                                            You don’t necessarily need to spend a ton of money in order to reap the benefits of a quality hand lotion In fact, some of the most popular, effective hand lotions can be found right in your local drugstore at a fraction of the cost of more expensive brands. This allows you to stock up on effective moisturizers for less, stash these lotions wherever you like, and save the pricier, high end options for when you really need them.

                                                                            Hand Lotions for Dry/Aging Skin

                                                                            Choosing a hand lotion for dry/aging skin is fairly easy as long as you know what ingredients to avoid and what ingredients work best to lock in moisture. You defiantly should avoid heavily scented products that use alcohol-based fragrances as they can possibly dry out skin more, causing redness and/or irritation.

                                                                            If you simply must have a scented moisturizer, simply find one which uses essential and/or plant-based oils to scent the product. Chamomile extract, any ingredients which are oat-based, or even rich fruits like avocado and aloe, will help sooth and heal skin. Citrus oils, and other natural fruit based extracts are also good in small amounts to give skin tone a healthy boost.

                                                                            Lotions formulated with “magical” ingredients like argon, coconut, or olive oils are known for their moisturizing properties and work wonders to repair cracked, dry skin. During the winter months, look for products containing calendula as this ingredient prevents moisture loss as well as keeping skin protected from cold/wind-related damage.

                                                                            How to Spot a Suitable Hand Lotion

                                                                            There is a huge difference in hand lotions considered the “best” versus sub-par products. Products manufactured using cheaper ingredients have a tendency to use alcohol based fragrances and other cheaper oils to create the illusion of rich scent and texture.

                                                                            While these lotions smell great, they’ll trick you into thinking they’re good for your skin. In reality, your skin will become addicted to the moisture in the product while the alcohol slowly leaches out the natural moisture skin needs thus leading you to apply more lotion.

                                                                            Look for basic, quality ingredients which should be listed among the first five or so on the product label. As a good rule of thumb, if you have a hard time pronouncing any of the ingredients listed within the first few lines of the product's ingredient column, then you’re better off skipping it.

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