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Best Hand Lotion

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

Peter Thomas Roth. No one will doubt that this is a man's product. The packaging is plain, professional and no-frills. The lotion combines an anti-oxident cocktail of vitamins C, E, and B5 to protect and replenish skin. This lotion leaves you feeling refreshed and rejuvenated after each application, never sticky or tacky. Peter Thomas Roth Mega-Rich Body Lotion is like a sheer wash of hydration that conditions and repairs against environmental stressors and daily abuse. It is best for maintaining healthy skin in need of a little moisture and sheen.

The Body Shop Cocoa Butter Hand & Body Lotion

The Body Shop Cocoa Butter Hand & Body Lotion is perfect for any man's bathroom, suitcase or office. For starters, the packaging is male-friendly with a brown label and white letters. The product contains no fragrance- only the subtle, natural scent of community-traded cocoa butter. The formula contains a generous amount of anti-oxidents, essential fatty acids and sunflower seed oil for maximum hydration. Although the contents seem a bit rich for a hand lotion, it leaves your skin hydrated and velvety-soft.

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

With a name like Jack Black, who could deny that this product was made exclusively for men? The Extra Rich Body Hydrator with Shea Butter, Coffee Seed and Organic Green Tea is perfect for sturdy hands. The cocktail of Coffee Seed, Organic Green Tea and Shea Butter has been used for thousands of years to defend the skin against the elements and free radicals. The skin on the hands, arms and face are subjected to the sun the most because they are not always covered by clothing. Every time you drive your car, the sun penetrates the windows and hits your hands. Not only does this organic hand lotion moisturize, it also helps repair damage from every day life.

Kiehl's Creme de Corps Light Weight Body Lotion

Kiehl's Creme de Corps Light Weight Body Lotion works best immediately after a hot bath or shower. I found that it works especially well on the hands. The glycerine in this lotion seeps deep down into the layers of the skin, preventing moisture molecules from evaporating. The lotion has a neutral scent that does not clash with cologne or other products. The gentle formula is perfect for those with cracked, chapped skin that requires alot of TLC.

Gold Bond Ultimate Gold Men's Essentials Hydrating Lotion

Gold Bond, known for their wonderful diabetic-friendly lotions and powders, has created an all-star line of products exclusivley for men. A favorite is the Gold Bond Ultimate Men's Essentiels Hydrating Lotion. The product moisturizes and is suitable for all skin types. Ceramides and peptides improve the function of skin, re-build collagen and firms lax areas. Not only is this product formulated for the hands, it can be used on the face and body as well.

Essence of Beauty Citrus Coconut Body Lotion

Essence of Beauty Citrus Coconut Body Lotion

Dye and Paraban-free, Essence of Beauty Citrus Coconut Body Lotion is paradise in a bottle. Any time I make a late-night stop at CVS, I always swing by the Essence of Beauty kiosk to try out the new scents. Compared to the pricey competitor Bath & Body Works, all of the Essence of Beauty Body Lotions work just as well at a 40 percent lower price point. You can even use coupons! The Citrus Coconut smells delish and continues to hydrate, even after you wash your hands. The fragrance is uplifting and energizing.

Nivea Essentially Enriched Body Lotion

Nivea Essentially Enriched Body Lotion is my all-time favorite hand moisturizer for the winter months. The formula contains provitamin B-5, which attracts moisture to the skin to revive dull, flakey hands. Nivea also threw in some almond oil, which locks in moisture and conditions skin. With daily use, this product continues to improve the health and vitality of skin. The consistency deserves a nod for achieving the perfect consistency — not too thick, not too greasy. This product is quickly absorbed into the skin and leaves hands soft to the touch with no residue. If you have sensitive skin or hate artificial fragrance, you will love this simple, scent-free moisturizer.

Neutrogena Body Lotion

Neutrogena Body Lotion is sheer bliss for those who need a simple yet effective hand and body moisturizer. The formula combines water, sesame seed oil and glycerine into a lotion suspension. The thin consistency allows the oil molecules to seep into the multiple layers of skin. Most creams are too thick and heavy to fully absorb, leaving a slimy residue. If you are a teacher, secretary or any one that handles chalk and paper, this product should be a staple on your desk.

Gold Bond Ultimate Soothing Skin Therapy Lotion

Gold Bond Ultimate Soothing Skin Therapy Lotion breathes new life into dry, problematic hands. The formula is light and non-greasy, absorbing into the skin in 15 seconds flat. Gold Bond incorporated a cocktail of skin-loving vitamins and antioxidants to refresh and revive tired hands. The formula is enriched with Chamomile, Ginger Root and Oat Extract to calm redness and alleviate inflammation. The lotion has no scent and continues to moisturize after excessive hand washing.

Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Lotion

If you suffer from Eczema or severly dry skin, Aveno Active Naturals Daily Moisturizing Lotion is a close match to a medical-grade moisturizer. The formula utilizes colloidal oat meal, long admired by dermatologists for its healing and soothing properties. It is perfect for babys and those that tend to get wind-chapped skin from the elements. The lotion absorbs quickly and is non-greasy, making it easy to get back to every day activities.

Thymes Agave Nectar Hand Lotion

The fresh, clean scent of Thymes Agave Nectar Hand Lotion makes this product the perfect finishing touch to any beauty routine. It is light and energizing, making it perfect for mornings. The instant absorbency also makes this lotion ideal for bed time, as you do not have to worry about the lotion seeping into your fine silk or cotton bedding. The formula contains a classic mix of jojoba oil, shea butter and vitamin E to soften and condition the outer layers of the skin.

Evolution of Smooth Cucumber Hand Lotion

e.o.s. Evolution of Smooth Cucumber Hand Lotion is a gem-of-a-find available at any local drugstore. The 96 percent natural formula is dermatologist-tested and hypoallergenic. This light hand lotion moisturizes for 24-hours and never leaves behind a greasy residue. The scent reminds me of the pricey Cucumber Mellon lotion from Bath & Body Works, but it is a fraction of the price.

Molton Brown London Pomegranate Ginger Enriching Hand Lotion

Molton Brown London Pomegranate Ginger Enriching Hand Lotion

Molton Brown London Pomegranate Ginger Enriching Hand Lotion is my favorite pick as a gift. The elegant pump, the super-sized bottle, the hot pink and black lettering and the contrasting color of the lotion make this product the center of attention. The fragrance is energizing, fruity and mildly spicy. A touch of ginger oil leaves a refreshing sensation on the skin while pomegranate smooths and firms. I noticed a dramatic decrease in damaged skin around my cuticles within days of using this lotion.

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

OPI AvoJuice SkinQuenchers Mango Juice Hand and Body Lotion is the top choice of manicurists. This lotion smells good enough to drink! Although the packaging states that it is for hands and body, this lotion is ideal for the hard-to-moisturize cuticle area. The gel-like formula is perfect for anyone that hates to use anything heavy or does not wear lotion at all. The moisture molecules in the product are small enough to penetrate rough cuticles, making it ideal for hands. The lotion instantly absorbs, leaving skin refreshed, moisturized and pampered.

Out of Africa Vanilla Hand Lotion

If you are allergic to everything under the sun, Out of Africa Vanilla Hand Lotion is one of the best lotions you will ever use. The formula contains raw, organic shea butter, vanilla and vitamins A, C and E to facilitate healing. Yes, that's right: this lotion will help repair your skin. The lotion is super-creamy and takes longer than most lotions to absorb. This product works best after a hot bath or shower when pores are open.

The Naked Bee Orange Blossom Honey Moisturizing Hand & Body Lotion

Orange Blossom Honey Hand and Body Lotion is the top selling scent in this all-natural product line. This product tops the list due to the fact that it is filler-free, not tested on animals and truly contains all-natural and mostly organic ingredients including bee’s wax. In case you are unfamiliar with the benefits of this ingredient it is truly one of a kind. It doesn’t just absorb into skin then wash off with your hand soap hours later. It soaks in, creates a barrier keeping moisture locked in. You do not have to reapply as often.

EOS Hand Lotion Berry Blossom

EOS is a very popular brand that is easy to find in many popular stores. This lotion is not 100 percent natural but is pretty darn close at 97 percent. The quality is great and this cute little container makes this lotion purse-ready. “Berry Blossom,” is the most popular scent as far as the lotion product line goes, but you could also opt for a refreshing “Cucumber” and/or “Fresh Flowers” scent. These little lotions are super affordable so you could try all three and stash them anywhere. These are made with Shea butter and promise to keep hands moisturized for 24 hours.

Alba Botanica Cocoa Butter Hawaiian Hand & Body Lotion

This lotion by Alba Botanica has gotten plenty of stellar reviews. This product uses cocoa butter as its main ingredient but also includes other rich all-natural ingredients like jojoba, Shea and Vitamin E. This product pretty much contains all of the richest, moisturizing and good for skin ingredients in one refreshingly scented hand (and body) lotion. You get a lot of product for your money and this would be a great treat not just for hands, but worked up the arm onto ashy elbows as well. Those who hand wash frequently simply love the fact that this lotion keeps skin protected from moisture loss all day long.

Island Soap & Candle Works Creamy Coconut - Hawaiian Lotion

Island Soap & Candle Works Creamy Coconut - Hawaiian Lotion

I have been doing a lot of research on the beauty benefits of coconut oil and have found the perfect lotion that lists it as the main ingredient. In case you do not know, coconut oil is the perfect all-natural ingredient that soaks into skin leaving it protected, moisturized and happy without the grease-factor. It also protects skin from sun and cell damage on a deeper level, while keeping skin looking younger. This product is simply impressive as it contains more of my favorite moisturizers like chamomile, sea kelp and delicious smelling orange flower. This may not a super popular product yet but it wins in my book because of the incredible combination of ingredients and quality of them. Every person who has tried this product gave it 5 stars.

Shikai All Natural Hand & Body Lotion

Shikai is a popular all natural product line that reminds us that beauty can still be fun. If variety is what you seek then look no further than Saikai. There are so many scents to choose from you may find yourself wanting a few just to try out; especially if you love trying new things. All of the lotions do contain a few common base ingredients like aloe, borage (all-natural fatty acid that comes from a little flower) and Shea just to name a few. The fun comes in when you it comes time to indulge the skin in exotic blends like Cucumber Melon, Star fruit and my personal favorite Honeysuckle. These are a just a few, so add a little fun to your routine because this little find is also affordable (and would make a great gift.)

Gold Bond Ultimate Soothing Skin Therapy Lotion

Gold Bond Ultimate Soothing Skin Therapy Lotion breathes new life into dry, problematic hands. The formula is light and non-greasy, absorbing into the skin in 15 seconds flat. Gold Bond incorporated a cocktail of skin-loving vitamins and antioxidants to refresh and revive tired hands. The formula is enriched with Chamomile, Ginger Root and Oat Extract to calm redness and alleviate inflammation. The lotion has no scent and continues to moisturize after excessive hand washing.

Sarna Sensitive Maximum Strength

Sarna Sensitive Maximum Strength

Sarna is a dermatologist recommended brand, it is very popular and easy to find. Simply put you cannot go wrong with this hand/body lotion. If you are already suffering from dry, chapped, itchy or even severe eczema, Sarna will help skin heal. It contains powerful anti-itch cortisone so the relief you crave will be instant. Go from “aaaaah” to “ahhhhh” the relief will have you back in action and feeling ready to dive into your work/favorite activity. We use hands to do many things so to say we need them in good working order is not too much to ask from this amazing lotion.

Eucerin Original Moisturizing Lotion

Eucerin is also a dermatologist recommended brand you can trust. This formula has gotten and continues to get great reviews. This lotion is not just used by those with mild skin conditions, those who are overly sensitive will benefit as well. Everyone with any type of sensitivity issue including those who are prone to eczema and psoriasis will find relief, protection and healing from this incredible formula. This will treat just about any variety of dry sensitive or allergy/ rash-prone skin making it a very good choice in case you aren’t certain of the exact cause of your sensitive skin.

Jason Softening Cocoa Butter Hand & Body Lotion

Consider the strategy behind this option and you will see it is an excellent choice. Jason products only use all-natural top quality ingredients in their products and that’s why I love them (plus they are very affordable). This company also makes some great face and hair care options you can try if you are especially prone to ingredient sensitivity. You will love the soothing effect you get from this coco butter-based formula. Sensitive skin will feel a little pampered with this product as well. Chamomile acts like a softener so kiss those ragged rough cuticles and chapped fingertips goodbye.

Lubriderm Advanced Therapy Moisturizing Lotion

The first thing you notice about this product is the fact that you get a giant portion. This is perfect for heavy duty application so feel free to apply liberally. You will start to see a difference in your skin’s performance. This too is a great option for diabetics prone to itch and rashes. Lubriderm uses a vitamin E and B5 complex to restore damaged skin and helps build it back to strong and resilient. You get both moisture and added strength for 24 hours. Give this product about a week and it will have skin looking like new.

Elizabeth W Sweet Tea Hand Lotion

This incredible hand lotion hails from San Francisco. This line is known for rich ingredients that truly makes applying lotion an indulgent experience. The product gives attention to detail all while tantalizing the imagination with their unique and inspired scents. Sweet Tea seems to be their most popular scent and all who have tried this one have rated it five stars. There are other scents in this line to try if you want to experiment with something new. Dry hands will love the fact that Shea butter and Vitamin E will improve the feel of hands after a single use.

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

OPI AvoJuice SkinQuenchers Mango Juice Hand and Body Lotion is the top choice of manicurists. This lotion smells good enough to drink! Although the packaging states that it is for hands and body, this lotion is ideal for the hard-to-moisturize cuticle area. The gel-like formula is perfect for anyone that hates to use anything heavy or does not wear lotion at all. The moisture molecules in the product are small enough to penetrate rough cuticles, making it ideal for hands. The lotion instantly absorbs, leaving skin refreshed, moisturized and pampered.

Yu-Be Moisturizing Body Lotion

Stop by Yu-Be's website for a free in-depth hand massage tutorial. Although the product title suggests that it is for the body it is highly recommended for dry hands too. It is sold out until the spring because this is their best-selling product. Beauty gurus know what's good and they spend time scouring the globe for the best of the best; Yu-Be is one of them. If you dig a bit around the web you may get lucky enough to snag one of these “all-the- rage” lotions for yourself.

Avalon Organics Hand & Body Lotion Aloe Unscented

If you are looking for something without added fragrance but still smells light and refreshing, look no further than Avalon Organics. Yes, their name does suggest they use organic ingredients and they use top quality moisturizers in this lotion. Vitamin E, Shea, Calendula flower and Aloe of course all come together in one super-rich hydrating formula. This option would also work for dry and/or sensitive skin. It protects skin from further damage while healing what has already been done. This is also a great winter “go-to” product that is pretty easy to find in popular stores.

Aveeno Active Naturals Skin Relief 24 Hour Moisturizing Lotion

If you need serious long lasting relief, opt for this 24-hour formula. Aveeno uses soy-based plant botanicals and oats to keep skin soft, hydrated and looking great. This is also a great option if you have a bit of fragrance sensitivity because Aveeno doesn’t contain harsh additives. Another great thing about this lotion is the fact that you get a lot of product for your money but it doesn’t require you to use it constantly due to the quality hydrating complex. You can instantly calm red, itchy, chapped and even flaking skin.

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

Kiehl’s is neither boastful nor snooty, although their products could be technically categorized as “high end.” This brand has established its roots in the pharmacy (apothecary) culture and has been around since 1851. You can trust this formula due to the fact that it contains natural quality ingredients designed to truly improve skin’s performance. What makes this lotion ideal for oily skin? Aloe, which is never greasy but keeps skin healthy and balanced; meanwhile oatmeal which helps keep skin soft without adding to oil production. You can also choose from a few delightful non-drying fragrances like invigorating grapefruit which would be ideal for refreshing oily skin.

Origins Ginger Hand Lotion

For starters you must know that Origins truly understands oily skin and will treat it right. This lightweight lotion is going to give you hypoallergenic moisture with an enlivening scent of Ginger and other citrus notes to make you feel uplifted and refreshed. Other natural oils will work to enrich and nourish the skin deep below the surface. This company also makes their products with almost completely all-natural ingredients. You are getting a top quality good- feeling product that will never feel greasy. Origins gives you the right type of moisture to both hydrate and balance.

The Body Shop Vanilla Bliss Hand Lotion

The Body Shop Vanilla Bliss Hand Lotion

This is a product that is most likely not going to be around forever unless many people state how much they like it; so be sure to comment on the site if this is your favorite. Even though you have oily skin you may not be a fan of the “fresh” scented options that many companies assume oily skin needs. Citrus and other refreshing scents are great for oily skin, but what if you want a calming scent? Vanilla is always a great choice when it comes to calming the senses. Nothing is more seductive then the understated notes of rich vanilla while bundled up warm and cozy by the fire. The Body Shop not only uses top quality ingredients and conducts their business with ethics; they love to give back to the planet. This lotion is light weight and will give your tired, stressed out hands the perfect balance of moisture.

L'Occitane Verbena Moisturizing Hand Lotion

Verbena is the main ingredient listed in this luxury brand hand lotion. Verbena is a freshly scented plant that smells a bit like fresh-cut baby grass and lemon. The properties of this extract are also ideal for helping oily skin stay hydrated correctly without overwhelming even delicate or sensitive, oily skin types. This product also contains grape seed oil and Shea so you are sure to get long lasting moisture. Those who use L’Occitane love the scent as well as the consistency. It is perfect for oily skin because it is perfectly light-weight. Some users have reported an improvement in their skin’s texture and overall performance with consistent use.

CND Scentsations Lotions Honeysuckle and Grapefruit Lotion

CND is the best kept secret amongst professional manicurists. If you have had a professional manicure recently is very likely that a CND product was used on your hands, cuticles and/or nails. They are simply the best when it comes to the pros. With that said they also create some incredible quality lotions that smell so amazing you will escape for a few minutes without even realizing it. Do not worry, the fragrance is not the only thing this product has going for it but do consider it a bonus. It is a rich formula but it is lightweight and perfect for oily skin because it absorbs perfectly. This company knows hands and also knows that greasy skin doesn’t manicure well.

Aubrey Organics Unscented Ultimate Hand & Body Lotion

This hand and body lotion is simply ideal for anyone. Men or women of any age will experience the perfect amount of moisture without the heavy scent or cheap drying ingredients that leave skin feeling thirsty hours later. This product has topped the list due to the rave reviews received across the web. This brand uses organic, natural, cruelty-free ingredients that are truly great for the skin. The only complaint users have about this product is the fact that they cannot get enough and want a bigger bottle. Keep that in mind when you stock up. This product is also safe and ideal for those with sensitive skin types.

Avalon Organics Hand & Body Lotion Aloe Unscented

If you are looking for something without added fragrance but still smells light and refreshing, look no further than Avalon Organics. Yes, their name does suggest they use organic ingredients and they use top quality moisturizers in this lotion. Vitamin E, Shea, Calendula flower and Aloe of course all come together in one super-rich hydrating formula. This option would also work for dry and/or sensitive skin. It protects skin from further damage while healing what has already been done. This is also a great winter “go-to” product that is pretty easy to find in popular stores.

Beauty Without Cruelty Fragrance Free Hand & Body Lotion

BWC stands for Beauty without Cruelty. This little gem of a find is a great option if you want something gentle. This lotion is also ideal for frequent use. If you are a constant hand washer, use this after every wash to keep hands looking and feeling amazing any time of year. This is a great lotion to use if you have ingredient sensitivity. The main ingredients are derived from plant oils like sunflower, aloe and calendula; which is an awesome combination of ingredients for dry damage-prone skin. These help keep moisture locked in while creating a barrier that helps skin fight off, heal and prevent damage.

Madre Labs Unscented Hand & Body Lotion

If you have skin that is severely damaged, you can start the healing process with Madre Labs. Using this unscented lotion will not cause cracked, chapped, dry or even bleeding skin to sting or experience pain like many other lotions have a tendency cause. This lotion is rich in vitamin E which helps heal, moisturize and rapidly repair skin almost immediately. Natural fatty acids create a protective barrier too, while other natural plant extracts help keep out damaging free-radicals that can cause serious problems for dry, sensitive skin.

Olive Naturally Simply Olive Unscented Hand & Body Lotion

Olive Naturally Simply Olive Unscented Hand & Body Lotion

This lotion is an excellent choice if you want rich, luxurious quality and are not willing to compromise on all-natural ingredients. This is a high quality brand that is not exactly “cheap” but is well worth the money if you truly want to treat your skin right. This product is recommended for those with allergy prone skin that wants something that is neither too light nor too thick. This one is just right. Olive can get a bit heavy on the skin but this lotion also contains oil absorbing ingredients like rice, and nourishing aloe. The bottle itself is super attractive and would look great in a bathroom or kitchen.

DermOrganic Anti-Aging Hand & Body Lotion

Argan oil is "all-the-rage" in the beauty world right now. There are even entire makeup and beauty lines that use this oil as its main active ingredient. Models, gurus and the beauty obsessed all know why this seemingly magical oil is ideal to help skin retain moisture and fight off signs of aging. This lotion not only contains the finest quality Argan oil from Morocco, but what is does not contain is also just as important. This product is oil and fragrance free making it not only ideal for aging skin but for those with allergy-prone and sensitive skin as well.

Aqua Glycolic Hand & Body Lotion

Aqua Glycolic comes highly recommended by dermatologists. As its name suggests, it delivers moisture in a lightweight consistency. This product is designed to actually improve the look of the skin. It helps exfoliate dull dead cells while encouraging fresh new cells to emerge. This is truly a unique product that not only moisturizes but helps skin retain and create its own moisture deep within. It is also ideal for rough skin that may be prone to severe dryness. This is a great option for aging skin that seeks that soft suppleness from years ago.

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

This product is perfect for aging skin that has a tendency to lose moisture quickly and often. The first thing you will notice is that fact that is pretty pink lotion is travel ready so you will always have beautiful hands no matter where you go. Secondly the extensive list of ingredients includes some of the richest and most hydrating known to the beauty world like: apricot, avocado, vitamin E and olive oil. This hand lotion is like giving hands a mini spa get-away, and has a refreshingly delicious citrus scent to perk up the senses.

Alba Botanica Cocoa Butter Hawaiian Hand & Body Lotion

This lotion by Alba Botanica has gotten plenty of stellar reviews. This product uses cocoa butter as its main ingredient but also includes other rich all-natural ingredients like jojoba, Shea and Vitamin E. This product pretty much contains all of the richest, moisturizing and good for skin ingredients in one refreshingly scented hand (and body) lotion. You get a lot of product for your money and this would be a great treat not just for hands, but worked up the arm onto ashy elbows as well. Those who hand wash frequently simply love the fact that this lotion keeps skin protected from moisture loss all day long.

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

We already know Argan oil is great for aging skin but add the benefits of olive oil and you get rich hydrating moisture that helps you stop losing it so quickly. This lotion smells like heaven due to the sweet almond oil and other all-natural ingredients. In case you are thinking this may be too oily for you think again; goat’s milk helps balance the consistency so you get the prefect texture. This product has gotten great reviews and those who use it love how rich it feels, yet skin feels silky and balanced all while smelling light and sweet.

Buyer's Guide

 

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.

Eve Frost
I adore shopping for the newest and latest products to bring home and experiment with. I don't want to ever feel like I'm missing out on something that could be better than what I currently use. I have tried just about everything under the sun and I love to write, so here I can combine my two passions. Here I bring you the best of my "scientific" experiments and save you time and money. I am obsessed with "Burt's Bees" ointments, I absolutely can not live without "Got2b" and "ISO" hair products, I prefer Lancome lip glosses (when I really want to splurge.. I love Juicy Tubes!) I also love scented deodorants that have titles like "Sexy Intrigue." I also love to indulge in any bath and body treats that smell good enough to eat, especially fruity scents (except coconut for some odd reason.) Clearly I am a product junkie who has put these products up against each other to see which ones come out on top.
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