10 Best Hand Creams for Every Budget

Top picks that are worthy of your desk drawer


(SPOT.ph) We use our hands to function and feel our way through the world-especially since they're exposed to the daily elements even more than our face is. Here's how you can pamper these hardworking babies with the TLC (and much-needed moisture!) they deserve.


P500 and below


1. Kracie Aroma Resort Fine Apple and Gardenia Hand Cream (P295)

Why We Like It: It's light, soothing, and the calming floral scent is long-lasting. It contains a mix of natural fruit and vegetable ingredients like tomato extracts and peach essence.


Best for: Those who love refreshing scents and only need a little extra moisture after washing their hands.


Available at Beauty Bar. Click here for a list of branches.





2. Grandma's Secret Miracle Moisturizer (P295)

Why We Like It: It's a greaseless and stainless moisturizer that's great for your hands and body. And really, the whole idea that it's a beauty fix from your grandma's bureau is endearing.

Best for: Those who are sensitive to scents. This fragrance-free pick is a winner for two reasons: You can mix in a few drops of your favorite perfume or you can use it as is.


Available at Baby & Beyond, Unit G2, Strata Suites Condominium, 300 P. Guevarra Street, San Juan City; and Nurture Nook, Unit D 78 Estrella Street, Bel-Air Village, Makati City.

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3. Too Cool For School Cat Streets Mini Hand Cream Set (P389)

Why We Like It: This ultra-nourishing hand cream coats your skin with five types of vegetable oils to ensure that your skin stays moisturized all day. It's also quite a bargain because you get three unique mini tubes for your bag, desk drawer, and sink.



Best for: The budget-conscious who enjoy having lots of scent options and love kawaii packaging. The adorable artwork is perfect for those who are cat-obsessed, too.


Click here for a list of branches


P501 to P900


4. Manuka Honey Hand and Nail Cream (P500)

Why We Like It: This intensive moisturizing MGO™250+ Manuka Honey is designed to soothe, firm, strengthen, repair, and nourish hardworking hands and damaged tips. It contains remarkable skin repairing properties for cracked, dry hands.


Best for: Polish addicts who have brittle nails will adore this quick-absorbing lotion, since it also nourishes the nails.


Click here for a list of branches




5. Philosophy Hands of Hope Hand and Cuticle Cream (P545)

Why We Like It: When you have dry hands, chances are you're prone to those annoying hangnails, too. This soothing, non-greasy cream is spiked with shea butter and natural oils to soften hands and cuticles while boosting your skin's moisture.


Best for: Those who need something straightforward but effective.


Available at 2/F Mega Fashion Hall, SM Megamall Building D, Mandaluyong City; 2/F Glorietta 4, Ayala Center, Makati City; 2/F Greenbelt 5, Makati City.

6. Lush Helping Hands Hand Cream (P575)

Why We Like It: If you want a more potent formula, reach for this thicker cream. It contains honey (a natural antiseptic) and lavender, and African marigold essential oils to bring relief to broken or tight skin.


Best for: Constantly washing your hands or on dishwashing duty? This cream was originally created with nurses in mind, so you know it's an effective soother for those with rough, cracked hands.



Click here for a list of branches



7. Kiehl's Ultimate Strength Hand Salve (P850)

Why We Like It: This minty, eucalyptus-scented balm helps protect and repair severe dryness caused by exposure to harsh elements. Because it allows your skin to draw and absorb water from the air, it's able to lock in moisture for longer periods of time.


Best for: If regular trips to the gym or playing extreme sports has left you with calloused hands, use this balm to help soften rough spots.


Click here for a list of branches


P901 and up


8. Burt's Bees Shea Butter Hand Repair Cream (P950)

Why We Like It: Just a small dollop of this product can do wonders for dry, tired hands. Tip: If you're in need of extra pampering, massage it into your cuticles and nails to give 'em an intense moisture boost, too.


Best for: Those who want a non-oily lotion that they can use all throughout the day, and for more thorough pamper sessions at night-just slip on a pair of cotton gloves after massaging this in to soften and heal skin faster.


Available at Beauty Bar. Click here for a list of branches.


9. Clarins Hand and Nail Treatment Cream (P1,650)


Why We Like It: Worried about wrinkly hands? This treatment forms an invisible protective "glove" that protects your hands from environmental damage to help minimize signs of aging.


Best for: Smokers (the sesame oil extracts help protect your skin against free radicals) and those who are pasmado (the condurango bark extract helps prevent damp palms).



Available at Rustan's Department Stores



10. L'Occitane Immortelle Brightening Hand Care (P1,750)


Why We Like It: This triple-action formula smoothens hands, evens out skin tone, and protects against UV rays. It also stimulates collagen production to help plump up the creases in your hands for younger-looking skin.


Best for: Those who are always under the sun. This cream shields your hands from harmful UV rays with SPF 20 and helps reduce the appearance of age spots with Bellis perennis (daisy flower) extract.


Available at Rustan's Department Stores


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