Scrimp, Save, Splurge: The Best Hand Creams for Any Budget

The choice is in, well, your hands.

ILLUSTRATION War Espejo

(SPOT.ph) By now, handwashing is practically part of your daily routine. You have to wash your hands before and after eating a meal; after heading out to get essentials; and even after touching surfaces that may be dirtier than you think. While maintaining hygiene is necessary, you’ll soon discover a drawback: dry, chapped hands.

While soap and water help get rid of dirt, they also tend to strip your hands of its natural moisture, causing your palms to feel rough and dry. But don’t worry, you don’t have to compromise smooth skin for proper hand hygiene. By adding a hand cream to your hand care routine, you can keep them clean and hydrated.

There are a lot of hand creams in the market, and most of them come in handy packaging so you can bring them with you anywhere you go—giving you zero excuses not to keep your hands moisturized. All it takes is a pea-sized amount and you’re in for a treat! We round up the best ones you can score no matter your budget. 

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Pamper your hands and check out the best hand creams for every budget:

Scrimp: Natural Hand & Foot Salve (P149.75 each) from Human Nature

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Soothe your hands without breaking the bank with Human Nature’s Natural Hand & Foot Salve. This budget-friendly find contains lots of natural plant-based ingredients, nutrients, and antioxidants that work together to restore the healthy, moisturized state of your hands and feet. It has sunflower oil, a well-known moisturizer rich in vitamins A, C, D, and E. It also has avocado, soybean, and coconut oils that can help rejuvenate and replenish tired skin. The latter, in particular, also works to minimize signs of aging. You can take your pick from these fruity variants: Luscious Strawberry, Invigorating Eucalyptus, Vanilla Peach, Rose Bouquet, and Zesty Pomelo.

Available on Human Nature's website.

Save: Shea Butter Hand Repair Cream (P995) from Burt’s Bees

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Just like in lipsticks and lip balms, shea butter is a popular ingredient in hand creams—it’s well-known for its hydrating properties. You can also count on it to help fade scars, reduce wrinkles, and heal cracked skin. This hand repair cream from Burt’s Bees has shea butter, cocoa butter, and sesame oil to fully hydrate the skin. The brand uses shea butter in many of their products because its natural fatty acids are rich in vitamins, minerals, and protein that are all essential in moisturizing and smoothing your skin, as well as protecting it from early signs of aging. 

If you hate the sticky feeling you get from applying creams or lotions, you’ll be pleased to know that this cream absorbs quickly into the skin, leaving your hands smooth and supple. Plus, you can also put some hand cream on dry, flaky elbows and benefit from its moisturizing properties.

Available on Burt’s Bees website

Splurge: Shea Butter Hand Cream (P600/30 ml, P1,600/150 ml) from L’Occitane 

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Here’s a fun fact: A tube of L’Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream gets sold every 1.5 seconds. So, what makes this hand cream a popular splurge-worthy item to begin with? Hailing from Provence in the South of France, this hand cream is specially formulated to protect dry, chapped hands. There’s 20% organic shea butter in the mix, blended with honey, almond, coconut oil, and marshmallow root extract. These ingredients all work together to nourish and boost skin’s moisture that will help make your hands feel soft and smooth sans the greasiness. They’re also gentle enough for dry and sensitive skin. It has a subtle, powdery scent that you won't get enough of!

Available on L’Occitane.

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