12 Best Hand Creams for Dry, Cracked Skin


1. Curél Extreme Dry Hand Relief Cream


Extreme Dry Hand Relief Cream


  • Most moisturizing in Lab tests
  • Softens skin
  • Non-sticky
  • Bargain price


  • Some would prefer a thicker formula
Key ingredientsGlycerin, vitamin E, plant oils
Size3 oz.

“Cure” even the most dehydrated skin with Curél’s plant oil-infused lotion, the hands-down winner in GH Beauty Lab hand cream testing. Created to last through hand washing, it boasts one of the highest increases in skin moisturization the Lab has ever measured. In Lab assessment with the Corneometer device, which calculates skin moisture levels, the formula raised hydration by a record 64%.

Though a few users said they would prefer a thicker texture, a full 100% of testers agreed the lotion left their skin feeling soft to the touch and it scored high for not being tacky. “It cleared up dry, scaly spots and stays on even when I rinse my hands,” a user commented. Another agreed: “I wash my hands at least a dozen times a day, and my hands felt and looked noticeably smooth.”


2. Vaseline Radiant X Deep Nourishment Hand Butter


Radiant X Deep Nourishment Hand Butter


  • Strong skin hydrating effects
  • Rich formula
  • Great scent


  • Could leave skin feeling greasy
Key ingredientsGlycerin, shea butter, coconut oil
Size3.4 oz.
FragranceWarm, sweet
True to its name, rich and buttery Vaseline earned top marks in GH Beauty Lab evaluations for deeply moisturizing dry hand skin. The formula, blended with shea butter and coconut oil, was also a tester favorite, receiving raves for its “warm, vanilla-like” fragrance.

It elevated skin moisturization by a strong 56%, second only to the winner in Beauty Lab Corneometer calculations and rated best with testers for its “pleasant” scent. Two called the formulation “thick and creamy” and “very moisturizing” (a few users said it felt oily, though). Another reported: “My friends asked to use it because it smells so good.”