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The 15 Best Hand Creams for Your Dry, Irritated Skin

Men's Health Logo By Garrett Munce of Men's Health | Slide 1 of 16: Rough, calloused hands are a badge of honor at the gym: they mean you’ve been putting in the time and lifting big. But everywhere else, they’re not so great. Think about how often you shake someone’s hand out in the real world—do you really want them to feel like they’re running their mitts over sandpaper?It’s more than common decency. Hydrated, smooth hands are healthier and don’t show signs of aging as quickly (just like the skin on your face). Plus, they just feel better. When skin gets dry, it cracks more easily and cracked skin is uncomfortable and, in some cases, painful. It’s an especially big problem in the winter, when cold temperatures, along with low humidity outside and the dry heat from radiators inside, conspire to suck moisture from your body at a rapid pace. It happens all over your body, but particularly on your hands, since they tend to be exposed to the elements more than your other parts.Regular use of a hand cream can change all that. A good cream can take very dry hands back to smooth and hydrated in the blink of an eye and can make aging hands look less like the Crypt Keeper. It can even protect your skin from losing more moisture as the day goes on. Use any of these 12 healing hand creams to keep your paws healthy and protected year round. If not for you, at least do it for that poor soul who has to touch your calluses next time you shake hands.

Rough, calloused hands are a badge of honor at the gym: they mean you’ve been putting in the time and lifting big. But everywhere else, they’re not so great. Think about how often you shake someone’s hand out in the real world—do you really want them to feel like they’re running their mitts over sandpaper?

It’s more than common decency. Hydrated, smooth hands are healthier and don’t show signs of aging as quickly (just like the skin on your face). Plus, they just feel better. When skin gets dry, it cracks more easily and cracked skin is uncomfortable and, in some cases, painful. It’s an especially big problem in the winter, when cold temperatures, along with low humidity outside and the dry heat from radiators inside, conspire to suck moisture from your body at a rapid pace. It happens all over your body, but particularly on your hands, since they tend to be exposed to the elements more than your other parts.

Regular use of a hand cream can change all that. A good cream can take very dry hands back to smooth and hydrated in the blink of an eye and can make aging hands look less like the Crypt Keeper. It can even protect your skin from losing more moisture as the day goes on. Use any of these 12 healing hand creams to keep your paws healthy and protected year round. If not for you, at least do it for that poor soul who has to touch your calluses next time you shake hands.

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