This might sound just a little far–fetched, but we believe hand creams are the beauty equivalent of statement sunglasses. You don’t pull them out all the time, but when you do, you want that little tube to instantly up your beauty cred.
There’s nothing bad per se about toting around that mini bottle of unscented lotion you don’t mind losing. But why feel ambivalent about your hand cream when you could be treating yourself to a quick pamper–plus–aromatherapy session with the right tube? And let’s face it: remembering to keep your hands moisturized is a whole lot easier when you’re actually excited about the product in question. Plus, if a friend is ever in dire need of lotion—and someone always is—you can save the day in style.
As you may have already guessed, not all hand creams are created equal. And because we’ve tried a lot of them over the years, we can tell you right now that it’s not easy to find one that moisturizes well, sinks in instantly, smells delicious, and comes perfectly packaged. But what kind of hand cream connoisseurs would we be if we couldn’t provide you with at least five contenders? So that’s exactly what we’ve done.
Click through the slideshow above to shop our favorite hand cream picks. You can thank us after you’re done moisturizing.