We Name the Best Nourishing Hand Creams That Guarantee Softer, Smoother Skin

It’s time to give your hands the good stuff.

By Lourdes Avila Uribe
Woman's hands.

We may receive a portion of sales if you purchase a product through a link in this article.

Whoever first noted that you can tell a person’s age by their hands was incredibly rude. Unfortunately, they were also correct. Understandably, our hard-working hands take a bit of a beating. But I just think it’s a fabulous sign of a life well-lived. That said, there’s nothing wrong with taking a little preventative action. With that, let’s see which products made our short list for the best hand cream for aging hands.

True story: my 94-year-old grandmother has the most rigorous hand maintenance regime of anyone I know. She’s meticulous about daily SPF, slathers her sweet little paws with thick, luxurious anti-aging hand creams multiple times a day, and places her hands in her lap, palms up, when sitting outdoors. I can honestly say her hands are gorgeous—nary a sunspot or crepey skin to be found.

Featured image from our interview with Cyndi Ramirez by Belathée Photography.

Woman holding cell phone and coffee mug.

The Best Hand Cream for Aging Hands

All this to say: anti-aging hand creams work! They are chock-full of powerful active ingredients that are similar, if not identical, to the ingredients we love to slather on our face, but with one advantage—hands have the ability to tolerate much thicker, heavier creams than our faces do. So when you literally lay it on thick, your hands are gulping down high quantities of the good stuff. Sounds excellent to me! Just make sure you don’t forget and touch your face after applying a thick cream, otherwise, you can count the minute until a pimple appears.

Vaseline Intensive Care Hydra Replenish with Hyaluronic Acid and Cocoa Butter Hand Cream

Vaseline has a bit of a reputation for being streaky and greasy. But thankfully, this cocoa butter version feels nourishing without overdoing it. Formulated with hyaluronic acid, the cream locks in moisture for soft, deeply hydrated hands.

Avène Cold Cream Concentrated Hand Cream

If it’s deep hydration you’re looking for, then this hand cream can’t be missed. The rich and nourishing lotion repairs dry, cracked hands and nails.

Tenoverten Hand Restorative Cream

Formulated with one of our skincare faves, hyaluronic acid, this cream is full of antioxidants and fatty acids that soften, smooth, and help protect the skin against environmental stressors.

Mario Badescu Special Hand Cream with Vitamin E

This cream features a rich, fast-absorbing blend of antioxidants and hydrating ingredients. Vitamin A, vitamin E, and wheat germ oils deliver a moisture boost for silky-soft hands.

Sur Medic Super Ceramide 100 Intense Protection Hand Cream

Five types of ceramides, hyaluronic acid, and shea butter replenish, condition, and lock in hydration to transform dry, rough skin. The addition of adenosine targets and prevents fine lines and signs of aging on the hands.

Perricone MD Cold Plasma Plus+ Hand Therapy

This cream is specially formulated to target visible signs of aging. It dramatically improves the look of thin, crepey, and delicate skin, leaving it looking smoother and firmer.

OSEA for Parachute Hydrating Hand Cream

This antioxidant-rich formula hydrates and brightens dark spots. Wild Gigartina seaweed protects skin’s natural moisture barrier, leaving hands silky and smooth.

Agustinus Bader The Hand Treatment

This cream is a first-of-its-kind anti-aging treatment for hands that soothes, softens, and serves as a natural antiseptic.

Revitalise-Me Hand & Body Lotion

This lush and invigorating hand lotion deeply moisturizes and leaves the skin feeling satin-soft and silky-smooth. Bonus: it smells heavenly.

Algenist Genius Liquid Collagen Hand Cream

This active vegan (and collagen-packed) hand cream brightens skin, improves tone, and reduces the appearance of dark spots.

Natura Bisse Diamond Extreme Hand Cream

Treat your hands to this ultra-luxe cream. It’s formulated with niacinamide, hydrolyzed collagen, antioxidants, and rich, buttery oils.

Dr. Barbara Sturm Super Anti-Aging Hand Cream

Dr. Sturm knows best! The potent anti-aging ingredients protect the body’s hardest-working skin. The rich texture absorbs quickly, improves elasticity, and prevents the hands from drying out, leaving them soft, supple, and intensely hydrated.

Jan Marini Marini ReNu Corrective Hand Complex

This retinol-infused cream targets fine lines and wrinkles while nourishing hands with deeply hydrating ingredients.

3LAB Perfect Hand Cream

This omega-rich cream relieves dryness and promotes elasticity while hyaluronic acid reinforces the skin’s natural lipid barrier. Lactic acid creates a smooth texture and reduces hyperpigmentation, and green tea extract neutralizes free radicals.