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The Ultimate Drugstore Hand Cream List

Confused about which drugstore hand cream to buy? Unsure about which hand moisturizer will actually work for you? Then this post is for you! Keep reading to see my top drugstore hand cream picks!

One thing I noticed when I started getting into the whole makeup thing is that along with makeup, for a lot of people, goes skincare. And I was a bit confused. I mean, makeup is fun. And colorful. And exciting. And all the other adjectives I’m too lazy to think of right now. And skincare is, well, skincare. How exciting can it really be to wash your face?

I soon realized that you have to care about skincare when you are into makeup, because putting all that gunk on your face (I mean that in the most loving way possible) can be really bad for your skin. So I started looking into face washes, and exfoliators, and moisturizers, and all that fun stuff. Not fun as in makeup, but fun as in “all that fun stuff.” It’s a figure of speech, ok?

Where was I…. Right, skincare. So I started getting into it, and trying different things. I can’t say I’m too enthralled with anything I tried. It could be because I haven’t tried anything too amazing, or it could be because it’s just skincare (see above). So I’m not exactly qualified to start talking about my skincare faves.

There is one area of skincare that I am qualified to talk about, though. Well, two, really. And that is hands and lips. Why, you may ask? (And even if you didn’t ask, I’m going to tell you anyway.) Because I’ve had extremely dry, chapped hands and lips for my entire life. I already wrote about my top lip balm recommendation here , so I figured, might as well write up the drugstore hand cream list as well!

First off:

I’ve found that I need to switch off hand moisturizers every so often because my skin gets used to them and they stop working. Keep that in mind if your favorite hand cream just isn’t cutting it anymore.

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Now, what you have been waiting for:

Drugstore Hand Creams

Oh, hand creams. I have so much to say in this category. I found some stuff that really works, and also some really famous/popular stuff that really doesn’t work on my skin. Just goes to show that everyone’s skin is different and what works for one person may not work for the next. That said, here goes my list.

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Positives first. These things work.

In no particular order:

Eucerin Original Healing Creme (in a tub, not a squeeze tube or pump)

This was one of my favorite drugstore hand creams for a long time. I haven’t used it in a while, actually, but it always really worked. Go check it out if you haven’t.

AHAVA Dead Sea Mud (not the Dead Sea water line. The mud is stronger).

I think I used the foot cream on my hands, because foot cream is generally stronger, and I was desperate.

When I first tried this out, my hands were so bad I had giant cracks and cuts open up randomly all over my fingers and knuckles. Owww, so painful… The Ahava cream cleared it right up in a few days.

Hold on a sec… Now that I’m thinking about it, I’m not sure if Ahava is considered drugstore or not. So this may not actually qualify as one of my favorite drugstore hand creams.

Whatever. It’s still a good hand moisturizer, even if it’s not drugstore.

Neutrogena Norwegian Formula Hand Cream

The stuff in this little tube works, ok? And it’s super convenient for travel. Go buy some now.

O’Keeffe’s Working Hands Cream

This is a recent favorite that I just found when my Neutrogena stopped working on my hands a few months ago. I searched on Amazon for “moisturizer for dry, cracked hands” and this was the #1 choice. I like the little green tub. And the stuff inside it is pretty amazing, too.

Lanolin Cream

This is a little tip for those of you whose hands spontaneously crack open all over when they are too dry (come on, I can’t be the only one). Get some Lansinoh Lanolin Cream, put a glob of it over the cut, and cover with a band-aid overnight. (Best overnight because the lanolin can stain clothes and you don’t want it getting everywhere.)

The Lanolin is made for nursing women to soothe dry, cracked nipples, so it is extremely sensitive yet strong. And let me tell you, it WORKS. I am forever thankful to my sister for suggesting I try it.

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And now for the bad list

These are products that are really famous slash highly recommended, yet for some reason just do not work for me.


I don’t know what I’m supposed to like about Aquaphor. It’s gross and greasy, feels like Vaseline on the skin, and does absolutely nothing. Like, after you wait five thousand hours for all the grease to dry down/be absorbed, it feels as if you did not put on any hand cream. Huge fail. It did remove makeup swatches from my arm really well, though. Must be all that grease.


This was an early-on experiment. I first tried it to switch off from Eucerin. They both come in a big tub, so they must be similar, right? Wrong. Where Eucerin feels rich and creamy, Cetaphil feels strange, thin, and plasticky. I can’t describe it exactly, but it feels really weird, and does not help with dry skin.

Coconut Oil

I just tried this recently because I was seeing online that coconut oil is supposed to be some miracle moisturizer. Again, I just feel like it does absolutely nothing when applied to my hands.

And that’s all. I hope you found some useful information in all my ramblings!

Take care!


What’s your favorite drugstore hand cream? Or do you think only high-end products do the trick when it comes to skincare? Let me know in the comments!

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