With coronavirus spreading like wildfire, most of you should be spending more time washing your hands. So, this means you’re using stronger hand sanitizers, soaps, and liquid hand wash for sure. Though they have moisturising properties, they work only to some extent. To prevent skin dryness, I’ve curated a list of some of the best hand creams in India.
Before you get into it, here’s the thing – Hand care or hand hygiene products are a huge part of the equation. With all that regular washing, the natural oils on my skin breaks down the actual moisture barrier.
And to bring them back on my hands – “I always use a good hand cream afterwards.” It is a simple skincare step for you to follow. Hope you’ll do it too after reading my blog.
10 Best Hand Creams in India You 100% Need Now
Curious about which hand lotions I couldn’t stop slathering in recent corona days? Here are a few of my current favourites and other beauty experts too. Best part? These hand creams fit into every budget.
Forest Essentials Hand & Foot Cream
Aroma Magic Hand Cream
mCaffeine Coffee Hand Cream
Dot & Key Hand Cream
THE BODY SHOP British Rose Hand Cream
The Face Shop Macadamia Hand Cream
Plum Love & Limone Hand Cream
Innisfree Jeju Life Hand Cream
Nivea Aloe Vera & Glycerin Hand Cream
Bath & Body Works’ At the Beach Hand Cream
1. Forest Essentials Hand & Foot Care Cream (Combo)
This Mandarin Orange & Neem formula from Forest Essentials is in the limelight for a valid reason. It feels as classy and luxurious as it’s beautiful golden packaging. It’s so rich that just a single tube goes a really long way.
In short, it is like a personal spa or aromatherapy session and it’s packaged ideally into a safe, travel-friendly bottle. That’s exactly why Forest Essentials deserves the no #1 spot in any carry-on bag, gym bag, desk, purse, and vanity.
- Key Ingredients: Mandarin, Neem, Honey, Apricot
- Quantity: 25 g (Hand cream) + 25 g (Foot cream)
- Made of 100% organic ingredients
- Ultra-smooth and creamy texture
- Emollient properties gives deep moisturisation
- High-quality and reputed brand
- Free from harsh chemicals
My Verdict: I’ve used this product many times and can definitely say that it is the best hand cream in India. Yeah, it’s on the expensive end. So, it might cut your pockets pretty deep. But honestly, it’s worth every penny that you pay.
A brand like Forest essentials doesn’t need any introduction and questioning their quality will be a “sin.” This hand cream is Ultra Nourishing and gives you soft, nice-smelling hands you have longed for. So, definitely a must-buy.
2. Aroma Magic Moisturising & Nourishing Hand Cream
This paraben and artificial fragrance-free formula is my favourite for 2 reasons. One: it’s fast-absorbing and two: it’s non-greasy. It contains natural ingredients like Clary Sage & Carrot Seed oil to help retain your hands moisture levels.
Besides these, this hand cream is fortified with vitamins and antioxidants, which work together in giving you an incredible anti-aging effect and environmental protection. So say goodbye to those hand wrinkles and dryness.
- Key Ingredients: Rosehip, Aloe vera, Geranium, Thyme, Carrot Seed oil
- Quantity: 50 g
- Free from parabens, phthalates, and petrochemicals
- Doesn’t contain artificial colours and fragrances
- Has aloe vera gel, beeswax, shea butter
- Deeply moisturises and softens the skin
My Verdict: Housed in a nice fluorescent green tube, Blossom Kochhar’s Aroma Magic hand cream feels as great as it looks — that’s why it took home the title of Best Budget Hand Cream in India from Cosmopolitan’s Beauty Awards back in 2019. Since it’s affordable, I don’t mind buying this in bulk and store it in every spot I could possibly need it.
3. mCaffeine Naked & Raw Coffee Hand Cream
If you desire to have hands that you can’t stop looking at or others from admiring it, you really need to use mCaffeine Coffee hand cream if you haven’t tried it yet. This Coffee infused hand moisturiser not only is one of the best sellers in India but also soothes your skin deep.
This formulation isn’t just lightweight but also nourishes with its active ingredients. Since it’s antioxidant-rich, it tones your hands as well. The best part? It also exfoliates the dead skin cells. The layered natural notes of freshly-ground Arabica Coffee stays on your hands the whole day. It absorbs quickly and doesn’t leave any stickiness or greasiness. It’s a perfect mattifying effect I would say.
- Key Ingredients: Coffee, Caffeine, White lily, Shea Butter, Almond oil
- Quantity: 50 ml
- Free from Mineral oil, SLS, and Parabens
- Cruelty-free, travel-friendly, and FDA approved
- Dermatologically & Clinically Tested
- Suits all skin types
- Conditions the skin deeply
My Verdict: Okay, so brand wise, it might not be as renowned and reputed as Forest Essentials but mCaffeine has certainly achieved immense popularity in a short time. I personally use many of their scrubs and face wash. There’s just one word – “excellent.” So, this hand cream is no different. Enriched with natural ingredients, it comforts cracked, dry hands like nobody’s business.
4. Dot & Key Sanitising & Moisturising Hand Cream
If you have ever sanitised your hands and then cringed how discomfort or dry they become, you aren’t alone. Dot & Key Hand Cream performs a double duty work. It serves both as a moisturiser and a hand sanitizer.
Its key ingredients fight against 99.9% germs, and the alcohol-free sanitiser formula makes sure that your hands do not dry out. The shea butter and jojoba oil nourish your hands intensely to make them supple and soft.
Adding the cherry on the cake is its citrusy fragrance, which comes from Lime & Mandarin Oranges. They not only leave a nice burst of freshness but also hydrates and cleanses deeply.
- Key Ingredients: Jojoba, Shea Butter, Lemon, Orange
- Quantity: 50 ml
- Dual benefits: Hand sanitiser + moisturiser
- Alcohol-free formulation prevents dryness
- Contains jojoba oil & shea butter
- Natural antibacterials that kills 99.9% germs
- Citrusy fragrance of Lime & Mandarin Orange
My Verdict: This is a 2-in-1 hand cream. Not only does it do the primary job of moisturising your hands deeply but also sanitise them to ensure no germs are lurking around. That’s one strong reason why I would want to carry this in my bag. And so do you. Don’t say No!
5. THE BODY SHOP British Rose Hand Cream
If you’ve to do a lot of hand-shaking, carrying objects, or typing, then this hand cream is your true friend. It’s special formulation doesn’t leave any traces of sticky residue. And your hands won’t feel embarrassingly greasy. It just gives you softness.
With dewy hydration, this rose scented hand cream is one of the best buys. The texture is neither too thick nor too lotiony. It spreads easily and absorbs instantly. Speaking of fragrance, you’ll instantly fall in love with it the moment you open and smell it. It’s as if you’re carrying a big bouquet of rose flowers wherever you go!
- Key Ingredients: Rose, Shea Butter, Limonene, Citronellol, Geraniol, Glycerin
- Quantity: 30 ml
- Dewy moisture for your hands
- Absorbs quickly and is non-greasy
- Subtle smell of roses. Not too strong
- Cruelty-free and vegan
- Free from harsh chemicals
My Verdict: It has a divine smell of roses, which isn’t overpowering. This is something hard to find in most rose-based creams.
Since rose has a very sweet and intense smell, making it in a blend so that the fragrance isn’t too strong is truly hard. But a brand like The Body Shop has done it! Kudos to these guys. Do I’ve to say more to make you buy?
6. The Face Shop Macadamia Hand Cream
This sensational hand cream isn’t just great but can also be conveniently used, depending on your mood. In fact, this is all you literally need to keep those heads turning! Fortified with the goodness of natural Macadamia & Cherry Blossoms, this product is born with an incredible whiff of fragrance that leaves your hands moist and attractive.
- Key Ingredients: Macadamia, Cherry Blossom, Acacia honey, Green Tea
- Quantity: 30 ml
- A good blend of natural ingredients
- Has a refreshing, citrusy smell
- Keeps your hands super moisturised
- Non-sticky and absorbs easily
- Nutrition-rich & anti-ageing hand cream
My Verdict: This macadamia-based cream is a hand-specific anti-ageing product, which is sure to make your face feel jealous. This beauty goodie is a must have in your bag or at your desk. It is a sure winner to soft and beautiful hands!
7. Plum Love & Limone Hand Cream
Next on the list of best hand creams in India is a brand called “Plum.” While the primary role of any good hand cream is to provide comforting moisture and nourishment to your skin, Plum’s Love & Limone Hand Cream goes an extra mile to do a little more.
So, your hands won’t just feel better but also look hydrated and smoother. And speaking of its fragrance, the moment you open and smell it, you’re sure to go — Mamma mia!
- Key Ingredients: Shea Butter, Lemon, Sunflower seed oil, Glycerin
- Quantity: 50 g
- 100% vegan and cruelty-free
- Non-greasy and quickly absorbing
- Has a nice, citrusy fragrance
- Free from phthalates, SLS, and parabens
- Attractive & travel-friendly packaging
My Verdict: Though a new entry in the beauty market, Plum has gained a good popularity in a short time. This particular hand cream from them is non greasy, juicy, and moisturises dry and cracked hands.
8. Innisfree Jeju Life Perfumed Hand Cream
If you haven’t heard of Innisfree yet, then you’re probably not a fan of Korean products. Well, never mind. It’s still not too late to learn about this wonderful hand cream. This particular version has a nice, refreshing, and tangy scent of tangerine.
It’s special moist formula not only moisturises your hands but also absorbs without leaving them sticky or greasy. The fragrance is long-lasting. Thanks to its semi-wax technology, which enhances the intensity & staying power. Thus, conveying a better and richer scent for a longer time.
- Key Ingredients: Shea butter, Olive oil, Indian pennywort, Chia, Fish mint
- Quantity: 36.3 g
- Absorbs quickly
- Has long-lasting scent
- Moist & refreshing formula
- 100% vegan
My Verdict: This hand moisturiser has rich, soothing scents that lyrically expresses the scenery of Jeju Island. It nourishes your hands and improves their look with every use. So, never say never to this product.
9. Nivea Refreshing Aloe Vera & Glycerin Hand Cream
What??? Nivea and hand cream? Exactly! This was the same reactionI had when I got to know about it a few months back. Probably, because it wasn’t advertised to us on the TV? Okay, whatever it is, I’m super happy that they launched one.
Now speaking of this hand cream, I don’t think I have to introduce a brand like Nivea. They are giants in the beauty industry and have been in the market for years and years. They launched their hand cream with an exclusive formulation to keep your hands 100% nourished. It is super-hydrating, light, and non-greasy. A perfect product to use whenever your hands go dry.
- Key Ingredients: Aloe Vera & Glycerin
- Quantity: 75 ml
- Reputed brand and quality ingredients
- Long-lasting moisturisation
- Easy to use and carry
- Non-greasy texture
- Quick absorption
My Verdict: Okay, if you really can’t afford other hand creams on this list, Nivea is a perfect and budget-friendly pick. Just a little amount of it is enough to get rid of dry and rough hands. It is time to give your hands the care they truly deserve.
10. Bath & Body Works’ At the Beach Hand Cream
Here’s how I would describe this hand cream – refreshing. The first thing that got me super attracted to this product is it’s ‘vacation-ready’ kinda package. Perfectly blended with white frangipani, toasted coconut, sun-kissed musk, and bergamot, it gives an essence of cool, saltwater breeze after you apply it.
- Key Ingredients: Shea Butter & Vitamin E
- Quantity: 29 ml
- Contains shea butter & vitamin E
- Absorbs quickly and smells great
- Leaves your hands soft, nourished, and smooth
My Verdict: If you have good money and are willing to spend them on a luxury hand cream, then Bath and Body Works is a great doorway. Not only does this product smell fantastic but also restores your skin’s lost moisture. It gives you soft, smooth hands instantly.
Dermatologists and skincare experts say that the best hand creams are the ones that ideally have 3 key components: Emollients, Humectants (glycerin), and Occlusives.
You don’t have to go search for them online because I’ve already done that while curating these products, which you just went through. So, get going and tell me which of my suggestions did you buy for yourself in the comments section.