Exceptionally hydrating, never greasy, and deliciously scented, Grown Alchemist’s Hand Cream is a favourite for its blend of Rosehip Oil, Camellia Oils, omega-rich Sea Buckthorn Berry extracts and cold-pressed Orange Peel, which not only wrap your hands in a refreshing fragrance, but also gives a potent antioxidant boost for more supple and toned skin.
Grown Alchemist Hand Cream Vanilla & Orange Peel; HK$160 at hk.1010hope.com
You may have seen Buly’s eye-catching Pommade Concrète balm on the most stylish feeds of social media, but this intensively nourishing hand cream lives up to its hype thanks to its moisturising Shea Butter base and calming Chamomile Water, which nourishes and soothes dry skin, including the most fragile and sensitive. This multi-use pomade is great for hands and feet but particularly effective at softening cuticles and rough patches.
Buly 1803 Pommade Concrète balm; HK$350 at Buly 1803 Hong Kong
The famous Chanel egg hand cream gets a shiny new black case and an upgraded formula centred on anti-aging and made of 90% naturally-derived ingredients. The newest iteration La Crème Main Le Lift is powered by botanical alfalfa concentrate, an active ingredient akin to retinol that increase the synthesis of collagen and stimulates cellular activity for greater epidermal regeneration. In other words, this sleek pebble will give you smoother, firmer and more even-toned hands while doubling as a stylish handbag accessory.
Chanel La Crème Main Le Lift; HK$480 at Chanel Beauty counters Hong Kong
A brilliant scent in famously good-looking packaging, Aēsop’s cult-favourite Resurrection Aromatique Hand Balm is one of those products that you’ll want to keep reapplying for its uplifting fragrance and instantly hydrating texture. A blend of botanicals and skin-softening emollients leaves a grease-less finish.
Aēsop Resurrection Aromatique Hand Balm; HK$210 at aesop.com
For the minimalist-minded luxury connoisseurs, Rodin’s Crema Hand and Body Cream is a hydrating blend of Shea Butter, Argan Oil, and Macadamia Oil, as well as Jasmine and Neroli oil blends distilled from fresh blossoms of the bitter orange tree which not only delicately scent the hands but also leaves skin supple and glowing. It also comes with a functional and elegant metal twist key to make sure you get every last bit.
Rodin Crema Luxury Hand and Body Cream; HK$336 at net-a-porter.com
Powered by triple Lanolin — one of the most skin-compatible ingredients because its molecular structure mimics that of human skin lipids — and infused with nourishing coconut oil, this deeply hydrating and nourishing hand cream heals cracked hands (and works even as a foot cream) while leaving a delicious scent like summer in a tube. This multi-award-winning hand cream also comes in rose and lemon scents.
Lanolips Coconutter Hand Cream Intense; HK$92 at beautyexpert.com
Claus Porto’s hand cream first caught our eye with its chic Art Deco packaging and stayed in our bags for its silky, moisturising formula and uplifting scent. The emollient formula is blended with Jojoba Seed Oil, Shea Butter, Macadamia Nut Seed Oil, Argan Oil and Aloe Leaf Water, while its red poppy flower scent is composed of red berries, green leaves, and red roses with pepper and patchouli.
Claus Porto Favorito Red Poppy Hand Cream; HK$290 at lanecrawford.com
With one tube sold every four seconds around the world, it’s difficult to deny the hall-of-fame status of L’Occitane’s Shea Butter Hand Cream. Enriched with 20% organic shea butter and a blend of honey, almond and coconut oil, this rich formula penetrates quickly to ease cracked and chapped hands without greasiness. Its subtle neutral scent makes it an easy crowd-pleaser.
L’Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream; HK$235 at hk.loccitane.com
With the soothing Baume de Rose scent we all know and love and a finish that leaves your hands feeling like petals, By Terry’s hand cream is a triple-threat formula of Rose butter, Rose Flower Essential Wax and Rosehip Oil that smooths and regenerates the skin while indulging you with an olfactory high.
By Terry Baume de Rose Hand Cream; HK$330 at byterry.com
This intensely restorative treatment for your hands and nails is formulated with Biosaccaride solution and a plant-based sugar, as well as a cryoprotectant active ingredient from Antarctica to help deeply moisturise, nourish, restore and protect your skin. It also helps nourish and soften cuticles and strengthen nails, while the rich texture is instantly absorbed and dries down to a powdery finish.
Sisley Restorative Hand Cream; HK$620 at lanecrawford.com
This lavishly silky cream gives your hands the healing touch by restoring skin’s natural moisture while improving radiance with a Skin Brightening Complex. As with all La Mer products, The Hand Treatment is infused with the brand’s proprietary Miracle Broth for cell-renewing properties that retexturise, protect and heal the skin.
La Mer The Hand Treatment; HK$810 at lamer.com.hk
Like wearing the finest silk gloves, Cochine’s smoothing hand creams contain Sunflower Phospholipids which have a double-layered structure that form a silky smooth protective surface film. Vitamin E, apricot kernel oil and plumping Sodium Hyaluronate provide moisturising properties that instantly sink into the skin. Available in four sophisticated fragrances but our favourite is Tuberose & Wild Fig.
Cochine Tuberose & Wild Fig Hand Cream; HK$190 at cochine.com
This luxuriously lightweight, corrective hand cream works with triple action technology that combats signs of ageing, prevents dehydration, and corrects hyperpigmentation and the appearance of new dark spots. It features Epidermal Renewal Complete (phytosphingosine) to stimulate collagen production, Niacinamide to even skin tone, Hydrolyzed collagen and plumping lipids to improve skin elasticity.
Natura Bissé Diamond Extreme Hand Cream; HK$720 at lanecrawford.com
Origins’ Plantscription Anti-Aging Hand Cream is fortified with Anogeissus plus Crithmum, Bamboo and Pea Extract to deliver a potent cocktail of age-correcting moisture that visibly helps reduces fine lines and dryness while supporting the skin’s natural Collagen and Fibrillin production.
Origins Plantscription Anti-Aging Hand Cream; HK$260 at origins.hk
A hard-working, reliable hand salve formulated for the driest, most active hands caused by heavy industrial work, manual labour or exposure to harsh climates. Yet the formula is elegantly blended with a selection of botanical oils — Avocado, Eucalyptus and Sesame Seed — and Olive Oil which provide an all-day protective barrier against moisture loss while repairing and conditioning.
Kiehl’s Ultimate Strength Hand Salve; HK$140 at kiehls.com.hk
Eve Lom’s Time Retreat Hand Treatment revitalises skin and fights visible signs of skin ageing with rejuvenating Vitamin A (Liposome encapsulated retinol) that reduces existing wrinkles while stimulating collagen production. Antioxidant Vitamin E defends against environmental damage, essential fatty acid-rich Abyssian oil plumps, soothes and conditions, and exfoliating lactic acid gently exfoliates and enhances radiance.
Eve Lom Time Retreat Hand Treatment; HK$299 at net-a-porter.com