The Best Hand Cream Ever Ever Ever

by Samantha Angoletta
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I have three small children, so I wash my hands a lot.

I paid my way through college by working in restaurants, so I washed my hands a lot then too. (You’re welcome.)

My best friend is a nurse, and she is probably the only person I know who washes her hands more than me.

Needless to say, all that warm water and soap wreaks havoc on my hands, especially my knuckles and palms. If I don’t use a good hand cream throughout the day, I will have rough, dry patches and the skin around my knuckles will crack and bleed. It hurts. It looks terrible.

I’ve tried all the hand creams, lotions, and potions. I’ve tried the drugstore brands. I’ve tried the really high-end stuff I’ve bought from my friends who are in direct sales. I like trying new things, but there is one product that I swear by, that I keep coming back to because it doesn’t fail me.

L’Occitane Hand Cream:

I swear.

It may not be as cheap as some of the stuff you find at the drugstore, so I know that turns a lot of people off. But considering one tube lasts forever (if you don’t lose them, like I do, so I need a minimum of three in rotation at all times) because you only need a tiny pea-sized amount, I can always justify the cost.

Also, not having dry, cracked, sore hands is a self-care routine I’m always willing to make a priority.

I like to keep the standard-size tube in my nightstand (the Amande scent is my favorite), but I’m a sucker for the mini sets too. I’m always switching purses, and I like to keep one in the kitchen and car (because those are the two places you are most likely to find me.)

I just got this one, and while I usually am not a floral scent person, I love the cherry blossom scent. None of them are overpowering, which I appreciate. I’m looking for soft hands, not cologne.

If you’ve got dry hands from frequent washing or weather changes or whatever, you need this.

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