Guys need hand cream.
Without it, their skin is prone to cracking and infection.
It’s not about having nice hands or soft skin. It’s about good health and hygiene.
Right now, we’ve all been doing a lot more washing. It’s a great time to stock up on the best hand lotion for men.
- 1 What science says about moisturizing hands
- 2 What’s the difference between hand lotion and hand cream?
- 3 Top Hand Lotion for Men
- 3.1 O’Keeffe’s Working Hands Hand Cream
- 3.2 Workman’s Friend Barrier Working Hand Cream
- 3.3 Jack Black Industrial Strength Hand Healer
- 3.4 MARLOWE. No. 023 Hand Cream for Men
- 3.5 NIVEA Men Creme
- 3.6 Burt’s Bees Ultimate Care Hand Cream
- 3.7 Burt’s Bees 100% Natural Hand Salve
- 3.8 Duke Cannon Supply Co. Bloody Knuckles Hand Repair Balm
- 3.9 Miracle Hand Repair Cream
- 3.10 Neutrogena Norwegian Formula Hand Cream
- 3.11 CeraVe Therapeutic Hand Cream
- 3.12 Aveeno Skin Relief Intense Moisture Hand Cream
- 3.13 Gold Bond Ultimate Intensive Healing Hand Cream
- 3.14 Curél Ultra Healing Intensive Lotion
- 3.15 Gold Bond Ultimate Overnight Deep Moisturizing Lotion
- 3.16 Adamia Therapeutic Repair Lotion
- 3.17 NIVEA Men Maximum Hydration 3-in-1 Nourishing Lotion
- 3.18 Vaseline Men Healing Moisture Body Lotion
- 3.19 Lubriderm Men’s 3-In-1 Lotion
- 3.20 Cetaphil Daily Advance Ultra Hydrating Lotion
- 3.21 Jack Black Extra Rich Body Hydrator
- 3.22 Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula Daily Skin Therapy Body Lotion
- 4 Conclusion
What science says about moisturizing hands
A study published in 2006 measured how much washing your hands dehydrates them. Who knew that this would be applicable today?
Each time you wash with regular soap, but don’t apply moisturizer, your skin gradually dries out and becomes rougher (1).
But using lotion immediately after washing minimizes the adverse effects. Not exactly rocket science, is it?
Lucky for you, there’s a whole niche market of men’s hand lotions to tackle this very problem.
Manufacturers understand that guys want products that work well and don’t leave their hands greasy or smelling like grandma.
What’s the difference between hand lotion and hand cream?
In short, hand cream is 50% water and 50% oil. (Compare that to ointment, which is 80% oil and 20% water.)
Lotion meanwhile is less thick and more lightweight (2). It’s usually less greasy.
Which one do you need?
Think of it this way. If your hands are chapped, cracking, bleeding, and rough, you need cream. Put it on morning and night, and any time you wash your hands. Rub it into all the crevices.
It may take a few days for your skin to recover but stick with it.
Also, washing with lukewarm water is gentler to the skin than either cold or hot. (3)
Once your skin is back to normal, you can maintain it with lotion after each wash or session with hand sanitizer.
Let’s start with reviews of men’s hand creams that repair rough, cracked skin.
Top Hand Lotion for Men
O’Keeffe’s Working Hands Hand Cream
O’Keeffe’s hand cream is unscented. It’s concentrated and feels greasy at first.
Happily, it sinks in quickly. Just keep rubbing, and you’ll see what I mean.
It doesn’t just raise the amount of moisture in your skin. It also creates a protective barrier on the surface.
Put it on each time you wash and at bedtime. You should notice an immediate difference, with astonishing results in a few days.
It comes with a satisfaction guarantee that promises a refund if you’re not pleased with it.
There are two other things you might like to know. First, it’s safe for people with diabetes to use. And second, it doesn’t contain parabens.
Workman’s Friend Barrier Working Hand Cream
If you’re looking for hand cream for construction workers, grab a tube of Workman’s Friend.
It’s called a barrier cream because it creates a water-resistant layer on your hands. The protection lasts for 4 hours.
Why does this matter?
Well, imagine that you’re going to fix the lawnmower or paint the house. Chances are you’ll end up with grease or paint on your skin, right?
With this barrier cream, you can literally wipe off the dirt without having to scrub your skin raw.
At the same time, the cream moisturizes your hands.
Moreover, it’s fragrance-free and comes with a 100% satisfaction guarantee.
Jack Black Industrial Strength Hand Healer
Here’s an award-winning hand cream from Jack Black. If you can’t stand having greasy hands, it’s a smart choice.
The formula is lightweight enough to absorb without leaving residue. Your skin will look matte and natural, yet feels soft.
Yes, you’ll need to rub it in for a bit because it’s pretty thick compared to a lotion. But it has healing ingredients like organic green tea and lavender, and it smells like eucalyptus.
MARLOWE. No. 023 Hand Cream for Men
If pressed to decide, I’d say that the best-smelling men’s hand lotion comes from Marlowe. It has a woodsy, masculine fragrance.
The tube is small, but the product is mighty.
It features a concentrated formula with willow bark, passionflower, and deep-sea algae. The blend calms irritation and inflammation and promotes rapid healing.
NIVEA Men Creme
Now there’s a version of the classic Nivea cream in the round tin made especially for men.
In my opinion, it’s a little less greasy than the traditional formula. Plus, you can put it anywhere you need it, even on your face. (If you’re acne-prone, though, I’d think twice as it contains mineral oil.)
Lots of guys like it for their elbows and feet, too.
Burt’s Bees Ultimate Care Hand Cream
Burt’s Bees hand cream is made for both women and men. It has no added fragrance.
It does have a faint scent that fades quickly. It comes from the 98.9% natural formula packed with botanical extracts.
These include watermelon seed, baobab, coconut, and pumpkin oil, plus green tea. These and other ingredients gently exfoliate dead skin and calm itchiness and irritation.
Furthermore, it absorbs much faster than the next product below.
Burt’s Bees 100% Natural Hand Salve
It may be greasy, but this is one of the best hand and nail creams available. At least it doesn’t stay oily for long as it does sink in within a couple of minutes.
The hand salve fixes cuticles, knuckles, elbows, feet, and more. If your fingertips split, this is the magic you need to fix them.
Of course, coming from Burt’s Bees, it’s free of parabens, petrolatum, and phthalates.
Duke Cannon Supply Co. Bloody Knuckles Hand Repair Balm
Here’s another unscented men’s hand cream with benefits beyond the obvious. It’s made by a company that donates profits to US veterans.
It has the consistency of cream but absorbs like a lotion.
It also avoids problematic ingredients like parabens, dyes, and phthalates.
Instead, it uses tried and true remedies like shea butter and lanolin to repair the skin.
Miracle Hand Repair Cream
This cream isn’t water-based, it starts with 60% aloe vera gel. It should give you significantly softer skin after only one use.
It’s made for both men and women, and it has a mild minty fragrance.
Try it anywhere that you have rough skin, like your elbows or knees.
Neutrogena Norwegian Formula Hand Cream
Neutrogena solves the problem of the best non-greasy hand lotion with the Norwegian Formula cream.
It has no fragrance and it absorbs within seconds.
The thick formula is rich in glycerin, an excellent moisturizer that attracts water into the skin. As a result, it soothes itching and jump-starts the healing process.
CeraVe Therapeutic Hand Cream
CeraVe’s cream is also universal. Get a few tubes for everyone in the family. Put them on the sink or in the car.
Like all products from this company, it’s fragrance-free and tested by dermatologists for sensitive skin. It’s also a product that has the National Eczema Association’s Seal of Acceptance.
It fixes chafed skin with hyaluronic acid and ceramides. The former holds up to 1000 times its own weight in water, which makes it an excellent moisturizer.
Then, the latter fortifies the skin’s natural barrier against dehydration and infection.
Aveeno Skin Relief Intense Moisture Hand Cream
Aveeno’s known for putting oats in their skincare products. That’s because oats relieve itching and improve moisture levels.
This hand cream is no exception. It helps manage the detrimental effects of frequent hand washing. Plus, it forms a protective barrier against harsh weather and drying conditions.
Fortunately, it’s fragrance-free and not oily.
Gold Bond Ultimate Intensive Healing Hand Cream
Gold Bond’s intensive cream keeps moisturizing your skin even after you wash your hands.
That’s right, after it’s sunk in, you can wash again later and it won’t dry out your skin as much.
I assume that the protection is partly due to petrolatum, which is the fourth ingredient on the label. But Gold Bond says that positive ions also keep moisture in the skin.
It has a mild, clean fragrance, and it’s not greasy. You won’t feel a residue on your hands after it’s absorbed.
Curél Ultra Healing Intensive Lotion
You can get Curél’s lotion in tubes or a pump-top bottle.
It’s unscented and non-comedogenic. It won’t cause acne anywhere on your body in case you use it for more than just your hands.
This is a product that’s often recommended by dermatologists. It contains ceramides to replace those that are lost from being out in the sun or by normal aging.
The ceramides fortify the protective barrier of the skin and seal in moisture.
There’s also shea butter and pro-vitamin B5 to make your hands as smooth as a baby’s bottom.
Gold Bond Ultimate Overnight Deep Moisturizing Lotion
Have you ever heard of people putting on hand cream, then sleeping with gloves on (or socks)? It’s a technique that actually works when your skin is severely cracked and dry.
To avoid sleeping with gloves on, try Gold Bond’s overnight lotion. You can use it for hands, feet, etc.
It contains melatonin and antioxidants to rejuvenate the skin overnight. It sounds funny, but it helps your skin rest while you sleep.
Watch out, though, as it has a calming fragrance. You might nod off before you get to the end of the episode.
Adamia Therapeutic Repair Lotion
It’s pricey, but effective. Adamia’s little tube of lotion is packed with Omega-7 from pure macadamia oil. It’s proven in clinical studies to heal inflamed, cracked, flaking skin.
What’s more, this is a dermatologist-tested product that has no artificial fragrance. It’s free of allergens like gluten, petroleum, parabens, and GMOs.
NIVEA Men Maximum Hydration 3-in-1 Nourishing Lotion
Nivea’s men’s lotion cuts down on the number of products in your bathroom. Use it for all of your body, including your face and hands.
At first, it smells strongly of cologne, but the scent fades.
It’s lightweight so that you don’t feel sticky or greasy after you put it on. It literally absorbs in seconds.
But then, the effects last for a full day or more after you apply it.
Vaseline Men Healing Moisture Body Lotion
Vaseline also has a scented men’s lotion for the face and body. It features “micro droplets” of Vaseline jelly.
The idea is to offer the benefits of petroleum jelly in a non-greasy moisturizer.
Tests found that it sinks in within 15 seconds. Then vitamin B3 gets to work repairing uneven skin tone and roughness.
Lubriderm Men’s 3-In-1 Lotion
If you’ve ever had a tattoo, you might’ve used Lubriderm’s lotion to help it heal faster.
Now you can use their men’s lotion as an aftershave and to smooth your hands, too.
It has a fresh fragrance that’s not overwhelming. It fades quickly enough that it shouldn’t interfere with your cologne.
Meanwhile, it has aloe and minerals to improve the skin’s health.
Cetaphil Daily Advance Ultra Hydrating Lotion
Those with sensitive skin will appreciate Cetaphil’s lotion. It’s non-comedogenic to prevent acne breakouts.
It doesn’t feel greasy or leave a residue. Plus, there’s no fragrance. The only way you can tell that you’ve used it is that your hands will look and feel better.
After you apply it, it continues to soften and moisturize for 24 hours.
Jack Black Extra Rich Body Hydrator
I’ve already mentioned Jack Black’s repair cream. Here’s the body lotion you can use to maintain healthy hands after you’ve fixed them.
It contains coffee seed oil, green tea, and omega-6. I wish that meant that it would help you stay awake longer, but instead, it moisturizes for hours.
This is a product that doesn’t rely on cheap fixes like petroleum jelly or mineral oil. No, it has exotic ingredients like cupuacu butter, ginger, and argan oil instead. These naturally healing components reduce inflammation and tone the skin as if you went to the spa.
Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula Daily Skin Therapy Body Lotion
If you don’t mind the scent of coconut, Palmer’s lotion features cocoa butter and vitamin E.
Together, they repair the skin and keep it velvety soft. With time, they can minimize scars and stretch marks.
Happily, Palmer’s promotes the sustainable production of their key ingredients wherever they come from around the world.
Get yourself hand lotion and give yourself a week to try it. Put it on morning and night and anytime you wash your hands.
I’m sure you will be pleased with the results.
Instead of stiff skin that burns and itches and feels rough like sandpaper, your hands will look and feel a lot better.
Then come back here and tell us which hand cream you’re using and what you like about it. That will help us continue to make useful recommendations in the future.
1. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1397860/ by Günter Kampf and Joachim Ennen, published February 13, 2006, accessed April 5, 2020
2. https://www.aad.org/news/2020-03-10-hand-washing-covid accessed April 5, 2020
3. https://abcnews.go.com/Health/WellnessResource/story?id=6858390 by Michel McDonald, M.D., published December 22, 2008, accessed April 5, 2020