Hand it over


Notice that witches have disgusting, dry, spotted hands. Beautiful heroines, however, flaunt delicate, flawless skin. Coincidence? We think not.

Hands play a critical role in one’s appearance. Think of them as an accessory to your rings and bracelets. No matter how your jewels sparkle, cracked skin is not glamorous. Luckily, we have a hand cream sure to fit your lifestyle.

Best before a date


Think of Relastin Rejuvenating Hand Cream as your secret weapon. Not only will your hands feel cashmere soft, the formula helps restore elasticity, giving skin a smooth texture – perfect for handholding. The cream feels light and non-greasy, couple that with its citrus-y scent and you’ve got yourself a match.

Available at www.relastin.com

Best for outdoor adventures


The weather might be warming up, but you still need to protect your hands from the elements. Those April showers can be trouble: wet hands and breezy winds are a recipe for scaly skin. Fight back with Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Intensive Moisturizing Hand Treatment to get rid of rough spots, especially in the knuckle area because the soothing emollients in the gel start working at once.

Available fine department stores and www.elizabetharden.com

For 24-hour protection, and repeated hand washing, try Lubriderm Advanced Therapy Hand Cream. The formula forms a protective moisture barrier like a fortress that keeps the cream nutrients pampering the skin.

Available at most drug stores and www.drugstore.com

Best for a Jetsetter


How do I love thee, let me count the ways: I love the way you fit into my purse (even a clutch), I love the way you smell like a dewy morning, I love the way you caress my hands and nails. I love you, Caudalie Hand and Nail Cream.

In all seriousness, what’s not to love? The anti-aging, anti-oxidant treatment leaves hands soft and lightly fragranced with sweet orange and rosewater. It works well for a gal who wants nourished skin without medicinal aromas.

Available at www.sephora.com and www.caudalie-usa.com

Best for a Gardener


Spring without flowers is like a cake without frosting. And just like the act of frosting the cake, growing your own tulips will provide you with a burst of happiness.

Rough hands, however, can take all the pleasure out of gardening. Fortunately, Gardener’s Hand Healer by Le Couvent des Minimes will take care of all the dirty work.

Based on the 1862 recipe, the age-old cream incorporates shea butter, mimosa, verbena, calendula, rosemary and chamomile to regenerate and revitalize hands after a day of digging around. As you rub in the thick cream, use massaging motions to get the most beneficial result.

Available at Olive and Company stores and www.dillards.com

Best for Relaxing


If you’re glued to a marathon of reality shows, add a little R&R to the whole couch potato experience. The polymer liner of Borghese Spa Mani Moisture Restoring Gloves uses essential fatty acids, Vitamin A, and Ceramide 2 for strengthening and firming the skin, as well as grape seed, jojoba and olive oil for moisturizing.

When combined with hand cream for 20-30 minutes, the practice borders on a spa treatment. Don’t worry; the gloves can be washed in warm soapy water. Lather on and enjoy while you watch re-runs!

Available at www.borghese.com

Best for the office


Multitasking has never been easier because you can apply and constantly re-apply hand cream after you clean out your inbox, file an expense report or mingle by the water cooler …you get the point. Sisley Phyto-Crème pour le Mains feels so light it’s almost addicting. The combination of plant extracts and essential oils like lemon, horsetail, carrot and chamomile work together to maintain a youthful appearance. Additionally, the formula contains Harpagophytum extracts, thought to act as an anti-inflammatory to help relieve stress associated with osteoarthritis and tendonitis. What better way to combat cramps from typing for eight hours straight?

Available at Saks Fifth Avenue, Bergdorf Goodman www.saks.com

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