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First hand

14th July 2021

All that handwashing and antibac left you with dry, cracked skin? The NNL team road tests five hand creams over a week to find the most effective

Elemis Pro-Radiance Hand and Nail Cream, £29

“My sanitiser-wrecked hands loved this. The scent is divine and using it overnight left them still feeling silky in the morning. The cream sank in quickly and after a week they’re not so crone-like. A surprise was how my nails benefited. They’re healthier and glowing.”

The Retreat Spa, Brancaster Hall 01485 210387,

Burt’s Bees Hand Salve, £11.49

“This hand salve – formulated with beeswax and botanical oils – goes on sparingly, melting into the skin, so one tin will last an age. The result? Although not the super soft skin I’ve achieved with a richer cream, my hands look smoother and it did wonders for my cuticles.” 

Bakers & Larners, Holt 01263 712244,

Bamford Botanic Hand Cream, £22

“You only need a small amount of this rich, non-greasy cream, which soaks in quickly and is packed with goodies like soothing aloe vera. My skin is softer and much less crepey; my nails feel stronger too. The fragrance alone is enough to keep you coming back for more!”

Joyful Living, Drove Orchards, Thornham 01485 525714,

The English Soap Company Kew Gardens Hand Cream, £8.95

 “My hands often feel dry, rough and in need of nourishment. I loved the subtle Bergamot and Ginger scent and how it sinks into the skin without any greasy residue. My skin feels softer – getting into the habit of applying throughout the day has made all the difference.”

Thornham Deli, Thornham 01485 512194,

Neal’s Yard Wild Rose Hand Cream, £10

“This hand cream has a standout scent thanks to its organic wild rosehip, geranium and patchouli ingredients. The cream itself takes a little while to absorb, but when it does it leaves my dry skin softened and feeling nourished. Love it.” 

Creative Chiro, Pensthorpe Natural Park 01328 854325,

Words: Harriet Cooper, Alison Huntley, Amanda Loose and Bridget Steele