Regardless of the season, dry hands are an equestrians constant company. Lets face it, we can be hard on our hands, but dry and sometimes cracked skin is no fun.

So how do you banish the dreaded dry hands for good?

We’ve rounded up a list of some of the of hand creams that have been tried and tested over the years. Each has their pros, cons, and price point — but they will all help you get one step closer to being dry hand free!

Ecolicious Equestrian Hands On Barn Hand Repair Lotionhands_on_repair_lotion

This is a great go to lotion that is not only environmentally friendly, but good for the hands  when your on the go. While it may appear a bit greasy straight out of the bottle, it absorbs fast and lasts for awhile, meaning you won’t need to constantly re-apply. Its a Shea butter base with organic hemp, banana, and avocado oil — which does give it a bit of a unique scent, but its a scent that quickly fades.

Price: $14.99 for 118 ml (4 fl oz)

PROS:

  • You can likely name all the items on the ingredients list (it’s 100% natural)
  • Good for moderate to very dry hands
  • Absorbs fast and not overly greasy
  • Lasts through a couple of hand washes (1-2)
CONS:

  • It has a bit of a odour (though it is not “perfumey”)

 

Intense-Relief-Hand-CreamAveeno Intense Relief Hand Cream

For years working in food services, this was an absolute must have cream. This is the most durable lotion I’ve discovered to date, and will survive through several hand washes. It’s claim to fame is the collodial oatmeal, and while less natural than Ecolicious’ Hands On Repair lotion, it is hypoallergenic and fragrance free.

Price: ~ $10.00 (varies by retailer) for 97 ml (3 fl oz)

PROS:

  • Stays on well even with repeated hand washing
  • Fragrance free and non-greasy
CONS:

  • Applying too much can leave your hands feeling a bit waxy

 

Burt’s Bees Farmer’s Friend Hand Salve10599-00-1

This one is my go to, must have, hand cream to totally banish really dry, and cracked, hands — but it’s one you need to time the usage of accordingly. It’s quite greasy, so I’ve found the best time to slather this on is right before you sit on the couch to catch up on some TV. That way you can sit and let it absorb into your hands while you chill, and not end up with greasy hand cream everywhere. Also all natural, this salve is a beeswax base with botanical oils including eucalyptus, lavender, rosemary, and olive.

Price: $12.99 for 85 g (3.0 oz)

PROS:

  • Long lasting once absorbed
  • Good for very (to exceedingly —  think cracked and sore) dry hands
  • 100% natural ingredients
CONS:

  • Very greasy and takes awhile to absorb

 

img-daily-moisture-original-lotionCurel Body Lotion

If dry itchy skin is a constant pain, Curel lotion is the way to go. I’ve been a regular user of the Daily Moisture and Fragrance free varieties of Curel for many years, and find that it is the best lotion on the market for reducing itch that comes with really dry hands. While I’ve used it primarily as a body lotion, it works great for hands as well. It’s dermatologically tested and often recommended with those who have eczema, so its got some power. It’s got Shea butter and eucalyptus in it, but is also probably one of the least natural products on this list.

Price: ~ $11.50 (price varies by retailer) for 480 ml (16.2 fl oz)  [comes in a variety of sizes]

PROS:

  • Non-greasy and fast absorbing
  • Available in scent free for those with allergies
  • Excellent for very dry and itchy skin
CONS:

  • Very few natural ingredients

 

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