Heal Your Healing Hands: The 10 Best Hand Creams for Nurses

best hand creams for nurses

Nurses try their best to maintain the cleanliness of not just the environment, but their bodies as well. Most scrub nurses even wash their hands too often that they end up dry, cracked and irritated.

Although proper hand washing is one of our best defenses against disease-causing germs, we nurses should never settle for cracked and irritated hands. Here are ten best hand creams to help heal nurses’ healing hands:


best hand creams for nurses


1. CeraVe SA Renewing Lotion.


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Recommended by dermatologists for dry and cracked hands, this hand lotion is available in most drug stores. Applying it once would last you the whole day.

Pros: It has no odor and is not greasy.

Con: It can be a bit too pricey.


2. Curel Targeted Therapy Hand Cream.


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This hand moisturizer is best for dry, cracked hands as a result of repetitive washing. It is non-greasy and is absorbed quickly.

Pros: It contains soy milk, monoi oil and vitamin E which will help soften even your cuticles.

Cons: May contain ceramide which can be toxic if used excessively.


3. Neutrogena Norwegian Formula Hand Cream.


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It has a silky smooth texture that you will love to use on your hands, and even on your feet. It is very effective in soothing cracked and irritated hands.

Pros: Results are quite instant and they feel really good on your hands.

Con: May leave a slightly sticky feeling for a while after application.


4. Aveeno Active Naturals Intense Relief Repair Cream.


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This hand cream is gentle to the skin and moisturizes very well. It is best for dry, chapped and irritated hands and skin, and works well if you leave it overnight.

Pros: It is non-greasy and will leave your skin feeling clean.

Con: The cream is too thick and it takes a while before it gets absorbed.


5. Zim’s Crack Creme.


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Cracked, itchy and irritated hands aren’t a problem with this hand cream. Use it once to twice a day for best results.

Pros: It is very effective.

Cons: It’s actually liquid, not cream.


6. Corn Husker’s Oil-Free Hand Lotion.


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This oil-free hand lotion soothes all types of skin problems including hands that are cracked and peeling.

Pros: It gets absorbed quickly and there is no greasy feel.

Con: The cream is very thick.


7. Avon Basics Silicone Glove Hand Cream.


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The heavy silicone-based formula of this hand cream will get you to places. Just a small amount of this will help you treat your dry hands and make them feel better. This hand cream also has fresh scent, is non-greasy and blends in very quickly.

Pros: It is very affordable.

Con: You may need to reapply often.


8. Le Couvent des Minimes Nourishing Hand Cream, Honey & Shea.


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This hand cream, which smells excellent, contains shea butter, honey, coconut oil, and rosemary leaf. It moisturizes while leaving your hands smelling like honey!

Pros: It is not sticky and does not leave a greasy finish.

Cons: Not available in retail stores anymore and is becoming difficult to find.


9. Aveda Hand Relief Lotion for Stressed & Dry Skin.


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Rated as one of the best hand lotions there is, this hand cream contains plant extracts and oils that will help your skin feel soft and smooth.

Pros: Has a light citrus scent that you will surely love!

Con: It can be a bit too pricey.


10. Cetaphil Therapeutic Hand Cream.


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Containing dimethicone and glycerin, this hand cream intensely moisturizes dry and cracked hands. It also doesn’t contain petroleum, paraffin, or mineral oil, and is safe to use even for eczema-prone skin.

Pros: It is non-greasy and is very effective.

Cons: It’s a bit too thick and is better applied at nighttime.


Hopefully, these hand creams would help heal every nurse’s healing hands, because they definitely deserve it.

Do you know of other hand creams that could help heal dry and irritated hands caused by repetitive hand washing? Share them with us!


About the Author: Mary Elizabeth Velarmino Francisco earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree from the Ateneo de Zamboanga University, Philippines. She is always happy to share her passion for writing and blogging. With coffee running through her veins, she enthusiastically battles each day, one article at a time.