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

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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. The cold, harsh weather doesn’t help, too.

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:

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1. CeraVe SA Renewing Lotion

cerave renewing lotion

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.

Cons: It can be a bit too pricey.

2. Curel Ultra Healing Hand Therapy

curel ultra healing hand therapy
Formulated for dry, chapped hands, this hand lotion contains soy milk, vitamin E, and monoi oil to make your hands extra soft and smooth.

Pros: It absorbs very quickly and offers good moisture that lasts.

Cons: It’s expensive.

3. Neutrogena Norwegian Formula Hand Cream

neutrogena for dry skin

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.

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

4. Aveeno Active Naturals Intense Relief Repair Cream

aveeno intense relief

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.

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

5. Zim’s Crack Creme

zims max crack creme

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

corn huskers lotion

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.

Cons: The cream is very thick.

7. Avon Basics Silicone Glove Hand Cream

avon care silicone glove

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.

Cons: You may need to reapply often.

8. Le Couvent des Minimes – Gardeners Hand Healer

le couvent des minimes honey and shea hand cream

Combining shea butter with 7 beneficial plants, Le Couvent des Minimes – Gardeners Hand Healer works like an invisible glove that can nourish, protect, and repair your skin.

Pros: It has a non-sticky and non-greasy finish.

Cons: It’s a bit too expensive.

9. Aveda Hand Relief Lotion for Stressed & Dry Skin

aveda hand relief


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!

Cons: It can be a bit too pricey.

10. Cetaphil Intensive Moisturizing Cream with Shea Butter

cetaphil intensive moisturizing cream
Highly moisturizing, this hand cream can keep your hands nourished and hydrated all day without being greasy. Plus, it’s hypoallergenic, too.

Pros: It keeps hands moisturized for a long time.

Cons: It contains parabens.

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!

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