When you talk to most guys about using lotion, their minds tend to go to one of two places. The first, because we’re guys and sex is always on our minds, involves deploying moisturizer for a little “me” time. The second, also because we’re guys, is basically: Why the hell would I use hand lotion? For those in the latter camp, take a deep breath. Don’t worry, using moisturizer on your hands won’t emasculate you.
Here’s what will happen, though. Your hands will actually be warm for once during the winter because your skin is properly hydrated. You’ll be able to shake hands with someone without fearing, “I hope this guy doesn’t think he’s shaking hands with an elephant.” And you might just catch a pleasant aroma when you pedestal your chin on your index finger and thumb to try and look intelligent in meetings.
If Punxsutawney Phil, who saw his shadow on Groundhog Day earlier this month, is to be believed (and who wouldn’t trust a groundhog?) winter isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. So you should check out one of these hand moisturizers sooner rather than later to make sure your hands don’t start spring off cracked and chapped.
KIEHL’S ULTIMATE STRENGTH HAND SALVE
Before the explosion of grooming brands catering specifically to men, Kiehl’s products held the status of “most borrowed from girlfriend.” Today, Kiehl’s guy-centric products are well established and the hand salve is one of the best. When it’s applied, your hands don’t feel the least bit goopy, but the lotion lasts for a long time and has a nice eucalyptus scent.
DU'IT TOUGH HANDS
Designed for people like doctors and chefs, who are constantly washing their hands and exposing them to detergents which can dry them out, Tough Hands is a lanolen- and paraben-free moisturizer that will help your mitts survive winter and just about anything else.
AESOP RESURRECTION AROMATIQUE
It may be a little tricky to justify spending almost $30 on a tiny tube of hand cream, but Aesop makes high-end grooming products and you do get what you pay for. It goes on with a matte finish that won’t leave your hands glistening and has a nice lavender aroma.
DUKE CANNON BLOODY KNUCKLES
You just knew the guys who described their soap as a “Big Ass Brick” had to come up with a clever name for their hand repair balm. Duke Cannon’s Bloody Knuckles won’t leave hands feeling greasy and lasts even through multiple hand washings.
BIG CLOUD GOOD SHAKE
Big Cloud is part of the Dollar Shave Club famiy and their hand moisturizer is designed so that guys can shake hands with someone without that person looking for a napkin to wipe their hand on immediately after. Good Shake absorbs quickly and the amber & thyme scent isn’t overpowering. At six bucks it’s also a great value.
While it isn’t marketed exclusively as a hand cream, Cetaphil is one of the best all-around moisturizers out there and you can find it in just about every drugstore. Made with shea butter, your hands feel like they’ve got a protective barrier around them to keep the elements out.