When you live in a city, you have a tricky relationship with snow. When it first comes down, it looks so pretty and peaceful. A rare hush falls over the urban landscape as it is covered in a soft, white blanket. You feel as though you have carte blanche to binge watch every season of Game Of Thrones while indulging in hot toddies with a chaser of ice cream.
And then reality comes and punches you in the face like a Connor McGregor left hook. You can’t make it out the door to resupply your bourbon stash. The food delivery guy can’t make it to your door to hand off your pad thai. And that white blanket of snow transforms into a crusty mass, yellowed by dog piss and blackened by asphalt.
It’s not a pretty picture but it’s the situation that many on the east coast find themselves in today as they dig out from winter storm Jonas that dumped more than two feet of snow in places. That means people are doing a lot of shoveling and putting a heavy toll on their hands. Even in non-blizzard conditions, your hands can take a beating just from being in the cold, dry air. And if you’re sticking to your new year’s resolution and hitting the gym, throwing weights around and doing pull-ups, your mitts can look even worse.
That’s why it’s so important to protect your hands at this time of year. Don’t be scared, a hand lotion doesn’t have to be some overly perfume-y affair that somehow makes you feel like less of a man. We found nine great moisturizers that will protect your skin and none of them smell like lilacs. This way when you shake someone’s hand, the other person won’t feel like they’re giving a pound to a piece of sandpaper.
JACK BLACK INDUSTRIAL STRENGTH HAND HEALER
Jack Black’s award-winning hand lotion uses Vitamin A and E and macadamia nut oil to soften and moisturize the skin on your hands. It’s heavy duty enough that even if you wash your hands a lot, you will still be protected.
PORTLAND GENERAL STORE WOOD
Most guys, don’t want their hands to smell like flowers. Wood, however, is a different story. Portland General Store’s hand cream has a cedar and hiba wood scent that makes you feel as if you’ve been chopping wood even if you’ve only been pounding a keyboard.
BUCKLER’S CHAPPED SKIN REMEDY
Buckler’s cream isn’t just designed for your hands, it’s for all the areas that get driest during the winter, including your feet and elbows. The vegan lotion has aloe juice and shea butter to keep your skin from looking dry and cracked.
NEUTROGENA HAND CREAM
For guys that want a lotion that does the job without any scents, Neutrogena is a great choice at an affordable price. Its hand cream is truly fragrance-free and stays true to its promise that “just a dab heals dry skin.”
BAXTER OF CALIFORNIA HYDRO SALVE HAND CREAM
Even though it is extra thick, Baxter of California’s cream doesn’t leave your hands feeling greasy and goopy afterward. It is an unscented cream that uses avocado oil, aloe, and shea butter to keep your skin hydrated.
KIEHL’S ULTIMATE STRENGTH HAND SALVE
Designed to meet the needs of guys who work outdoors in the winter, Kiehl’s hand lotion creates a glove-like barrier around the skin so that moisture stays inside even when you’re outside.
MAYRON’S GOODS HANDS
It may have simple packaging, but Mayron’s Goods hand cream is anything but. The lotion starts with a shea butter and beeswax base and then layers on chamomile, avocado oil and Vitamin E and finishes it off with a light blood orange and bergamot scent that will have you smelling your hands so much it might get creepy.
CETAPHIL INTENSIVE MOISTURIZING CREAM
While not technically a hand cream, Cetaphil’s moisturizing lotion definitely gets the job done on all problem areas like feet and elbows. It has a light feel so you barely notice it’s on. But the shea butter-infused lotion hydrates and protects your skin instantly.
BURT’S BEES HAND SALVE
The guys behind the famous lip balm also know a thing about protecting your hands. It uses olive oil and, of course, beeswax to create a moisturizing layer around your hands.