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The Best Mama-Strength Hand Creams

Once motherhood beckons, bottle-washing, nappy changing and general germ-fighting takes its toll on your poor hands. Religious application of hand cream is essential, as is the right formula. Check out the best tubes to get your hands on
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Clarins Hand and Nail Treatment Cream (£20, clarins.co.uk)

Award winning for a reason, this never-greasy hand cream combats croc-hands and also has anti-ageing benefits to tackle age spots.
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Jurlique Rose Hand Cream (£17, jurlique.co.uk)

Smells incredible and the safflower seed and macadamia oil sorts out wrecked hands in quick time. The rose scent will stay with you for hours too.
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Kiehl’s Ultimate Strength Hand Salve (£14, kiehls.co.uk)

Designed for very dry, active hands (AKA mum hands), this industrial strength salve treats the most neglected skin, forming a ‘glove-like’ protective film over hands. Surprisingly though, it doesn’t feel lard-like, just comfortable on skin.
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L’Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream (£19, ukloccitane.com)

This cult cream is always a winner in our books. It feels a little rich at first, but then sinks right in. Not the most portable of tubes, but once you’re addicted, buy the mini sizes for your hand/nappy bag.
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Neals Yard Bee Lovely Hand Cream (£10, nealsyardrememedies.com)

Loaded with organic honey and orange essential oil, this hand cream smells amazing and is super-hydrating too. It’s even gentle enough to use on kids aged three years and over.
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No7 Protect and Perfect Hand Cream (£5.25, boots.com)

Great price, and evens out skin tone and dark spots over time too. Absorbs well, but still rich enough so it doesn’t ‘disappear’ into your skin.
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Dermalogica Multivitamin Hand and Nail Treatment (£14.20, dermalogica.co.uk)

One of the few hand products containing an SPF, which is essential to fight UV-induced brown spots on the backs of hands. This is a brilliant hydrator too and contains liquorice extract to reduce existing pigmentation.
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Lanolips Rose Balm intense for Very Dry Hands and Nails (£9.18, boots.com)

This uber-balm is an SOS skin saver for the driest of hands. Warm a little between your palms and massage in (great for neglected feet too), then let it sink in a little. Great for a pre-bed treat, hands will feel cushiony soft the next morning.
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Aveda Hand Relief (from £6, aveda.co.uk)

This seriously delivers on a hydrating level, but also contains exfoliating fruit acids to smooth skin, as well as antioxidants to fight ageing.
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Estee Lauder Re-Nutriv Intensive Smoothing Hand Crème (£54, estee lauder.co.uk)

Yes, this hand cream is pricey, but totally worth the splurge (or Christmas/birthday request). It’s seriously hydrating and transforms bottle washing-battered hands, but sinks in after a minute or so.
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Apivita Moisturizing Hand Cream with Aloe & Honey (£7, marksandspencer.com)

Smells clean and natural, this 98% natural hand cream fights ageing with propolis, vitamin E and witch hazel. A great sized tube (and price) to keep several in your bag, car, bedside table…
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