These dermatologist-recommended picks are all less than $15 and ready to be shipped to your doorstep.

By Jennifer Aldrich
Updated October 21, 2020
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In the past eight months, the majority of us have ramped up our hand washing and disinfecting routines thanks to COVID-19. Although all that sudsing up leaves our hands nice and clean, all that water, soap, and scrubbing can also make our skin super dry. Plus, now that the temperatures are dropping and winter is approaching, the cold weather often dries our skin out even more. Yes, you probably know the cure for parched hands is a lotion, but it shouldn't be just any old moisturizer. (Like the one in the back of your vanity that hasn't been used since this past winter.) The ingredients in your product are super important, says Channing Barnett, a board-certified dermatologist and founder of Barnett Dermatology in Boca Raton, Florida.

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Barnett recommends a few simple products and routine updates to get your skin feeling oh-so-smooth. The first thing to know is to look for an item that comes in a tub or a tube, not something thin enough that can be pushed out of a pump. "The creamier, the heavier the product, the better," she says. The other important step to take is to know the best time to lather up. "The ideal scenario is, if you're going to wash your hands, to moisturize right after, to seal in that moisture," Barnett explains. She also says to apply lotion multiple times per day.

Now, let's get to the goods. Barnett highly recommends all these products and says though they're thicker in their consistency, they all have a grease-free finish. Plus, you can find them easily at your local supermarket and drugstore, and they're all available online, so you won't have to leave the house.

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This ointment is one of Barnett's all-time favorites because it's ultra-nourishing and is free of dyes, parabens, fragrances. Barnett says if the ointment is a little too thick for daytime use, consider applying at night and leaving it on while you sleep. Each tube is .32 ounces, and Amazon sells them as singles or in packs of two, three, or six.

Buy It: Vanicream Ointment ($7 Amazon)

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Developed by dermatologists, this 3-ounce package of ointment from CeraVe is gentle, but still leaves hands hydrated thanks to three essential ceramides that your skin craves. It's also made with hyaluronic acid to lock in moisture without making leaving a greasy residue.

Buy It:  CeraVe Healing Ointment ($10, Ulta)

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Barnett swears by this 7.3-ounce tube of eczema-friendly cream that's effective even for those who don't have the skin condition. It treats the visible signs of redness, dryness, and irritation as well as reduces the urge to itch."It’s a great product. It’s not greasy," Barnett notes.

Buy It: Aveeno Eczema Therapy Moisturizing Cream ($15, Ulta)

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This 1.75-ounce package of formula from Aquaphor, which is preservative and fragrance-free, adds a barrier to help heal dry, cracked hands. It's safe for sensitive skin and also works well for lips, heels, and feet.

Buy It: Aquaphor Healing Ointment ($5, Target)

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Glycerin, which is a liquid that attracts water to moisturize, makes this cream ultra-hydrating. It's hypoallergenic (won't cause an allergic reaction), noncomedogenic (won't clog pores), and fragrance-free. The 2-ounce pack has a nearly perfect rating from more than 1,445 reviewers, with 91% of people recommending the product.

Buy It: Neutrogena Formula Hand Cream ($4, Target)

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