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

By Jennifer Aldrich
March 17, 2020
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Like most people, I've started to ramp up my hand washing and disinfecting routines due to COVID-19 (coronavirus disease 2019) precautions. In the past few weeks, I've noticed my hands are dry and cracked, and it's more severe than my typical dry winter hands. Because my usual lotion hasn't been doing the job, I reached out to Channing Barnett, a board-certified dermatologist and founder of Barnett Dermatology in Boca Raton, Florida, to learn more about what I can do to keep my hands healthy. And as it turns out, the constant hand washing and sanitizing is stripping away the protective barrier on my skin. Barnett says the alcohol in hand sanitizer is harsh, and the actual mechanics of rubbing my hands together with soap and water can be overly abrasive.

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However, 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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Best Overall: Vanicream Ointment

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: $7.09, Amazon

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Best Non-Greasy Finish: CeraVe Healing Ointment

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: $9.99, Ulta

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Best for Eczema: Aveeno Eczema Therapy Moisturizing Cream

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: $14.99, Ulta

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Best for More Than Just Hands: Aquaphor Healing Ointment

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: $4.59, Target

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Best Reviewed: Neutrogena Formula Hand Cream

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: $3.99, Target

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