Korean hand creams have the best of both worlds. On top of being moisturizing, they are often packaged in adorably cute bottles and tubes. Plus, they are often quite reasonably priced compared to higher-end brands. We’ve come up with a list of the best Korean creams out there to meet your hand care needs. These products will keep your hands well-moisturized, soft, and youthful. The following hand creams are listed in the order of moisture level. We will start out with the lightweight hand creams and end with the most moisturizing products. Good luck!
These lightweight hand creams are still moisturizing, but not deeply so. They’re perfect for individuals who frequently wash their hands and want moisture sans any stickiness. It might not be moisturizing enough for the dry winter, but it’s great for all the other seasons especially summer! If you don’t experience any dryness, lightweight hand creams are your best bet. The Face Shop Lovely ME:EX Mini Pet Perfume Hand Creams are super-adorable and come in a variety of scents. Simply twist off the top part and dab on some hand cream from the bottom pot. All four scents are popular, but the baby powder and fruity floral hand creams are especially adorable. You can reuse cute hand cream containers by putting in different products inside or using them as decorative ornaments on your desk or shelf.
Perhaps you prefer different animals! If so, The Face Shop has another cute option for you. Their Hold Me Hand Creams come in Mango Seed (Fennec Fox), Avocado Seed (Lesser Panda), and Cacao Seed (Ocelot) variations. If you enjoy fruity scents, you will love the mango seed option. A portion of the proceeds for these hand creams goes toward protecting endangered species. What a great cause for such an adorable product!
Similar to The Face Shop hand creams above, Etude House’s Missing U Hand Creams feature four cute animals. Proceeds from purchasing these products supports UNEP Korea (United Nations Environmental Programme Korea) in efforts to protect endangered baby harp seals. You can attain soft, fragrant hands while giving back to the environment! You can choose between a panda (peach), harp seal (green tea), penguin (baby powder), and pink dolphin (peony).
If you’re not a big fan of animal-shaped products, there are castle-themed hand creams for you! Etude House is well-known for their princess-y concept and packaging. Their four castle hand creams definitely don’t disappoint fans of their feminine image. My favorite of the bunch is the Pink Wish hand cream because of its fruity floral scent. The Ice Frozen one has a floral scent, while Forever Rose boasts a rose scent. Lastly, Sweet Cookie smells like sweet vanilla.
Hand creams boasting average moisture leave your hands feeling nourished but not overly greasy. These are great for people who want a little more moisture than the previous lightweight hand creams. With a slightly thicker texture, these absorb more deeply into your skin. If you love fruity scents, Tony Moly has a variety of cute fruit inspired hand creams. Shaped like actual fruits, these hand creams also smell amazingly similar to real fruit. The peach hand cream is the most popular of the bunch. If you prefer milder fruit scents, then try the apple hand cream. There is also a tangerine scented hand cream and a banana one. These fruit hand creams are packaged in pots with the exception of the banana one being in a squeeze tube.
If you favor hand cream in traditional tube packaging, Innisfree has some great choices. Their tubes of hand cream are definitely more portable and easy to toss into handbags and backpacks. Innisfree offers typical scents like rose and peach, but they also have more exotic selections including lotus, fig, hallabong, and cedar wood. Natural ingredients from Jeju Island serve as the inspiration for all of these scents. There is definitely a scent for everyone!
The following products offer richer moisturization than the hand creams listed above. They might be too greasy for the summer if you live in a warm climate. However, they’re excellent for colder months and for individuals with dry hands. The Innisfree Canola Honey Hand Butter is a personal favorite. Many Korean consumers were worried that the brand was discontinuing the product a few years back. Thankfully, Innisfree updated the packaging, and the hand cream is still awesome and available today. If you’re not a fan of the popular canola honey scent, the Innisfree Olive Moisture Hand Cream is similarly moisturizing while featuring a softer scent.
Hand balms have a thicker texture that aid in providing intense moisture to parched hands. The Skinfood Honey Melon Hand Balm is deeply moisturizing with a sweet honey melon scent. Cocoa butter and fruit extracts contribute to the luxurious moisture. This product is great to put on before going to bed; you’ll wake up with smooth hands the next morning. Despite its butter-like consistency, it spreads and settles easily. There is a cacao and gold apple version of the hand balm as well.
If you have dry, cracked hands, you might need a product more intense than hand cream or hand butter. Try a hand mask and pamper yourself! This hand mask set comes with a sheet mask-type glove that provides nourishment for your hands. After putting that on clean hands, then place the plastic gloves on top. If you want extra moisture, try keeping the hand mask on for longer than the recommended 20 minutes. After removing, seal in the moisture with a hand cream as well.
That’s all for our list of favorite hand creams. Which of them are you interested in? Have you tried any Korean hand creams? Don’t forget to share your comments below!