Lightweight Hand creams
Make up and beauty,  Skin care

Tried and tested hand creams for every budget!

I’m not sure if I’m alone in this, but my hands probably get the least amount of love from me. What makes it even worse, is that I have an OCD that involves washing my hands 100 times a day. Some times the skin peels off my hands from washing it so much. Thankfully, in the last year I’ve discovered hand cream! Shocking, I know… but by now you know my life motto….Better late than never! I felt like I was allergic to hand creams in my 20’s. It’s honestly something I gave no thought to. Now though, I try to put hand cream on as often as I can, but I’m also very fussy, so I need a specific type of cream at different times during the day. One thing that is non-negotiable, is that I HATE sticky or tacky hand creams. I’ve tested a few out and I thought I’d share my finds with you.

Eight Hour® Cream Intensive Moisturizing Hand Treatment

Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Intensive Moisturizing Hand Treatment (RSP R285/75mls)

The perfect companion to our original classic. This fast-absorbing gel cream for the hands moisturises for up to eight hours. Soothing emollients smooth and soften rough, weather-exposed skin. Signs of dryness and cracking are reversed so hands look and feel soft and touchable.

The love for the Elizabeth Arden 8hr range is real, so this was an exciting product to test. This has a very mild scent, very clearly reminiscent of the original Eight Hour cream. It comes in a convenient tube that is easy to open and close. The packaging has the beloved 8 on it, as all the Eight Hour products do.

Initially when I felt the consistency, I thought it felt really thick, even as I applied to my hands. My first thought was: uh oh, this is going to leave my hands VERY greasy! Not a word of a lie, like magic, the ‘thick’ feeling evaporates and your hands feel so soft and supple. Not a second of tackiness or stickiness. I usually put this on as the last thing I do before I go to bed…for that ‘Eight hour’ benefit while I sleep 😉



With Q10 visibly reduces the appearance of wrinkles and helps to prevent UV-induced age spots with regular use while effectively caring for your hands. 

I really like the flat tube, making it really convenient for throwing into my handbag. Again with the scents, but this just has that familiar ‘Nivea’ scent we all know and love. A very clean, light, ‘white’ scent? Makes ‘scents’ right? lol. The consistency is more on the runny side, so be aware when you’re squeezing it out. It is incredibly light weight, but this one does take about 2 minutes to fully sink into the skin. What I love about this one, is that is contains Q10, which claims to help prevent age spots! As you get older, this is a very real concern!

Oh So Heavenly Soothe and Soften Hypo-Allergenic Hand Cream (RSP R30,99/75mls)

Oh So Heavenly Repair ‘n Care Hand Cream is made for dry, sensitive skin. The fragrance free formula contains glycerine to intensely moisturise hands and prevent them from drying out.

A very affordable offering from Oh So Heavenly, a brand exclusively available at Clicks. I have a thing for white packaging….and this one is just so pretty! The bright white and silver is so aesthetically pleasing to me. This formula is not as thick as my Eight Hour one, but not as runny as the Nivea. Somewhere in between. It has a nice, light scent….nothing sweet…which I love. I don’t like sweet smelling hand creams just as an FYI! This cream does take a while to absorb and I do feel it leaves a slight tackiness on my hands for around 4-5 minutes.

Marula & Fynbos Honey Hand and Nail Cream (RSP R69,95/75mls)

A marula and fynbos honey fragranced hand and nail cream, with argan oil, shea butter and anti-oxidant vitamin E to moisturise skin for 24hrs. No harsh ingredients.

This hand cream does not appear in my pictures, because it was on my desk at work. Also, today I think I have officially squeezed every drop out of the tube. This has been my daily hand cream at work for weeks now and it may be the first hand cream I have actually finished. It has a lovely, light scent that I attribute to the Marula. This has a thicker consistency, but again, incredibly lightweight on the hands and after about 2 minutes it’s fully absorbed. There is no tackiness on my skin, which is why this was perfect for work. I wash my hands, apply and after about a minute or 2, I am good to go. I would repurchase this, but I need to finish what I have first.

That’s a round up of the hand creams I’ve been using and enjoying. Let me know in the comments what you’re using and what you look for in a hand cream! 

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I’m Simone, a mom of 3, a wife...obsessed with my family, makeup and books!


  • Seema

    As I was also on a hand cream expedition this weekend I thought to share.
    Hubby bought the 400g Epimax currently on special at Dischem for R49.95 and with it received the 75g epimax hand cream free (perfect opportunity to try). It is an Emollient moisturiser for all skin types. Hypo-Allergenic. Fragrance & Colourant Free . It is not at all tacky and I must say my skin soaked in all of it with no fuss at all. Most of what drew us to this product was that it is not tested on animals!

  • Donna Moodley

    I’m a sicker for hand cream and there’s one in the car bakkie which my hubby drives… He actually got that one himself and its from Nivea. Of caus I also have one in my handbag lol.
    But just like you I don’t like anything sweet smelling or tacky and sticky. I’m currently using an OH So Heavenly one which absorbs quickly though… Not like the one you’ve reviewed and has a light rose scent to it. I had an op in 2004 (not quite sure) to stop my hands from sweating so profusely and I found after that I constantly needed hand cream. Well I’d rather have that that sweaty palms all day. I think I’m going to try the Nivea one… You know heading towards 40 and all lol. Always love your blog. I know it’s been a while

  • Juwayra Januarie

    One can never have too much hand creams. I usually go for the Oh So Heavenly ones. Its always on a 3 for 2 special at Clicks where I mostly buy my toiletries. I’m definitely going to check out Nivea one.

  • Kerry

    Hand creams, actually creams in general are a bit of an issue for me because I get headaches from scents very quickly so I have to be careful what I go for. Powdery scents are the biggest culprit.
    I try and find citrus-y scents so if you have any recommendations if you have find any hand creams with that sort of scent let me know 🙂
    Another handy and helpful post Simone xxx

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