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Top 32 Best Japanese Hand Creams to Buy Online 2019 - Tried and True!

So you’re getting ready to invest in Japanese skincare, down to your fingertips. But if you’re going to pay for that shipping fee (or plane ticket), then the hand cream better be good. It should hydrate, of course, and also smell nice. And you should be able to put it on, start typing, and not have your desk look like a crime scene that’s been dusted for fingerprints.

There are perhaps few things in this world more plentiful than hand creams, so to help you narrow down your choices, we ordered the 32 most popular hand creams from Japan’s e-commerce giants (such as @cosme, Amazon, and Rakuten) and tested for the following:

1. Hydration
2. Fragrance
3. Application

This is how we tested and found the most exceptional Japanese hand creams.
  • Last updated: 10/28/2019
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Table of Contents

How to Choose Japanese Hand Cream – Buying Guide

We’ll get into how we tested and compared all the products, but before that, we want to introduce three things you should look out for when picking out a Japanese hand cream.

① What Do You Want Your Hand Cream to Do?

Here are some common ingredients you’ll find in Japanese hand creams, as well as what they’re purported to do.

You Always Want a Hydrating Hand Cream

You Always Want a Hydrating Hand Cream
A whole host of skin problems–such as redness, irritation, and chafing–all stem from the same source: the thinning of your skin’s natural barrier, which impairs its ability to retain water. The easiest way to keep your skin soft and in one piece is by making sure it stays properly moisturized.
Of course, hydration depends on the overall formulation of the cream and how the ingredients play off each other, but generally speaking, products that contain hyaluronic acid※1 and ceramides※2 are effective. They’ll keep skin from chafing in the first place.
You also want oils※3 in your hand creams. Oils form a lid over your skin, preventing evaporation and locking in moisture. Popular oils include shea butter, as well as jojoba, castor, olive, and macadamia seed oil. These are all relatively gentle ingredients, which is what you want if your skin is already dry and irritated.
※1ヒアルロン酸: hyaluronic acid
※2 セラミド: ceramides
※3 -油: -oil (e.g. jojoba oil is written as ホホバ油)

To Protect Your Skin from Irritants, You Want Petroleum Jelly

To Protect Your Skin from Irritants, You Want Petroleum Jelly
It doesn’t have the power to heal or even soothe irritation, but petroleum jelly※4 effectively prevents skin irritation. Petroleum jelly forms a greasy membrane over your skin, protecting it from drying winds and other irritants. It also locks water into your skin so it stays hydrated throughout the day.
Petroleum jelly also water insoluble, which means that if you apply a thin layer before washing the dishes or other housework, it’ll shield your hands to a certain extent. Generally speaking, it’s also non-irritating and very rarely causes reactions.
※4 ワセリン: petroleum jelly (in Japan, petroleum jelly is commonly known by its brand name, Vaseline)

For Chapped and Flaking Hands, You Want Vitamins

For Chapped and Flaking Hands, You Want Vitamins
If your hands are already starting to crack and flake, then try a cream that’s been fortified with vitamins※5. Vitamin E is great in particular because it improves blood circulation and soothes irritated skin. Vitamin C derivatives, on the other hand, boost cell turnover, which is connected to healing.
※5 ビタミン: vitamin

For Sandpaper Rough Skin, You Want Urea

For Sandpaper Rough Skin, You Want Urea
When your hands start crusting over and your skin grows rough, see if you can find a cream with urea※6 in it. Urea can soften the dead, tough outer layer of skin.
However, because it’s such a potent ingredient, it could actually cause more harm than good when applied over thin or sensitive skin. Also, don’t use it when your hands are itchy, irritated, or cracked.
※6 尿素: urea

② How Do You Want Your Hand Cream to Smell?

② How Do You Want Your Hand Cream to Smell?
If you’re going to be applying at the office, maybe don’t get a hand cream that smells very strong. Floral and soap-scented creams are universally appealing and always a safe choice. Herbal and woody scents have both fans and critics. You can skip them if you’re that worried about you or your coworkers/girlfriend/boyfriend/cat possibly not liking the smell of the cream.
Citrus scents are said to calm you down when you’re stressed. Citrus hand creams tend to smell soft and fresh and are loved by many, so they’re good to keep around and apply both at work or in your downtime. They also make a good gift to both men and women, whether they’re into aromatherapy or not.

③ How Quickly Do You Want Your Hand Cream to Set?

③ How Quickly Do You Want Your Hand Cream to Set?
Most of us spend half of our waking hours on a smartphone or at a computer, so you want to pay attention to how quickly the hand cream absorbs into your skin. Our guess is no one really enjoys having smears on their keyboards or fingerprints on their touchscreen.
You want a hand cream that’s struck a balance between water and oil. Too much water and your fingers are leaving wet stains behind them; too much oil and you’re stuck with sticky residue. A cream that’s got the right amount of water and oil will absorb easily into your skin and not leave your hands tacky.
However, it’s hard to tell how a cream applies without actually using it out for yourself. If you do get a chance to test out some samples at the store, go for it; otherwise, take our test results into consideration when deciding what hand cream to buy.

What Products We Ordered and How We Tested Them

What Products We Ordered and How We Tested Them
Now to introduce the 32 most popular Japanese hand creams that we ordered and the process by which we tested them.
{The Products We Tested}
1. yuskin A (ユースキンA)
2. Curél Moisture Hand Cream (キュレル ハンドクリーム)
3. Pax Naturon Hand Cream (パックスナチュロン ハンドクリーム)
4. Mentholatum Uruoi Saratto Gel Medicated Hand Veil (メンソレータム 薬用ハンドベール うるおいさらっとジェル)
5. atrix Hand Milk (アトリックス ハンドミルク)
6. CoenRich Q10 Whitening Medicated Moisture Cream Hand & Finger (コエンリッチ 薬用ホワイトニング ハンドクリーム)
7. atrix Extra Protection Hand Cream Tube (アトリックス エクストラプロテクション チューブ)
8. Shiseido Medicated Hand Cream More Deep Jar (資生堂ハンドクリーム 薬用モアディープジャータイプ)
9. atrix Hand Cream Medicated A Jar (アトリックス メディケイティッド A ジャー)
10. KissMe Medicated Hand Cream (キスミー薬用ハンドクリーム)
11. Nivea Creme Tube (ニベア クリーム チューブ)
12. Nikko Rica Sun White P-1 (日興リカサンホワイトP-1)
13. Orbis Hand Treatment (オルビスハンド トリートメント)
14. yuskin hana Deep Moist Hand Cream Japanese Rose (ユースキン ハナ ハンドクリーム ジャパニーズローズ)
15. BELVISO Hand & Skin Treatment Jar (ベルビーゾ ハンド&スキンケアクリーム ジャータイプ)
16. recipist hand cream Rosemary (レシピスト すべすべ仕上げのハンドクリーム ローズマリー)
17. AUX PARADIS Fleur Aromatic Hand Cream (オゥパラディアロマティックハンドクリーム)
18. IGNIS Extra H Hand Cream (IGNISエクストラ H ハンド クリーム)
19. MARKS&WEB Moisture Hand Cream (マーク&ウェブ モイスチャーハンドクリーム)
20. TAMA Shoku Cosme Tesho-sui Hand Cream (タマ食Cosme 手粧水 ハンドクリーム)
21. THREE Hand & Arm Cream AC (THREE ハンド&アームクリーム AC)
22. MAMA BUTTER Hand Cream Orange (ママバター ハンドクリーム オレンジ)
23. LEAF & BOTANICS Lavender Hand Cream (LEAF&BOTANICS ハンドクリーム ラベンダー)
24. atrix Beauty Charge Peach Tea (アトリックス ビューティーチャージ ピーチティー)
25. MUJI Hand Cream Neroli (無印良品 ハンドクリーム ネロリ)
26. Wonder Honey Honey Dew Hand Cream Tea Talk (ワンダーハニー とろとろハンドクリーム ティートーク)
27. BOTANIST Botanical Hand Cream (BOTANIST ボタニスト ボタニカルハンドクリーム)
28. Canmake Make Me Happy Fragrance Handcream (キャンメイク メイクミーハッピー フレグランスハンドクリーム)
29. Loretta Dentoumushi no Gogo ~A Ladybug’s Afternoon~ Hand Cream (ロレッタ てんとう虫の午後)
30. FIANCÉE Hand Cream (フィアンセ ハンドクリーム)
31. KissMe Mommy! Hand Cream Citrus Mix Aroma (キスミーマミー ハンドクリームC シトラスの香り)
32. Fernanda Fragrance Hand Cream Amelia Swell (フェルナンダ Hand Creamアメリアスウェル)
We then tested for each of the following things:
Test ①: Hydration
Test ②: Fragrance
Test ③: Application
※Nivea is a joint venture between the Japanese corporation Kao and Beiersdorf AG and is thus included on this list.

Test ①: Hydration

Test ①: Hydration
First, we tested for hydration.
We used the SKICON-200 EX, an analyzer that can detect changing moisture levels, for this test.
We applied the creams to our arms and the compared the state of our skin before application to its state eight hours after application. We also had our eight lab rats (volunteers from the editing department) stay holed up in a room kept at a constant temperature and humidity the entire time, moving as little as possible.

The Big Takeaway: Hand Creams that Contained Vaseline Kept Skin Hydrated for Longer

The Big Takeaway: Hand Creams that Contained Vaseline Kept Skin Hydrated for Longer
Most creams that were able to keep our skin moisturized for the whole of the eight hours had petroleum jelly in them. Vaseline actually stays on the surface of your skin, forming a shield between it and the rest of the world that keeps water in and irritants out. Just remember you may need to reapply in between hand washes.
Formulas that featured squalane, hyaluronic acid, and ceramides also helped with water retention.

Test ②: Fragrance

Test ②: Fragrance
Next, we sniffed all the hand creams.
We gathered a few more volunteers from our editing department and had them try out all the hand creams. We then took a vote and determined which the most universally appealing were.

The Big Takeaway: You Will Rarely Go Wrong with Light Florals

The Big Takeaway: You Will Rarely Go Wrong with Light Florals
Almost everyone at our office liked soft florals. They couldn’t bee to strong or sweet, but rather light and clean–the kind of cream you wouldn’t mind smelling in a small, stuffy office.
To get even more specific, the simple, delicate smell of jasmine and the fresh citrusy scent of neroli were well-received. Neither were too powerful or had anything particular about them that could be found unpleasant.

Test ③: Application

Test ③: Application
The last thing we looked at was how each cream applied.
Five minutes after application, we laid our hands onto a layer of confetti and looked at how much stuck to our skin. We also looked at how easily each cream spread as we were applying it and how it felt to be using a computer or flipping through a magazine afterwards.

The Big Takeaway: Creams that Featured Shea Butters were Rich but Not Tacky

The Big Takeaway: Creams that Featured Shea Butters were Rich but Not Tacky
It didn’t matter how thick or thin the formula was–as long as the cream spread easily and absorbed easily into skin, it wasn’t sticky and didn’t leave behind residue.
In particular, formulas that featured shea butter never really got too greasy–they had a rich, smooth texture that fell somewhere in between lotion and cream. They set easily into skin and didn’t leave hands tacky.

The Final Verdict: Top 32 Best Japanese Hand Creams to Buy Online

Now to introduce the 32 best Japanese hand creams available online. They were ranked by how well they did on our tests and given an overall grade ranging from D to A+.
FormulaHydrating
Smells LikeUnscented
HydrationD
ApplicationD
FragranceC
Overall ScoreD
FormulaHydrating
Smells LikeJapanese Rose
HydrationD
ApplicationC
FragranceB
Overall ScoreD
FormulaHydrating (Gel)
Smells LikeUnscented
HydrationD
ApplicationC
FragranceB
Overall ScoreD
29. Canmake Make Me Happy Fragrance Handcream 1

29. Canmake Make Me Happy Fragrance Handcream

$11.90

FormulaHydrating
Smells LikePink Grapefruit
HydrationD
ApplicationD
FragranceB
Overall ScoreD
FormulaHydrating
Smells LikeLavender
HydrationD
ApplicationB
FragranceB
Overall ScoreC
FormulaHydrating, OTC Drug※7
Smells LikeUnscented
HydrationD
ApplicationB
FragranceB
Overall ScoreC

26. CoenRich Q10 Whitening Medicated Moisture Cream Hand & Finger

$4.11

FormulaHydrating, OTC Drug
Smells LikeUnscented
HydrationC
ApplicationD
FragranceB
Overall ScoreC
25. IGNIS Extra H Hand Cream 1

25. IGNIS Extra H Hand Cream

$13.58

FormulaHydrating
Smells LikeHoney
HydrationC
ApplicationB
FragranceC
Overall ScoreC

24. Fernanda Fragrance Hand Cream Amelia Swell

$11.81

FormulaHydrating
Smells LikeLilac & Peach Blossom
HydrationD
ApplicationA+
FragranceA
Overall ScoreC

23. BOTANIST Botanical Hand Cream

$7.79

FormulaHydrating
Smells LikeLime & Lily
HydrationD
ApplicationA+
FragranceB
Overall ScoreC
FormulaHydrating
Smells LikeOranges
HydrationD
ApplicationB
FragranceB
Overall ScoreC
FormulaHydrating
Smells likeUnscented
HydrationB
ApplicationC
FragranceB
Overall ScoreC

20. TAMA Shoku Cosme Tesho-sui Hand Cream

$15.20

FormulaHydrating (Gel)
Smells LikeUnscented
HydrationB
ApplicationC
FragranceB
Overall ScoreC
FormulaHydrating
Smells LikeUnscented
HydrationB
ApplicationB
FragranceB
Overall ScoreC
18. MARKS&WEB Moisture Hand Cream 1

18. MARKS&WEB Moisture Hand Cream

$15.39

FormulaHydrating
Smells LikeJasmine
HydrationD
ApplicationA
FragranceA+
Overall ScoreC
17. AUX PARADIS Fleur Aromatic Hand Cream 1

17. AUX PARADIS Fleur Aromatic Hand Cream

$9.74

FormulaHydrating
Smells LikeFlowers
HydrationD
ApplicationA+
FragranceA
Overall ScoreC
FormulaHydrating
Smells LikeRosemary
HydrationD
ApplicationB
FragranceB
Overall ScoreC
FormulaIncludes Vitamins
Smells LikeUnscented
HydrationC
ApplicationB
FragranceB
Overall ScoreB
FormulaHydrating, OTC Drug
Smells LikeUnscented
HydrationA
ApplicationC
FragranceB
Overall ScoreB
FormulaHydrating
Smells LikeHerbs
HydrationA
ApplicationB
FragranceB
Overall ScoreB
FormulaHydrating
Smells LikeUnscented
HydrationA
ApplicationC
FragranceB
Overall ScoreB
FormulaHydrating
Smells LikeUnscented
HydrationA
ApplicationC
FragranceB
Overall ScoreB

10. atrix Extra Protection Hand Cream Tube

$7.53

FormulaHydrating
Smells LikeUnscented
HydrationB
ApplicationB
FragranceB
Overall ScoreB

9. Mentholatum Uruoi Saratto Gel Medicated Hand Veil

$3.90

FormulaHydrating (Gel); OTC Drug
Smells LikeUnscented
HydrationA+
ApplicationA
FragranceB
Overall ScoreA
8. Wonder Honey Honey Dew Hand Cream Tea Talk 1

8. Wonder Honey Honey Dew Hand Cream Tea Talk

$15.65

FormulaHydrating
Smells LikePeach Tea
HydrationB
ApplicationB
FragranceA
Overall ScoreA
7. MUJI Hand Cream Neroli 1

7. MUJI Hand Cream Neroli

$8.50

FormulaHydrating (Gel)
Smells LikeCitrus Fruit
HydrationC
ApplicationA+
FragranceA
Overall ScoreA
FormulaHydrating
Smells LikeCitrus Fruit
HydrationB
ApplicationB
FragranceA
Overall ScoreA

5. Loretta Dentoumushi no Gogo ~A Ladybug’s Afternoon~ Hand Cream

$43.87

FormulaHydrating
Smells LikeBotanicals
HydrationA+
ApplicationA+
FragranceC
Overall ScoreA
FormulaHydrating
Smells LikeUnscented
HydrationA+
ApplicationC
FragranceB
Overall ScoreA
FormulaContains Urea and Vitamins; OTC Drug
Smells LikeUnscented
HydrationA+
ApplicationB
FragranceB
Overall ScoreA+
FormulaHydrating
Smells LikeSoap
HydrationA
ApplicationA+
FragranceB
Overall ScoreA+
FormulaHydrating
Smells LikePeach Tea
HydrationA
ApplicationA
FragranceA
Overall ScoreA+

How to Get the Most out of a Hand Cream

Turns out there’s a wrong and right way to use hand cream as well. Go figure.

Don’t Give Your Hands a Chance to Dry out

Don’t Give Your Hands a Chance to Dry out
The most important thing when caring for your nails and hands? Make sure they stay hydrated. Don’t wait until your skin’s dry to moisturize; you should be applying hand cream throughout the day to make sure your skin never dries out to begin with.
In particular, you should be applying hand cream after chores (like scrubbing and dish washing) and after washing your hands, which is when oil and moisture levels in your skin drop. Skin care also continues while you’re sleeping, so it’s a good idea to apply right before turning in for the night as well.
It never hurts to take extra steps to protect yourself from irritants. That means putting on gloves before using detergent or mittens before going out on a cold windy day.

Draw a Line from the First to the Second Joint of Your Pointer Finger. That’s How Much Cream You Should be Using

Draw a Line from the First to the Second Joint of Your Pointer Finger. That’s How Much Cream You Should be Using
Basically, if you have a tube of hand cream, you want to squeeze out about 3-4 cm worth of product; if you have a jar, you want a cherry sized dollop, about 1.5 – 2 cm in diameter. After you’ve gotten out as much product as you need, warm it up in the palms of your hands first; that’ll help it spread and absorb into skin.
Gently massage the cream in, applying all the way to the tips of your fingers.

Summary

We rounded up members of our editing department, purchased the 32 most popular Japanese hand creams, and tested them all.
Your writer recommends carrying around multiple tubes of hand cream–hand creams that smell nice and hand creams that do heavy-duty hydrating. That way, you can take your pick depending on your mood or the state of your skin. On the other hand, your translator is cheap and carries around just a single tube of the all-mighty L’Occitane.
Original by Haruka Toda; Translation by Jasmine Li

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