One of the telltale signs of winter is the way your hands feel. Even if you spent last Saturday downing mimosas on the patio, there will inevitably come a time when you start to notice a patch of dry, peeling skin on the side of your index finger, or a tight, almost cracking sensation when you flex your palms. There’s only one place for your mind to go after that: Must. Get. Hand. Cream.

As with most skin-care products, your hand lotion is one of those things you want to be particular about. If you grab the first tube off the shelf, you might end up with greasy fingers or a lingering scent you can’t stand. To help, we’ve rounded up the best hand creams to pop in the side pocket of your tote bag now, to keep your hands and cuticles buttery soft through the dry season. Find them all, ahead.

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L’Occitane Hand Cream

If you’re shopping based on good reviews, L’Occitane’s classic aluminum tube is Sephora’s top-ranked hand cream by a landslide. We like that they’re small enough to slip into our bag, desk drawer, and glove compartment — which is why we have one in all three places.

L’Occitane Hand Creams, $, available at Sephora

Clarins Hand and Nail Treatment Cream

It’s been rumored that Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II keeps this hand cream in her purse at all times.

Clarins Hand and Nail Treatment Cream, $, available at Sephora

Neutrogena Norwegian Formula Hand Cream

Keep your eyes peeled for the tiny Norwegian flag: The Scandinavian cross indicates Neutrogena’s most moisturizing option, designed to keep hands soft in even the toughest winter conditions.

Neutrogena Neutrogena Norwegian Formula Hand Cream – 2oz, $, available at Target

Malin + Goetz Vitamin B5 Hand Treatment

The natural almond extract in this hand cream gives it a subtly sweet smell and provides plenty of moisture without greasiness.

Malin + Goetz Malin + Goetz Vitamin B5 Hand Treatment, 1.7 Fl Oz, $, available at Amazon

Deborah Lippmann Rich Girl – Broad Spectrum SPF 25 Hand Cream

In this tube, you get all the benefits of a lightweight moisturizing lotion plus added sun protection to defend the thin skin on the tops of your hands from signs of aging.

Deborah Lippmann Rich Girl – Broad Spectrum SPF 25 Hand Cream, $, available at Sephora

Eucerin Eczema Relief Cream

You can use this cream to heal the dry patches on your knuckles and provide instant relief for eczema flareups.

Eucerin Eucerin Eczema Relief Cream – 8oz, $, available at Target

CeraVe Therapeutic Hand Cream

This medicinal hand cream melts into your skin, so calluses and roughness soften over time without making your rings slip off your fingers.

CeraVe CeraVe Therapeutic Hand Cream 3 oz, $, available at Walmart

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