At My Desk: The Best Hand Creams
I've always kept a "well stocked" workspace. It's piled with papers, vessels of writing utensils, a jar of dilly beans, and several liniments. I consider hand creams to be on par with my blue tackle box of Allegra— my demise would be imminent if they were to ever be confiscated. Working in an office, I am constantly living in fear that I may contract whatever ailment my coworkers are plagued with this week. (Before we moved into our current office space, my department worked in a windowless room with no airflow. I got the flu twice in one season.) This is all to say that I wash my hands a lot. Today, I washed them an extra two times because I couldn't get the smell of barbecue sauce off.
All that pink restroom soap can be murder on your hands. Here are my favorite creams to keep my hands from cracking while inflicting power plays on my colleagues in the form of vice-like handshakes and "elevator eyes."
- Glossier Balm Dot Com ($12 for .5 oz)
for cracked cuticles, paper cuts, pesky hangnails
- Yu-Be Moisturizing Skin Cream ($16 for 1 oz)
a eucalyptus lotion/salve hybrid for mid-afternoon aromatherapy
- First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream ($12 for 2 oz)
when I'm feeling utilitarian
- Tony Moly Apple Hand Cream ($7 for 30g)
when I want to attract fruit flies to my work station
(If you were wondering, none of these leave the keyboard greasy— I checked.)