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Editor’s Picks: 14 of the Best Hand Soaps That Won’t Dry Out Your Skin

Say hello to clean, hydrated hands.
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Most of us are washing our hands more often these days. It’s no wonder, then, that many people are suffering from dry hands—and the hand soaps that we’re using might be part of the problem.

“Water, and in some cases, the soap as well, are irritants to the skin,” says Dr. Roxana Daneshjou, a researcher and dermatology resident at the Stanford University School of Medicine. “You’re stripping away the oils on your skin that are the natural barrier, but you’re also exposing your skin to things that are irritants to it.”[1]

Harsh cleansing agents, antibacterials, fragrances and dyes are all problem ingredients that can dry out your hands over time. Repeated exposure can even lead to small cracks in the skin that allow bacteria to enter, increasing your risk of infection.

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Fortunately, you can still make handwashing a hydrating and sensorial experience with one of the products in this guide—which all happen to look great on your countertop as well. Scroll on for what to look for in a hand soap, and the best products I’ve found.

Editor’s Picks (At a Glance)

What to Look for in a Hand Soap

The Best Hand Soaps of 2022

Grown Alchemist Hand Wash
Soapply for Credo Hand Wash
REN Atlantic Kelp and Magnesium Energising Hand Wash
Keys Soulcare Renewing Body Hand Wash