Glossier hand cream: now here’s a product launch that lives up to the hype

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From skincare to shower essentials, perfume to make-up, few corners of our beauty regimes are yet to be Glossi-fied. And finally, our hands can get in on the action too, as Glossier announces its latest launch: hand cream, just in time for all this hand washing…

From Sky Wash to Zit Stick, Brow Flick to Future Dew, Glossier is on a roll when it comes to brilliant new launches. But its latest creation seriously couldn’t have come at a better time. Introducing Glossier Hand Cream.

Announced on the brand’s Instagram channel, Glossier let fans know that the formula, which has been two years in the making no less, would finally be available to buy on 23 April. But the rest of the intel — like what the formula felt and smelt like, and the ingredients it contains — was kept under wraps. That was, until now.


Now available to buy, I finally got my (very dry, very rough) hands on a bottle. And I can confirm that founder Emily Weiss was correct when she made the claim, “It is EPIC”. 

The formula is fairly lightweight, sitting somewhere between a lotion and a cream, which means you needn’t wait ten minutes after application to safely operate your phone without dropping it. A vital consideration.

As for the ingredients, I’m told it contains a nourishing combo of meadowfoam seed oil and coconut fruit extract, which has made a visible difference to my hands even after just a few applications. And when I rub my hands together, they feel silky and hydrated, but not even a tiny bit greasy.

Even better still is the scent: a bit like the comforting scent of Glossier You, it smells addictively clean. So much so, I can’t stop sniffing the backs of my hands. Perhaps that’s weird, but try it and tell me you don’t end up doing the same.

Amongst Glossier fans, the demand for a hand cream has been there for a while, but it was a slightly more pressing matter that urged Emily Weiss et al to push this new launch to market asap.

As the Instagram caption reads: “We’re grateful beyond measure for the healthcare workers on the front lines of COVID-19. Over the past month, we’ve donated thousands of Glossier balms, face mists, and moisturizers to support these teams. One of the most requested items is hand cream, something that’s been in the works at Glossier for nearly two years.”

Between the news stories, viral selfies and the brilliant work of Beauty Banks’ Helping Hands campaign, we’re more aware than ever of the importance of products that can soothe the sores left behind from protective gear and remedy  over-washed, super-dry hands. And that’s why Glossier has pledged to donate the first 10,000 units to those working in hospitals across the US.

And as for NHS workers in the UK? A brand representative tells us that while this initiative is currently limited to the US, Glossier is hoping to extend support to those working on the healthcare frontline in the UK, adding, “over the past month, they’ve been in touch with healthcare professionals and hospital teams and have donated thousands of products to NHS staff.”

Glossier Hand Cream, £16, is now available to buy at

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Images: courtesy of Glossier.

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