Glossier Spent Two Years Creating the Perfect Hand Cream—and It's Finally Here


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Historically, we've referred to every single launch from Glossier as "important." Each new formula feels more innovative, exciting, and buzz-generating than the last, and certain products like Boy Brow ($16) and Balm Dotcom ($12) have become nonnegotiable inclusions in the kits of everyone we know—from family members to makeup artists to fellow beauty editors. Another thing we love? Glossier actually listens to its legion of fans, internalizing customer feedback into existing and future formulas and prioritizing specific product requests from its overwhelming fan base.

Interestingly, Glossier's loyal followers have been begging the brand for a Glossier hand cream for years, and the brand, with open ears and perfectionistic formulating tendencies, has spent nearly two years concocting the ultimate formula. (Think lush ingredients, a "second skin" finish, and a speedy, five-second absorption time.) Of course, no one could have expected the final product launch would come at such a pivotal time when high-demand products like hand cream and hand sanitizer are conjuring record-tall request rates. 


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Normally, the first samples of a highly anticipated Glossier debut would be dispersed to editors, influencers, and other important people within the beauty industry to test and review pre-launch. But given the current circumstances, Glossier took the initiative to prioritize all of the hospital and healthcare workers who really, truly need an amazing hand cream right now and donated the first 10,000 units to help support those on the frontlines of the COVID-19 response. (The brand has also donated thousands of other skin-saving products like its Balm Dotcom, Priming Moisturizer, and Soothing Face Mist.)


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That said, today is the product's official launch, and now you (and everyone else craving Glossier-approved chap prevention) can get your hands on it

"Our Hand Cream's nutrient-rich formula hits the sweet spot between a lotion and a crème—it absorbs quickly (about 5 seconds, to be exact) and gives a sheer-touch finish that won't leave fingerprints or residue behind," explains an official press release from the brand. It also boasts a unique "second skin" matrix to keep skin-stressors at bay and far, far away from highly susceptible hands.

The formula's hero ingredients include dreamy additions like meadowfoam seed oil and coconut fruit extract to add and seal in moisture while ultra-soothing botanical extracts from echinacea and rosemary keep your skin calm, cool, and collected. (No matter how many times you're washing your hands within a 24-hour time span.) Plus, true to Glossier form, the hand cream is dermatologist-tested, cruelty-free, gluten-free, soy-free, dairy-free, nut-free, GMO-free, and suitable for all skin types.


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To further separate the cream from the litany of other hand cream formulas on the market right now, Glossier topped off its carefully executed recipe with a special scent that's reminiscent of the brand's cult-loved, musky fragrance, Glossier You ($60), which, the brand says, was slightly reimagined specifically for the hands. (Think a more clarified, less perfumy emphasis on fresh, clean notes.)

Last but not least, let's talk about packaging. With utility and convenience top of mind, the cream is handily piped into a palm-friendly (recyclable!) pack complete with an ergonomic flip top, 360-degree squeeze, and precise nozzle applicator to ensure the perfect ratio of product dispersal. As the cherry on top, the mood-boosting container is coated in Glossier's signature candy apple red and peppercorn pink. 

PS: Glossier was already ahead of the game, read your skincare shopping–inclined mind, and created another bundled option buy featuring the brand-new Hand Cream ($18), the Priming Moisturizer Rich ($35) (makeup artists go wild for this stuff), and the eye- and lip-plumping double-hitter Bubblewrap ($26). Coined The Comfort Collection, it's a timely, limited-edition set you can nab for $65 ($14 less than what you'd pay buying all three best sellers separately).

Curious to see what else is currently lurking in our Glossier shopping carts? Keep scrolling for the skin- and soul-soothing product picks we'd recommend you add to your self-care regimen. 

Our Glossier Self-Care Shopping List

Glossier's beloved concealer and skin tint bundled together into the ultimate sheer yet skin-enhancing duo.

Glossier's You is the dark-horse cult-classic every fashion girl stores alongside her Chanel, Byredo, and Le Labo. It's a beguiling musk that specifically adapts to your skin chemistry for a truly customized scent. 

Glossier's body cream and oil wash—a dynamic, best-selling pairing to accentuate the moisturizing perks of your new hand cream. 

If it's long, fluttery, extension-like lashes that you seek, this is the only mascara worth your time and money right now. (Both of our beauty editors swear by its magic!)

The most iconic brow product (Boy Brow) meets the coolest (Brow Flick). Combine the cult-loved gel and stroke-perfecting pen for your best brows ever.

Not only does this rose-, aloe-, and glycerin-infused mist refresh your complexion with hydration, but it's also an immediate mood reset.

Yes, even if you're spending the majority of your time indoors, you should still be wearing sunscreen. Glossier's best-selling formula is a welcomed, water-gel formula that's lightweight and non-greasy. 

Nothing is better than a multitasking skin savior. Tap Bubblewrap under your eyes and on top of your lips to keep those chap-prone areas plump, bouncy, and luxuriously moisturized. 

We love our collection of serums, but right now, we're prioritizing hydration and radiance. Super Bounce brims with hyaluronic acid and vitamin B5 to increase both. 

Skin freakouts are bound to happen anytime, anywhere. This strategic duo tackles breakouts with a skin-sloughing exfoliating tonic and a handy-dandy pimple-clearing pen. 

Three best-sellers tucked into one skin-saving bundle: Balm Dotcom (the best lip balm on Earth IMHO), Milky Jelly Cleanser, and Priming Moisturizer. Your skin will feel fresh, dewy, and topped up with hydration. 

Everyone's favorite blush (which you can also pat on your lips!) for a pillowy, super dreamy dose of color. 

Just ask Who What Wear staffers—we're obsessed with the latest makeup launch from Glossier—a super-wearable wash of paint designed for your lids!

Is it just us, or does a soothing face mask solve almost every woe? Better yet, make it two! This set features Glossier's Moisturizing Moon Mask (which is soothing and dew-giving) and Mega Greens Galaxy Pack (which is more detoxifying). 

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