I have long arms and legs, and dreadful circulation (in the winter my fingernails are often a lovely shade of blue in their natural state.) Consquently, I wear gloves whenever I'm outside from September to May, and my hands are very dry, to the extent sometimes that the skin on them is itchy and red looking. These are some of the hand creams I've tried, and what I think of them.
L'Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream
I know this has a cult following, but I don't like this one much; it's rich, but it leaves a greasy after feel even if I only apply a little, and I don't like the baby powder/grease smell of it. It does combat dryness very effectively, but I find it so unpleasant to use that I don't use it often enough for it to work. £16.50 for 150ml.
Creme De La Mer The Hand Treatment
This costs £60 for 100ml (it was a gift from Mr London.) It's an adequate hand cream, but the price is completely gobsmacking, and it's not justified as a repurchase for me. My only hand issue is dryness - perhaps if I had age spots etc and this helped those I'd feel differently. I don't like the smell of this either; it has one of those marine/ozone scents that remind me of washing powder.
Lubatti Vitamin E Hand Cream
My favourite hand cream for daytime; it has a similar texture to the Creme De La Mer but a much more pleasant smell (a very soft and subtle apricot.) It sinks in well, and leaves my hands feeling silky. £16.15 for 75ml from SpaceNK.
Neutrogena Concentrated Formula Hand Cream (Unscented)
This is a thick balm/ointment texture, and I use it at night. I find regular night time use really keeps my hands comfortable and in good shape, and it does actually sink in surprisingly quickly considering the texture. It's also as cheap as chips; I bought my last one from Superdrug for about £3 for 50ml. I don't like the smell of the regular version; I buy the unscented version.