I'm not saying that hand creams are inherently bad, but most of them feel like they're only putting a BandAid on the problem and not fixing them.
The deep, concentrated texture of a balm looks (and feels) like it's getting down to business immediately, the same way a lip balm for cracked lips will always feel more soothing than a lip gloss. There are so many options for good hand and skin balms that will actually put a dent in your dry skin.
O'Keeffe's Working Hands Hand Cream
AESOP Reverence Aromatique Hand Balm
If you want something you can keep with you on the go, opt for the tube version. Aesop makes a really great one called Reverence Aromatique and it comes in a very Right Now metal tube.
La Roche-Posay Cicaplast Baume B5 Balm
You can also go the other route for something a little gentler (and one that you can use on your face, which I wouldn't recommend for some of the others on this list). The La Roche-Posay Cicaplast Baume B5 Balm can be rubbed basically anywhere that needs a punch of moisture.
Aquaphor Healing Ointment
For everything from cracked hands to healing tattoos, Aquaphor can be used for basically everything. It's thick but sinks into the skin quickly and doesn't have any scent, which is great for anyone with sensitive skin.