Clarins Hand Cream is my go to every day hand cream to make sure that my hands never get to the stage where they need a full on repair. Make it part of your morning and evening ritual. It's not sticky, it goes in beautifully and it's unscented which I prefer. A bit more expensive than the Neutrogena but to me worth every penny and one I am never without.
Burts Bees Hand Cream is another I've tried particularly when over in the US, where it's everywhere. It's reasonably priced and does what it says on the tin. Expect to pay between £7 and £9 a tube. It's well worth giving this one a go if you don't want to shell out for Clarins or Elizabeth Arden, and you don't need the full-on repair of the Neutrogena.
One thing you have to remember about hand creams is that although they will do the job, you have to do yours, and if you have seriously dry hands, or you wash your hands often, you'll need to re-apply more often than if you've been taking care of your hands all through the year and avoided the 'desperately needing repair' stage.
Do you need expensive hand creams? Not necessarily, but a seriously good hand cream will keep your hands soft and smooth all year round. So find your favourite and do the work......