I have several mechanic customers that won't use Permatex Fast Orange (smooth or pumice) for the very reason that so many have already stated ... it dries and cracks your hands.
I very recently came across 5-Star Xtreme Hand Cleaner
at a bodyshop account, used a little myself ... and asked how the guys liked it, and they did.
Keep in mind that body guys probably have the driest hands on earth as things like paint dust and laquer thinner will pull the moisture right out of your hands very quickly!
I still have a 1/2 bottle of Fast Orange left, and it is probably fine for a guy like me that doesn't use it several times per day. When it's gone, I just might try the 5-sar stuff.