Re: Does lotion contain chemicals that make your skin dry?
You should be very careful what products you use on your skin... what you described is very typical of industrial petro-chemical beauty products in general (The fossil fuel industry sells many ingredients to the beauty industry). It is said that these chemicals can enter the bodily system and blood stream too, though I'm not sure about this, the skin is our largest organ so you should take care of it with something natural and healthy.
Go for natural chemical-free products... I recommend finding somebody local who produces natural and healthy soaps and lotions, maybe try your local markets, as they will likely use natural preservative options. They can also help you find the right product for your skin.
That being said I'm sure your hands could get addicted to natural oils too, but at least the natural oils used in soaps and lotions are healthy.