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Moisturize Your Sad, Dry Hands While You’re Washing Dishes

Most of us would consider washing the dishes a necessary evil. Sure, if you don’t clean up after yourself, the mess just keeps piling up, but doing dishes is far from fun. And when winter rolls around, your hands — which are already cracking because of the cold and the wind — only get drier thanks to the larger-than-normal holiday dish pile. Sadly, we’re not here to tell you that self-loading dishwashers exist (can we get NASA on this asap, please!), but there is a way to make dish washing a little less painful by moisturizing your fingers and palms while you clean.

To give yourself a mini at-home moisturizing spa treatment, all you need are some cheap dish gloves and your favorite hand lotion. Simply slather your hands with any old lotion — CeraVe ($10.44, Amazon) works fine — and slip on your dish gloves; we recommend form-fitting, lined gloves ($10.45, Amazon). Then, get to work scrubbing. Don’t pump too much lotion or you’ll end up with slippery, slimy, oily hands — yuck. But don’t forget your cuticles! If yours are in sad shape, just squeeze on some cuticle oil before tugging on your dishwashing gloves.

The warm water in your sink will help your lotion really work its way in — making for softer, smoother hands. And not only will you be able to check off “clean the dishes” on your to-do list, but you’ll also find yourself with silky hands your husband won’t want to stop holding. And speaking of husbands, this tip is totally dude-approved, because there’s nothing as attractive as a man with soft hands who is also willing to help out around the house.

Another at-home remedy for dry hands is to use this same trick overnight! Swap out the dishwashing gloves for a pair of therapeutic cotton gloves with essential oil and moisturizing gel lining and wear them to bed. When you wake up, you’ll have palms as soft as a baby’s bottom!

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