Ugh. It’s that time of year again. The time of year where each time I wash my hands they SCREAM in agony due to the cold temperatures and dry air… and therefore cracked skin.
You may remember my post from earlier this year on How to Save Dry Winter Hands, and well I have an addition to make! Wearing gloves to wash the dishes is a fantastic idea year round, as excessive water exposure weakens nails and ironically dries out your skin.
To protect those amazing extremities of yours, purchase a pair of rubber gloves (latex free options are easily available nationwide too) to use when washing dishes and handling household cleaning products. Before you slip the gloves on, SLATHER on your favorite emollient lotion and/or healing ointment and go to town. The extra warmth from the dish water will help the products absorb better under the gloves; almost like a mini spa treatment!
Have a dishwasher and a housekeeper? Throw on some cotton gloves or socks over your lotioned-up hands at bed time.