Washing your dirty dishes is one of the most important things you can do to keep your home feeling welcoming and fresh. It’s a great way to get started with cleaning your whole house, and it’s a key step to tackle before guests come over.
But, as anyone who does dishes all the time can tell you, this everyday chore may start to take a toll on your hands. A lot of people who wash their dishes by hand often say that it dries out their skin, and may even cause their palms and fingers to crack and peel.
Dry skin is definitely no fun! But what if we were to tell you that there’s another way to do dishes – one that may actually help to moisturize and rejuvenate your busy hands?
How to Moisturize While Washing Dishes
While this may sound too good to be true, Lifehacker showed us one method that just might work – and that you can start putting into practice right away. All you need to get started is some dish gloves and a decent lotion!
Here’s how it works: Just before you start doing the dishes, apply your favorite, lightweight lotion to both of your hands. You can also treat your nails using a cuticle oil (or even some super-healthy coconut oil, in a pinch). Then, slip on the gloves and get to work!
As you wash the dishes, the heat and pressure from the flowing water should help your balm of choice really soak into your hands, giving your skin a deep, moisturizing experience. Hopefully, once you’re done that stack of plates and silverware, your hands will feel smooth and supple, instead of dried and cracked!
Other Ways to Take Care of Your Hands
The technique above comes approved from a few different sources. But keep in mind that there are also commonsense steps you can take to help treat your hands!
For one thing, it may help to turn down the water temperature a little bit when you’re doing the dishes. The hotter the water, the more likely it is that you’re going to strip away your skin’s natural oils, leading to lasting damage.
Another tip? When you’re washing your hands, try a cleanser labeled as “lipid-free;” these tend to be more moisturizing than traditional anti-bacterial soaps. Speaking of which, people with dry hands might also want to cool it on the antibacterial hand-sanitizer. Most of these products contain a ton of alcohol, which can make your skin feel even rougher over time.
When you combine these small steps with a dedicated skin care routine, you’d be surprised by just how soft, smooth, and healthy you can keep your hands – even when you spend all day cleaning!
The Sweeping Dimensions Way
Of course, one of the best ways to spare your skin from the damages caused by cleaning is to pass the job off to somebody else. That’s where Sweeping Dimensions would love to step in and help you out!
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