How to Make a DIY Dishwashing Hand Mask + Why You Should Do It
If you have a little extra cooking oil, try applying it to your hands before putting on the gloves. Any unrefined organic oil will do: some of our favorites include extra virgin olive oil, which contains a high dose of Vitamin E; coconut oil, which can help your skin stimulate collagen production and can help improve humidity and barrier function; avocado oil, which contains oleic acid and monounsaturated fats; and almond oil, which is anti-inflammatory and can help prevent structural damage caused by UV rays.
Not only do the oils themselves provide skin-softening lipids and antioxidants, the steamy, soapy water takes it a step further with this mini mask: Steam increases the permeability of the skin, which can help these healthy oils penetrate deeper into the pores for baby-like soft skin; this is the same reason why a beautician can use a facial steam before entering with masks or peels, or why you might put on a shower cap after slipping a hair mask through your strands so that the conditioning agents can penetrate the inner layer of the hair shaft.
Once all the dishes are washed and dried, remove your gloves and rub off the excess oil. Trust us, your hands will be soft to the touch.