My job is 50 per cent writing, 25 per cent cooking, 10 per cent eating and 15 per cent washing stupid dishes. I hate washing dishes because it's very boring and also because it has a tendency to make my hands look and feel very sad. To combat Sad Dish Hands, I have developed the Sad Dish Hands Manicure, and all you need to avail yourself of its wonder is some cheap dish gloves and some lotion.
Photo by Theresa Thompson
For the lotion, get something fairly simple and lightweight. You don't want anything super heavy, or your hands will feel a bit too slick in the gloves. If looking at your nail beds makes you cringe, rub on some cuticle oil, or a bit of coconut oil.
Put the gloves on — I like one with a light lining — and do the terrible mountain of dishes in the sink. If you are worried this will "feel icky", calm down; your hands will feel moisturised and supple, not sweaty and slippery. The heat from dish water will help your salves soak in and your hands will be the better for it.
(Dudes should really embrace this tip; nothing better than a dude with nice hands who also does the dishes.)