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Hand Care Tips: How to Have Younger-Looking Hands and Fight Age Spots

Nine Tips For More Beautiful Hands

Ellen Sirot is one of the most in-demand models in the business, but you probably wouldn't recognize her face. That's because Sirot is a parts model, using her hands, legs, and feet to land clients including Clinique, Maybelline, Estee Lauder, and Elizabeth Arden. (And that's only a minuscule sampling of the thousands of jobs she's done!) Her new line of hand-care treatments, Hand Perfection, was developed after years of caring for her own money-making mitts. And though you already know this, the best measure of someone's age is her hand condition — so if you want to avoid age spots and discoloration tomorrow, take care of your hands today. Want her best advice for having healthy, beautiful digits? For nine tips,


Ellen Sirot's Top Tips for Keeping Your Hands Beautiful

  1. Minimize hand washing. Water dehydrates your hands. Wash when needed — but consider using household gloves for situations such as dish washing, household projects, etc. — so you don’t have to wash your hands so many times per day.
  2. Minimize use of dehydrating soaps/bacterial gels. I realize we live in a germy world, but these gels seriously dry out the skin, causing irritation and ultimately skin aging. Hand Perfection Moisturizing Cleanser is a gentle, sulfate-free, coconut-based cleanser — so it actually keeps your hands hydrated while cleansing.
  3. Moisturize your hands every single time you wash them. After washing your hands (minimally), gently pat them dry and apply moisturizer while your skin is still damp to lock in moisture. And do this periodically throughout the day. (Must to remember to do it. It's kind of like putting on lip gloss!)
  4. Keep your hands protected from the sun. Always use sunscreen when going outside and get extra protection by wearing my Hand Perfection Glovettes — which are great to use while driving, playing golf, tennis — and make a bit of a fashion statement to boot!
  5. Apply oil to cuticles each night and gently push them back, while soft and supple, in the shower. I do this with a washcloth each day — and it helps discourage the need to cut them, which is never a good idea, except for the occasional errant piece of skin.
  6. Apply a rich moisturizer at night. Capitalize on circadian rhythms to give your hands an overnight boost while they are not in use!
  7. Exfoliate once a week. Hand Perfection Night Solution will accomplish this, or you can use an organic sugar and olive oil scrub once a week.
  8. Take off polish after seven days. Give your nails a few days to revive and be bare.
  9. Strive to have hands/nails that look good naked! That provides the most options for wearing polish or not.


That's the word from the world's most in-demand parts model. Any tips or tricks that have worked for you?

Join The Conversation
babeyqpid babeyqpid 8 years
What a great post, I gotta remember to take better care of my hands! I always think about my face because that's the first thing people see! I'm definitely going to put on some more hand cream and even SFP and exfoliate! Check out my blog for new giveaways!
bellazmom bellazmom 8 years
As mom of two, I wash my hands more often than I could count, but if you abuse your hands like I do, scrubs really help. I've been using Carol's Daughter Lemon Ginger Mint Manicure In A Jar. It smells like Play-Doh, which I am pretty much used to, but, if you don't mind that, it works wonderfully well. I use it before bed and wake up with hands like my four-year-old's.
MounaLuna MounaLuna 8 years
Cool job.
Nellllll Nellllll 8 years
Great tips ;) tnx 4 sharing :heart:
AmandaG AmandaG 8 years
I use bag balm or heavy moisturizer and put on rubber gloves and clean the house. I use latex surgical gloves they are less bulky. Then when I am done cleaning I wash the gloves to re-use later and my hands look lovely. I also do this when I am gardening and put my gardening gloves over the latex.
tinyflame tinyflame 8 years
Great tips! I wash my hands frequently but I always moisturize - makes a difference!
psychobabble psychobabble 8 years
I guess I'm just going to have old looking hands, I'm a nurse and there is no way I'm going to cut down on hand washing and alcohol hand gel use, it's just unsafe in my profession. Just keep moisturizing I guess!
Talldiva45 Talldiva45 8 years
Yeah - I def. can't skip the handwashing. With all the germs around these days and ppl who DON'T wash their hands as they should I would rather have dry clean hands. I just moisturize them after. Yes - the Neutrogena Age Shield Hand Cream is great!
littlebmac littlebmac 8 years
I started using a wonderful hand lotion for the times I am in the sun. It's Age Shield Hand Cream from Neutrogena. I love it because it's light and non-greasy. Also, it has SPF 30 with Helioplex to prevent age spots and skin aging.
LMessing LMessing 8 years
Minimizing the hand-washing sounds great in theory but not at all practical IMO. If nothing else, drinking the recommended daily allowance of water would demand 10 trips to the potty, after which obviously you've got to wash your hands. Gotta wash before you eat, often need to wash after you eat, etc. I'm not sure how anybody could really get away with less than 13-15 washes per day.
blistered blistered 8 years
I'm an artist and so this kind of lifestyle is nearly impossible. I try not to wash my hands until I have to, but acrylics and the chemicals from paint thinners and other art supplies are really harsh on your skin. Vaseline and gloves at night make a huge difference though!
Dana18 Dana18 8 years
God know I need these tips. I have the driest hand in the world. I probably wash them to much, at lest 12-15 time a day.
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