I never intended on becoming a hand model. One day I was shooting clothing and the client noticed my hands. Soon after, I started getting booked to model everything from handbags and jewelry to cell phones and shower products. During this period of my career, I learned how to protect and maintain my hands and nails.
Here are my 5 tips to keep your hands looking youthful:
1. Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize. I love hand creams and rarely leave the house without one in tow. I gravitate towards products with natural ingredients such as shea butter. There are so many different brands that I alternate between, two of my favorites are Jo Malone Vitamin E Hand Treatment and Caudalie Hand and Nail Cream. Both products are extremely nourishing and protective. At shoots, I always apply Kiehls Ultimate Strength Hand Salve which is also very nourishing but a little thick for my liking. However it really fills in fine lines and makes your hands look ageless in pictures.
2. Wear sunscreen. I won’t even walk my dogs without sunscreen on my face, décolleté and hands. I think it’s so important for preventing sun damage, the number one cause of wrinkles. I use a variety of brands to keep my hands covered, namely Deborah Lippmann Rich Girl SPF 25 Hand Cream and Sonya Dakar Body Shield SPF 30. Both are broad spectrum and lightweight.
3. Don’t stick your hands in those UV lights. I had gel nails (Shellac) done for the first time two years ago, right before my wedding. I loved how they stayed picture perfect through our wedding weekend. After about nine months of getting gels done every two weeks, I started to notice a change in my hands, and so did my husband. From my nail beds up to my knuckles, my skin looked slightly darker and more wrinkled than the skin on the roof of my hands. The UV lights had aged my fingers! I stopped getting gels done (especially now during pregnancy) and will only resume them if going on an extended trip that calls for a special occasion.
I get a basic manicure once a week and like to use Vinylux brand polish which lasts a little bit longer than OPI and Essie. My favorite nude color (pictured above) is a combination of two coats of “Romantique” and one coat of “Negligee”. I bring my own non-toxic (pregnancy safe) base coat called Butter London Nail Foundation Flawless Base Coat. It’s matte and covers enough to be worn on its own without polish when I want to give my nails a break. I like Butter’s polishes too and have been wearing a taupe nude lately called “Yummy Mummy“. Another perk to bringing my own polish is that I can touch up at home and avoid exposing myself to fumes in the salon. The best nail polish remover is Deborah Lippman The Stripper Lavendar Nail Laquer Remover. I love that her polishes are pregnancy safe and last just as long as the Vinylux.
4. Drive “8 and 4”. My husband gets annoyed when I don’t drive with my hands placed at “10 and 2” o’clock on the steering wheel. I don’t like to place my hands on the top of the wheel where sun penetrates through the windshield. I will of course do it when driving at higher speeds (safety first), but I generally like to drive with my hands a little bit lower on the wheel to avoid the sun’s direct rays.
5. Wear gloves to bed. I wear gloves in the cold weather, they’re a lifesaver for your hands, but also wear them on occasion to bed. Odd I know. When my skin is really dry from the weather or from doing dishes, I will slather my hands with hand cream and sleep with cotton gloves on (you can buy them at Whole foods). My husband says I look like Michael Jackson but admits that it makes my hands feel like silk in the morning.
Hope these tips help you keep your hands in tip top shape!
Happy Valentines Day,