Ellen Sirot, famous hand model
What's the best way to have beautiful hands? “Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize—especially after washing your hands! Also rethink how you wash your hands. Look for cleansers that are sulfate-free rather than traditional soap. Pat hands dry rather than rubbing them vigorously with a towel, and apply moisturizer while hands are still damp. When moisturizing hands, stick to nongreasy, fast-absorbing, petroleum-free products; you'll know it's the right kind of product when it doesn't leave marks and smudges on your doorknobs, your keyboard, mirrors, leather—your satin gown!”
Your secret weapon: “It's more a combination of products and an ever-so-slight change of habits. Brides-to-be should think about their hands in a different way, as jewels, not tools, especially with all those ring admirers floating around!
A great home remedy to promote cell turnover/cell renewal is to create a natural sugar scrub from a combination of unbleached sugar and olive oil or flaxseed oil. Combine one teaspoon sugar and one-eighth teaspoon oil. The sugar crystals serve as your mechanical exfoliator. When combined with olive oil or flaxseed oil, it's an amazing softening and exfoliating treatment for hands. Plus, omega-3 fatty acids have been found to have topical benefits to skin by increasing moisture levels and improving texture and tone. You can apply this treatment once a week—gently rub for about a minute.”
How can a bride-to-be get picture-perfect hands? “To achieve picture-perfect hands on the day of the big event, no salt or caffeine-abstaining calms bulging veins; no aerobic exercise; and drain the blood from your hands by holding them above your heart for five minutes before they're being photographed, so they look as flawless as possible.”
For more from Ellen Sirot (not pictured), visit ellensirot.com