Selena Gomez told Genius
about the way Justin Tranter and Julia Michaels encouraged her to experiment with this tune: "The songwriters Julia and Justin pushed me to try new things lyrically, stylistically, vocally - the biggest change is my voice. It's this sort of coy, whisper falsetto over a stripped-down beat that you're not sure what to do with at first.
This album was the first time I fully let go of others' perception of me as an artist. After so many years of being told pop songs should be formulaic: verse, pre-chorus, bridge - I was so excited to break that formula. 'Hands To Myself' keeps you guessing throughout the whole song."