It’s harder than it seems.
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With the number of cases of coronavirus on the rise in the US, it’s more important than ever that we attempt to prevent the spreading of germs — specifically by trying to STOP touching our faces.
So, we recently asked the BuzzFeed Community to tell us about how they try to stop touching their face. Here are their tips and tricks.
Keep a fidget toy available at all times to keep your hands busy when you feel the urge to pick at your face, touch your lips, or rub your eyes.
Take a few moments to reflect on how vile the germs on your hands are before putting them where they don’t belong — ahem, in your mouth.
Wear a turtleneck and use it as a makeshift divider between your fingers and your face. Have an itch on your nose? Use the clean inside of the sweater to scratch it.
Use a tissue for any necessary face-touching. It’s gotta be better than directly putting your germy fingertips into your eyes, right?
Pick up a set of squishy toys for an adorable and fun way to keep your hands away from your orifices.
Make a conscious effort to only touch the plastic or metal brim of your glasses when inevitably pushing them up on your face so you don’t touch your eyes all day long.
Put on something like under-eye concealer, lipstick, or eyeliner, and you’ll be less likely to touch your face throughout the day.
If you have very little self control (me), try sitting on your hands to stop yourself from touching your face.
Try a bottle of bitter-tasting Mavala Stop to make your nails taste terrible so you’ll be way less likely to touch your face or put your hands anywhere near your mouth.
Keep a rubber band on your wrist and snap it back against your skin every time you get an urge to touch your face. Or, I guess, give a friend permission to smack your hand each time you go to pick at a pimple.
Treat yourself to an over-the-top acrylic manicure, because if your nails look absolutely fabulous, you won’t want to ruin them by chewing them and it’ll be harder than ever to pick at your acne.
Simply create a visible reminder to STOP. TOUCHING. YOUR. FACE. Seriously — write it on a sticky note, create a temporary tattoo on your hand, do what must be done.
And purchase gloves to wear on public transportation or while shopping (there are disposable and machine-washable options available).
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