It might be a reflex, but today you'll learn why you should break the habit.
Take it from Dr. Geyer — touching your face constantly is very bad for your skin. "Picking pimples can lead to marks and scars that last much longer than the pimple ever would have, rubbing itchy eyelids only makes them more inflamed and more sensitive, and habitually touching your face can transfer bacteria from your hands to your face and contribute to breakouts and even to skin infections," he says.
That's why today's exercise is to stop touching your face. It might seem tough, but you can do it!
WHAT TO DO TODAY
Pay attention to the times you're likely to touch your face throughout the day. Is it while you're sitting at your desk? Is it when you're popping a pimple?
Get into the groove of noticing your hand going up to touch your face, then immediately pull away.
WHAT TO DO FROM NOW ON
If you're a compulsive face-toucher, try using Tangle Therapy, the practice of giving your hands a small, unobtrusive object (such as this) to play with throughout the day to discourage you from touching your face.
AND A BONUS SKIN CARE TIP
Detox your insides to improve your outsides
Minimize alcohol and excessive coffee consumption, as both have the potential to dehydrate the skin.
If you can, set yourself up for long-term success by using water filters and air purification systems at home, especially if you live in a highly congested area.
By minimizing the pollutants you ingest, smoke, breathe, and drink, you're investing in better skin overall.