"Try and observe the common triggers that cause you to touch your face," Dr. Kaddah explains. Who adds that touching your face is very much an urge, and knowing what your triggers are, helps you make more of a conscious decision to stop doing it. One way of identifying your triggers, Dr. Kaddah reveals, is by applying scented products such as soap, hand creams, or lotions with a distinctive smell to your hands. Once you touch your face, the scent of the product will act as a quick hit of realization.
The Power of the Face Mask
Wearing a face mask is not only essential for reducing the risk of contracting the COVID-19 virus, it also has many advantages. One of which, Dr. Kaddah explains is that it will help you to stop touching your face so frequently. "Once you get used to wearing a face mask, your habit will lessen," she states.
Keep Those Hands Busy
If your hands are distracted, it will make it easier to avoid touching your face. Dr. Kaddah suggests taking up hobbies like gardening, knitting, and music – as they will keep your hands plenty busy.
Until the Habit Breaks
While neither you, nor I, will be able to kick the habit overnight, Dr. Kaddah states that we must follow all of the COVID-19 safety guidelines. These include maintaining a strict social distancing of two meters as well as washing our hands thoroughly and regularly.