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Humans are creatures of habit, and one of the trickiest to kick is the constant touching of hands to the face. Even in the womb, babies have a natural inclination to brings their fingers in for a closer encounter. It feels familiar, but it can also be harmful to your health by transferring germs and bacteria from various surfaces to your face. A key to staying healthy is being mindful of your behavior, and stop touching your face.

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1. Switch the habit

When you're tempted to touch your face, re-focus on alternative but similar behaviors that don't involve your face. For example, if you catch yourself raising your hand toward your face, touch your arm or shoulder instead. This small switch will direct you away from your face without forcing you to completely change your behavior, making it much easier to stick to.

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