As I observe women in different settings, there is one common failing that sets my teeth on edge. And that is watching women put their hands on their faces. This touching makes me want to shout, “STOP!”. This is because it can attribute to cause sagging skin.
Is this incessant touching a nervous habit that has gone unrecognized?
How Touching the Face Causes Skin Sagging
I watch in horror as chins are cupped and skin is pulled. This action impacts the lower face where the skin is thin and muscles can be weak. Tightening and toning this very vulnerable area will be delayed if you continue to sabotage your results. These include continued touching, cupping, poking, and dabbing at your skin.
I’m certain you’ve read plenty of articles describing how vulnerable our immune system is. That’s especially true if you’re one of those who constantly touch your nose, eyes and mouth.
Viruses and pathogens can transfer from surfaces to you and that can cause infection and illness. Think about it. We’re constantly touching…touching doorknobs, elevator buttons, grocery store carts, and money. The list is endless. Unless we wear gloves, we’re going to be exposed to lots of nasties over our lifetime. This is especially true if we put our bare hands onto our faces throughout the day.
According to a 2015 study in the American Journal of Infection Control, people touch their faces more than 20 times an hour on average. If you could see the bacteria that is lurking under your nails, you would never subject your face to this assault.
What Can I Do?
So, do yourself a favor and become super-aware of your hands and fingers on your face. Yes, frequent hand washing is ideal but it won’t stop the growth of bacteria. Keep your fingers out of your mouth and stop biting your nails especially if you want to look beautiful and stay that way without unsightly breakouts and sagging skin around your mouth and lower face.