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If you don’t think you touch your face, or don’t realize how much, here’s a simple test:

  1. Cut up some hot peppers. Real hot peppers… Scotch Bonnet or hotter (ghost peppers, Carolina Reapers, etc.). Cut up so they’d be suitable for a tapenade.
  2. Make sure you don’t wear gloves.
  3. Wipe your hands afterwards with papers towels.
  4. Go about your business as usual.

5. Wait

You will know when you’ve touched too close to your eyes. It will happen. It’s a good reminder that we’re not invincible.

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