Face masks have many uses, ranging from simple health benefits to complete skin rejuvenation. A good face mask should provide many of the benefits of traditional face-skin treatments, without any of the added complications. Here are some common reasons to use face masks:
“Guards against chapping.” Many types of face masks are designed to help prevent the skin from drying out too much, by reducing surface moisture. The most common fabric used for this purpose is breathable spandex, which is also used in regular clothing. The breathable spandex can be washed regularly, and it has the added benefit of being able to stretch and fit into clothing without losing its elasticity. Breathable spandex masks are popular for wearing during sports, especially during hot, sweaty activities, but they can be worn every day as well, to maintain the same moisture-reduction effects.
“Helps prevent halitosis.” Poor hygiene can lead to unpleasant breath, and regular cleansing of the nasal passages helps prevent a build up of foul-smelling gases in the mouth. In some cases, the build-up of mucus in the nose can actually lead to respiratory problems, so face masks with effective exhalation valves are often recommended for healthy people. Certain nasal breathing strips are available on the market, but these only work if the wearer has no other problems affecting the nose.
“Helps keep skin free from dust, grime, pollution and allergens.” Some types of face masks are designed to reduce the appearance of wrinkles, while allowing the skin to breathe freely. Cleanliness, in itself, is not a significant cause of facial wrinkles; facial creams and cleansers can make the skin look smoother, but they do not remove dirt and other impurities from the face. The main thing that can contribute to wrinkled skin is a lack of hydration. This is why it is important to regularly (at least once or twice per day) wash your face with a good cleanser or anti-bacterial cream. Also, if you wear glasses, use them to minimize the time that your hands are exposed to dirt and dust, and avoid using your hands to clean them.
“Provides a pleasant odor without masking the odor.” Some manufacturers combine a specially formulated mask with an effective air purifier, in order to draw unpleasant odors away from the body. Other types of mask provide a more naturalistic aroma by simply allowing the wind to blow through the mask. A well-designed mask can completely neutralize unpleasant smells, while leaving the user’s own scent to be released through natural sweat. You can choose to wear a mask only when necessary, or wear a variety of masks depending on your circumstances, such as wearing a green mask during humid conditions, or wearing a black mask to protect your eyes from the sun.
“Provides protection from irritants and sunburns.” In addition to being made from natural materials like cotton and hemp, face masks come in a variety of sizes and are designed to fit different faces. If you spend a lot of time outside or are often exposed to harsh elements, it might be worthwhile to invest in a more durable cloth mask to protect your skin from the sun’s harmful rays, or from smoke and carbon dioxide. Face masks also help reduce the drying effect of make-up, since they keep the skin hydrated.