A face mask is basically a facial mask, usually made from common fabrics, like cotton or linen, worn around the nose and mouth. Usually this is combined with some sort of facial moisturizer to provide extra hydration and to protect the skin from drying out too much. It has been known to be used by people to reduce wrinkles and fine lines, as well as for other cosmetic reasons. Some of these purposes may be quite noble (to offset negative facial traits like wrinkles), while others may be less noble (to provide moisturizing benefits when skin is more naturally prone to dryness).
Face masks can be worn in a variety of ways. They can be worn as an adhesive underneath make-up, as part of make-up, or as a standalone facial product. Sometimes they are used to aid in the removal of makeup, which is often referred to as bleaching. Some people who have allergies or sensitivity to certain ingredients in certain cosmetics may wear face masks to help alleviate symptoms. However, it is important to note that the use of exhalation valves in face masks, while designed to reduce surface moisture, can sometimes increase reactions to fragrances, sunscreen, alcohol or other chemicals in make-up, causing increased redness or itching.
When selecting a face mask, it is important to think about the purpose. For example, a facial moisturizer that is designed to reduce wrinkles may be more appropriate than a face mask that is primarily used to reduce surface moisture. A face mask may also be worn to help remove acne. The wearer should also consider the factors mentioned above, such as skin sensitivity or allergies, before purchasing any face mask. Some basic guidelines should always be followed, however.
Face masks should be selected based on the type of skin that they will be worn on. Wrinkles and dryness often make it necessary to choose a skin-softening face mask. For drier skin, a sensitive-type cloth mask may be suitable. Face-specific fabric masks, such as Mineral Makeup Removal (MRA), are designed for particular types of skin. In addition to choosing a suitable face mask, a person should avoid using make-up, moisturizers or other products that could further irritate or discolor the skin.
The technique used to apply a face mask depends upon the location of the target area. For instance, if the area is on the nose, the face mask should be applied at the outer edge of the nostrils. On the other hand, if the area is on the mouth, the face mask should be dabbed onto the mouth. Some people prefer to have the face mask on their nose, while others prefer to spread the droplets of the liquid evenly across their face. If unsure of how to spread the droplets, people with severe allergies should avoid using any type of facial cleansers or moisturizers, as these can further irritate their skin.
Another common technique for using a face mask involves the use of a dropper. Droppers can be purchased at most pharmacies and drugstores. The dropper is attached to the nose of the recipient and is used to draw the mask directly over the desired area. The method described in this article is commonly used by individuals who need to cleanse their skin or those who have extreme allergies. As always, it is important to consult a physician prior to attempting to remedy any medical condition.