An Introduction to Face Masking
Face masks have been used for thousands of years to treat various facial ailments. The traditional method of using a cloth to apply a face mask was quite different from the one we use today. Back in the days, it was very important to get to know the person who would be using the face mask, to know whether he was going to be able to withstand the negative effects of the mask. It was even necessary to know the personality of the person, to make sure that the face mask was not too heavy or too light. Face masks were also worn to cool down the skin. Cloth masks are still popular, but have lost some of their earlier popularity.
A face mask typically is made of natural, porous textiles such as cotton or hemp, a face mask made from such material will be highly absorbent. The material should be porous, so that the sweat that evaporates from the skin will come out through the fabric, keeping the skin fresh. Most face masks have a sticky bottom, which helps to keep the perspiration on the surface, instead of settling at the bottom of the fabric, collecting at the bottom and forming a breeding ground for bacteria. Woven cloth face masks may not be as absorbent as these kinds, but they still are much better than no mask at all.
Traditional face masks were worn on the face only, but many people are wearing nose masks these days. Some people feel that a nose mask, like the face mask, should also be worn over a thin piece of cloth, to allow the nose to breathe freely. This may be an unnecessary fashion statement, but people who suffer from allergies can benefit greatly by breathing through the nose, rather than blowing their nose out. The tradition of wearing a nose ring may also go by the way, but it is generally not necessary, unless you suffer from a stammer. Noses are not covered with a thick piece of fabric anyway.
Many people think that wearing a surgical mask on the face will cause them to sweat, but the truth is, it has absolutely nothing to do with sweating. Sweating is caused by the release of endorphins. Endorphins are actually chemical compounds produced by the pituitary gland. The intake of large amounts of caffeine from tea, coffee, or soda can also trigger a release of endorphins. The same theory applies to those who suffer from colds and viral infections. In both of these situations, the consumption of coffee, tea, soda or other spicy foods can make a cold more severe, by triggering a release of histamine, which is associated with producing sweat.
Face masks are worn in the same manner as any other type of facial cloth mask. The most important thing to remember when choosing a face mask for yourself is to find one that fits you well. If you have long hair, consider getting a braided cloth mask. Likewise, if you tend to have acne, you may want to opt for a gel based face mask. The cloth masks come in a variety of sizes. You may want to get a small one for daily facial cleansing, a medium size if you desire to treat your skin weekly, and a large size if you are going to be treating your face for a lengthier period of time such as at home.
Although facial cloth masks can be used on any area of the body where you experience itching or dryness, there are specific types of face masks that should not be used, such as facial eczema. The eczema type of mask can make the condition worse, as it may cause the eyes to be red and irritated, or they can cause your skin to crack. Most eczema outbreaks are mild to moderate, so you can purchase masks that will not cause any more irritation than is necessary. You can also wear your regular sleepwear, so long as it does not cover the nose and mouth areas.