Facial masking is the process of removing facial hair through the use of a cloth or pad. A cloth facial mask is usually a paper-based mask, often made of cotton, applied over the nose and mouth. Though most facial masques are fairly effective, sometimes physical distancing is impossible and only cloth facial masks remain. Here are five reasons why they continue to be a popular, successful alternative to razor blades:
Wearing facial masks is an incredibly simple and convenient way to make sure you look your best. The best part about wearing one is that you can do it at any time. If you’re at work, at school, on vacation…wearing a face mask means you can look great anywhere and anytime. The fact that they’re comfortable makes them ideal for use by young and old alike, which is another reason they remain so popular.
Some people worry that wearing a face mask in the cold winter months can be a health hazard. Fortunately, that’s unfounded. In fact, a recent study by the University of Michigan shows that wearing a wet face mask (i.e., one containing an anti-microbial solution) has no effect on a person’s temperature or general well-being. In fact, researchers found no difference between wearing the masks and not, which means they’re perfectly safe to wear during the upcoming flu season.
The ability to physically distance individuals from the elements, whether by air, noise, or simply staying a step ahead of a feverish crowd, is an important consideration for public health officials. By wearing a wet face mask, people can reduce their exposure to irritants such as dust, mold, pollen, chemicals, heat, and cold. Wearing a face mask in even the most polluted areas of a city, can help people avoid infection, which can lead to a more rapid healing process and a higher quality of life.
In fact, the study finds that people around the world are very similar in several ways. Each country has a unique mix of factors that can increase or decrease the risks of infection. For example, people living in Asia are susceptible to colds and infections that are shared with people around the world, but those same people are also more likely to develop nose and throat irritations. The researchers believe this is due to a genetic vulnerability that came from previous generations living in hot, humid climates that were rife for infection. However, while the numbers aren’t worrying, knowing that some people around the world are susceptible to these airborne viruses can help individuals protect themselves when wearing a face mask.
Of course, a face mask doesn’t cure all viruses and bacteria. It does, however, reduce their impact on your overall health. For example, if you don’t get sick, it takes only a few days for the symptoms to disappear. By not getting sick, you also won’t have to pay for expensive treatment options, such as hospitalization and antiviral medication.