A face mask is typically a thin cloth mask worn directly over the nose and cheeks, either completely covering the nose and cheeks, or partially covering them. Although most face masks come in one-piece designs, there are also those with two pieces, allowing for more coverage. This type of mask has the advantage of providing complete facial coverage without the need for any additional makeup, if desired. Cloth face masks have traditionally been the most popular medium for application of facial make-up. The cloth used for face masking has historically provided the most ease of application, while also providing the most comfort, but modern face masks now offer the convenience of a fabric-over-cloth design that is equally comfortable and highly effective.
Face masks come in a variety of materials including, but not limited to, cloth, mesh, plastic, vinyl, spandex, polyester, fur, feathers, rubber, leather, plastic, or synthetic (synthetic) fibers. Cloth face masks have traditionally been the most popular medium for application of facial make-up, due to their easy feel and greater absorption ability. Cloth masks generally require only a light application method to ensure maximum absorption and are suitable for application to almost all skin types. Mesh masks have traditionally been used on individuals with a dry skin type, offering a medium amount of air flow to keep the wearer cool. These types of masks have also been used to reduce facial sweating and as an alternative to air con masks. Mesh faces can be used with or without an exhalation valve.
There are many differences between ages 2 and adult face masks. While adult wear can be more comfortable, the design may be more difficult to apply, and the face may feel more like a baggy shirt. A typical age 2 mask features a smooth inner liner that will stay on the face through the whole night, while the adult version will have more of a comfort head band. Adult wear is also more suited to children, who can be more adventurous when it comes to wearing masks. Adult masks are best worn with a shower cap and a looser fitting top.
The most common material for an age 2 or older face mask are cotton or other natural fibres. Natural fibres are the most lightweight, so they do not irritate the skin as much as synthetic fibres. Fibreglass is the most durable and is commonly used in an age 2 face mask, as it provides the most support. The non-woven coverings are often made from a hardy water resistant fabric, but they can still tear and stick to the face. These masks can be worn by anyone, but care should be taken when wearing them around small children.
There are many benefits to wearing a face mask. One benefit is that it can help to reduce the spread of bacteria and germs throughout a home. When a person sneezes or laughs too hard, the sweat or air flow gets trapped in the mask, causing the spread of bacteria from one person to another. This can lead to sick days for everyone in the home and can cause other health issues for those that are unwell. As well, this can cause a build up of bacteria on the face, which can also lead to colds and the flu.
There are other benefits to wearing a face mask. It can help to prevent the spread of allergies and asthma. When air flows through a closed mask, it can prevent particles from circulating around, thus ensuring that everyone has fresh air to breathe. This also protects people from irritants, like pollen. A face mask can also provide a degree of protection from other hazards in the home, such as from falling objects, which will help to avoid accidents from occurring.