Face masks are one of the oldest forms of facial care. Facial masks were used by Egyptian pharaohs thousands of years ago as a means of keeping their faces and heads cool during the hot desert climates. In ancient times, Greek and Roman civilizations developed similar facial care rituals in which they would apply or place mud packs on their faces to keep their skin moist and cool. While facial skin care has come a long way since then, face masks are still an extremely popular method of keeping the face cool.
A cloth face mask, also called a face pack, is a thin waterproof mask usually made of natural textiles, such as cotton, worn over either the nose and mouth or over the cheeks to keep the skin from drying out. Face packs were most often used by people who suffered from cold sores or other virus-type outbreaks. Because viruses can be contagious, it is important that any person with a cold or sore keep the virus off his or her face. While face packs from centuries ago can sometimes be used today, the best way to avoid getting the older versions of these traditional cloth masks is to make your own. The following is an explanation of how to make one.
For this version of a face mask, you will need a large oval or square area, at least two layers of standard cotton fabric, three or four small squares of washed muslin or gauze, a rubber band or hot glue, a small wooden or metal pin for stretching the fabric around the head, needle or pins for stitching the fabric to the head, scissors or a knife, sand paper or a soft cloth, some clean water and a few drops of essential oil (such as sandalwood or rosewater). The cloth or gauze you use should be lightweight and easy to wash. To prepare the fabric, soak it in a bowl of warm water for about twenty minutes to soften the fibers. For viruses, mix together one tablespoon of lemon juice and a quarter teaspoon of salt. For cold sores or splits on the skin, combine one tablespoon of olive oil and a quarter teaspoon of salt.
To prepare the face masks help prevent transmission of the above causes, cover the nose and mouth with clean water and heat sterilized sponges. Secure the edges of the mask to the face so that they cannot easily come off. This will also prevent the face mask from melting when you are wearing it.
The next step of preparation is to take several disposable plastic straws and place them at different points on the body so that the infected fluids will not flow into the other areas. If you plan to wear a full face mask in a crowded public place or in a place where cold sores or open wounds could occur, then be sure to wear plastic gloves and goggles. It is especially important to wear these protective materials and care for the infected areas if you plan to share needles or other devices with other people. While it is important to be cautious when it comes to your health, simply being mindful of your health is an excellent way to prevent yourself from becoming infected with the bacteria or viruses that can spread through the use of these contaminated objects.
Clean the area with soap and rinse thoroughly. Spread a thick layer of petroleum jelly all over the surface of the face masks and leave it like that. After that, place another layer of petroleum jelly over the first layer and press it firmly. Then, apply another layer of petroleum jelly and press it on top of the face mask. Finally, trim off the excess layers of fabric and put them in their storage bags and keep them in a clean cloth bag.