Face masks are used for multiple purposes. They help to remove dirt and excess oil from the face and reduce or eliminate the look of wrinkles and lines. Face masks can also aid in reducing the sting of acne and other skin blemishes. The types of masks available range from those made of natural organic materials such as aloe vera and clay to chemical compounds such as SLS, SLES, or ERPS.
Face masks originated from ancient societies that believed the face should look clean, healthy, and well-groomed. A cloth face mask was a common mask used for face washing in those cultures. A cloth face mask was made using a mixture of fine fabric, such as cotton, and natural textiles, typically linen, that were tied to the face to remove dirt and excess oil. In some countries, a person could be punished for not attending to their face mask needs. Therefore, when physically absent, a person would be expected to attend to their face mask needs whether or not they were present.
Traditional methods of face masking vary. Some individuals wear them during social distancing, such as leaving home for work or going to a party. However, many people wear them during their regular day. This type of social distancing usually takes place when the wearer is away from home, at work, or at a party. The person who wears the face mask will usually be away from the house for extended periods of time, and/or doing tasks that require focus and concentration, such as driving the car. The person who is away will therefore wear a face mask to shield their identity, which decreases the risk of getting sick.
Face masking is often an integral part of an advertising policy. A company will often times place an ad on television for their products, but often, the individual who is selling the product does not have to be present. As such, companies have the ability to increase sales by reaching a greater number of potential customers without needing to provide the face of their product (which can result in a higher sales conversion). When a person buys the product, they will be required to wear a face mask (usually covered with an advertising material) in order to legally obtain the product.
Face cloth masks are typically used by doctors, emergency personnel, firefighters, paramedics, and corrections officers. Using disposable masks has the potential to reduce trauma to the face. When cloth masks are used, medical staff are less likely to become injured or lose their mind due to trauma, as opposed to when a plastic mask is used. When using disposable masks, medical staff can focus their attention on more vital patients, which increases patient safety.
Face cloth masks are commonly worn by those who are physically impaired. These individuals may be unable to speak or to perform normal functions. Using a face mask without a face covering allows them to communicate, follow instructions, and operate equipment without having to remove their mask. This makes them able to perform their job better and saves them from potentially being otherwise unable to perform their job. It is important for people who work in a field where their job requires them to operate potentially hazardous machinery or have to make judgments about potentially dangerous individuals, to always wear a protective mask on the job.