A cloth face mask, also called a face pack, is a moistened facial mask designed mainly of light-coloured common textiles, typically cotton, worn around the nose and mouth. When facial distancing is not possible, and when other appropriate masks are unavailable, a cloth face mask can be an effective alternative. It can provide the benefits of a scrub in addition to cleaning the skin. It can be sterilised, if required, before use.
Face masks work in a similar way to exhalation valves used in air purification. In both cases, the purpose is to remove excess moisture from the face while containing it within the same porous structure. Face masks and exhalation valves can sometimes be used together.
The advantage of using a face mask with a nose clip is that the mask can be removed at will. As with exhalation valves, nose clips are available for face masks. A nose mask with a chin strap can be worn at all times, while a face pack or a face mask without a nose clip can be used temporarily by taking it off and putting it on again. Some masks, such as the media, contain an integrated humidistat. When facial distancing becomes impossible or very inconvenient, or when there are specific functions that require the use of a face mask, this type of humidistat can be useful.
In some advanced types of face masks, small droplets of water are contained within the fabric. The droplets are designed to capture air pollutants, for example, dust particles or smoke. These tiny droplets will form a lubricating film on the surface of the face mask, which allows the user to breathe normally even if there is considerable facial distancing. This type of face mask has been on the market since the 1970s, long before the availability of air purifiers. Many medical practitioners recommend this kind of face mask for individuals who suffer from respiratory problems and who also suffer from allergies.
If you have never tried a face mask, there is no time like the present. Manufacturers are quickly moving to make more advanced products, incorporating new technology that will please the most demanding consumer. For example, titles beginning with “H” through “Z” are now available to identify premium quality masks. Whether you are a doctor, dentist, laborer, factory worker, or home caretaker, there is a title beginning with “H” that will meet your needs.
Many people find it difficult to identify quality products with high quality brands. A mask may have the same look-and-feel as another brand, but the active ingredients may be quite different. Researching online is an excellent way to compare brands and formulations. Whether you are wearing a face mask to help prevent dandruff or to protect your skin from the sun’s damaging rays, it can help you feel and look better.