A face mask is an artificial mask designed from common fabric, typically cotton, used over the nose and mouth. Face masks were originally worn to provide temporary relief from facial pain, but their wide variety of beneficial uses now allows them to be used for many other purposes. Some masks are designed to improve breathing by constricting the airways and forcing out congestion. Others are used to tighten muscles or to alleviate tightness in the muscles. Still others are used to tighten skin and to tone the face, making the skin look younger and softer.
To use a face mask, simply slip it over your nose and cheeks and then tie it in place with elastic bands. Face masks made from 100% cotton are the easiest to clean and to care for, but they are also the lightest and least obtrusive, so they can be worn during any season and without sacrificing fashion. When cloth face masks aren’t available, and if you can’t wear cotton due to allergies or other reasons, there are other kinds that are equally attractive but which require different washing instructions. Cotton face masks may be washed by hand in warm water with a mild soap, or by using a machine setting on “high” and then wringing out the mask as usual.
There are certain questions that people often ask about face masks that need to be answered before purchasing. If you’re going to wear one for an extended period of time, make sure that it is completely dry before removing it. Ask yourself whether or not you’ll be able to remove it without causing skin irritation and bleeding. And, of course, ask your doctor any questions that you may have about using any products on your skin.
Cotton and breathable cloth face coverings are appropriate for people who breathe through their mouths at night or who have a very sensitive nose and palate. For sleep-wear, it’s important to choose one that is lightweight, yet will provide adequate coverage. Choosing a color that complements your skin tone, even if it’s different than your usual color, will help you feel more comfortable. Avoid garish colors or hues that clash with your facial features.
Nose and Throat Masks Night time divers and those who work at night shift their masks regularly, because they spend much of the time in the dark. Since nighttime divers don’t usually get out of the water for more than a few minutes at a time, it’s important that they wear a mask that provides excellent protection against the sun’s UV rays. Some varieties are made from special fabrics that repel the sun’s ultraviolet rays. Others are less durable and have a rough surface that can irritate the nose and throat if it comes into contact with perspiration or other forms of moisture. Choose a face mask that has a waterproof seal around the edge and that easily follows the contours of your face.
Cleaning Your Mask Wash your face twice each day, using a soft, dry cloth face covering. Remove all debris with a towel before washing. To remove any soap or dirt on your mask without causing a stench, dab it off gently with a damp towel before cleaning it. If your mask becomes too dirty, clean it by submerging the head in warm water for a few minutes to loosen any dirt or oil.