A face mask is basically a facial mask designed with a textured fabric, most often cotton, worn around the nose and mouth. While some masks can provide very effective anti-bacterial and anti-fungal effects, many simply provide a barrier against allergens, moisture, and sweat. Using a face mask for this purpose can be convenient, but it does mean that you have to wash your hands every few hours or so if you wish to use it regularly. In addition, face masks can be difficult to use, as they are designed to be used while your hands are still free, and cannot be removed easily from your face. Furthermore, when wearing a cloth face mask, if physical distancing is virtually impossible, and even when more powerful masks are impossible to obtain, then cloth face masks can be painfully uncomfortable.
One type of face mask, which has a fairly comfortable fit, consists of two layers of absorbent material. The first layer is thick, like a thick handkerchief, and fits across your nose and mouth. On the other side of the cloth, there are two small pieces of material that fit over your cheeks, over your lips, on your chin, and on your jaw. By cutting out one of the two layers of material, the amount of pressure that your skin experiences is reduced. The two layers of material are designed to soak up moisture, which in turn reduces the amount of bacteria that could potentially inhabit your pores if there were no exhalation valves.
While face masks like this work very well, especially in situations where the source of moisture needs to be kept under control, there are disadvantages. For one, the material is not breathable, meaning that any excess moisture that gets trapped between the cloth and your skin can cause the cloth to feel heavy. And, since the cloth in question is not thin, neither is the air that is forced through the cloth in order to provide a seal. This can cause some irritation to your skin. Also, because the face mask material is thin, it can easily get trapped against the hair follicles of the scalp, causing irritation.
Another type of face mask that can be used is made out of a special fabric known as the droplets fabric. Droplets fabric is often used for cosmetic purposes, such as in a face mask, but it has the potential to be quite effective when used as an anti-bacterial agent. Because the droplets fabric is so thin, it traps oxygen molecules that come into contact with it, providing an excellent method of controlling the amount of moisture that is trapped within your skin. In fact, some manufacturers even recommend using a face mask with the droplets fabric as a final step to eliminating any bacteria that might be on your skin. Although the idea may seem odd, this technique has been shown to be effective, which means that you may want to give it a try before passing it up entirely.
In situations where you do not feel comfortable wearing a face mask, there are other alternatives available. If you are concerned about not breathing through your nose while wearing your mask, you may want to consider wearing a chin strap. Chin straps will ensure that you breathe through your mouth, avoiding your nose from being blocked while you use the product. Breathable cotton gloves are another alternative if you are not comfortable wearing a face mask. Breathable cotton gloves will allow you to keep your hands and face warm without having to wash them every few minutes.
Finally, you should take your time while wearing your mask, testing out different positioning so that you can find the best positioning for your head. You’ll also want to test out the fit of your mask. Not all masks are going to fit snuggly; if they aren’t your size, you may end up pulling your mask off during the day. This may prevent you from achieving your full skin whitening results, so it is important that you try out several masks before you purchase one. Remember, when it comes to your appearance, it’s always worth a little extra work!