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How to Wash Your Face Mask

Face masks have a long history dating back to ancient Egypt, where they were used as a healing technique. Ancient Egyptian medicine called for the use of face masks on patients suffering from fevers, wounds, burns or other facial irritations. Face masks were also worn by women to maintain their skin healthy and beautiful. In modern times, a face mask can be seen commonly in corporate and hospitality environments helping to keep employees, guests and clients comfortable, clean and happy.

The traditional mask is made up of a cloth face mask that covers the entire face with a sash allowing air to circulate. A cloth face mask is often a disposable mask designed specifically for hot or humid weather conditions. Wearing a cloth face mask during cold weather can make you feel uncomfortably hot and sweaty. In addition, when wearing a cloth face mask when hot and humid weather is expected, skin irritation and breathing difficulties may occur.

A mucus face mask, also known as nasal mask, is another popular face mask used by allergy sufferers. Typically made from synthetic materials, a nasal mask functions to reduce the amount of irritants, allergens and dust entering the nose. During the hot, dry summer months, a heavy layer of perspiration can build up at the edge of the nose and mouth adding to the discomfort. To relieve this discomfort, a thick layer of mucus can be worn across the nose preventing irritants and allergens from entering through the nose and mouth. While this type of face covering is most commonly used by asthmatics, it can also be helpful for individuals who suffer from allergies or who simply want a sweat-resistant face mask.

The concept behind the “Vibrant” face mask is quite simple. Instead of using fabric or plastic to cover the nose and mouth, the “Vibrant” face mask uses air currents to move the cloth or fabric over the nose and mouth reducing or removing facial sweat before it has time to enter into the breathing passageway. While fabric or plastic will feel much more comfortable than their air-filled counterparts, they are not as effective at containing and moving droplets of perspiration which can be quite messy and uncomfortable. This design makes for a very easy way to breathe without the mess of cotton or other absorbent material.

Another common use of face masks is to control excess moisture. Many people suffer from the problem of too much sweating especially during the summertime when the weather is quite hot. Masks are also effective for controlling the amount of humidity in the air by allowing only two layers of fabric to stay in place and moving air between the two layers to allow evaporation to take place. These types of masks work particularly well for individuals suffering from psoriasis or have dry, brittle hair that tends to wrinkle easily.

To clean the face mask without the hassle and fuss of a scrubbing or washing machine, many people opt to just remove the mask and wash it in cold water. However, this process can be quite abrasive and can strip away the natural oils of the mask has. In addition, many people do not enjoy scrubbing for a few minutes until the mash starts to loosen up the dirt and grime that can build up on the mask without cleaning it. Using the two-step process outlined above is the most effective way to remove your mask without spending extra time on the process.

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