A healthy and well-maintained face can easily camouflage the effects of aging. Healthy and well-maintained face means healthy and well-fitted makeup. Consistency and correct application of face masks are an effective public health measure critical to reducing respiratory transfer of SARS-CoV-2, especially in the light of recent studies which show that about one quarter of all new infections are acquired by people who have no apparent exposure (door-to-door or live-in contacts). The risks of infection increase with time and severity of cold, therefore using a reliable face mask as part of your daily health hygiene plan can significantly reduce the risks.
There are various brands and formulations of facial cleansers and anti-bacterial masks available on the market today. While some brands emphasize the use of particular ingredients and natural components, others tend to use inexpensive synthetic ingredients. As a general rule, the higher the price tag, the better quality the product usually is. Thus, while it is important for pandemic preparedness experts to emphasize the use of high quality, affordable face masks, general consumers should not discount the importance of making effective use of inexpensive face masks.
An essential consideration in choosing an appropriate face mask is the level of moisture it can retain. Most cloth masks available on the market today are composed of a water absorbent and emollients. However, there are still a few cloth masks with natural oils which can also be a good solution to help reduce the occurrence of facial dryness. Emollients are typically preferred over water absorbers because they are more elastic; therefore, they can better conform to the contours of the skin.
Another important consideration is the level of air flow provided by the face mask when it is worn. Clean and properly fitted masks can prevent condensation from developing between the wearer’s nose and mouth and behind or under the eyes. If the masks do not fit well, they can also block the wearer’s cheeks and chin from feeling moist. In this case, a staff member may need to gently turn the face mask upward or outward until it fits properly. Proper fitting face masks should be worn at all times to avoid discomfort and to ensure that no air leaks through the cloth.
The design of the mask itself will also make a difference to the effectiveness of the infection prevention against dust, smoke, and other airborne allergens. The design of the mask should have holes or openings that will allow air to pass and exit the face mask snugly. This will allow a reduction in the amount of air movement which leads to air borne allergens and contamination. Properly designed face masks help to prevent these conditions from occurring.
Another consideration when choosing an effective infection prevention against irritants is the material of the mask is made from. There are two main materials that people commonly choose for surgical masks, cotton or polyester. Both are effective against airborne irritants and may be worn for extended periods of time without sacrificing comfort. When choosing between these materials for a surgical mask, it is important to note that polyester tends to be more comfortable to wear than cotton due to its ability to absorb liquid droplets.