A face mask, often called a washcloth mask, is a soft cloth face mask usually made from natural textiles, most commonly cotton, worn across the nose and mouth. Soft cloths are good at blocking out all but the most persistent air odors, as well as keeping your nasal cavities clear. In the event that physical distancing isn’t possible, and if no more appropriate masks are available, soft cloth face masks work just as well. Unfortunately, many people have allergic reactions to synthetic fabrics, which can make even “naturally” soft cloth masks a poor choice.
Face masks in general should not be worn during the summer months when the humidity level in the air is high. The moisture from the ocean, humidity in the shower, and even perfume can cause your face mask to become saturated. This may result in a sticky feeling on the face. To avoid this problem, wait until cooler weather rolls around and you can take off your mask. If you must wear one though, make sure it’s cool when you remove it, or at the very least place it on a cool towel beside you while you dry your face with a towel.
Some people also wear face masks while swimming. It’s a good idea to stay away from them, though, if you’re a swimmer, because of the chlorine and other gases that are present in the water. These gases can also be irritating to your skin. If swimming is a hobby you enjoy and if you have other family members that wear face masks, talk with them about wearing theirs when in the water, especially if their swimsuits aren’t made of suitable materials for the pool.
If your business requires you to wear a face mask where staff members are exposed to the public, make sure you purchase quality masks that block irritants without blocking your nose. For example, disposable masks that are meant for general safety may contain chemicals designed to reduce coughing. While these types of masks may be inexpensive, they aren’t designed to be worn by the average consumer. They can also be worn by employees when they are working, but only if the safety features in the mask are sufficient and appropriate for the task at hand.
A pandemic has been spreading recently and has been blamed on bacteria, so many people have been looking into wearing masks while dealing with customers. However, using these during a pandemic can have a number of hazards associated with it. Masks containing anti-bacterial agents are probably not the best kind to use, because they can leave behind a film that will trap allergens and bacteria. If the area around the mask gets wet, there is also a real danger that it will stick to your face. If you’ve had a cold or the flu lately, then you should probably skip wearing them. Using your face mask for contact with customers may also pose a number of risks including an increased risk for allergic reactions.
There are also other dangers to consider when you are wearing face shields. If there is any type of chemical on the mask, the skin can become irritated. Some people are more sensitive than others and can develop hives, headaches, or nausea when exposed to chemicals. The eyes can become swollen or red. For these reasons, it’s very important to read the labels of face shields carefully.