A cloth face mask, sometimes called a face pack, is a small cloth mask worn above the nose and mouth, designed to provide temporary relief from congestion. Facial masks have been used by many cultures for thousands of years to combat colds, boost immune systems, and reduce skin irritation and dryness. Facial masks have even been known to temporarily paralyze or deaden the facial muscles for cosmetic purposes. If face packs are used consistently and correctly they can have beneficial effects on one’s complexion, but their effects are only temporary. Once their protective cover has been removed, face pack users experience a rebound increase in congestion and facial irritation, and symptoms of acne.
Face pack products are currently being regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Masks that do not meet the agency’s safety requirements are not intended to be sold or offered for use. According to the FDA, “there is adequate evidence that [these products] reduce the risk of potential facial complications by approximately 25 percent.” However, the agency stressed that these regulations are meant to be a tool for consumers to protect themselves against unsafe product.
A cloth face mask should contain at least one type of oil-based or water-based cleansing ingredient to ensure proper cleansing. In addition, you should consider purchasing coffee filters if you cannot find an oil-based or water-based cleanser. A coffee filter will ensure that your face mask does not become contaminated with microorganisms or harmful chemicals.
To prepare a face mask, mix one tablespoon of essential olive oil or coconut oil in one cup of warm water. You can also add one tablespoon of distilled or spring water, or mix water and vinegar. Add a few drops of either lemon juice or club soda to create a thin foamy head of foam to which you can add honey or other sweeteners to improve taste and odor.
Now, let’s say you have a sick person who needs to stay clean for their care – for example, if you’re caring for a child who has asthma, a child who has eczema, or another illness that requires continuous cleaning. The most important aspect of face mask wearing is making sure that they don’t get splattered with the dirty water from the sink or toilet. You can cover the open mouth of a sick person with a piece of clear plastic tubing or an old towel to avoid this problem. If you have several sick people at home, then you can have everyone wear a face mask so that everyone can practice good hygiene at the same time.
For those who wear disposable masks, it is important that the fabric is washable. This is especially important for thick fabrics like a face mask that might be washed repeatedly. If you want to prolong the life of your disposable masks, you may want to consider purchasing a fabric mask liner to place between the layers. Liners for disposable masks come in several different fabrics, so be sure to choose something that will hold up to wear and tear.