The Benefits of Using Face Masks
A face mask is any mask used to apply temporary moisture to the skin, preventing the apparition of sweat. Face masks come in many different styles and materials. Traditional face masks were composed of animal fat or clay. Face masks are also known as smothering masks, since they prevent excessive facial sweating by trapping moisture between the skin and the face mask. Face masks have an important role in effective skin care.
Face masks come in two forms: cloth and latex. A fabric face mask is basically a thin fabric mask worn over either the nose and mouth or over the cheeks and forehead. Although better than nothing, these types of masks are still far from ideal. While traditional clay or animal fat face masks may not be completely effective today, synthetic materials such as vinyl (polyvinyl chloride) allow for the facemasks to be comfortably and effectively worn every day. However, when physical distancing isn’t possible, and when even less effective traditional masks aren’t available, cloth face masks prove their worth. Cloth masks have the following benefits:
Provides superior air circulation. The small opening on the face mask allows for easy airflow through the cloth material. The air that escapes through the tiny opening is then routed to the rest of the body through the fabric. This means that even a heavy load of perspiration can be easily exhaled without feeling cold or overheated.
Improves facial appearance. A good mask will draw attention to the wearer’s face. If a person suffers from severe acne, the use of a good face mask will significantly improve their appearance. Cvc lined face masks with domed corners draw negative attention away from the nose, minimizing the appearance of acne scars. A soft domed mask with a tight inner lining and wide openings draws positive attention to the eyes. In addition, a good mask can keep debris and sweat from entering the nose and throat, improving both the appearance and health of the nose and throat.
May contain anti-bacterial ingredients. Some masks may contain a variety of natural anti-bacterial ingredients, including tea tree oil and manuka honey. Such anti-bacterial masks should be used regularly and should not be used to treat minor skin problems. These masks should only be used in the right situation and under supervision of a licensed practitioner. Such masks may also contain skin firming ingredients, such as avocado extract and vitamin E.
Moisturizes the skin. Most face masks contain moisturizing ingredients, such as olive oil, which hydrates the skin and improves skin tone. Some contain ingredients that reduce the appearance of wrinkles by stimulating skin renewal. These products are designed to help skin remain supple and smooth.