A face mask, or washroom facial mask, is a head cover used to cleanse the face and keep it smelling fresh and clean. A cloth face mask is typically a large mask usually made from heavy-duty textiles, such as cotton, that is worn over either the nose and mouth or over the cheeks. Physical distancing is sometimes impossible, and so when no other better masks are available, cloth face masks are used. They are very easy to use and can be washed in the washing machine. They come in a variety of styles and colors, depending on your taste.
For example, there are some face masks that are simple but effective, just a thin piece of cloth stretched over your mouth and nose, and across your cheeks, to create a barrier to block out the smell of your last meal. Or you can purchase a small square piece of cloth, with multiple layers if necessary. You breathe through it, then out through your mouth. If that doesn’t work for you, just try a piece of thin fabric, preferably microfiber, that will absorb the smell as soon as you exhale, while protecting your skin and clothes from irritating bacteria. These are available at most health and clothing stores.
Another type of face mask, called a nebulizer, is similar to a vacuum cleaner. It uses multiple layers of absorbent material to create a very dense foam for deep breathing. It is designed for people with respiratory issues or allergies, who sometimes have trouble breathing through their mouth due to wind or other particles. Because it uses multiple layers, nebulizers are good for people who have asthma, COPD, and those who need an alternate way to breathe in extreme weather conditions. They also work well in conjunction with oxygen therapy or other advanced therapeutic methods.
Face masks also use the principle of social distancing to their advantage. They help create an aura of serenity and quietness to the wearer. In business settings, these masks can be very effective in distracting employees from the chaos happening around them. During political demonstrations and other large gatherings, they can even be used to drown out the noise by creating a calmer environment. This helps participants focus on the important things going on in the arena, such as the speeches and performances of speakers. Many businesses make use of this technique frequently.
Face masks also work great for providing protection to burn patients. Since the material used in most masks has multiple layers of materials that can withstand impact, the burn patient can breathe with much ease, without fear of damaging his or her skin. Most common face masks for this purpose are called N95 respirators, which provide protection against particulates up to a one-hundred-micron size.
One final example of a mask that provides protection is the nose tie. Nose ties (or nasal strips, as they are more commonly known) consist of strips of elastic material, connected by eyelet-like connectors. These strips cover the nose, keeping it out of reach of objects that might poke or prod it. When worn properly, a nose tie will do wonders for keeping the wearer safe and sound, especially when he or she must breathe in a foreign and relatively unfamiliar environment.