Tips for Using a Face Mask During the Day
A cloth face mask is simply a plastic mask usually made of synthetic textiles, typically cotton, worn around the nose and mouth. While face-masks may seem like they’re always used only for special events, that isn’t true. Face masks can be used for a variety of reasons, including everyday care, like cleansing the hair, or as a preventative measure for colds or other sicknesses. These masks can come in a variety of different fabrics, from cotton to latex, and can be washed. Cloth face masks are the cheapest and easiest type of face mask to use.
Some face masks, especially those worn to prevent steaminess, include two layers of fabric. One layer can be over just the nose and mouth, while another layer can be placed over either the nose or the mouth. This is helpful for people who don’t breathe through their mouths on a regular basis, as it prevents dust mites, bacteria, and airborne pollutants from entering the lungs. While physical distancing isn’t possible, if respiratory distancing is impossible or more economical cloth masks aren’t available, then these two layers can provide extra protection. However, two layers are generally the bare minimum required, as three layers can make the mask much too bulky and heavy. This can be overcome by purchasing a lightweight model.
The next thing to consider is what the cloth used in the face mask looks like. Ideally, the face mask should look like it has been woven into a tight material, but the most popular materials are cotton and latex. Cotton face masks can be washed, while latex can be placed in the dishwasher, but it’s wise to read the label on the product carefully, as each type requires different washing methods and products. If the face mask needs to be dry cleaned only, choose a cDC fabric that has natural moisture retention properties.
A major consideration is how lightweight the fabric used is. Thick cotton cloth masks can be weighed down by bulky objects. Therefore, try to find lightweight fabric options. If possible, use a breathable fabric, which helps to keep the head from sweating excessively. Breathable fabric masks can also help reduce facial blushing.
Most face masks come with elastic or snap closures, but it’s important to read the instructions carefully before washing and using them again. Most elastic closures will stretch after washing, but some closures may be permanently closed, especially if the mask contains Velcro. As for snap closures, these should be replaced once they get too dirty, because they allow your mask to move about when you’re wearing it. Before washing, remove any facial hair and wash any foreign particles out of your nose and chin loops. Rinse all nasal debris out and then snap and Velcro closures to ensure that the mask is properly preserved.
Face coverings are also available in a variety of materials and colors. They can be worn as regular sleep wear or during other times of the day for extra effect. White is a popular color for nighttime wear, since it’s easy to clean and doesn’t stain easily. A light, pastel colored face mask can help prevent splashing outside the mouth, which can be bothersome if it happens frequently. Bright red or orange face masks can help prevent redness around the eyes or lips.