The face mask was originally used by Chinese and Japanese martial artists as part of their arts training. In those times, the face mask was used as protection against blunt force trauma to the face, as well as for aesthetic purposes. However, the face mask has grown in popularity and usage outside of the martial arts in recent years. For example, the face mask was seen in a popular episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation as a device which Crusher uses to hide her face while inspecting an unidentified ship. In addition to the fictional use of the face mask in Star Trek, actors portraying members of the Klingon species in Star Trek also wear facial masks. These masks were featured in a number of scenes in the third season of Star Trek: The Original Series.
Facial skin care products now feature face masks as an ingredient. These cosmetic products usually come in the form of nose or ear plugs, as well as in forms such as lip balm or gloss. While the use of facial skin care products such as these are usually considered safe, there are still some safety precautions to take into consideration. Surgical masks for the nose and ears must be approved by the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) before use on the skin. However, since these medical devices are used as decorative devices, many cosmetic companies produce non-perfumed versions of the surgical masks.
Nose and ear plugs are one type of face masks which may be worn on the outside of the head. These are often worn by actors who perform dramatic scenes which require them to make use of their nose and ears. Nose and ear plugs can be found in a number of different styles, ranging from simple plug style to large, custom nose and ear plugs. One version, which can be worn in a professional setting is called a “cuffplug.” A “cuffplug” is a type of surgical mask which fits inside the nostrils and under the chin and prevents external noise from entering the nose and preventing the wearer’s eardrum from vibrating. The “cuffplug” usually has a handle that allows it to be removed from the face.
In addition to using cloth masks to prevent the transmission of sound during theatrical performances, they may also be used during other types of theatrical presentations. The transmission of light through the face can be distracting, especially when the lights are bright. Cloth masks can be used to make the face look more proportionate to the lighting, increasing the appearance of depth. This type of mask is also useful when a person wants to look like he has more hair than he actually does.
Another type of face mask which can prevent the transmission of harmful airborne particles is called an NPE or “noise reduction apparatus.” An NPE typically consists of an aerosol which is either inhaled or applied to the face. Some types of NPEs include nasal sprays, aerosols, which can be carried in the hand, and disposable plastic strips which can be worn on the head or wiped off. Most NPEs contain an antiseptic that kills or prevents the growth of bacteria. Some NPEs only work while a person is wearing them, meaning that the mask wearer must remove them to avoid exposure to airborne bacteria.
Another type of mask that prevents sound or air movement is called an ear loop. An ear loop basically has openings in the mask where either one or two ear loops can be attached. These can either be attached to the face or to the ears. Ear loops are very popular because they don’t block the nose, thus allowing people to breathe freely.