If you think face masks are just for Japanese actors or singers, think again! Face masks have been used by cultures across the globe for many years. They can be used for many health benefits as well as for beauty and protection. Here we will explain what a face mask actually is, where they come from, how to apply them, how effective they are and much more.
A face mask is usually a cloth face mask, most commonly made from 100% cotton, typically with either Velcro or hook and loop closures. When not practical and when other more advanced masks aren’t readily available, cloth face masks can still be worn and provide excellent results. This article will explain how to clean and apply a face mask, as well as some useful tips for using them in the right way.
Before applying a face mask, remove all makeup and hair from your face and hairline. Gently wash your face with a gentle soap and rinse well. Be careful to only wash your skin and not your hairline and eyelashes. Also be sure to take off any jewellery, eye shadow and sunglasses. You want to remove all traces of dirt and bacteria on your face so that particles can work their way down into the mask and safely deliver oxygen deep down into your lungs.
Once you have washed and cleaned your face properly, it’s time to remove any makeup and hair from the face coverings. Some people like to wear face coverings, especially for events such as ball games or church functions where they want to look as though they’ve just show up and take the stage for their performance. Other times, people may need to clean their face mask after sports or contact sports where they might get an infection from dirt or other particles on the skin. It’s always important to wash and clean the face coverings thoroughly to avoid spreading the infection to the rest of the body.
Some people will also decide to wear face masks in the general public. As mentioned previously, this is not something that is recommended during sporting events or when the infection is still fresh. There are some people who wear them as decoration and think nothing of it, but others should exercise caution. It is best to seek medical advice before deciding to wear a face mask while outdoors. Wearing a face mask indoors, especially if you are visiting someone in a public place, can put you at risk of contracting the pandemic virus if you are not properly disinfected.
Ear loops are another area of concern that people tend to forget. When using ear loops, it’s best to wash and clean them in hot water using a disinfectant that kills norovirus. Ear loops can be contaminated with other dirt particles and bacteria if not cleaned and disinfected. They are made from a thin material and thus have more surface area than the typical cotton wool fabric. This means that a smaller area of the fabric is exposed to every possible bacteria and germ on your skin, which means that the chances of transmitting the pandemic virus are much higher.