What Are the Components of a Hyaluronic Acid Face Mask?
A cloth face mask, sometimes called a facial master mask, is a simple mask generally made of cotton, normally spandex, worn above the nose and mouth. Using one of these can improve blood circulation to the face and neck by eliminating dry air, helping to keep skin moist and reducing swelling. Sometimes a cloth mask also includes a nose protector, often made of mesh. Most cloth masks use cotton because it’s easy to work with and because it lets air circulate under the mask as well as through it.
Mesh or rubber surgical masks, sometimes called full-face masks, are used primarily for applications in which there are tight fitting cuffs or helmets. Mesh surgical masks can be worn for extended periods as long as there isn’t a significant amount of correction needed to the wearer’s face shape and structure. While more restrictive than other cloth types, it still allows some airflow through the top of the head. Mesh surgical masks are often covered with sterile plastic during the manufacturing process but may be machine washable if desired.
To manufacture a mouthpiece, a surgeon makes a small hole in the center of the snout using a stainless steel needle. After creating a small hole, he inserts the mouthpiece through the hole and pushes it forward into the nose and into the jaw. A piece of sterile plastic is then used to cover the mouthpiece while it is being worn. Once the mouthpiece is removed, a new one can be made and a new face mask created, if necessary.
When a cloth mask is used, it can either be a disposable one that is worn for an extended period. In order to manufacture a good-fitting face mask, it usually has four to five compartments, each divided by strips of material called “covid-normals”. A thin layer of the same material (that has been vacuum bagged) is then placed over each of the four to five compartments. Covid Normals is important because they help to keep bacteria out of the nose and mouth.
Some surgical masks have three layers of material, with each layer having different properties and functions. The first layer of material helps to trap air between the mask and the face. The second layer is there to moisten the surface of the face to prevent drying and cracking. And the last layer contains hyaluronic acid, which emulsifies the moisture on the surface of the mask to provide a smooth surface for the wearer.
There are a variety of ways that a skin care professional can apply a hyaluronic acid face mask. One of the most common ways is to place the mask directly onto the skin and work it in by pressing it in with the fingers. Other professionals make a “smooth face mask” by using plastic needles to apply the mask to the face. Either way, once the mask has been applied properly, it must be allowed to dry before the next step. A quality hyaluronic acid skin care product will allow a new mask to be applied if needed.