Face masks have been used for centuries for facial irrigation and skin care. In ancient times, men and women bathed with liquid from mists and baths. Some even used earthen clay to wash their faces. A thick, white plaster face mask was a ritual of cleansing and rejuvenation during those times. Face masks evolved into a way for people to remove unwanted signs of aging from their faces. Face masks were made of many different materials, ranging from clay, to buckwheat, to terracotta and more.
A facial mask is usually a plastic mask worn on the face, usually over the nose and cheeks, to remove dirt and oil from the pores of the skin. Clay is commonly used for this purpose, as it is absorbent, hygienic, and resistant to mold and fungal growth. Buckwheat can also be used, but because of its coarse texture, it does not make for an ideal face mask if one’s nose is pierced. If using a covid-19 mask, one can also use an old towel to cover the nostrils and bridge of the nose, if desired. Sometimes a cloth mask may be worn, in which case the cloth could be replaced by a plastic sheet or a bandage (the latter being slightly looser than the former), though it is rarely necessary.
Facial skin care is an important part of everyday life, and many individuals do not get adequate sleep or rest, leading to a build-up of oils and other toxins within the body. These can become trapped in the folds of the skin, causing unpleasant odors and bad breath. For example, if one’s nose is blocked, one may experience a runny or stinky nose, as trapped mucus and fluids release through the nose, rather than the throat. Likewise, if one’s lips are blocked, lip balms and lip glosses may be used to freshen up (a nice fruity flavor helps, as well), but improper cleansing of the face can result in unpleasant-tasting, flaky messes, since the acids in many cleansers can cause a build-up of bacteria. The same is true for cosmetics, which can clog the pores and lead to blemishes.
Using an anti-bacterial face mask can help prevent the spread of these problems. Such products have been designed to kill or reduce bacteria within the pores, and many contain potassium sorbate, which is often found in anti-bacterial soaps, toothpaste and mouthwash. The use of such products can help prevent the spread of a build-up of bacteria and fungus, reducing pimple breakouts and allowing for clear skin once again. However, when looking to use an anti-fungal, anti-bacterial or anti-porous face mask, make sure that there are no chemicals (such as fragrances, parabens, alcohols, mineral oil or dioxin) in the product.
While there are many different reasons that one might want to wear a face mask, one of the most popular reasons is simply to eliminate excess oil from the face and cleanse pores and skin. One reason that people tend to wear them more often than not is because they are much easier to put on than makeup or other types of facial make-up. As a result, it is much easier to remove and put on these masks versus, say, foundation or lipstick. Many people simply wear the masks as they are, off and on, throughout the day (or night).
Yet another popular reason to wear a face mask during social distancing is to prevent sweating. Sweating can occur naturally as part of our bodily functions (as with exercising), but excessive sweating can lead to embarrassment for those who suffer from hyperhidrosis, or the difficulty breathing associated with excessive sweating. In order to stop sweating, one can use a steam generator, breathe in the steam through a towel, or eat a hot bath. A face mask can also be worn in this manner as well, to further increase the degree of sweating prevention.