What to Know Before Choosing a Face Mask
A face mask, also known as a facial cleanser, is a cosmetic or medical mask designed to improve facial skin complexion and to cover up blemishes. A cloth face mask is generally a soft mask crafted out of common synthetic cloth, most often cotton, worn above the nose and mouth. Soft cloth masks offer the least drying effect of any face mask, but they can be uncomfortable, even in warm weather, for some people. If physical distancing isn’t possible, or if more thorough cleansing is desired, cloth face masks can also be used as “hands-on” applications. Cloth masks should not be used on broken or irritated skin and should never be used if you have an allergy to masks or chemicals.
A good face mask should contain some combination of alpha hydroxy acid (AHA), vegetable glycerin, and Cetylated Lanolinic Acid (CLCA). For maximum results, your mask should contain Caffeine, too. The two mentioned ingredients will stimulate cell turnover and facial swelling, which will soften the outer layers of skin and cause the outermost layer to peel off. The softer the skin, the less lines and wrinkles appear.
There are many ways to apply a face mask. You can use a sponge to spread the lotion all over your face, or you can use a sponge and your fingertips, using circular motions to spread the cream around your face. Be sure not to let the lotion dry completely on your cheeks, forehead and neck. If left on your face overnight, it can cause your skin to become irritated and inflamed. Always remove a face mask once its application has finished. You don’t want to spread bacteria onto your pillow during the night!
Face surgical masks work by creating an airtight seal against your face, keeping moisture and dirt out while protecting your skin from the harmful effects of the sun. Most surgical masks today come with a wide variety of different filtration systems to keep dirt and other pollutants out, as well as special eye openings to allow for the proper breathing of patients. A surgical mask can even help patients prevent and protect themselves from the development of wrinkles and fine lines by redistributing the skin’s natural beauty oil, called sebum, across their faces. Sebum is the body’s natural beauty product, and if left on the face for too long, can cause the skin to lose elasticity and become wrinkly and lined. Face surgical masks can also reduce the appearance of blackheads and promote healing of acne blemishes and other skin blemishes. If you suffer from acne, talk to your dermatologist about topical treatments that can also help control acne.
Face surgical masks come in a wide variety of different sizes and styles. Most are equipped with either disposable or reusable foam inserts that can be placed into the mouth, nose and chin. These inserts are comfortable and easy to eat, and patients do not have to worry about chewing or swallowing after they remove the insert. However, there are some surgical masks that may require patients to remove the insert before drinking water, as the foam can sometimes reposition and block the airway.
Pre-symptomatic individuals are those who do not have any allergies or concerns in regards to using or being exposed to a particular chemical or contaminant. For these individuals, purchasing a pre-symptomatic face mask or homemade mask may be an option. A pre-symptomatic face mask is one that is made from ingredients that have been proven to be safe for the general public. Homemade masks are also typically made from ingredients that are known to be allergens and irritants, however. Before purchasing or creating a homemade mask, check the ingredients to make sure that it will not trigger any reactions that could be harmful to your health.