There are no two ways about it: wearing a face mask in public is an important measure to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.
But it’s true, some face masks can take a toll on your skin. Dryness, irritation, rashes, and “maskne” (acne where a mask touches the skin) are all common complaints that can occur when a mask is made of low quality or non-breathable material.
Not fun, right? Not to worry!
Our new reusable face masks are made with 100% Mulberry silk — a natural, hypoallergenic material that provides a high level of protection and pampers your skin with its many beneficial properties. They also include SILVADUR™ antimicrobial technology for extra protection against bacteria build-up (and breakouts!).
The Benefits of Our Silk Face Masks
SILVADUR™ harnesses the power of silver ions to eliminate odour-causing microbes and prevent material degradation. So your mask will keep its shape, smell fresh, and stay bacteria-free even when worn for prolonged periods of time.
2. Effective Double Layer Protection
Research suggests silk is one of the most effective materials for face masks because of its tight-weave and hydrophobic properties. “Hydrophobic” refers to silk repelling water. So as a face covering, silk excels at stopping water droplets from penetrating its surface!
Plus, our face masks are fabricated with two layers of silk for double the protection. They also feature a handy inner pocket, for those who wish to add a third layer of material, like a filter. (More on how to make your own filter in a moment!)
3. Gentle on Skin
There are so many benefits of silk for your skin! Mulberry silk, in particular, is one of the softest, finest natural materials in the world. Not only is it supremely gentle on skin, it’s also the most hypoallergenic fabric, so it’s perfect for those with allergies or sensitivities.
4. Promotes a Healthy Complexion
Beyond being gentle on skin, silk actually promotes a healthy complexion. The tightly-woven, smooth fibers of silk help your skin retain moisture and stay hydrated. Plus, silk’s hypoallergenic properties repel bacteria, which helps prevent breakouts!
5. Cooling and Lightweight
Silk is both cooling and incredibly lightweight, making it perfect for warmer days and all-day wear. Silk also tends to naturally adjust to body temperature, which means it will keep you cool in summer and warm in winter.
How to Make Your Own Filter
Though filters aren’t included with our silk face masks, you can easily make your own using common household materials! The key is to choose a filter material that allows airflow, while also denying passage to small particles. The following materials tick both boxes:
Household appliances, like vacuums, air purifiers, and furnaces, often use HEPA, or “high-efficiency particulate air”, filters. These types of filters trap harmful particles like pollen, pet dander, and dust mites, so they make an effective addition to face masks.
Just make sure you use a HEPA filter made of polypropylene, not fiberglass. Once you’ve double-checked your HEPA filter is made of the right material, simply cut it down to size, and there you have it… a homemade filter!
Coffee filters are less effective than HEPA filters, but they can still provide a little extra protection. Cut them to size and layer two or three together for the most benefit! You can also fold a coffee filter over on itself a couple times to create layers.
Cotton or Silk
High-thread count cotton (ideally, over 600) and silk are both effective at filtering aerosol particles because of their tight weave. So you can add a third layer of protection by cutting up old sheets, clothes, or accessories. Though not technically a “filter”, this option will add extra protection. Plus, you can wash and re-use your extra layer later!
Stay Safe — Pick up a Reusable Silk Face Mask Today!
Our 100% Silk Face Masks strike just the right balance between safety and comfort! An ergonomic fit and adjustable ear straps keep these masks firmly in place, while soft silk allows you (and your skin!) to breathe easy.
So at the end of the day, your skin stays clear, you stay safe… and you feel confident, comfortable, and in control.
Plus, with four stylish colours to choose from, you can match your mask to every outfit!