STYLE AND FUNCTIONALITY: THE FUTURE OF MASKS
It’s been eight months since lockdown was imposed on our country and everyone has been obliged to keep at least six feet away from each other. While social distancing comes first in slowing down the spread of the coronavirus, it still won’t do much if you’re not keeping yourself protected.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has recommended the use of face masks in public places, alongside frequent hand washing and sanitizing. Not only do these practices help curb the spread of the virus, but they’re also effective ways to keep yourself safe from infection.
We’re no longer in the phase of the pandemic where the majority of people are forced to create their own DIY masks due to low mask supplies in local pharmacies. The demand for face mask options other than the usual N95 respirators and medical-grade surgical masks has soared in the recent months, and companies are grabbing this opportunity to create their own mask designs.
The foreseeable future suggests that masks are here to stay for a relatively long time since the virus is seen to spread possibly through tiny droplets in the air—all the more reason to invest in a good collection of masks.
The main function of facemasks is to eliminate cross-contamination by filtering out harmful airborne particles, so it is natural for it to cover two of the main entry points of the virus which are your nose and mouth. Since these masks take up a fair amount of space on your face, it doesn't hurt to invest in aesthetically pleasing ones that make a stylish statement.
The fashion world is stepping up their game. A lot of retailers have started offering non-medical grade face masks which are alternatives to true personal protective equipment (PPE), which are disposable and predominantly used by frontliners or medical personnel. Majority of these face masks are washable and reusable—perfect for everyday use.
Below are just some of the face mask designs that seem to have no problem balancing style and functionality. You can easily match them with any of your OOTDs for the week.
The Copper Mask from Korea got its name from the copper strands infused in its antimicrobial film. These strands are effective in killing 99.9% of different bacteria and viruses. The Copper Mask has a strong Antimicrobial Layer and helps kill 99.9% of germs—an excellent blockage from infectious droplets. This mask is reusable, washable and can be worn for up to 30 days. It has a non-woven fabric filter that is also washable up to two times and is good for three uses each wash. This one is perfect for lazy days—pair it with any basic outfit choices and its metallic design would still make you stand out.
3M 1860 N95 Mask
Its name may be a mouthful but this 3M 1860 N95 Mask guarantees total comfort and protection. This particular respirator is NIOSH (National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health) approved for environments containing certain non-oil based particles and provides at least 95% filter efficiency. It brings comfort with its cushioning nose foam, while keeping itself secure on your face with its two-strap design. It has an advanced electrostatic media that is designed for ease of breathing.
Irum Fine Dust KF94 Mask
This premium mask protects you from micro dust and virus with its bacteria filtration efficiency (BFE) of 99%. It is made of 100% cotton and provides a comfortable layer of protection from airborne irritants. Like the 3M 1860 N95 Mask, it stays secured with its two-strap design. The Irum Fine Dust KF94 Mask has a 3D structure that increases breathing space, smooth breathing, and reduces gaps between masks and faces.
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