As we go about our daily lives accustoming to a new ‘normal’, we gradually find face masks becoming a big part of our lifestyle. Aside from the fact they’re now mandatory to wear by law, stepping out into public spaces without one evokes an almost naked sensation. If you really think about it, they aren’t so different from undergarments that are worn on the outside — you need to keep them clean, and you’d also want them to be comfortable and look good.
As masks continue to be an essential part of our daily lives, innovators have come up with creative solutions to make mask-wearing more bearable.
One of them is 1929 Mask, which has recently launched a range of stylishly colourful masks. You may be surprised by this but this is actually quite a technological feat.
Founder of 1929 Mask, Keenon Lee explained to AVENUE ONE that it’s easier to make black and navy blue masks because the standard printing process causes the protective agents to react with colour pigments, staining it in the process.
“After months of experimenting, we found a special transfer printing method using disperse dyes which achieves good results with printed designs, resulting in vibrantly stylish masks that still retain their highly protective properties,” he says.
These 1929 reusable masks are water-repellent, have anti-microbial properties, tested to last 100 washes, and have a bacteria filtration efficiency of 95%.
Here’s a look at what you can expect from their latest collection:
Their mask prices generally range from SGD25 to SGD38, depending on the design. You can browse the whole catalogue here.
How to wash reusable masks?
Keenon Lee also shares the right way to properly care for reusable masks so they can last longer.
“Reusable masks should be handwashed after every use in cold water with minimal detergent and left to dry. Harsh detergents may strip the mask’s protective properties, while using a washing machine can damage the mask.”
You can see clearer instructions in this video:
More innovative masks to consider
Dr. TWL Biomaterials CUIONS Copper Face Masks
Many of us complain about how mask-wearing comes with a suite of skincare woes. Acne and skin infection are some of the most common issues that we face.
If these are what you’re experiencing, then the CUIONS Copper Face Masks created by Dr. TWL Biomaterials, a company founded by dermatologist Dr. Teo Wan Lin, may just be the solution you’ve been looking for.
These copper face masks is made with CUIONS copper nanparticle impgrenated fabric that releases copper ions which stimulate collagen production and hence reduce the appearance of wrinkles – in other words, you can consider them masks with anti-ageing benefits.
They have also been tested to kill Staphylococcus Aureus, a bacteria which triggers eczema, among other skin infections. Given its anti-bacterial properties, the mask also works to combat odour, and contains a waterproof surface alongside adjustable ear loops.
The mask fabric used is a certified UPF50+, protecting you from 98% sunlight. This would reduce the risks of pigmentation, photo-ageing and skin cancer.
If you’re as impressed as we are, you can shop for the product here. It retails for SGD70 and while it definitely isn’t cheap compared to other reusable masks available in the market, the benefits it offers might make it worth every cent.
Under Armour Sportsmask
Don’t wait around for this highly popular Under Armour Sportsmask (SGD35). Upon its release on 24 July, the mask promptly sold out. This mask is specially crafted for athletes, with ventilation, comfort and hygiene in mind. Let’s break it down for you. The mask comes with three layers:
- Spacer Fabric: This outermost layer, which is filled with air pockets, provides both body and breathability to the mask by lifting it off the nose and mouth.
- Open-Cell Foam: While this middle layer allows air to pass through, it traps moisture such as sweat and water particles.
- UA ISO-Chill: This stretchy innermost layer comprises a special technology which enables it to combat heat and feel cool. It also contains anti-microbial properties.
This mask is the perfect accessory for a good sweat out. Now, you can exercise with a mask on without worrying about passing out from overheating or lack of air. It doesn’t hurt to point out that it’s pretty stylish to boot.
The Under Armour Sportsmask will be available again online or in-store at these three outlets: Orchard Central, VivoCity and Funan, from now to 5 August 2020. It’s likely to sell out again, so act fast if you’d like to get your hands on one.
Reusable masks by Independent Market
For a wider range of masks with attractive designs, turn your attention to the Independent Market’s reusable adult and kids mask sets! You’ll be pleased to know that the masks are made with 100% cotton and hypoallergenic, making it suitable for people with sensitive skin.
The Independent Market also provides 2-ply filters (SGD8.90, sold separately) which can be slotted into the face masks. The first layer is made of a waterproof polyester fabric, and the second is a 100% anti-microbial cotton layer with 95% BPE. You are recommended to change the mask filters every two to three weeks.