What layers should a fabric mask be made of during the COVID-19 pandemic and why choose a cloth mask?


Fabric masks should be made of three layers of fabric:

• Inner layer of absorbent material, such as cotton.
• Middle layer of non-woven non-absorbent material, such as polypropylene.
• Outer layer of non-absorbent material, such as polyester, cotton or polyester cotton blend.

We make all of our face masks with 3 layers and build in an adjustable nose piece that you can easily custom fit to your face. As you know being comfortable in a face mask is one of the most important reasons why you will wear yours longer. If it fits and you don't have to adjust it every 10 minutes then you will be more inclined to wear it longer and less inclined to touch it. After all, we are now wearing our face masks for longer periods of time and being able to breath and talk in one is of utmost importance.

One of the reasons we line all of our face masks in 100% cotton is so you avoid maskne. 

What is maskne? 

If you develop breakouts from wearing a mask, then you’re not alone. This condition, known as “maskne” (mask acne), is a common side effect of using a mask.

Maskne doesn’t simply cause pimples, though. It may also result in skin issues, including redness, bumpiness, and irritation. It can also trigger conditions such as dermatitis and folliculitis. So wearing non irritating material against your face will help avoid irritation. Cotton is breathable and a natural fibre so your chances of irritation are reduced considerably.

How to stop your glasses fogging while wearing a face mask.

Wearing glasses and a face mask is always a challenge but with our face masks once you adjust the nose piece snuggly across the bridge of your nose simply pop your glasses on over the top of the mask. This will stop your glasses from fogging up making it easy to see. If your mask is not secured then air escapes easily thus fogging your glasses. We design all of our masks with volume so you won't feel they are hard to breathe in.

Why choose a cloth mask?

We use an estimated 129 billion face masks globally every month. That's an astounding amount of what ultimately ends up in land fill. Of course surgical masks play an incredible part in keeping people safe particularly  front line workers who without these would simply not be able to do their job. But you and I who are using face masks as an every day protective barrier, choosing a good quality 3 layer face mask is ideal.  Most disposable face masks today are made from plastic micro fibres which are not biodegradable and may fragment into smaller plastic particles that become widespread in our ecosystems and water ways. With increasing reports on inappropriate disposal of surgical masks perhaps it's time we recognise our newest potential environmental threat and reconsidered our options.