The COVID-19 pandemic has unmasked plenty of negative environmental impacts and one of them is single-use surgical face masks. These disposable face masks are plastic-based, water-resistant, and allegedly have a lifespan of 450 years – making them a big problem for our oceans and landfills. To add insult to injury, a lot of people carelessly discard their disposable face masks on the streets, drains, and even beaches, causing pollution.

There is no running away from wearing a face mask during these dire times, but we can limit the negative impacts of it by using eco-friendly and reusable face masks – while also supporting local Malaysian brands!

 

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These Pestle & Mortar Frontal Utility Face Masks are made with a durable ripstop outer and an ultra soft mesh inner for breathability. They also feature adjustable and removable nylon straps that take the strain off your ears! The straps also have a quick release clip and can be used with other face masks. 

All of their masks have a filter pocket for disposable PM2.5 filters.

 

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This 100% recyclable face mask utilises antimicrobial nano-copper technology to stop germs from growing and spreading. The face masks have also gone through several tests and is approved by FITI, SGS. It is one of the only 16 products reviewed and recommended for COVID-19 Response by the Malaysian Ministry of Health (MOH). 

Each mask also comes with a foldable pouch for mask storage, antimicrobial cooling layers, a necklace to hang your mask on (yes to accessories!), and an antimicrobial inner copper sheet.

 

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Oh Sebenar’s washable and reusable face masks are made of two-ply linen and hemp that comes with an additional three pieces of removable mask filters and a face mask casing. Linen fabric is known to have antibacterial and hypoallergenic properties while hemp fibres are antimicrobial and breathable.

The masks come in a variety of natural and earthy colours that go with any outfit! 

 

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Hanya’s Reusable Satin Silk Face Mask features soft elastic ear loops and a customisable conforming nose bridge for comfortable wear! Its modest-friendly option has a string extension that allows the face mask to be hung around the neck when it’s not worn, as well as a stopper.

This four-ply face mask is WHO-compliant, safe to wear with or without a filter, and has a pocket for adjustable and removable filters. 

 

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The Botanica Series Everyday Face Mask from Whismsigirl is made of three-layered 100% cotton, with breathable cotton lining fabric, and features elastic ear loops that can be adjusted for ease and convenience. It also has a soft nose wire for a better fit and a pocket for filter inserts!

The masks come in several adorable colours and prints, making them perfect gifts for your loved ones. 

 

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SilkFairy’s silk face masks are hand-sewn and made from three layers of 100% pure mulberry silk that is dermatologically approved – making it the perfect mask for those who experience maskne! 

The masks also feature an adjustable nose clip, built-in filter socket, and adjustable ear loops. 

Protect yourselves and the environment by using sustainable and stylish face masks!

 

As we continue to wear masks to protect ourselves and others from the coronavirus, our skin is starting to see the side effects of it with the occurrence of “maskne” and other skin irritations. “Maskne” is caused by the friction of the mask against your skin and the humidity that gets trapped in between them – it doesn’t help that we live in a hot and humid country!

Although these breakouts are also concealed under a mask, leaving skin problems untreated can cause it to get worse or even lead to an infection. Masks compromise our skin’s protective barrier, which makes it crucial for us to attend to it and maintain a stronger, healthier skin barrier.

Don’t use this as an excuse to not wear a mask – keep it on and try these calming treatments instead:

  1. Kate Somerville’s Eradikate Mask

Sulfur is a famous acne-fighting ingredient with the power to reduce the appearance of pimples and prevent future breakouts. This foam-activated mask also gently exfoliates the dead skin cells that clog pores and cause irritation.

  1. The Ordinary’s Salicylic Acid 2% Masque

A rinse-off formula, this face mask also eliminates dead skin cells and draws out other facial impurities. Salicylic acid helps keep your pores clean and will have your skin feeling refreshed after a hot and sweaty day.

3. Klairs’ Midnight Blue Calming Sheet Mask

Specifically designed for sensitive skin, this sheet mask contains calming ingredients that reduce redness, irritation and inflammation. It has a cooling effect to lower the skin’s temperature and relieve sensitivity.

4. Chuck’s Glow On Brightening Peony Mask

Niacinamide is beneficial in balancing sebum production and treating acne, as well as moisturising for those dealing with rosacea. This sheet mask packed with anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory properties that help protect the skin’s barrier.

5. Benton’s Snail Bee High Content Sheet Mask

Snail mucin can be used to repair your skin’s protective barrier as it is a humectant with healing properties. The high moisture content of this sheet mask will help soothe damaged skin and improve skin vitality.

We understand that “maskne” can be discouraging, but it is more important to keep wearing a mask. If these facial masks don’t work for you – make an appointment with a dermatologist or esthetician. Stay safe, stay selfless and don’t forget to sanitize your hands!