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AirPop Active+: The World’s First Smart Air Wearable Face Mask

AirPop Active+: The World’s First Smart Air Wearable Face Mask

Contrary to popular belief, not every state has eliminated the mask mandate (we’re looking at you NYC and the mask-burning events). The fact is, even after being vaccinated, there are still cases of people getting Covid-19. We think many people mistakenly think the vaccine is a cure. IT IS NOT! Therefore, we will probably soon see another uptick in Covid-19 cases. This is why we will continue to wear a mask, although being fully vaccinated. The only changes we’re making are the face masks we wear and AirPop masks, like their Airpop Light SE and AirPop Active+ face masks are our go-to. Let’s begin with the newest first.

AirPop Active+: The World’s First Smart Air Wearable Face Mask

As the temperature increases, we’re thinking more and more about comfort and breathability, especially if we’re being active. Designed specifically with movement in mind, the AirPop Active+ smart mask with Halo sensor delivers advanced comfort and superior breathability for high-intensity workouts, cycling, running, and other athletic activities. The Halo sensor, along with the companion app, also actively monitors your respiratory health stats and local air quality.

AirPop Active+: The World’s First Smart Air Wearable Face MaskAirPop Active+: The World’s First Smart Air Wearable Face Mask

Made from a specialized soft knit structure and designed with performance pores to channel airflow from outside in, Active+ expands on AirPop’s precisely fitted physical profile. With cutting-edge app support, the AirPop Active+ gives you the ability to actively monitor local air quality and potential health risks, as well as your respiratory health. Using a combination of data collected from the Halo sensor about your breathing patterns, the app gives you a visual overview of your breathing behavior, cycles, and even the pollutants that the mask has blocked during use. The app, available for both iOS and Android) also checks your breaths per minute, breaths per pace, and will tell you when it’s time to replace AirPop’s snap-in filters.

The AirPop Active+ smart mask with Halo Sensor is available now at www.AirPopHealth.com for $149.99. Currently available in black and white/grey, more color options will be launching soon. The mask comes with four replaceable filters, each of which lasts up to 40 hours of use. Additional filters can be purchased as a four-pack for $24.99.

Airpop Light SE

Airpop Light SE face mask

If you’re looking for the best everyday protection for everyone, the washable Airpop Light SE face mask is the most comfortable, best-fitting mask we’ve ever tried. Yes, you read that right, this adjustable mask is washable. t’s also water-resistant, skin-friendly, great for 40 hours of use, and boasts 99.3% particle filtration (PFE) and 99.9% bacterial filtration (BFE) plus fluid resistance. Thanks to its TPE Cushioned Nose seal, it’s also designed to not fog up your glasses and allows for easy positioning.

Airpop Light SE face mask

The Airpop Light SE face mask’s unique 3D design creates a canopy of air that keeps the mask off the face for effortless breathability. No longer will you have to deal with the fabric of your face mask sticking to your nose and mouth. Paired with low resistance materials the Light SE Mask delivers unrestricted airflow for easy breathing all day.

Available in a pack of 4 for $29.99 in black, and white, the Airpop Light SE face mask can also be purchased on www.AirPopHealth.com.

 

MaskFone: The World's First Athletic Face Mask with Integrated Earbuds

MaskFone: The World’s First Athletic Face Mask with Integrated Earbuds

We all are too familiar with those who do not like wearing face masks. In truth, it can be bothersome when trying to eat or drink, communicate if you are deaf, avoiding maskne, or making and receiving phone calls. Unfortunately, face masks are a necessity for our health and the health of others and are needed. Thankfully, companies are stepping up with fast innovation to help us deal with life wearing face masks. There are face masks with straw holes for drinking and masks with clear windows for communicating with the hearing impaired. Now there’s a face mask made specifically to take and receive phone calls and listen to music without having to take it off. Say hello to MaskFone, the world’s first true wireless headphones and mask in-one.

MaskFone: The World's First Athletic Face Mask with Integrated Earbuds

You read that correctly; this mask is designed with a built-in microphone to take phone calls while wearing it. There is no need to take off your mask while on a call. While virtually attending Pepcom and CES, we were introduced to this wonder-gadget. We instantly wished we had this in 2020; our mask experienced would’ve been more tolerable. With this groundbreaking, optimal face mask from Binatone, you can enjoy maximum protection against airborne health risks (thanks to its 5-layer filtration system) while enjoying a more convenient and serviceable way of taking phone calls and listening to music.

MaskFone: The World's First Athletic Face Mask with Integrated Earbuds

MaskFone: The World's First Athletic Face Mask with Integrated Earbuds

The MaskFone brings together Hubble Connected’s patented technology which includes a built-in microphone that eliminates muffled audio, and PM2.5 filters or medical grade N95 Filters (sold with the MaskFone Premium). You can also just buy the N95 Filters separately to up your protection level. The Bluetooth connected earbuds boast 12 hours of playtime, is IPX5 water and sweat resistant, a built-in microphone, crystal clear audio, voice projection technology, and are Google, Alexa & Siri compatible. Its sleek and clean design combines functionality and fashion.

The face mask comes with the aforementioned filters with replaceable filters. It features hidden cables, and controls that fall along the jawline, a comfortable fit that forms to all face shapes, magnetic earbud holders, adjustable neoprene ear hooks, a stabilizer for an extra secure fit, and is made from washable and durable twill fabric. Plus, its innovation combines several key industries – fashion, technology, health, and safety. As Tim Gunn always says, “make it work!” and Binatone certainly did. Of course, we didn’t expect anything less from a company that’s a leading global manufacturer of innovative IoT, smart home, and consumer electronic devices for the baby, home, personal audio, and lifestyle camera categories.

MaskFone - The World's First Athletic Face Mask with Integrated Earbuds

The MaskFone is available in small/medium and medium/large. The Classic with 3 included PM2.5 filters retails for $49.99 and the Premium with 3 included N95 filters is $69.99. Both are currently available on www.Maskfone.com. They will be launching in stores and online at Target and Amazon by February 1st, with additional retailers to follow. Trust us when we say this is the only face mask you will need in 2021.

 

 

Giftgowns Holiday Masks: Share Your Holiday Spirit While Staying Safe

Giftgowns Holiday Masks: Share Your Holiday Spirit While Staying Safe

Although there may be some who refuse to wear a mask, many, like us, are fully embracing it as an extra piece to our look. We see masks as fashion accessories; another fashion detail we’re happy to have fun with while staying safe during his pandemic. Thankfully there are a lot of companies who feel the same way and are giving us fashion lovers exactly what we need – a chance to protect ourselves without losing our fashion sense. As we enter the holiday season, this is no different. Giftgowns, makers of cozy, comfy, and functional hospital gowns have all the festive holiday-themed face masks you could want. They are a perfect way to share your holiday spirit while staying safe. These red and green Giftgowns holiday masks are available with a variety of Christmas sayings and images.

Giftgowns Holiday Masks: Share Your Holiday Spirit While Staying Safe

Have you been naughty or nice? Want to show off your grouchy holiday face? Does Santa’s reindeer bring you lots of joy? Do you love the winter season or want to show your dislike for 2020? With the Giftgowns holiday masks, you can! The breathable holiday masks are washable and feature two layers of cotton, a pocket for filters, and they fit snugly across your face. And, of course, they boast classic and cute designs on the front.

Giftgowns Holiday Masks: Share Your Holiday Spirit While Staying Safe

There are quite a few holiday masks to love and at $15.00 each, you can get several. There are at least 24 different Giftgowns holiday masks for both adults and kids. They make perfect for stocking stuffers. Naturally, we have several favorites. We love the I Tried Face Mask, Resting Grinch Face Mask, Bah Humbug Face Mask (which perfectly sums up how we feel about 2020, and From A Distance Face Mask. We’ve shared our favorites, which are yours?

Whichever Giftgowns holiday masks you decide to get for yourself or gift to your loved ones, you will be sharing the joyful spirit of the holiday season and showing that you care.

Will You Be Prepared For The Second Wave Of Covid-19?

Will You Be Prepared For The Second Wave Of Covid-19?

In case you haven’t heard, it looks like we’re heading for the second wave of Covid-19. As the weather gets colder and we enter cold and flu season, we’ll all be more susceptible to the Coronavirus thanks to weakened immune systems. This means we must continue to protect ourselves with the tools we in place – face masks and hand sanitizers. While many thought wearing face masks and carrying bottles of hand sanitizer was a temporary inconvenience, it looks like we’re in for the long haul. With that said, we thought we’d help you stay ahead. While we hope you’re continuing to strengthen your immunity with vitamins and supplements, today, we’re concentrating on the preventative measures you should never leave home without.

Will You Be Prepared For The Second Wave Of Covid-19?

As new health stapes, we present the following essential health and wellness musts from Casupo, Milk Makeup, Wakamono, and Elyptol; all available now to help you beat the second wave Of Covid-19.

Casupo Face Masks, $25.00 & Mask Chains/Lanyards $5.00 – $32.00

Casupo Face Masks & Mask Chains/Lanyards

Handmade in Los Angeles, Casupo creates one of the most environmentally conscious, reusable face masks. These washable, dual-layered face masks are durable, breathable, and comfortable to wear. They’re made with premium cotton and soft elastics for maximum comfort and can be worn behind the ears or behind the head. The boasts filter pockets, toggle adjusters for a better fit and they are reversible. They’re also available in solid, but we’re truly enamored with the above floral and greenery prints.

Casupo also offers a variety of mask accessories like mask chains and lanyards for those who have a bad habit of losing or forgetting their face masks. They are a stylish way to keep your mask around your neck or hanging in a safe place away from any dirty surfaces. It’s fashion meets function.

Milk Makeup Hand Sanitizer, $6.00

Will You Be Prepared For The Second Wave Of Covid-19?

If you thought your need for hand sanitizer was going away, think again; in fact, as cold and flu season comes upon us, you’ll need it even more. This on-the-go liquid hand sanitizer kills 99.9% of germs with 70% ethanol alcohol while moisturizing and softening your hands and providing an uplifting sensorial experience via three unique blends of all-natural essential oils. Plus, with every purchase, you’ll be helping others be prepared for the second wave of Covid-19.

Spicy Herb: A crisp, energizing blend of spicy pink peppercorn and herbaceous buchu leaf oil balanced by relaxing sage and rich cedarwood oils.
Bright Citrus: Lush, citrusy arrangement of juicy grapefruit oil, stimulating lemongrass oil, and floral ylang ylang oil rounded out by creamy vanilla.
Warm Rose: Warm floral combination of blooming rose oil and spicy coriander seed oil complemented by fruity bergamot, sweet tonka bean, and woodsy akigalawood.

Milk Makeup has partnered with longstanding partner, The Center, and will donate one Hand Sanitizer for every one purchased to four local LGBTQ+ organizations. These LGBTQ+ orgs include The Center, God’s Love We Deliver, Housing Works, and Callen-Lorde Health Center.

Wakamono Anti-Coronavirus Surgical Mask, $79.99 (box of 50)

Will You Be Prepared For The Second Wave Of Covid-19?

As the second wave of Covid-19 hits, we may experience another shortage of PPE, and we must be ready. Many companies are working as fast as they can to keep us safe. One such company is Wakamono who has just launched an antimicrobial medical mask created to not only filter viruses and bacteria but to kill them on contact. Wakamono’s mask utilizes a Gecide fabric layer that is covered with millions of organic nanoparticles that “trap”, weaken and destroy viruses and bacteria upon contact. What you’re seeing is the world’s first Nano Biotech application mask.

This mask has been shown to be effective against 99% of the strains of SARS-CoV-2 which is the Human Coronavirus strain causing the COVID-19 pandemic. This unique mask is also capable of self-killing Coronavirus strains including strain NL63, 229E, and inactivates influenza A H1N1 – the enveloped viruses and Poliovirus-I – the non-enveloped viruses. In addition to the antiviral properties, the Wakamono mask meets and exceeds the highest FDA standards of the US: ASTM F2100 level 3, and European CE EN 14683 Type IIR. It is also certified biosafety (according to tests for in vitro cytotoxicity) and made with organic and natural components. The masks are free from any metal nanoparticles and have been tested/certified by independent labs including FDA, Eurofins and Pacific BioLabs, and more. The masks are available for $79.99 (box of 50), 2-4 (50 boxes) for $45.00, and 5 and more (50 boxes for $29.00 at www.wakamonobio.com.

Elyptol Hand Sanitizer, 16oz $13.99

Elyptol Hand Sanitizer

Thanks to the healing properties of eucalyptus oil and naturally-sourced pure ethanol, Elyptol brings you a hand sanitizer that sanitizes in a healthy and eco-friendly way. In fact, did you know they made the first Type 1 eco-certified and professionally registered hand sanitizer? Despite its gentle feel, this hospital-grade natural sanitizer’s efficient formula is powerful enough to kill 99.9999% of bacteria, fungi, and other common germs that cause disease. It is EWG Verified and available in gel and spray forms. This award-winning endorsed, and FDA registered hand sanitizer is available in a 24-pk 0.5oz gel for $23.76, 16oz gel or spray for $13.99, 6-pk 2oz spray for $29.34, 60-count wipes for $6.99.

Add these to your fall and winter must-haves and you’ll do fine during the second wave of Covid-19.

How Clear Face Masks Are Opening a Window of Communication

How Clear Face Masks Are Opening a Window of Communication

The COVID-19 pandemic hasn’t exactly been convenient for anyone, but the changes and regulations that have occurred because of it are more troublesome for some than others. In particular, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s recommendation that everyone wear cloth face coverings in public has created a major challenge for people who have hearing impairments. People who are deaf or hard of hearing often rely on lip-reading to understand what others are saying. With masks now covering the lower half of almost every face in public, reading lips has become virtually impossible.

How Clear Face Masks Are Opening a Window of Communication

For the 10 million Americans who are hard of hearing, this means that basic communication is not-so-basic anymore. Just going to the grocery store presents problems, as they can’t tell if someone is asking them a question or to move out of the way. Going to important appointments creates an even more dangerous situation for people who rely on reading lips, as they don’t know what doctors or other medical professionals are attempting to tell them.

These challenges have caused the demand for window or clear face masks to skyrocket over the past few months. The United States already spends nearly three times more on healthcare than any other country in the world, but people across the country knew they had to put the necessary money and time into making masks that would create a safer way of living for people who are hearing impaired. While they might not be able to get everyone in a grocery store to wear one, their family members could wear them and act as a go-between for people with hearing impairments and the general public or medical providers.

How Clear Face Masks Are Opening a Window of Communication

One company that has started manufacturing window masks is ADCO Hearing, a company that has long made products for people who are hard of hearing. When the nonprofit Hands and Voices, which supports families of children who are deaf or hard of hearing, approached ADCO about making masks that allowed for lip reading, the company got to work. The President of ADCO Hearing, Abby Armijo, started the production of these window masks by hand sewing them with her mother in her kitchen. They made 150 clear face masks and every single one was sold by the next morning. Armijo knew she had found a major gap in the mask market and began the process of expanding the operation.

How Clear Face Masks Are Opening a Window of Communication

Now, ADCO has three large-scale manufacturing facilities that make thousands of window masks. According to Armijo, the company is almost always sold out of the clear face masks.

Although the mask’s see-through panel is a simple concept, it’s a game-changer in the daily lives of many people. Not only can it help people who are deaf or hard of hearing, but a window mask also allows anyone to have an effective conversation involving full facial expressions with another human being while staying safe. This can be extremely important for the 65 million people who provide care for a chronically ill, aged, or disabled family member or friend and need more than their eyes and muffled voices to communicate. Even though people may not realize it, humans use every part of their face to communicate, not just their voices and ears.

This perk of window masks is also important when communicating with children. Seeing people wearing face masks can be scary for young kids and many children with hearing or speaking impairments or other disabilities have significant trouble communicating with masks. Using window masks may be a great option for teachers to have effective conversations with kids if they go back to school. Whether they work at a school that is among the 87% of private schools that have fewer than 300 students or at a public school with a thousand students, teachers are concerned about kids following mask policies. With window masks, everyone can stay safe while having better communication.

In addition to ADCO, there are many companies and individuals making masks with clear windows. Rafi Nova is a speech pathologist based in Boston and made a mask with a BPA-free plastic window. Inu is selling window masks on Amazon that have a cotton-based face covering and plastic for the window portion. ClearMask™ is producing a wraparound mask that is completely clear and doesn’t fog as easily as vinyl plastic. Three years of research and development went into this mask and this is one of the only window face masks approved by the Food and Drug Administration. For those who don’t need FDA approval and just need a way to better communicate with family and friends, there are several window mask sellers on sites like Etsy as well.

COVID-19 face masks

The Must-Have Accessory: Fashion Brands Start Selling COVID-19 Face Masks

In the fashion world, a must-have accessory is something that’s on-trend. It’s a piece that’s so popular that not having it signals you’re out of touch with the latest developments in fashion. In a world currently coping with the COVID-19 pandemic, a must-have accessory is something that protects your health and the health of everyone around you. Without it, you risk contracting the coronavirus, spreading it to anyone you interact with, and unraveling the progress communities have made so far in flattening the curve.

The COVID-19 face masks have quickly found itself at the intersection of these two meanings of “must-have accessory.” At the beginning of April, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) began recommending that every individual wear a cloth face-covering whenever they are in public settings where it is hard to maintain social distancing measures, such as at the grocery store or pharmacy. The CDC emphasizes that the cloth face coverings can be made out of household items and that surgical masks and N-95 respirators are critical supplies that should be reserved for healthcare workers and other medical first responders.

Despite this recommendation, government officials have done little to help the general public obtain the appropriate COVID-19 face masks. People who are handy with a needle and thread can make them out of bedsheets or scarves, but what about the large portion of the public who don’t have the time or skills to create homemade COVID-19 face masks?

COVID-19 face masks

That’s where fashion brands are stepping in. As the demand for face masks skyrockets, brands have started designing their own versions of the COVID-19 face masks and selling them to consumers. Not only do consumers need masks to leave their homes during the COVID-19 pandemic, but masks from designers are much more visually interesting than standard medical masks. This is a good thing when it comes to kids. Although it is not the current guidelines for kids to wear masks, some parents prefer theirs to be extra safe. However, it goes without saying, getting your kids to wear a face mask isn’t the easiest mission out there. So having these comfortable and visually appealing masks made, increases the probability of kids wanting to wear the masks at all. Masks from fashion companies have quickly become a new form of self-expression, helping consumers maintain a sense of individuality while they wear something that covers half of their faces. Some of our favorite fashionable COVID-19 face masks include Dalia MacPhee, Christopher Palu, Ivon Los Angeles, Grace Eleyae, and Christy Dawn (photos included in this feature).

COVID-19 face masks

Selling aesthetically-pleasing face masks is also beneficial for the revenue of these brands. In 2018, consumers spent about $517 billion online working with U.S. merchants. A good portion of those billions has dried up as the coronavirus continues to change the financial wellbeing of Americans, causing consumers to be much more conscious about how they spend their money. Selling practical, yet fashionable, face masks are the perfect opportunity for clothing companies to tap into the demands of the public and keep their businesses afloat at the same time.

COVID-19 face masks

As brands have been rolling out masks, they’ve been incorporating more practical features as well as appealing designs. One issue some people had anticipated with making and selling masks in this crisis was how they would get the necessary materials. About 95% of the world’s cargo moves by ship, but the global pandemic has all but stopped companies’ normal supply chains. Luckily, brands have found ways to make masks without having to further tax the world’s limited supply of resources. Many have been recycling fabrics from their past collections or using scraps of denim and other fabrics that would otherwise have been thrown away. Brands are also taking care to make masks with washable fabric so that consumers can sanitize their masks and re-wear them. And it’s not just fashion fans who can sport their favorite designer/pattern on their masks, there are even NBA facemasks for all the sports fans out there.

COVID-19 face masks

Many fashion brands are running special deals that also help out the country’s hard-working healthcare workers. Offering 1+1 or 5+5 match packages has become commonplace on websites of fashion brands. When you buy a 5+5 pack at Christy Dawn, for example, you will receive five sustainable, reusable masks and the other five masks will be sent to medical workers. Other brands are making donations on their own to help those in need. For instance, J.Crew and Madewell are each selling non-medical face masks in packs of three for consumers but have also donated a total of 75,000 single-use masks to the healthcare system. Rose Brand is donating 20% of the sale of their 3-pk of Make A Difference and Keep Your Distance COVID-19 face masks to the Coronavirus Relief Fund.

Coronavirus Sustainable Face Mask

If you’ve been procrastinating making a mask of your own, check to see if any of your favorite fashion brands are selling non-surgical face masks. You may even be able to find out in an easy zero-click search, a type of search that makes up over 62% of mobile searches and will answer your query right on the results page without you having to click on any links. Once you have your answer, you can start browsing the brand’s mask options and find one that speaks to your style and budget. Remember to keep an eye out for deals that send masks to those in need so that you can do your part to help the community.

Even as coronavirus hospitalizations start to slow down in the United States, Keep Your Distance that the public will need to keep up social distancing measures for the foreseeable future. Some even predict these measures extending into the next year and beyond, with this health crisis permanently changing how people interact with the world. This means that although some parts of society may start returning to normal, it’s likely that wearing face masks in public will be the new normal. Investing in sustainable, reusable face masks now will help keep you healthy, keep small fashion brands in the business, and keep healthcare workers fighting COVID-19 protected against the virus.