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Why Face Masks are Important for Everyday Air Quality

July 18, 2020

Why Face Masks are Important for Everyday Air Quality

Now more than ever, the human population is curious and concerned about the quality of air we breathe and how filter masks work to protect us from harmful elements. Long before the Coronavirus crisis, air pollution alone had given many reasons to consider face masks. Read on for some insight on how you can protect yourself from harmful pollutants both indoors and out.

First and foremost, we must remember that our skin is an organ and our largest organ, at that. That said, our outer skin is a carrier, not a barrier. Meaning that what goes on our body actually goes into our body. It is important to protect yourself from harmful disruptive chemicals, where you can and trust your face and body to gentle, natural ingredients whenever possible. As we are now facing a time when what we breathe in can also cause damage (even death) we are sharing further knowledge on the risks of air pollution and potential remedies for staying healthy — even after COVID-19 passes.

When it comes to air pollution specifically, the greatest culprits come from a variety of chemicals. From vehicle exhaust particles to the burning of coal and wood, ‘round-the-clock industrial processes and lead, carbon monoxide and smog within our ozone, there are myriad ways you are being involuntarily poisoned.

We want to be as mindful as possible about what we put in and on our bodies. So, aside from our focus on skincare products, we also want to share how face masks are highly effective at eliminating toxins stored in the environment.

Who Should Wear | Recommended Masks | Everyday Mask | Masks for Glasses | Masks for Exercising | The Ultimate Mask | Mask Washing | Protection Against Pollution

Who should wear a face mask?

Who should wear a face mask?

The World Health Organization estimates that 4.2 million people die every year from exposure to air pollution. Sadly, while the coronavirus tends to affect the elderly and those with weakened immune systems, pollution, like the virus, don’t discriminate. No matter the age or health of an individual, poor air quality affects the lungs of everyone, all ages, all stages.

Because of this, many companies have started making air filtration masks engineered specifically for both fashion and function. This makes it easier to encourage children to wear them as well so their developing lungs stay optimal. From brightly-coloured and ergonomic designs to comfortable straps and conservative colours, you can find many options available that fit your level of comfort and style, while also keeping you safe.

What masks do you recommend?

Disposable masks can become expensive over time. With reusable and washable masks, mask-wearing is affordable and eco-friendly. At Aldha, we strive to curate products that you can trust in. Check out the different types of masks we carry for every need.

For everyday use: WECAN Masks

WECAN masks offer an ergonomic design via adjustable ear strap and nose bridge. This ultra-soft, breathable, eco-friendly, comfortable, simple, lightweight, reusable and washable mask comes sealed in a dust-proof bag.

WECAN Filter KN95 N95 Washable ReusableFace Masks

The 5-layered replaceable activated carbon filter insert filters particulate matter, gases, odours, dust, pollen, smog, germs, bacteria and viruses etc.

5 Layer Activated Carbon Filter for Replaceable Filter Masks

These unisex masks come in medium and large sizes. WECAN Masks also come in children’s sizes, available here.

For those who wear spectacles: LANDOU Masks

LANDOU masks feature a valve respirator allowing hot air to pass through and not fog up spectacles and glasses, making them perfect for those who are tired of foggy glasses, and still offer PM2.5 filtration protection. The fabric of the mask itself is made to be breathable and includes a built-in dual filter valve. The material and valve significantly improve ventilation without sacrificing filtration and protection.

LANDOU PM2.5 Anti-Pollution Face Mask Breathable Washable with Activated Carbon Filter Respirator and Valve $25.00

The soft elastic fabric provides a contoured and comfortable fit. A built-in adjustable nose clip and ear straps work to keep it securely in place. LANDOU Masks are washable, and filters can be replaced weekly with the 5-layered activated carbon filter insert. The same 5-layered replaceable activated carbon filter insert filters can be used protect against haze, dust, germs, smog, pollen and PM2.5 particulates.

Every mask is sealed in dustproof packaging and is strictly disinfected and sterilized, packaged by an automatic disposable vacuum sealer, and comes with two complimentary filters.

Activated Carbon filter replacements for both WECAN and LANDOU face masks may be purchased here.

For sports and humid weather: Organic Polymer Masks

Organic, anti-allergenic and eco-friendly, these 2mm N95 Organic Polymer Breathable Washable Sports Face Mask are the innovative solutions for the thinnest N95 breathable masks. The structure and material of these masks make them an excellent choice for sports, exercise, running, jogging, hiking, biking or hot and humid weather.

N95 Organic Polymer Breathable Washable Sports Face Mask

These masks are made with innovative organic polymer sponge which filters up to PM2.5 particulates due to its unique 3D network structure. The strong elastic characteristic of polymer sponge lets the mask stretch up to 60 cm and adapts to the contours of your face.

Many might wonder, "isn’t this just a piece of sponge?" or “how is this different from other masks?” Unlike disposable masks which use multi-layers (2 ply or 3 ply) to build a net structure, The N95 Organic Polymer Mask utilises the unique natural 3D net structure of this hybrid polymer, which is able to filter out tiny particles due to its 3D network, with dust blocking rates reaching 99%. Due to the precise sewing and processing method, the Organic 3D Polymer Masks feature a high-density space to prevent dust, pollen, germs and other particles from getting through.

N95 Organic Polymer Breathable Washable Sports Face Mask FPP2.5 PM2.5 Protection - Aldha

The Organic 3D Polymer Masks are one size fits most, available in black here.

For the ultimate protection: MetaMask

MetaMask is the World's most comfortable, efficient and stylish Fashion Face mask. Sustainably made blending Italian design, New Zealand Innovation, and natural & organic materials. It’s perfect for those who have sensitive skin as it is made with an organic bamboo lining which is both antibacterial and hypoallergenic.

MetaMasks N97 Masks

Each MetaMask is meticulously hand-crafted, featuring a proprietary nano-coco-carbon matrix from New Zealand – an extremely thin nanotechnology filter providing exceptional breathability and 99.99% protection from PM2.5 Microns airborne pollutants; meeting or exceeding P2, N95 AND AS/NZA1716.v standards.

MetaMasks feature advanced nanotechnology filtration with 99.99% protection at PM2.5, adjustable nose clip and earloops, a chin wrap for a secure fit. They are the ideal choice for ultimate protection whilst commuting, travel, aeroplanes, outdoor and daily use, filtering out smoke, dust, ash, exhaust, toxins, pollen, pathogens, odours.

MetaMasks come in two variations; Embedded Filter MetaMasks come with the filter sewn into the mask, whilst Replaceable Filter MetaMasks come with openings in the inner lining, for easy replacement of the filters. Each Replaceable Filter Mask comes with 3 complimentary sets of replacement filters. Each type comes in different designs and colours; discover MetaMasks here.

The World's Best N97 Face Mask MetaMasks

How do I care for my mask?

How do I care for my mask? Mask washing how to

You will want to hand wash your mask and let it air dry in an environment that is clean and dry. Your masks can last up to a year from first use and you can replace the filters as needed. It is recommended that filters be replaced once a week to ensure optimal hygienic protection.

Washing instructions to maintain your masks are also crucial. Experts say that masks should be washed daily, or after every use. Be sure to hand wash your mask (without soaking it) in warm water, using gentle detergents and softener, then hang to dry. You'll want to avoid any harsh chemicals like bleach or similar.

Avoid machine washing or drying as this may distort the shape and wear out your masks quickly.

Are these masks good for protection against pollution?

Are these face masks good for protection against pollution?

Absolutely! In fact, the mask was made specifically for effective protection from toxic air pollution when used according to instructions. While the mask is not a medical device and has not been medically proven to prevent disease, it certainly can reduce the large-particle droplets, splashes, sprays or splatters that may contain germs like viruses and prevent them from reaching your mouth and nose.

Because you’ll still want to enjoy your everyday activities, our masks are suitable for running, cycling, hiking, skiing, crafts, gardening and other outdoor activities, such as travelling, and around public places. Pollution shouldn’t stop you from living your life. But, we do want to stop it from affecting your quality of life!

Air Pollution Infographic PM2.5 Effects

For further information on our latest collection of Filter masks and where to purchase them, click here.

Does air pollution make a noticeable difference in your life? What do you look for in face masks? Let us know in the comments!

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