No matter where you go these days, one question is always on everyone's mind: Do you have your mask? You might also wonder, Does this thing actually work? Since it looks like masks are here to stay for a while, maybe it's time to up your game with a mask that is comfortable and effective.
For the past 25 years, Oregon-based BioSkin has specialized in manufacturing orthopedic braces and sports medicine products. When the COVID-19 pandemic began, they quickly responded to requests from local hospitals to help meet the shortage of isolation gowns and masks. Leaning into their experience with technical fabrics, BioSkin sent several of their breathable and hypoallergenic fabrics to Nelson Labs for testing to ensure they were also effective at filtering the coronavirus.
CEO Tanner Cropper explained, "We knew we had the expertise to make an incredibly comfortable and breathable mask, but we wanted to make sure the fabric actually did what it was supposed to do."
Nelson Labs uses a Filtration Efficiency test to analyze how well products such as face masks, surgical gowns, and air filters work against biological aerosols such as the coronavirus. The fabrics and fabric combinations used in the three styles of BioSkin's masks showed filtration efficiencies of 67%, 75% and 97%. The fit of the mask also affects efficacy, so to get the best possible results from the lab, you'll need to wear the mask properly.
Made for adults and kids, BioSkin's masks come in a classic earloop style or a single-strap style that ties behind the back of your head. You can get them in a double layer or single layer option. The masks are made from a four-way stretch, brushed polyester and lycra blend that's about a millimeter thick. There's also a moldable nose piece on both models that seals the mask to your face and helps prevent glasses from fogging. They're machine-washable too, so it's easy to keep them clean.
For over 25 years, professional sports teams and orthopedic clinics have trusted BioSkin's products to both perform and protect. Now, BioSkin is using those same premium standards and applying them to masks that are perfect for just about everyone. BioSkin has done a deep dive into understanding the science behind masks and why they work. You can learn more at www.bioskin.com/science.
BioSkin sells over 90 different colors and patterns, including seasonal holiday set that would make the perfect stocking stuffer for your loved ones!
Click here to check out all the products BioSkin offers, including their newest masks. Bioskin has already donated $18,500 to the West Seattle Food Bank from mask sales since the pandemic started.