With all the protective face masks available, there seem to be hundreds of options. From DIY to disposable masks, most have one thing in common, a layer of protection. Before COVID-19, people typically wore face masks to protect themselves from conditions such as sun, wind, debris, allergies, or chemical fumes. Others wore masks if they were contagious or feeling ill. But in 2020, limited mask use became the exception because many jurisdictions made wearing masks a rule, or at least a recommendation or guideline.
Due to the pandemic, various reports suggest many countries of the world require people to cover their faces with some sort of layer or barrier when away from home. In the United States, the CDC (Centers for Disease Control) writes, “We now know from recent studies that a significant portion of individuals with coronavirus lack symptoms (“asymptomatic”) and that even those who eventually develop symptoms (“pre-symptomatic”) can transmit the virus to others before showing symptoms. This means that the virus can spread between people interacting in close proximity—for example, speaking, coughing, or sneezing—even if those people are not exhibiting symptoms. In light of this new evidence, CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies) especially in areas of significant community-based transmission.”[i]
Greek philosopher Plato, born around 428 B.C., is quoted with the famous proverb, “necessity is the mother of invention.” Fast forward to May 2020, creative people have found innovative ways to follow face-covering guidelines by thinking outside the box. Case in point, the popular sun protection face mask.
Knit from four-way stretch fabric and available in five sizes, the sun protection face masks from Aqua Design meets the guidelines of a cloth face covering. The bonus with these fun, water-inspired masks is the UPF 50+ sun protective certification as rated by an independent US laboratory. While Aqua Design Face Masks are certified UPF 50+, they are not medically tested or registered for other purposes. To learn more about this maximum rating to protect from harmful UVA and UVB sun rays, click here.
Anyone who spends serious time in and around the water knows to take extra care against reflected sunlight. UV rays that bounce off the water have no respect for the fact that you are wearing a hat and your face is a prime target. Stay protected all day from the sun, wind, and insects with the Aqua Design face masks and neck gaiters.
Our innovative Real Water camo print designs offer new levels of comfort for blending with the aquatic environment. Shop a wide selection of styles and colors for women and men. Breathable, moisture-wicking face masks and neck gaiters from Aqua Design have the perfect fit, feel, and function. Field-tested, innovative fabrics to keep you on top of your game. Perfect for fishing, hunting, paddling, sailing, landscaping, or kicking back on the beach. Since 1995, Aqua Design has you covered.
Pro Tip: If you want to increase mask filtration or tighten the fit over the nose and mouth, turn the tube inside out and place it from the bridge of the nose to the neck. Then, lift the bottom of the mask upward to reveal the printed side and pull up to match the other hem. In that way, you have doubled the fabric and tightened the fit between the nose, mouth, and back of the head and neck.
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Headwear (Left) and Face Mask Tube (Right) Size Chart
Aqua Design | Men
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