Why Silk Sea Facemasks?
Our silk facemasks are triple layered Australian standard 22 momme 6a grade Mulberry Silk. Our metal bridging across the nose ensures a close fit as well as the adjustable toggles on the sides of the mask.
Silk is hydrophobic meaning that it is capable of repelling droplets. Silk is a material obtained from the silk moth, a natural fibre to spin it's cocoon. Interestingly, the caterpillar’s gift of silk isn’t just beautiful and hydrophobic, it’s also naturally antiviral, antimicrobial, and antibacterial. What gives silk its many health-promoting qualities may come down to the presence of copper (which comes from silk moths eating copper-rich mulberry leaves). In fact, some research has found that copper in food and supplement form may even offer protection against oxidative damage.
Silk is used to make surgical sutures Moreover; it's use as a biomaterial for many healthcare applications is being researched.
Cotton, Polyester and silk fabrics have been evaluated for face coverings. Researchers measure the fabrics hydrophobicity (which determines how tiny, aerosolized water droplets get in and out) as well as the breathability of each mask (since we all know it can be challenging to take a full breath while masked). They also tested how the fabrics performed after multiple cleanings.
Silk was able to best repel and withstand penetration of aerosolized droplets, meaning it had the most hydrophobicity compared to cotton and polyester. As a facial covering, including after several rewashes, silk remained remarkable.
You should choose a facemask that fits your face well – cover your nose, cheeks and chin without leaving gaps on the side. Masks with vents or exhalation valves are not advised because they allow unfiltered breath to escape the mask.