Silk Most Effective as Face Covering?
''The researchers found that when used for protection of the face, silk is the most effective at preventing the penetration of droplets, and the least absorptive of water, because of its intensely hydrophobic character compared to the other fabrics tested. In short, the face coverings made of 100% washed silk repelled water just as effectively as masks, but are hydrophobic, unlike the latter, and can be made ready for immediate reuse by sterilization.
This characteristic, coupled with its breathability, and the fact that it does not trap water, makes it ideal for protecting respirators under conditions of clinical exposure, and as a material for home-made for face coverings. The other advantages include its inherent antiviral, antibacterial and antimicrobial properties, as well as the thinness of the material even when used in multiple layers.
Silk also does not irritate the skin or increase local humidity around the face beneath it, making it suitable for prolonged wear, and avoiding accidental stimulation of face touching. Thus, this material, say the researchers, “may play a major role in the development of new PPE equipment, such as respirator inserts, that capitalize on its many benefits.''
-Dr. Liji Thomas
How to wash our silk mask:
The advised temperature that kills viruses is anything above 60 degrees Celsius, but washing at this temperature isn’t always possible or even recommended out of environmentally friendly purposes. Our silk masks can be washed at 30 degrees Celsius and then ironed. That way you can be sure they are completely safe to use and comfort.
Is our silk mask effective?
Studies have compared various mask materials and concluded that for general use, comfort is the most important factor. Any cloth cover is effective. Find a detailed study here.
“The best mask is one you can wear comfortably and consistently,” said infectious disease specialist Peter Chin-Hong, MD.
We deeply believe that silk is the most comfortable choice for your skin and offers many benefits because of the characteristics of this fabric.
CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) recommends wearing washable, reusable masks with two or more layers. Check out their recommendations here. Our silk masks follow these recommendations and have two silk layers and a slot to insert Activated Carbon filter PM2.5, which is included when buying our silk mask. These carbon filters are hygienic and breathable.