With nearly 80° weather here in Atlanta and everything in bloom, it seems like an excellent time to make sure you are set for this year’s spring allergy season. One of the simplest measures people take to protect themselves is wear an allergy mask.
Masks come in a variety of styles and sizes, and being such a personal item, it can be difficult to find the one that balances all your needs: filtration, breathability, aesthetics, and price. Here at Achoo, we focus on filtration and breathability first, then comfort and price.
One big complaint about allergy masks is the look of them, but would you be willing to sacrifice some filtration for style? You may be familiar with some of the masks below, but browse our Andy Warhol-esque selection below and choose your allergy mask.
- a. Vogmask (Microfiber) – Non-woven microfiber, 3-ply, that offers basic particle filtration, roughly equivalent to the Silk Mask.
- b. Vogmask (Organic Cotton) – Organic cotton, 2-ply, that offers slightly less filtration and the Vogmask microfiber.
- c. ICanBreathe Organic Cotton – This organic cotton face mask uses no latex, dyes, perfumes or plastics. The filtration is similar to the Silk Mask.
- d. Respro Techno – With the European equivalent of N95 filtration and activated carbon, the Techno filters chemicals, smoke and particles.
- e. Respro Allergy – Like the Techno, the Aero offers N95 equivalent filtration of particles with optional smoke/chemical filtration.
- f. ICanBreathe Silk – Very popular, the Silk is lightweight, easily stored and blocks medium to larger particles, like dust and many pollens, less than N95 filtration.
The Vogmasks are new masks that incorporates a lot more style into the design. The filtration varies, and both are washable and reusable. So for around $20 in price, would you sacrifice some particle filtration for a more stylish mask? Which mask would you choose? We’d love to hear your comments below.