The Mask of All Solutions
SEEUS95 is the world’s first transparent N95 face mask that is without the ear loop and does not require a head harness, with an additional skin therapeutic layer, the patent for which is filed and invented by Alice Min Soo Chun, Professor of Design and Material Technology at Columbia University.
As a Professor in Material Technology, Alice knew that non-woven polypropylene (plastic) N95 masks were not recyclable, with a life span of 450 years. The designer also observed that the same masks inflict pain and bruises on the face of those wearing it for longer duration’s. Head harness and ear seals were all torturous for those using the masks for longer duration’s and the designer being a Korean with a self-proclaimed OCD about skincare, the current N95 masks were a huge disaster. All these factors directed her to design a mask that negated these characteristics of the N95 masks. She was also of the opinion that the masks which were soon becoming a new normal was robbing us of our identities and the warmth conveyed through a smile. And thus, was born the SEEUS95 masks which are medically effective, transparent and also comes with a skin therapy layer to take care of the skin it is in touch with.
SEEUS95 features a natural filter made of bamboo, silk, silver and carbon. The mask also boasts a skin therapy layer made of a skin healing material called chitosan — a natural bio-polymer with moisture harnessing properties used in skin rejuvenation for burn victims, hip replacements, and cosmetic applications for wrinkle reduction. Bamboo has more tensile strength than steel and is naturally anti-bacterial and anti-microbial, absorbing moisture in the air which carries viruses. The silk fiber is strong, also anti-bacterial and carries an electrostatic charge that attracts viruses. the nano silver (AgNPs) have been effective in killing both gram-negative and gram-positive bacteria strains. The active carbon is a natural odor magnet and also pulls toxins from the air and fluids.
“Skin Therapy Layer (STL) on the perimeter of the mask allows the mask to adhere right to your skin so there is an airtight seal, there is an added benefit with silicone integrated with Chitosan, which is a natural vegan polymer used for skin healing in medical and beauty products to keep skin protected, hydrated, healthy, and smooth,” says Alice. “SEEUS95 has an anti-FOG coating on the inside surface of the mask which will prevent fogging. Once the mask acclimates to temperatures inside and outside, the fog disappears.”