Uniqlo’s AIRism face masks are finally here!
Originally released in Japan last June, Uniqlo’s washable and reusable face masks are now available to purchase online and in stores across the U.S.
The face masks cost $14.90 for a pack of 3 and are available in three sizes (S, M, L) and colors (gray, white, black). The small size for gray masks, however, will not be available until late September.
To avoid hoarding and resale, there are limits on how many packs of face masks a customer can buy. The online purchase limit is 5 items per size/color per customer, while the in-store purchase limit is 5 items per color per customer.
Uniqlo’s AIRism Face Mask is composed of three unique layers of protection. The outermost layer is made of AIRism mesh fabric that offers UV protection of UPF 40. The second or middle layer, meanwhile, has a built-in filter that can retain its efficacy after 20 washes at 40 degrees.
Like the outermost layer, the mask’s innermost layer is also made of AIRism mesh fabric, which wicks away moisture, releases heat, and absorbs sweat, keeping the wearer’s face dry. It’s also soft and flexible, reducing stress on the wearer’s face. The AIRism mesh fabric also has anti-microbial and self-deodorizing properties that make the mask stay fresher longer and less likely to irritate the wearer’s face and neck.
To minimize environmental impact, the AIRism face mask was designed to be reusable. Machine washable with any regular household detergent, the AIRism face mask can be rewashed up to 20 times. Washing the face mask will not reduce its effectiveness as doing so does not damage the mask’s filter or its UV protection functionality.