It’s a hard knock (face mask) life for us. For now, and it will most likely stay this way for a while after the COVID-19 crisis subsides. The face mask was never meant to be a fashion accessory, but the thing takes up a large amount of real estate on your lovely face, so #AestheticsMatter. This rather inconvenient but essential accessory makes it hard to breathe and talk—it is also a serious challenge to the hard of hearing and deaf community who rely on lip reading to communicate. Cloth masks need to be washed regularly, are an extra expense (every cent counts okay), and then there is the rise of ‘maskne’ (breakouts/acne that results from wearing a face mask). Masks can also cause earrings to fall out, so you need to be extra careful in that arena too. Sigh.
Wearing a face mask may be the bane of our new (not so) normal existence, but we have adapted. People have come up with all kinds of mask challenges and the face mask selfie, is also a thing now. Yes, there is a plethora of online tutorials on making your own face mask at home, but here are super stylish and proudly African face masks that you can support and shop online right now. Stay safe, in style.
Loin Cloth and Ashes