For China’s Beach-Goers, Sun-Protection “Ski Masks” Are All the Rage

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We’ve heard of the Chinese expression “saving face,” but these photos of a new swimwear trend sweeping the country takes the saying to a frighteningly literal level. While it may look like bankrobber couture, the Face-kini is actually a sort of bikini you wear on your face. The mask was first spotted on the beaches of Qingdao, and is a way for Chinese bathing beauties to protect their skin from the sun’s harmful UV rays. We’re all for skin cancer prevention, but is it worth absolutely terrifying everyone you come across and also getting an extreme farmer’s tan on just your hands and around your eyes?

So tell us, is the "Face-kini" haute or not?

  • 167 Votes HELL NO! I'd rather take my chances with sunburn and skin cancer.
  • 122 Votes HELL YES! If it means fewer chemicals on my skin and a better complexion, why not?

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Face-Kinis can be purchased in a wide array of colors and bathers can either match them with their full-body suits or contrast them to give their faces extra “pop.” Apparently, Face-Kinis started as a DIY garment that women made at home using scraps of fabric, but now they can be found at swimwear shops for 15 to 25 yuan ($2.40 to $4.00) each. We have to admit that since they’re reusable, that’s quite a value when compared to expensive sunblock.

Although the facial masks were originally created to block out the sun’s rays, they do double duty to ward off the insects and jellyfish that infest local waters.

So what do you think about the Face-Kini. Would you don one or would you rather risk skin cancer?

[Via Daily Mail]

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3 Responses to “For China’s Beach-Goers, Sun-Protection “Ski Masks” Are All the Rage”

  1. mike firshman says:

    On our visit to china, we were told that the chinese have a culture ‘class’. That is they like to go to the beach, but prefer to cover up against the sun, as a sun-tan indicates that they are of peasant stock and the office workers(or upper class)prefer not to have a tan on exposed skin.

  2. Cloudface says:

    Skin cancer not so much, but for jellyfish
    season, this might be a boon.

  3. adri galler says:

    My mother invented a couple of these in 2000 and wore them often to the beaches here in Puerto Rico. They were made in a material often used for tights and were horribly frightening but they kept her face protected. She made one for each of her daughters and I tried it but it was impossible for me to see with it on. It’s a great idea but i just couldn’t keep using it so I went back to harmful chemicles to “protect” my face from the sun.

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