Face Masks 101

Traditional promotional product sales have taken a backseat to PPE this year as events have been cancelled and businesses have temporarily closed due to Coronavirus. In fact, our industry reports 71% of Promo Distributors are selling PPE and health/safety products as of May 2020. Face masks are a huge driver of those sales, with searches for masks increasing 40,000% year over year.

End buyers across nearly every vertical market are turning to their promotional Distributors for both branded and unbranded face masks. This guide will show you some different options and benefits of popular styles to help you pick the best solution for your company.

Reusable Face Masks

Wash and wear masks are quickly growing in popularity. First, there is the consideration of disposable masks on the environment. Secondly, people are looking for comfort as mask-wearing looks like it will continue for the foreseeable future.

Ideal for:

  • Essential employees
  • Business services
  • Everyday use

Disposable Masks

Single-use masks are a basic, everyday option. This is one of the most common choices for creating a barrier between yourself and others while in public spaces due to three-layer construction that is still lightweight and comfortable.

Perfect for:

  • Grocery stores
  • Necessary errands
  • Restaurant staff

95% Filtration Disposable Masks

These are in high-demand for their >95% filtration efficiency. This 5-ply mask includes 2 inner layers of melt blown polypropylene while still being breathable and comfortable with elastic ear loops and an adjustable nose bridge design.

Suitable for:

  • Schools and childcare facilities
  • Health clinics and wellness centers
  • Retail environments

Face Shields

Made to be used in addition to a face mask, shields are made of transparent, anti-fog plastic. The wraparound design provides over-the-top, side and front face protection and is secured with a cushioned headband. It is important to remember that according to the CDC, face shields are not necessarily recommended for normal everyday activities, or as a substitute for masks.

Helpful for:

  • Caregivers
  • Sustained, close contact with others
  • The hearing impaired

Adjustable Size Masks

As masks become an essential item in daily life, people will be looking for adjustable size masks because they are so easy to wear. This 3-ply polyester and foam style has multiple ear openings to help find the most comfortable fit. Plus, this item is available manufactured domestically in the USA.

Perfect for:

  • Giveaways
  • Political organizations
  • Social clubs & associations

Cloth & Bandanas

Even using a simple cloth covering like a neck gaiter can help limit the spread of particles and droplets.  When it comes to brand impressions, this option offers great flexibility with a full color front-to-back imprint. The wearer can also use this versatile bandana as a beanie, wristband, head band, hair cover, head wrap – the options are endless!

Ideal for:

  • Fitness & athletics
  • Outdoor events
  • School sports

Mask Accessories

Simple add-ons like a Silicone Mask Strap can help with common issues that come along with wearing masks for an extended period. This strap is made of soft silicone with three size levels to find a preferred fit while reducing pressure and ear fatigue. As a bonus, this strap has a snap button to conveniently transform into a bracelet.

Great for:

  • Fundraisers
  • Awareness campaigns
  • Showing team pride