This UV mask lets others see your smile

Are you looking for a mask that’s a little less . . . mask-like? Check out the Leaf transparent UV mask. This clear mask lets others see your facial expressions so that they know what you are trying to communicate, every time. Plus, it’s self-cleaning, so you won’t have to worry about sterilizing it after every use.

This UV mask lets others see your smile
Leaf Transparent UV Mask on a Woman Holding a Baby

One of the downsides to wearing a mask in public, or as you go about your workday, is that it prevents others from seeing your facial expressions, and vice versa. This can be troubling. Solid masks rob us of our individuality and personality. And when you can’t see another person’s face, it’s hard to determine what emotion they want to express. This can lead to misunderstandings and the feeling that you can’t connect. That’s where the Leaf transparent UV mask comes in handy.

The Leaf mask is entirely clear, allowing others to read your face and understand the nuances of what you’re saying. This is part of what makes us human, no? But the other great feature about this mask is that it cleans itself. That’s right: the Leaf UV mask won’t be one more thing you have to clean because it self-sterilizes using UV light. For busy parents, professionals, and students—anyone, really—this mask makes breathing better air so much easier. And when gadgets make healthy habits easier to maintain, we’re more likely to commit to them.

Leaf Transparent UV Mask

Leaf Transparent Mask on a Woman

Leaf Transparent UV Mask

Leaf Transparent UV Mask on a Man

Leaf Transparent UV Mask

UV Mask on a Doctor

Leaf Transparent UV Mask

Leaf Transparent UV Mask on a Man in the City

Leaf Transparent UV Mask

UV Mask on a Man and a Woman in a Car

This PPE cleans itself using UV-C technology

Now that you want to do your part to keep yourself and others healthy during the pandemic, it’s likely that you’re washing cloth masks every time you go out in public. The Leaf, however, deploys a UV-C self-sanitation technology to blast bacteria and viruses that accumulate on the device. This way, your mask will always be ready for you when you need to step out, and you won’t have to do laundry every night just so you have clean coverings for the next morning. It’s a feature that’s great for families where this sort of laundry can really pile up.

The N99+ HEPA filters block 99.9% of 0.3-micron particles

So the UV-C cleaning takes care of pathogens on the mask, but what about what’s in the air? This UV mask handles that, too, with its N99+ HEPA filter, which blocks 99.9% of 0.3-micron particles in the air. That’s a pretty useful filter. Also, a carbon filter with activated carbon-infused foam absorbs volatile organic compounds and odors in the air to remove pollution and harmful fumes. If you live in a city, this is a gadget you’ll want to include as part of your EDC items. Also, since this mask sterilizes itself with UV light, you’ll have to replace the filter only once a month as opposed to after every use. In all, it’s a sustainable, eco-friendly approach to mask-wearing.

The UV PRO version has a sensor

The makers also created a UV PRO version of the Leaf. If you upgrade, your UV PRO mask will include an air quality sensor. You’ll also get an iOS/Android app, data about CO2, VOCs, your metabolism, dust, and airflow. There’s even active ventilation to ensure easy breathing. Who knew that you could add a transparent mask to your list of smart home devices?

This UV mask suits everyone in the family

Another minus to the typical cloth or disposable face masks is that they don’t account for different face sizes. The Leaf, however, boasts four sizes for faces ranging from 55 mm to 115 mm in width. The extra small, 55 mm size is designed for kids from ages three to eight, so you can be sure your children breathe the cleanest air possible while they’re out and about or riding the school bus. The different sizes allow older children, teens, and petite adults—really, the whole family—to protect themselves in public.

The colors personalize your protective gear

Just because this UV mask is clear doesn’t mean it’s boring. You can jazz up the Leaf’s exhaust lip and intake valve with seven solid colors and five transparent ones. It’s another way this protective gear lets you express your personality and individual style.

I love the idea of a mask that cleans itself and is transparent. I don’t know about you, but for me, facial expressions are a huge part of how I communicate. Solid masks take that away and leave me feeling like I’m only partly participating in my conversations outside of the home. Likewise, when you can’t see the expressions of others while they are talking, you can’t read their faces or get the nuances of what they’re saying. It’s an unsatisfying social experience and something that the Leaf can ameliorate.

The Leaf transparent UV mask costs $89, and you can preorder it on Indiegogo.

Lauren has been writing and editing since 2008. She loves working with text and helping writers find their voice. When she's not typing away at her computer, she cooks and travels with her husband and two daughters.
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