A fabric face mask does not allow the user to breathe freely. The mask quickly becomes damp (after max. 3 to 4 hours, depending on physical activity) and must therefore be changed regularly and swapped for a clean and dry one.
A face mask made of fabric must be hot washed at 90°C to 95°C and dried well before being used again.
Bacterial growth (mould) must be avoided at all costs.
The SMILE® covers nose, mouth and chin without coming into contact with the lower face, as it only rests lightly on the bridge of the nose. This allows the user to breathe freely. The SMILE® can be cleaned easily, anywhere, at any time and as often as necessary with water and soap or with a commercially available disinfectant.
A face shield is a facepiece made of PVC that is attached to the forehead. They can vary considerably in shape and fastening, but all have one thing in common: They impair the ability to see through the film and they are wide open at the bottom.
The fastening on the forehead can also create pressure marks and/or lead to skin irritation.
The SMILE® offers an unobstructed view. The nose, mouth and chin are covered, and the SMILE® protects downwards.
The SMILE® attaches to the ears with two rubber bands just like a conventional face mask.
Due to its clever design, the SMILE® rests lightly on the bridge of the nose whilst also completely protecting mouth and nose
without coming into contact with the lower half of the face.
The SMILE® is also a great option for eyeglass wearers. Most glasses can be worn together with the SMILE®.
Its unique shape prevents glasses from fogging up.
The SMILE® is a community mask that primarily serves to protect others by stopping droplets caused by breathing, coughing, speaking or sneezing from spreading. A facepiece such as the SMILE® is a mechanical barrier and is therefore not subject to any legal regulations or binding quality testing - unlike so-called particle-filtering half masks (FFP1-3), which must comply with the medical device regulation. The SMILE® is not a medical mask.
Although the mask does protect against larger droplets from the environment, it does not, however, inherently protect the user. It does not provide sufficient protection against viruses and bacteria as the mask does not seal against the face, making it possible for small droplets in the air to be inhaled, for example. Wearers of the SMILE® must still comply with hand hygiene regulations and maintain a consistent safety distance to others.
The SMILE®, like any other protective mask, is a foreign body on the face, which fundamentally restricts our freedom of movement and which, therefore, takes some getting used to. Our tests have shown that the field of vision can be impaired when looking down when wearing the SMILE®. We therefore recommend being careful when walking downhill or up the stairs, for example.
Users generally quickly become accustomed to these changes thanks to the outstanding wearability of the SMILE®.