What is Facekini?

Facekini is more than just an funny internet meme. To answer the question of what is facekini, let's start to think about what facekini is not.

Facekini is not a balaclava. Balaclava (or Balaklava) is named after the city of the same name located on the coast of the Black Sea. The name became well known in the late 19th century as the location of a battle where British soldiers wore handmade headgear made from wool to keep warm in during battle in 1854.¹

So then, what is facekini?

Although the facekini shares similarities with the traditional balaclava helmet garment, the facekini is best used in sunny weather, and comes with the unique combination of 4 openings for 2 eyes, a nose and a mouth.


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The primary use is to protect the face, neck and head against sun, however given environmental conditions it is also handy in protecting against jellyfish stings ( commonly occurring when the jellyfish comes in contact with bare skin) and insect bites.

However, we do not claim that you will not get any stings or bites, because there is still a very small chance that you can get a bug bite through clothing or on an area of the facekini that allows skin to be exposed.

The Original Facekini sold exclusively at www.facekini.com (and as of June 2016, available on Amazon Prime ) differs from other swim masks in a few ways. The fabric is comfortable and stretchy.

We use high quality materials to withstand long term sun exposure with minimal degradation or color fading. With proper care and maintenance, your facekini will flex to fit your head size and resist over-stretching or sagging.

The neck design is long enough so that it covers the entire neck, and allows for extra length to be tucked in to a shirt for total coverage. The eyes are dye-cut which means the seamless edges lay against your skin, without bunching, rubbing or irritation. The material is a tight jersey weave which does not snag or fray, so that if you accidentally get a hole it it, the facekini threads will not pull away or unwind.


The exact origins of the facekini are not clear. There are records of similar handmade beauty garments for the face, but the name "facekini" was not commonly used until 2012.

Facekini is the only hooded swim & sun mask certified by independent USA research and testing labs to protect against harmful 98% of UVA and UVB rays
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¹Balaclava on Wikipedia