I had the opportunity to test out the Vogmask on a trip to Boston this October. Prior to that, I tried it around my home during deep cleaning (since I have an allergy to dust mites). I can vouch that it worked for that. Though, I really wanted to see what the hype was all about with bringing this on an airplane. Being that I am on immunosuppressive medication that lowers my immune system, my concern was having an item that can protect me from viruses, bacteria and germs.
Vogmask was nice enough to send several different versions of the mask for this review. As seen in the picture below they come in different sizes, colors and fabrics.
I personally found the organic cotton two valve mask to be the most comfortable on my skin, especially during a flight. There is a microfiber one valve mask that does the same thing but the feel is a bit different. Overall, it’s just a matter of personal preference.
Some benefits of the Vogmask include protection from:
- Particles in air pollution
- Airborne containments
This is a more basic list but on their website, Vogmask states more specifically that it’s:
“used for protection from airborne particles such as PM 0.3, PM 2.5, PM 10, dust, allergens, post combustion particles, germs, shavings, biologics, odors, scents, mold, mold spores, particles in wildfire smoke, volcanic particulate pollution, and other airborne contaminants. The benefits of particulate respirators are confirmed by leading health providers worldwide. Highly efficient filtering masks help protect the mask wearer from particles as small as .254 microns. Particulate respirators are designed to protect the wearer of the mask only. For environments where cross-contamination is a concern, a surgical mask is recommended.”
The sizes range from small, medium and large. Most adults wear large and this is what was most comfortable for me. The medium was good for a short time but then started to get uncomfortable.
One thing I love is that the mask is hand washable and can be hung to dry. Washing doesn’t need to be done all the time, just a simple scrub of the outer and inner layer with some soap should do the trick. The shelf life isn’t all that bad, with people needing to replace it yearly. Although if you live in an area with poor air quality, then every 5-6 months is recommended.
Living with rheumatoid arthritis is often a challenge on its own but when traveling is added into the mix, it can require even more strategic planning. Thanks to the Vogmask that planning was made easier for me.
It’s a good investment and will keep you safe if you are a sensitive individual. I love it and if you are living with a chronic illness, I think you will too.
Vogmask added that it, “is a simple, noninvasive way to protect respiratory health and an essential tool to advocate for your own wellness. As we are exposed to an increasing number of environmental pollutants every day; masks provide immediate protection of your health. It’s a tool for wellness, style, and a symbol of care for yourself, the planet, and the future.”
For more information, visit the Vogmask website and FAQ section here.
*Note: Whilst this post is sponsored by Vogmask, all opinions expressed in this review are my own.