Where does it come from?
Discovered in 1811, chitosan (pr. kai-tuh-san) is a naturally occurring product derived from the shells of shrimps and crabs. By weaving it into a fibre its natural properties can be harnessed and used in many different industries, including extensively in medicine. You can read more here.
Natural properties include:
- Antibacterial - Naturally soft on skin
- Anti-inflammatory - Biodegradable
- Anti-viral - Organic
- Hypoallergenic - Odour resistant
Why use it for masks?
Based on the natural benefits in the fibres listed above it's a great product for turning into masks. And the fact it's naturally occurring makes it even kinder on the environment. It's also safe for people who suffer from shellfish allergies.