Hot New Trend! Its the time of the Facekini – Burn that Bikini & Toss that Tankini!

by Paris B on · 65 comments

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I saw a report about the Facekini on TV last week and I just had to talk about it even if its probably yesterday’s news, because its funny! icon biggrin Hot New Trend! Its the time of the Facekini   Burn that Bikini & Toss that Tankini!

The Facekini is, apparently, China’s answer to retaining fair skin even while you head for your beach holiday.

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Height of fashion in the seaside town of Qingdao, China, didn’t you know? icon wink Hot New Trend! Its the time of the Facekini   Burn that Bikini & Toss that Tankini!

The Facekini is a face mask worn to shield the face and neck from the sun and the harmful UV rays. It actually reminds me a lot of the masks that westlers wear icon razz Hot New Trend! Its the time of the Facekini   Burn that Bikini & Toss that Tankini! Granted, a face mask may be able to shield skin from UV rays better than sunblock can, I think I’m sticking to my sunblock icon razz Hot New Trend! Its the time of the Facekini   Burn that Bikini & Toss that Tankini! Still, I thought I’d show you what my previous beach holiday photo might have looked like if I wore a Facekini icon razz Hot New Trend! Its the time of the Facekini   Burn that Bikini & Toss that Tankini!

Apparently, most of the time, the Facekinis are paired with full body suits so the sun exposure is kept to a minimum. From what I can see, the only exposed parts would be the hands, feet… and here’s where it may get a bit funny, the eyes, nose and mouth area.

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All I’d say is, please remember the sunblock around the exposed parts of your face and body, because once the mask and suit comes off, you may look a little strange with tanned hands, feet and the bits around your eyes, nose and mouth.

Don’t say I didn’t warn you! icon wink Hot New Trend! Its the time of the Facekini   Burn that Bikini & Toss that Tankini!

To be honest, it makes sense in many ways. Sunblock can only do so much to protect our skin, and so do umbrellas and the like. Cloth is the next best option to block UV rays. Being Asian, I can fully identify with the obsession to remain fair and lovely icon razz Hot New Trend! Its the time of the Facekini   Burn that Bikini & Toss that Tankini! Traditional Chinese place fairness at the apex of their perception of beauty because it is associated with wealth. Wealthy ladies do not have to toil the fields and therefore do not get tanned.

Perceptions of beauty change through time of course but this one is hard to shake so long as people still hold it up as a measure of beauty.

Anyway, here’s what my beach frolicking activity might have looked like if I wore a fetching blue facekini.

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Height of beach wear fashion doncha know? icon biggrin Hot New Trend! Its the time of the Facekini   Burn that Bikini & Toss that Tankini!

I don’t know. I think I’ll stick to wearing copious amounts of good sunblock, wearing a hat and above all, not going to the beach. Failing which, I’ll just live with a little tan icon smile Hot New Trend! Its the time of the Facekini   Burn that Bikini & Toss that Tankini!

Facekini fashion? Reckon you’d ever try it?

I can’t read Chinese but I think you can get these on Taobao.com if you’re so minded. Or you could just wear a balaclava or ski mask – same concept no? icon razz Hot New Trend! Its the time of the Facekini   Burn that Bikini & Toss that Tankini!

Paris B

Image 1 and 2 were obtained from the Telegraph website (more photos there!), text are mine. Image 3 is my own

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Rebecca August 26, 2012 at 8:40 am

OMG!! It’s so funny la.
Heck I love my tan. I go tanning on my beach hols!

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Paris B August 27, 2012 at 11:33 am

Its crazy right? :) I don’t intentionally go tanning but I don’t go all crazy to not tan either :D

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Hanny Daforcena August 26, 2012 at 8:52 am

Won’t it cause tan lines around the eyes and mouth though? Hmmm…

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Paris B August 27, 2012 at 11:34 am

My thoughts exactly. The reverse panda effect LOL!

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Applegal August 26, 2012 at 8:56 am

LOL!!!!! They do look like wrestlers or bank robbers!! I shouldn’t laugh at them so much, I myself contemplated wearing that sun visor that covers the whole face :P

http://www.sinosplice.com/life/archives/2004/07/20/chinas-solar-visor-craze

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Paris B August 27, 2012 at 11:35 am

Oh yes, bank robbers! I don’t think the sun visor as crazy actually, I would wear it! :D

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Megan August 26, 2012 at 9:08 am

While it does look ridiculous good on them for protecting themselves from the sun. Although I think a good hat would work just as well… and look far more stylish!

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Paris B August 27, 2012 at 11:35 am

Haha I think they should just NOT go to the beach eh? ;)

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Isabel August 26, 2012 at 9:15 am

Pussy Riot inspired!

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Paris B August 27, 2012 at 11:36 am

Haha I’m so out of it I was like What?? So I googled it and you’re right LOL! Maybe they are fans? :P

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Tracy August 26, 2012 at 9:53 am

HAHAHAHAHA wow! HAHAHAHA

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Paris B August 27, 2012 at 11:37 am

If I saw one of these I wouldn’t know if I should scream (in case its a bank robber) or laugh :P

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Esther Neo August 26, 2012 at 10:13 am

reminded me of the movie Nacho Libre! Actually i was thinking abt wearing a mask like this to sleep in a aircon room. You reckon it will help our face to stay moist?

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Paris B August 27, 2012 at 12:06 pm

Hmm I’m not sure to be honest :P I would just do a sleeping mask myself – the gel type :P

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Becca August 26, 2012 at 10:32 am

LOL–I don’t know if I’d go THIS far to protect my face and neck…but props to them for going so hardcore with it! :P I’d feel all claustrophobic and hot if I wore something like that to the beach. Yeah, protection is important, but enjoying yourself and having fun is even more important in my opinion :)

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Paris B August 27, 2012 at 12:07 pm

That’s my thoughts! It must be boiling in that suit with the sun beating down on you! I think the best solution in this case is NOT to go to the beach eh? :P

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Lily August 26, 2012 at 10:34 am

Omg! I’m speechless. Things people do in the name of beauty. Quite ironic though…they look pretty awful. Hahahaha!

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Paris B August 27, 2012 at 12:07 pm

Sadly yes. They seem to be having fun though… from the little bit of face that I can see LOL!

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Sam August 26, 2012 at 11:43 am

Well, you’d certainly be less likely to get skin cancers on your face…I think I’ll just do the big floppy hat, sunscreen, sunglasses and shades instead.

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Paris B August 27, 2012 at 12:08 pm

Ditto! That would be more stylish ;)

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synical August 26, 2012 at 12:25 pm

Ski masks probably not made of the same material these things are, that’s why :D

I’m too much of an urbanite; I’ll just skip the beach and general outdoors completely.

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Paris B August 27, 2012 at 12:09 pm

Hmm true that. I wonder if they are made of some special UV resistant material or if its just normal. I like the occasional beach jaunt but this one really takes the cake

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Sze Ling August 26, 2012 at 12:28 pm

Erm…no thanks. I’d stick with sunblock. :P No offense to those who think they’re stylish, but I personally think they look pretty scary.

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Paris B August 27, 2012 at 12:10 pm

I think so far, only the people in China are embracing this trend. Although to think about it, that would make the inventor a billionaire :P

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jk August 26, 2012 at 1:54 pm

Masked Wrestlers, colorful bank robbers [definitely covers better than stockings] or budget or home movie aliens.. maybe all of the above. Definitely not for me. When it comes to a day at the beach – it’s the sun and me. emm.. maybe not so gung ho – there’s some sunblock and decent hours of the (earlier)morning/evening involved. What’s that they say about mad dogs and Englishmen vis-a-vis the hot afternoon sun ;-D

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Paris B August 27, 2012 at 12:11 pm

Haha indeed! I can’t imagine why they are at the beach in the first place, you know. I’d just stay home if I wanted to stay out of the sun :P

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Jyoan August 26, 2012 at 1:54 pm

I can’t understand the extremities of the human mind.

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Paris B August 27, 2012 at 12:11 pm

Someone should do a sociological or psychological study on these LOL!

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peach_ August 26, 2012 at 2:07 pm

AVAILABILITY AND PRICE INFO PLZ :D

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Paris B August 27, 2012 at 12:12 pm

LOL! Look on Taobao.com :P

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Sukie August 26, 2012 at 5:38 pm

Hahaha!! For me all I do is just slather layer after layer of sunscreen and I’m all good! No need to look like I’m about to rob a bank, that’s for sure! =D

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Paris B August 27, 2012 at 12:14 pm

Bank robbers! Imagine how easy it will be to hide after a robbery heist! :D

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Monstro August 26, 2012 at 5:58 pm

When I first saw this, I thought it was a joke! I really doubt this trend will take off elsewhere…can you imagine Victoria Secret models wearing these, looking like aliens? I may possibly get this as a Halloween costume. LOL

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Paris B August 27, 2012 at 12:15 pm

HAHA! Who knows… maybe some designer will take to the runway with these and make them hip and trendy :P Can’t say never! ;)

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Madam M August 26, 2012 at 6:09 pm

ha ha ha too funny. But on a serious note i would seriously consider wearing this. Im current 1/2 through my oratane (roacutane) treatment & am quite obessive about not going in the sun. Purely & simply i cannot as i will fry in 5 minutes. This would be perfect for me, perhaps not so much my beach social life. Hee hee hee.

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Paris B August 27, 2012 at 12:16 pm

Ah! Someone brave enough to say she’d wear it! :D A good sunblock and a big hat might serve the purpose too M ;)

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Honey August 26, 2012 at 6:37 pm

No way! Can’t do it, love my tan. But it’s funny to see this????

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Paris B August 27, 2012 at 12:16 pm

Its crazy right?! :D

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Lisa August 26, 2012 at 8:47 pm

In the first place, don’t go into the sun. Looking ridiculous. My hands are covering my face as i’m reading this.

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Paris B August 27, 2012 at 12:17 pm

haha! my thoughts exactly, Lisa – why go out in the sun or to the beach if you’re going to wrap up like a mummy?!

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gin August 26, 2012 at 9:39 pm

LOL…thats a whole lot of terrorists!

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Paris B August 27, 2012 at 12:17 pm

Imagine how easy it would be to hide! :O No one knows who you are.

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laila August 27, 2012 at 10:03 am

I saw the exact thing when I was holidaying in Bali..obviously I tote that she was wearing it for some health reason…for me if you don’t want to be suntan..then don’t go on a holiday near a beach hahahaha ..but still I guess people are so over the top beauty conscious that you might want to wear something like that

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Paris B August 27, 2012 at 12:49 pm

HAHA You have actually seen it in action! Wow! I wouldn’t have known where to look :P But I agree with you. Someone who doesn’t want to tan shouldn’t be heading to be the beach! :D

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Monkey August 27, 2012 at 1:16 pm

Hi, may i know where to buy Facekini ? Quite intresting !! can block UV rays. This idea not bad. Where to buy ??

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Paris B August 28, 2012 at 2:18 pm

Hmm good question, I have no idea. You may have to look on Taobao.com which is what I gathered from the information online.

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Ginny August 27, 2012 at 3:54 pm

Seriously? Three little words – Only in China!

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Paris B August 28, 2012 at 3:01 pm

Indeed! I found it more amusing that they actually have patterned versions :D

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Sunny-Cookie August 27, 2012 at 4:38 pm

This post had me laughing so much that I just had to write about your blog in my blog. Thanks for dropping by :)

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Paris B August 28, 2012 at 3:03 pm

Glad you enjoyed it & thanks for coming by! :D

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