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June 26, 1951 M. c. MERRILL 'FACIAL MASK Filed April 13, 1949 Marion 6. Merrill INVENTOR.
Patented June 26, 1951 UNITED STATES PATENT OFFICE FACIAL; MASK Marion 0.. Merrill, Miami, Fla. Application April 13, 1949-, Serial No. 87,316
This invention relates to new and useful improvements in facial masks used in the application of astringent facial preparations, and the primary object of the invention is to provide an arrangement of this character which enhances the action and effects of such preparations and facilitates their removal at the proper time.
Another important object of the present invention is to provide a cosmetic mask embodying novel and improved means for quickly and readily applying the same to or for removing the same from a users face in a convenient manner.
A further object of the present invention is to provide a cosmetic mask including novel and improved means for reinforcing predetermined areas of the mask and to prevent the mask from separation, thereby insuring uniform action of 1 Claim. (Cl. 128-164) the facial preparation and avoidance of blotches on the face requiring further treatment after removal of the mask.
A still further aim of the present invention is to provide a facial mask that is simple and practical in its construction, strong and reliable in use, neat and attractive in appearance, small and compact in structure, relatively inexpensive to manufacture, and otherwise well adapted for the purposes for which the same is intended.
Other objects and advantages reside in the details of construction and operation as more fully hereinafter described and claimed, reference being had to the accompanying drawings forming part hereof, wherein like numerals refer to like parts throughout, and in which:
Figure l is a perspective view showing the present mask applied to a users face;
Figure 2 is a fragmentary plan view of the mask constructed in accordance with the present invention;
Figure 3 is a transverse horizontal sectional view taken substantially on the plane of section line 33 of Figure 1;
Figure 4 is a fragmentary longitudinal vertical sectional View taken substantially on the plane of section line 4-4 of Figure 1; and
Figure 5 is a plan view of the sheet of material from which the reinforcing means are formed.
Referring now to the drawings in detail, wherein for the purpose of illustration, there is disclosed a preferred embodiment of the present invention, the numeral 5 designates generally the facial mask embodiment composed of silk fabric material in the form of a face covering 6V and laterally extending tabs or straps. The face covering 6 is of a height to reach from a line under the chin of the wearer to the hairline and of a-width to extend across the face and at least as far-back as the ears onthe sides. The lower edge I of the face covering may be substantially straight across, while the side edges 8 and 9, respectively, diverge slightly in an upward direction. The upper edge [0' is slightly upwardly curved from end to end or is concave to conform to the hairline when the face covering is in place.
The straps comprise relatively wide elongated upper and lower pieces I I and I2, on the opposite sides of the face covering 6 and composed of the same material as the face covering, the straps being attached on a bias as indicated by the numerals I 3 and M to the cut-off corners of the face covering, so that the straps on each side extend at divergent angles.
The face covering 6 is not a plain sheet of silk fabric material but is made up from a larger sheet cut and sewn together on the vertical line IE to provide a tapering forward bulge around the nose region. The nose region is provided with a horizontal nose opening I6 through which a portion of the nose of the wearer is to extend for breathing and other purposes, A horizontal mouth opening I! is located below the nose opening, both the nose opening and the mouth opening being formed transversely of and through the line l5. Eye openings l8 and I9 are properly positioned on the upper part of the face covering.
After the astringent facial preparation has been applied to the face of the customer, the mask is installed with the face covering 6 properly positioned and the tabs or straps brought around the head and tied or pinned together at the back. Then the reinforcements in the form of triangular sheets of relatively heavy paper covered on one side with adhesive are pressed on the outside of the mask on the forehead area as at .20, on each cheek area at the sides of the nose area as at 2| and 22, respectively, and on the chin area as at 23.
The triangular reinforcements come conveniently in sheet form as at 24 having perforations or weakened lines 25 enabling selection of a triangular reinforcement of the proper size for the particular circumstances by tearing along the lines 25.
As the astringent preparation dries on the face of the customer a portion of the preparation absorbed by the mask dries also in the mask. As the drying progresses, the various reinforcements prevent distortion of the mask over the areas un- I der and adjacent to the reinforcements and thereby prevent unwanted separation of the mask from the face of the customer before it is time to remove the mask, thereby insuring uniform action of the facial preparation and avoidance of b1otches on the face requiring further treatment after removal of the mask.
When the mask is removed at the proper stage in the drying of the facial preparation, a substantial proportion of the preparation on the face of the customer is removed by the separation of the mask from the face, thereby reducing the amount of cleaning required to remove surplus preparation and by the same token reducing the risk of spoiling the skin condition produced by the procedure outlined.
Although I have shown and described herein a preferred embodiment of my invention, it is to be understood that I do not desire to limit the application of the invention thereto, except as may be required by the scope of the subjoined claim.
Having described the invention, what is claimed 20 as new is:
A facial mask consisting of a face covering having laterally extending attaching straps, said face covering comprising a forehead area, a nose 4 1 area, cheek areas at opposite sides of said nose area, and a chin area below said nose area, said face covering being formed, of absorbent fabric material, said face covering further being formed to project forwardly in the region of said nose area, and reinforcements attached to said forehead, cheek and chin areas for preventing undue stretching and distortion of the mask, said reinforcements comprising small substantially triangular sheets of paper adhered to the front of said face covering; said triangular sheets having their apices inwardly directed toward said nose area. MARION C. MERRILL.
REFERENCES CITED The following references are of record in the file of this patent:
UNITED STATES PATENTS Number Name Date 1,584,012 Cocroft May 11, 1926 1,862,588 Conley r June 14, 1932 2,001,862 Battey May 21, 1935 2,002,449 Dohm May 21, 1935