US 2671446 A
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March 9, 1954 A. S. V. MANN BEAUTY MASK Filed Oct. 28, 1952 M M V w M Patented Mar. 9, 1954 UNITED STATES PATENT OFFICE BEAUTY MASK Ann S. V. Mann, Peters'burg, Va.
Application October 28, 1952, Serial No. 317,189
2 Claims. 1
This invention relates to beauty aids of the facial mask type, such as are worn over extended periods of time for the eradication of wrinkles, for reshaping facial muscles, and for the general treatment anad improvement of the skin as by the removal of blemishes, etc.
In the past, such masks have been designed primarily along purely utilitarian lines with little regard for aesthetic value and with no consideration for psychological effect. Many women, especially married women, have deprived themselves of the benefits of such aids because of a natural reluctance to appear grotesque before others. Furthermore, such masks have lacked the property of comfortable conformance to feminine facial characteristics.
An object of my invention is to provide a facial mask that is self-conforming to feminine faces in a manner to exploit their beauty and, through exterior surface ornamentation and adornment, to enhance that beauty and maintain it unimpaired over the entire time the mask is worn; so that a woman wearing the mask during her hours of sleep can rest serene in the assurance given by her mirror that, far from appearing grotesque, she is in reality a thing of beauty and that, actually, she sleeps in beauty.
Another object is to provide a facial mask of the nature above indicated and which is so made that it imparts, by positive physical action, its beauty characteristics to the features of a wearer.
Still another object is to provide a beauty mask having a disposable, self-conforming liner for facial application of skin treating and improving creams, lotions, and the like.
Other and incidental objects will be apparent from the following description, taken in conjunction with the following drawings, in which:
Figure 1 is a full face view of the mask as it appears when Worn;
Figure 2 is a vertical sectional view taken substantially on the line 2-2 of Figure l; and
Figure 3 is substantially a side elevation of the mask in service.
In the embodiment of the invention as herein disclosed, the mask comprises a one-piece facial covering 5 having a forehead portion 6 and a neck portion 1. The covering in constituted of a suitable known plastic cast as a thick film possessing flexibility, resilience, and some degree of elasticity, molded to assume the beautiful characteristics of feminine faces in regard to eyes, nose, mouth, chin, throat, etc., and having apertures at the eyes, nostrils and mouth. The material from which the mask is made is, prefer- 2 ably, a flesh-colored polyester plastic that has suflicient inherent rigidity to maintain the imparted shape of nose, chin, eyes, mouth, etc., and to resume its shape following distortion.
The exterior surface of the plastic film body 5 is painted or otherwise decorated to create eyebrows, lashes, nose and mouth lines, etc., so designed as to give the facial appearance of a strikingly beautiful woman. This artistic treatment is an important feature of the invention. Beauty is accentuated in every way possible in all phases of the invention.
At the edge of the forehead portion 6 the film 5 is interiorly reinforced by strips 8 of suitable material secured to the film body as by cementing or the like, and at proper intervals the strips 8 are apertured to receive the bight portions of loops on the adjacent edge of an open mesh head covering 9, such as a juliet cap or the like, that is positioned over a wearers hair, as shown in Figure 3. Preferably the edge loops of the cap 9 are elastic to enable proper adjustment and to impart tension.
Looped straps II] are passed through grommets H in the edges of the throat and neck portion I at each side of the neck and are attached at their tops to the side and rear edges of the cap 9. When the mask is worn, it is secured in position by a velvet ribbon passed through the rearmost strap loops Ill across the back of the wearers neck and tied in a how [2. Of course, any other suitable means may be used to secure the mask in applied position.
Another important feature of the invention is a paper liner I3 of soft tissue that is applied over the rear surface of the entire film body 5 and pressed into conformity therewith, whereby the liner assumes the configuration of the mask, having a forehead portion l4 and a throat and neck portion I5. The liner may, of course, be of any suitable material having great flexibility, but a soft paper tissue is preferred as it conforms readily to the mask configuration and, what is highly important, it conforms also to the features of a wearer when the mask is worn.
Before the mask is put on, the skin-contacting face of the liner I3 has applied thereto at desired locations whatever facial creams, lotions, etc., are to be used; so that when the mask is in place the preparations employed are applied directly to the skin of the wearer and their application is continuous over the length of time the mask is worn, which usually will be during the night.
Inasmuch as the plastic film of which the outer portion 5 of the mask is constituted is impervious to grease and liquid, there is no danger of soilage of bed clothing by seepage through the mask from the paper liner. The paper liner has an added advantage in its use due to the fact that it becomes an absorptive agent for facial perspiration and thus eliminates a highly objectionable characteristic of facial masks constructed of material which does not permit adequate ventilation.
The mask has a definite orthopedic value, and this aspect constitutes another very important feature of the invention. The material comprising the film body 5 has a degree of elasticity which becomes effective when the mask is positioned over a wearer's face to pull the facial muscles and the skin into position and shape that conforms to the configuration of the mask. When the mask is first applied it is somewhat stretched,
and as the material returns to its normal position the underlying facial features are physically acted upon to a degree tending to shape the wearer's features in accordance with the shape of the mask. As the mask is shaped in accordance with lines of classical beauty, and may be designed in accordance with various classical types, the wearer is assured that the orthopedic action of the mask is serving to shape the facial features into the desired lines of Whatever type of classic beauty is selected by the wearer.
In connection with the orthopedic action, the psychological effect previously referred to comes into actual realization when the mask is worn. When the wearer can sleep with assurance that, without conscious effort on her part, the mask is shaping her features along the lines of the type of beauty desired, her mind is at rest and the mental attitude results in muscular relaxation. This relaxation enables the mask to achieve its maximum orthopedic action and the wearer derives a greater benefit from the use of the mask under these conditions.
The hair fitted cap 9 may, of course, be decorated. It is to be understood that the invention as herein disclosed is an illustrative embodiment of its reduction to practice, and that within the scope of the invention as claimed any desired changes and modifications in the details may be made as desired.
1. A beauty mask comprising a plastic film body of self-sustaining shape in the configuration of a type of feminine facial beauty, and a liner of soft tissue paper over the inner face of said film body and conforming to its configuration.
2. A beauty mask comprising a plastic film possessing resilience and elasticity and having a self-sustaining shape including the facial features and throat of a type of feminine beauty, a decorative head covering attached to the forehead and throat portions of the film, means for securing said head covering and shaped film in. service position on a wearer, and a self-conforming liner of soft paper tissue disposed over the inner face of said shaped film.
ANN S. V. MANN.
References Cited in the file of this patent UNITED STATES PATENTS Number Name Date 165,955 Rowley July 27, 1875 194,815 Emerson Sept. 4, 1877