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FACE-KINI

One way to avoid the dangerous rays of the sun is to stay indoors, another is to apply a healthy layer of sun cream and slap on a wide-brimmed hat.

If you’re in China, however, there is a third option – a ‘Face-Kini’ complete with a body suit.

The name describes a protective head mask that is being used in Shandong province’s East China Sea coast by beach-goers who want to protect their skin from the sun.

Stay away from the sun: Chinese beachgoers wearing body suits and protective head masks, dubbed 'face-kinis' by Chinese netizens, on a crowded public beach in Qingdao, northeast China's Shandong provinceStay away from the sun: Chinese beachgoers wearing body suits and protective head masks, dubbed ‘face-kinis’ by Chinese netizens, on a crowded public beach in Qingdao, northeast China’s Shandong province

 

Added benefit: The face masks were initially designed to protect from sunburn but it turns out they are also quite handy at repelling insects and jellyfishAdded benefit: The face masks were initially designed to protect from sunburn but it turns out they are also quite handy at repelling insects and jellyfish

His and hers: The suits come in wide range of colours and patterns His and hers: The suits come in wide range of colours and patterns

 

This picture taken on August 16, 2012 shows a Chinese beachgoer a wearing body suit
This picture taken on August 16, 2012 shows a Chinese beachgoer a wearing body suit

Some fashion-conscious swimmers match the colour of their protective head mask to their body suit

 

One for me, one for you: Small sized protective head masks are also made for childrenOne for me, one for you: Small sized protective head masks are also made for children

 

Eureka! The clothing was invented by a local around seven years ago and is now under mass production and is on sale at swimwear stores along the coastEureka! The clothing was invented by a local around seven years ago and is now under mass production and is on sale at swimwear stores along the coast

Fashion: The outfits are the latest trend on the beach front resort Fashion: The outfits are the latest trend on the beach front resort

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