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How to care for your face mask

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optiphi® Masks – Proudly supporting local communities in South Africa

Congratulations on your mask purchase.  By paying for this mask, you assisted a small South African business to sustain jobs and help alleviate the impact of Covid-19 across the country.

 Care instructions:

Prior to use:

  • Wash mask in warm water with laundry detergent before the first use.

 After use:

  • Once used, wash or sanitize hands, then take the mask off by the strings and machine wash or hand wash with warm water and detergent.
  • Leave to dry in an open area, ideally in sunlight.
  • Wash immediately after every use.
  • Rinse thoroughly and dry.
  • Iron the mask with a cool setting to disinfect.

 How to wear your mask:

  • Wash hands prior to handling your mask.
  • Use the strings to put your mask on.
  • Refrain from touching your mask when wearing, and avoid taking it off and putting it back on multiple times.
  • The mask must cover your mouth, chin and nose properly.


Store mask in a well aired environment.  Refrain from storing your mask in a plastic bag or closed container.  Avoid storing your mask where another person could potentially cough or sneeze and in turn contaminate your mask.

 Please note:

The mask you purchased is not a surgical or sterile mask.  Wearing a mask does not guarantee complete protection from contracting the virus.  Follow these hygiene tips to ensure contamination:

  1. Wash hand regularly with soap and warm water for a minimum of 20 seconds.
  2. Refrain from touching your face with unwashed hands.
  3. Cough or sneeze into a tissue or crook of your arm.
  4. Discard of used tissues immediately in a dustbin.
  5. Practice social distancing, by maintain a distance of at least 2m from the next person at all times

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JOEN Masks give back to the community

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Silvia and her son, Collins run a little company called ‘JOEN’, named after Silvia’s late brother. They create and sell beautiful hand-made bags, wine-coolers and clothing items for local consumers as well as tourists. Their great service and quality stitching have helped grow their little business but with the implementation of the Covid-19 lockdown, their sales have come to a standstill. The positivity of Silvia and Collins lead them to create face masks for the community to use during this time of crises.

Skin Rejuvenation Technologies and optiphi®, applaud the initiative and hard work that Silvia, Collins and their recruited teams are putting into JOEN and the positivity and love they have for their community. These teams are helping educate their communities about this novel virus and reduce the spread of the disease.

We have joined hands with JOEN Masks and are making these beautiful and practical masks available to purchase on our optiphi® online store. A portion of these proceeds go back into the community and the charities they support.

JOEN have been successful in securing donations from their local Hoedspruit district that have helped provide 200 masks for distribution to Silvia’s home community. These donations have allowed Silvia and Collins to continue to earn an income during this period, recruit additional tailors and also resulted in on-going contributions to local charities.

It is important to mention that all the proceeds from the sale of these masks return to the local area and a portion of the proceeds is shared amongst the following four local charitable causes.


Nourish is currently feeding 400 people per week in the village of Sigagule, along the Kruger border, growing resilient communities and fighting poaching through fighting poverty. 



An award winning HIV and AIDS educational and treatment programme targeting workers, including foreign migrants, in the agriculture, nature conservation and tourism sectors in The Greater Kruger to Canyons area located in Limpopo and Mpumalanga.


 GKACI - Greater Kruger Alley Cats Initiative

Reducing the local feral cat population and preventing breeding between domestic cats and African Wildcats in the Hoedspruit and Phalaborwa area.


 HALO - Hoedspruit AnimaL Outreach

HALO is a non-profit volunteer organisation dedicated to the upliftment of domestic animal welfare in rural communities around Hoedspruit.


 A purchase of one of these colourful masks helps a local entrepreneur feed and house his/her family and assists the local community with food, medical treatment and animal welfare.

Click HERE to purchase a JOEN Mask for only R95.00

Masks are machine washable and tie comfortably behind the head, preventing pressure from building behind the ears.

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