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A woman wearing a facekini

The facekini (Chinese: 脸基尼; pinyin: liǎnjīní) is a mask designed for swimmers and beachgoers which covers the head and reveals only the eyes, nose, and mouth.[1][2][3] This mask is popular in the beachside town of Qingdao, where it is used by people for protecting themselves from tan inducing UV rays while in direct sunlight and from jellyfish, insects and other irritants while at the beach.[1][4][5] The mask is made of a stretchy fabric that is commonly used in bathing suits,[6] and comes in different colors and patterns.[7] They are often worn in combination with various sun protecting clothing such as body suits with long sleeves, sunglasses, visors, or umbrellas.[8][9] Facekinis are available in local swim stores near beaches and online.[10]

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  1. ^ a b Ye, Tianzhou (21 August 2012). "Facekini craze hits China beach". NBC News. Retrieved 21 August 2012. 
  2. ^ Farrier, John (22 August 2012). "Fashion trend: The face-kini". Neatorama. Retrieved 22 August 2012. 
  3. ^ "The facekini: China's new beach trend". The Sun Daily. Retrieved 24 August 2012. [permanent dead link]
  4. ^ Festa, Jessica (24 August 2012). "China's popular beach trend : The Facekini". Gadling. Retrieved 24 August 2012. 
  5. ^ Levin, Dan (3 August 2012). "Beach Essentials in China: Flip-Flops, a Towel and a Ski Mask". The New York Times. Retrieved 21 August 2012. 
  6. ^ Chittley, Jordan (21 August 2012). "Facekini: The newest beachgoing craze at Chinese beach". Yahoo news, Canada. Retrieved 22 August 2012. 
  7. ^ Wilkinson, Isabel (21 August 2012). "Here's the face-kini, summer's new trend". The Daily Beast. Retrieved 21 August 2012. 
  8. ^ Newcomb, Tim (21 August 2012). "The Face-Kini: The Bizarre Art of Covering Up". Time Newsfeed. Retrieved 21 August 2012. 
  9. ^ "Face-kini, Face Mask Bathing Suit, Is Popular On Chinese Beach". Huffington Post US. 21 August 2012. Retrieved 21 August 2012. 
  10. ^ Watson, Leon (7 July 2012). "No, we're not going to rob a bank... we're just off to the beach! Chinese women wear nylon face masks to keep off blazing sun". Mail Online. Retrieved 21 August 2012.