Because of the Covid pandemic and the wearing of masks, seeing whole faces has become rare. To overcome this phenomenon and find a few smiles, here are some ideas that will make you smile… literally.

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Smiling badges to pin

The start-up USmile has created badges where you can see a photo of your entire face, without a mask. “With the essential wearing of a mask to prevent the spread of the virus, we are losing fundamental human interactions: those of recognizing ourselves and communicating through our expressions,” USmile says on its site.

These badges to be pinned to clothing were primarily intended for caregivers to reassure their patients. But they can also be useful in administrations, schools or businesses.

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“Lower face” masks

To reconstruct an entire face, another solution may be to print a photo of the bottom of your face on your mask. Be careful, however, to position it correctly when wearing it, otherwise you end up with a crooked mouth …

On the Internet, a large number of companies have embarked on printing facial stockings photos on fabric masks. The site Etsy concentrates a large number. To provide it, you will have to pay between 8 € and 20 €. Find here, here and here sites that sell this type of mask.

Transparent masks

Originally designed for people with hearing loss, the transparent mask allows them to continue to read lips. But it also makes it possible to see the lower part of the wearer’s face, so to better distinguish the expression of his face.

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The Paris MDPH has made a list of French start-ups that have launched into the business of these transparent masks. Individually, they cost between € 10 and € 20. Find them on This site, This site or This site.

See the face to communicate better

According to Anne-Victoire Rousselet, a psychologist who worked with the USmile company, wearing a mask is an obstacle to communication: “There are a lot of non-verbal aspects missing, we only have eye movements. 80% of communication is non-verbal! ”

In addition, if you have the impression of hearing less well because of the mask of your interlocutor, this is not an illusion according to the psychologist. “Yet it is not very thick… But what we hear and what we receive is not enough to understand the other when we wear a mask. Para-verbal (tone of voice, volume, etc.) and non-verbal are very important, ”she explains.

Anne-Victoire Rousselet explains that even her consultations have become different since the start of the Covid crisis, because of the wearing of a mask. “For first dates, I will prefer video” to see the face, she explains.