Must-have swimsuit item of the season: The facekini

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Must-have swimsuit item of the season: The facekini
QINGDAO, CHINA - JULY 14: Chinese swimmers wearing body suits and protective head masks on a public beach on July 14, 2013 in Qingdao, China. Many Chinese beachgoers wearing their body suits and protective head masks which made by themselves or buy from local swimwear stores when they swimming in the sea to protect from sunburn and also prevent sting injury of jellyfish. This nylon mask is named 'Face-Bikini' by Chinese netizens that was invented by a woman about eight years ago. Now it becomes to a fashion among many local elder female swimmers and sale with about price of 20 RMB yuan (US$ 3.2) in several local swimwear stores. (Photo by Hong Wu/Getty Images)
QINGDAO, CHINA - JULY 13: A Chinese swimmer wearing protective head mask dances to warm up on a public beach on July 13, 2013 in Qingdao, China. Many Chinese beachgoers wearing their body suits and protective head masks which made by themselves or buy from local swimwear stores when they swimming in the sea to protect from sunburn and also prevent sting injury of jellyfish. This nylon mask is named 'Face-Bikini' by Chinese netizens that was invented by a woman about eight years ago. Now it becomes to a fashion among many local elder female swimmers and sale with about price of 20 RMB yuan (US$ 3.2) in several local swimwear stores. (Photo by Hong Wu/Getty Images)
QINGDAO, CHINA - JULY 17: Chinese swimmers wearing body suits and protective head masks prepare to swim on a public beach on July 17, 2013 in Qingdao, China. Many Chinese beachgoers wearing their body suits and protective head masks which made by themselves or buy from local swimwear stores when they swimming in the sea to protect from sunburn and also prevent sting injury of jellyfish. This nylon mask is named 'Face-Bikini' by Chinese netizens that was invented by a woman about eight years ago. Now it becomes to a fashion among many local elder female swimmers and sale with about price of 20 RMB yuan (US$ 3.2) in several local swimwear stores. (Photo by Hong Wu/Getty Images)
QINGDAO, CHINA - JULY 9: A Chinese swimmer wearing body suit and protective head mask rests on a public beach on July 9, 2013 in Qingdao, China. Many Chinese beachgoers wearing their body suits and protective head masks which made by themselves or buy from local swimwear stores when they swimming in the sea to protect from sunburn and also prevent sting injury of jellyfish. This nylon mask is named 'Face-Bikini' by Chinese netizens that was invented by a woman about eight years ago. Now it becomes to a fashion among many local elder female swimmers and sale with about price of 20 RMB yuan (US$ 3.2) in several local swimwear stores. (Photo by Hong Wu/Getty Images)
QINGDAO, CHINA - JULY 17: A Chinese swimmer wearing body suit and protective head mask helps another swimmer to wear mask on a public beach on July 17, 2013 in Qingdao, China. Many Chinese beachgoers wearing their body suits and protective head masks which made by themselves or buy from local swimwear stores when they swimming in the sea to protect from sunburn and also prevent sting injury of jellyfish. This nylon mask is named 'Face-Bikini' by Chinese netizens that was invented by a woman about eight years ago. Now it becomes to a fashion among many local elder female swimmers and sale with about price of 20 RMB yuan (US$ 3.2) in several local swimwear stores. (Photo by Hong Wu/Getty Images)
QINGDAO, CHINA - JULY 17: Chinese swimmers wearing body suits and protective head masks prepare to swim on a public beach on July 17, 2013 in Qingdao, China. Many Chinese beachgoers wearing their body suits and protective head masks which made by themselves or buy from local swimwear stores when they swimming in the sea to protect from sunburn and also prevent sting injury of jellyfish. This nylon mask is named 'Face-Bikini' by Chinese netizens that was invented by a woman about eight years ago. Now it becomes to a fashion among many local elder female swimmers and sale with about price of 20 RMB yuan (US$ 3.2) in several local swimwear stores. (Photo by Hong Wu/Getty Images)
QINGDAO, CHINA - JULY 17: A Chinese swimmer wearing body suit and protective head mask on a public beach on July 17, 2013 in Qingdao, China. Many Chinese beachgoers wearing their body suits and protective head masks which made by themselves or buy from local swimwear stores when they swimming in the sea to protect from sunburn and also prevent sting injury of jellyfish. This nylon mask is named 'Face-Bikini' by Chinese netizens that was invented by a woman about eight years ago. Now it becomes to a fashion among many local elder female swimmers and sale with about price of 20 RMB yuan (US$ 3.2) in several local swimwear stores. (Photo by Hong Wu/Getty Images)
QINGDAO, CHINA - JULY 5: A Chinese swimmer wearing protective head mask to teaches a girl to swim on a public beach on July 5, 2013 in Qingdao, China. Many Chinese beachgoers wearing their body suits and protective head masks which made by themselves or buy from local swimwear stores when they swimming in the sea to protect from sunburn and also prevent sting injury of jellyfish. This nylon mask is named 'Face-Bikini' by Chinese netizens that was invented by a woman about eight years ago. Now it becomes to a fashion among many local elder female swimmers and sale with about price of 20 RMB yuan (US$ 3.2) in several local swimwear stores. (Photo by Hong Wu/Getty Images)
QINGDAO, CHINA - JULY 13: A Chinese swimmer wearing protective head mask dances with other swimmers on a public beach on July 13, 2013 in Qingdao, China. Many Chinese beachgoers wearing their body suits and protective head masks which made by themselves or buy from local swimwear stores when they swimming in the sea to protect from sunburn and also prevent sting injury of jellyfish. This nylon mask is named 'Face-Bikini' by Chinese netizens that was invented by a woman about eight years ago. Now it becomes to a fashion among many local elder female swimmers and sale with about price of 20 RMB yuan (US$ 3.2) in several local swimwear stores. (Photo by Hong Wu/Getty Images)
QINGDAO, CHINA - JULY 13: A Chinese swimmer wearing protective head mask dances to warm up on a public beach on July 13, 2013 in Qingdao, China. Many Chinese beachgoers wearing their body suits and protective head masks which made by themselves or buy from local swimwear stores when they swimming in the sea to protect from sunburn and also prevent sting injury of jellyfish. This nylon mask is named 'Face-Bikini' by Chinese netizens that was invented by a woman about eight years ago. Now it becomes to a fashion among many local elder female swimmers and sale with about price of 20 RMB yuan (US$ 3.2) in several local swimwear stores. (Photo by Hong Wu/Getty Images)
QINGDAO, CHINA - JULY 13: A Chinese swimmer wearing protective head mask dances to warm up on a public beach on July 13, 2013 in Qingdao, China. Many Chinese beachgoers wearing their body suits and protective head masks which made by themselves or buy from local swimwear stores when they swimming in the sea to protect from sunburn and also prevent sting injury of jellyfish. This nylon mask is named 'Face-Bikini' by Chinese netizens that was invented by a woman about eight years ago. Now it becomes to a fashion among many local elder female swimmers and sale with about price of 20 RMB yuan (US$ 3.2) in several local swimwear stores. (Photo by Hong Wu/Getty Images)
QINGDAO, CHINA - JULY 9: A Chinese swimmer wearing body suit and protective head mask warms up on a public beach on July 9, 2013 in Qingdao, China. Many Chinese beachgoers wearing their body suits and protective head masks which made by themselves or buy from local swimwear stores when they swimming in the sea to protect from sunburn and also prevent sting injury of jellyfish. This nylon mask is named 'Face-Bikini' by Chinese netizens that was invented by a woman about eight years ago. Now it becomes to a fashion among many local elder female swimmers and sale with about price of 20 RMB yuan (US$ 3.2) in several local swimwear stores. (Photo by Hong Wu/Getty Images)
QINGDAO, CHINA - JULY 9: A Chinese swimmer wearing body suit and protective head mask rests on a public beach on July 9, 2013 in Qingdao, China. Many Chinese beachgoers wearing their body suits and protective head masks which made by themselves or buy from local swimwear stores when they swimming in the sea to protect from sunburn and also prevent sting injury of jellyfish. This nylon mask is named 'Face-Bikini' by Chinese netizens that was invented by a woman about eight years ago. Now it becomes to a fashion among many local elder female swimmers and sale with about price of 20 RMB yuan (US$ 3.2) in several local swimwear stores. (Photo by Hong Wu/Getty Images)
QINGDAO, CHINA - JULY 9: A Chinese swimmer wearing protective head mask on a public beach on July 9, 2013 in Qingdao, China. Many Chinese beachgoers wearing their body suits and protective head masks which made by themselves or buy from local swimwear stores when they swimming in the sea to protect from sunburn and also prevent sting injury of jellyfish. This nylon mask is named 'Face-Bikini' by Chinese netizens that was invented by a woman about eight years ago. Now it becomes to a fashion among many local elder female swimmers and sale with about price of 20 RMB yuan (US$ 3.2) in several local swimwear stores. (Photo by Hong Wu/Getty Images)
QINGDAO, CHINA - JULY 9: A Chinese swimmer wearing body suit and protective head mask rests on a public beach on July 9, 2013 in Qingdao, China. Many Chinese beachgoers wearing their body suits and protective head masks which made by themselves or buy from local swimwear stores when they swimming in the sea to protect from sunburn and also prevent sting injury of jellyfish. This nylon mask is named 'Face-Bikini' by Chinese netizens that was invented by a woman about eight years ago. Now it becomes to a fashion among many local elder female swimmers and sale with about price of 20 RMB yuan (US$ 3.2) in several local swimwear stores. (Photo by Hong Wu/Getty Images)
QINGDAO, CHINA - JULY 9: A Chinese swimmer wearing protective head mask on a public beach on July 9, 2013 in Qingdao, China. Many Chinese beachgoers wearing their body suits and protective head masks which made by themselves or buy from local swimwear stores when they swimming in the sea to protect from sunburn and also prevent sting injury of jellyfish. This nylon mask is named 'Face-Bikini' by Chinese netizens that was invented by a woman about eight years ago. Now it becomes to a fashion among many local elder female swimmers and sale with about price of 20 RMB yuan (US$ 3.2) in several local swimwear stores. (Photo by Hong Wu/Getty Images)
QINGDAO, CHINA - JULY 6: Chinese swimmers wearing body suits and protective head masks on a public beach on July 6, 2013 in Qingdao, China. Many Chinese beachgoers wearing their body suits and protective head masks which made by themselves or buy from local swimwear stores when they swimming in the sea to protect from sunburn and also prevent sting injury of jellyfish. This nylon mask is named 'Face-Bikini' by Chinese netizens that was invented by a woman about eight years ago. Now it becomes to a fashion among many local elder female swimmers and sale with about price of 20 RMB yuan (US$ 3.2) in several local swimwear stores. (Photo by Hong Wu/Getty Images)
QINGDAO, CHINA - JULY 6: Chinese swimmers wearing body suits and protective head masks swim in the sea on a public beach on July 6, 2013 in Qingdao, China. Many Chinese beachgoers wearing their body suits and protective head masks which made by themselves or buy from local swimwear stores when they swimming in the sea to protect from sunburn and also prevent sting injury of jellyfish. This nylon mask is named 'Face-Bikini' by Chinese netizens that was invented by a woman about eight years ago. Now it becomes to a fashion among many local elder female swimmers and sale with about price of 20 RMB yuan (US$ 3.2) in several local swimwear stores. (Photo by Hong Wu/Getty Images)
QINGDAO, CHINA - JULY 6: Chinese swimmers wearing body suits and protective head masks swim in the sea on a public beach on July 6, 2013 in Qingdao, China. Many Chinese beachgoers wearing their body suits and protective head masks which made by themselves or buy from local swimwear stores when they swimming in the sea to protect from sunburn and also prevent sting injury of jellyfish. This nylon mask is named 'Face-Bikini' by Chinese netizens that was invented by a woman about eight years ago. Now it becomes to a fashion among many local elder female swimmers and sale with about price of 20 RMB yuan (US$ 3.2) in several local swimwear stores. (Photo by Hong Wu/Getty Images)
QINGDAO, CHINA - JULY 5: Chinese swimmers wearing body suits and protective head masks on a public beach on July 5, 2013 in Qingdao, China. Many Chinese beachgoers wearing their body suits and protective head masks which made by themselves or buy from local swimwear stores when they swimming in the sea to protect from sunburn and also prevent sting injury of jellyfish. This nylon mask is named 'Face-Bikini' by Chinese netizens that was invented by a woman about eight years ago. Now it becomes to a fashion among many local elder female swimmers and sale with about price of 20 RMB yuan (US$ 3.2) in several local swimwear stores. (Photo by Hong Wu/Getty Images)
This picture taken on July 3, 2013 shows Chinese beachgoers wearing body suits and protective head masks, dubbed 'face-kinis' by Chinese netizens, on a public beach in Qingdao, northeast China's Shandong province. The face masks were initially designed to protect from sunburn but it turns out they are also quite handy at repelling insects and jellyfish, as many people in China dislike getting a tan, especially on the face. CHINA OUT AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)
This picture taken on July 3, 2013 shows Chinese beachgoers wearing body suits and protective head masks, dubbed 'face-kinis' by Chinese netizens, on a public beach in Qingdao, northeast China's Shandong province. The face masks were initially designed to protect from sunburn but it turns out they are also quite handy at repelling insects and jellyfish, as many people in China dislike getting a tan, especially on the face. CHINA OUT AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)
This picture taken on August 16, 2012 shows 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. The face masks were initially designed to protect from sunburn but it turns out they are also quite handy at repelling insects and jellyfish, as many people in China dislike getting a tan, especially on the face. CHINA OUT AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read AFP/AFP/GettyImages)
This picture taken on August 16, 2012 shows 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. The face masks were initially designed to protect from sunburn but it turns out they are also quite handy at repelling insects and jellyfish, as many people in China dislike getting a tan, especially on the face. CHINA OUT AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read AFP/AFP/GettyImages)
This picture taken on August 16, 2012 shows 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. The face masks were initially designed to protect from sunburn but it turns out they are also quite handy at repelling insects and jellyfish, as many people in China dislike getting a tan, especially on the face. CHINA OUT AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read AFP/AFP/GettyImages)
This picture taken on August 16, 2012 shows 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. The face masks were initially designed to protect from sunburn but it turns out they are also quite handy at repelling insects and jellyfish, as many people in China dislike getting a tan, especially on the face. CHINA OUT AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read AFP/AFP/GettyImages)
This picture taken on August 16, 2012 shows 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. The face masks were initially designed to protect from sunburn but it turns out they are also quite handy at repelling insects and jellyfish, as many people in China dislike getting a tan, especially on the face. CHINA OUT AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read AFP/AFP/GettyImages)
This picture taken on August 16, 2012 shows 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. The face masks were initially designed to protect from sunburn but it turns out they are also quite handy at repelling insects and jellyfish, as many people in China dislike getting a tan, especially on the face. CHINA OUT AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read AFP/AFP/GettyImages)
This picture taken on August 16, 2012 shows a Chinese beachgoer a wearing body suit and protective head mask, dubbed 'face-kinis' by Chinese netizens, on a crowded public beach in Qingdao, northeast China's Shandong province. The face masks were initially designed to protect from sunburn but it turns out they are also quite handy at repelling insects and jellyfish, as many people in China dislike getting a tan, especially on the face. CHINA OUT AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read AFP/AFP/GettyImages)
This picture taken on August 16, 2012 shows a Chinese beachgoer a wearing body suit and protective head mask, dubbed 'face-kinis' by Chinese netizens, on a crowded public beach in Qingdao, northeast China's Shandong province. The face masks were initially designed to protect from sunburn but it turns out they are also quite handy at repelling insects and jellyfish, as many people in China dislike getting a tan, especially on the face. CHINA OUT AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read AFP/AFP/GettyImages)
QINGDAO, CHINA - JULY 5: A Chinese swimmer wearing body suit and protective head mask to swim on a public beach on July 5, 2013 in Qingdao, China. Many Chinese beachgoers wearing their body suits and protective head masks which made by themselves or buy from local swimwear stores when they swimming in the sea to protect from sunburn and also prevent sting injury of jellyfish. This nylon mask is named 'Face-Bikini' by Chinese netizens that was invented by a woman about eight years ago. Now it becomes to a fashion among many local elder female swimmers and sale with about price of 20 RMB yuan (US$ 3.2) in several local swimwear stores. (Photo by Hong Wu/Getty Images)
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Originally designed to protect your face from the sun, the bizarre new 'facekini' trend has exploded over beaches in Qingdao, China.

In some cultures, a tanned face and body implies health and leisure. But in China, a tan implies being of a lower socioeconomic status.

The explosion of the facekini has both baffled and intrigued social media users, as pictures of facekini users pop up all over online.

The facekini reportedly costs between $2.40 and $4.00 USD.

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