Oct. 8, 1946. G. |_. LJNDBLAD I 2,408,860 FACIAL CLEANER Filed Feb. 24 , 1944 a 0 2,408,860 Patented Oct. 8, 1946 UNITED STATES PATENT OFFICE 2,408,860 FACIAL CLEANER ‘George L. Lindblad, Chicago, Ill. Application February 24, 1944, Serial No. 523,719 2 Claims. (Cl. 15-244) 2 1 The invention here disclosed relates to facial cleaners and applicators and is an improvement ' resiliency to it and quicker response to expansion On release. Rising from this enlarged air cham ber is the top or neck portion 12, in which is on the device shown in my application Ser. No. 424,211, new Patent No. 2,347,355. The novel construction shown in that applica cemented or otherwise secured the sponge mem ber l3. Preferably, the neck 12 will be provided on its inner Wall surface with sponge gripping means and this may be conveniently done by curving or bellying the wall inwardly to give a retaining or gripping surface to receive the tion is satisfactory and useful, and the present development is designed to improve, by additional features, the cleaner and applicator there shown. The present form of the device embodies the respiratory or breather principle disclosed in my earlier case. It differs in structural make-up, however, and has distinctive and novel features sponge I3. The sponge is preferably crowned'and is di vided by a ?exible impervious membrane I8 of rubber or other suitable material, the edge ll} over anything heretofore known to me. It is pro~ of the membrane H3 being turned down over the 'vided with an enlarged air chamber, as shown, and the cleaning and massaging element, the 15 lower sponge member 20 as at 2| and secured to the wall of the casing. The membrane 18 di sponge, is so developed that an improved respira vides the sponge insert into a lower part 20 and tory action is secured and a more copious and an upper part 22, communication being estab satisfactory application and distribution of the lished between them through an opening 23 in cleaning ?uid is brought about. This is accom~ plished by so fashioning the sponge through 20 membrane 18. The opening 23 is here shown as centrally placed in the membrane I8, but it will which the cleaning ?uid passes and the respira be understood that it may be differently placed tory action takes place that there will be, in and more than one opening provided if desired. addition to the delivery through the pores of the The lower sponge part 2| is provided with a sponge proper, a direct delivery passage for ?uid and air through an unobstructed passage in the 25 depression or recess 24 in communication with the opening 23 in the membrane it, so that, when sponge, so that the cleaning fluid will spread the casing I1 is compressed or expanded, flow of uniformly over the top of the sponge; ensure the cleansing fluid will occur. From the recess su?icient delivery of the cleaner compound or 24 a passage 25 extends through the upper sponge material to the applicator surface, and improve to a considerable degree the respiratory or breath 30 member 22 for delivery and distribution of cleans ing ?uid. er action. This construction has the advantage of cen In the drawing herewith is illustrated one form tralizing flow from the chamber of casing I‘! and of my invention, and that the best now known the lower sponge member 2| and delivery to the to me, and in said drawing: Figure 1 is a view in side elevation of the ‘ upper sponge member in a regulated and directed manner. Because of the arrangement of the cleaner. passage 25 and the membrane t8, the respira Figure 2 is a sectional view of the cleaner tory action acts along or as near the outer sur shown in Figure 1, and face of the sponge and the skin as‘ is possible, Figure 3 is a top plan view partly in section thereby rendering the application of the cleaner of the cleaner. and the cleaning fluid very effective. Referring to the drawing by numbers, like The device may take any form desired in hori numbers indicating like parts in the several views, zontal cross section, but is here shown as oval, the cleaner is made up of a flexible casing having as that has been found to be a very convenient an air chamber and a sponge holding-top. The form. Further, since variations in make-up and air chamber i0 is made somewhat larger than design may be made without departing from the the top portion and preferably of the form shown, principle of the invention, such changes are to be in order to give a su?icient supply of air and give regarded as within the purview of my invention a convenient and sure handhold for the opera as de?ned in the appended claims. tion. It is made of any ?exible material, such I claim: as rubber, so that it may be readily compressed 50 1. A facial cleaner comprising a cup-like mem to force out or entrain air as it is compressed and ber formed of rubber-like material and having released. In order to strengthen the wall of the substantially straight side walls cooperating to air chamber l0, it will preferably be provided with ribs ll, here shown as external ribs, which not only strengthen the device, but give greater u 55 form a sponge receiving section, a sponge secured to the inner surface of the side walls and having 2,408,860 3 4 an exposed skin engaging surface terminating cured to the inner surface of the side walls and having an exposed skin engaging surface termi nating adjacent the open end of the member, and an impervious ?exible membrane provided with an opening dividing said sponge into inner and adjacent the open end of the member, and an impervious ?exible membrane provided with an opening dividing said sponge into inner and outer parts, the outer part of said sponge having an unobstructed passage leading from the open outer parts, the inner part of said sponge having a recess communicating with the opening in said ing in said membrane to the skin engaging sur face of said sponge, the base of said member membrane, said outer sponge part having an unobstructed passage leading from the recess to inner surface of the sponge to fonn therewith an 10 the outer face of said sponge, the base of said air pocket, whereby when the sponge is applied member being collapsible and rounded outwardly to the face, the base may be collapsed and con from the inner surface of the sponge to form stitute a diaphragm to force the air in the pocket 7 therewith an air pocket, whereby when the sponge through the sponge without substantially com is applied to the face, the base may be collapsed being collapsible and rounded outwardly from the pressing the same and thereby produce a gentle respiratory action upon the skin. " and constitute a diaphragm to force the air in the pocket through the sponge without substan tially compressing the same and thereby produce a gentle respiratory action upon the skin. 2. A facial cleaner comprising a cup-like mem ber formed of rubber-like material and having substantially straight side walls cooperating to form a sponge receiving section, a sponge se 20 GEORGE L. LINDBLAD.