Anyshould fit snugly above your nose and under your chin, but not so tight that it digs into your face. It should also be made of a breathable fabric – especially if it is several layers thick.
Whether you wear aor a ready-made mask, always remember to wash your hands before putting on and removing the mask. Here's how to stay comfortable wearing your mask in public.
Prevent your ears from getting raw
to wear masks has become a common complaint because of the elastic rubbing behind your ears. Fortunately, people got creative and started making buttoned headbands to attach the elastic loops around it.
If wearing a headband isn't really your style, you can always try the S-ring hook trick. To attach your face mask, take the loops and place them around each U of the hook. Make sure the S-ring is in the center of the back of your head when you wear the mask. The hook should make your mask fit your face better as the loops are pulled tight.
If you don't have an S-ring hook around your house, you can find mask hooks on Etsy in various shapes, sizes and designs. Or place a piece of folded tissue between the strap and your ear for cushioning.
Use only 100% cotton face masks and covers
Many people buy 100% cotton sheets for a reason: to stay cool. And that rule doesn't just apply to sheets – you should also look out for cotton face masks. The cotton material is considered to have better ventilation and will retain less moisture that builds up through breathing and sweating. And since your face mask can have multiple layers, you want a material that doesn't restrict your breathing.
There are also certain materials that you want to avoid, such as polyester, that can retain moisture due to its water-resistant properties.
Make sure it is snug, not tight
While you want your mask to fit snugly around your face to prevent breathing droplets from escaping or coming in, you don't want it to be so tight that it hurts your face. And if it is too tight, you have less space to breathe properly.
Wear your mask at home before you leave to make sure you wear it comfortably for a long time, or long enough to go to the supermarket, for example. Adjust as needed while you are at home because the last thing you want to do is take off your mask and adjust it while you are in public.
Change your mask if it feels dirty
Now that it is getting hot outside, the life of your masks can be shorter all day long. That's because the mask can cause your face to sweat, creating moisture in the mask. Once a mask gets wet, it is no longer useful and should be replaced immediately. That's why we recommend keeping an extra mask with you if you know you've been away for a while.
When you get home, properly remove and wax your mask to clean and ready to use.
Be wary of your facial products
If you have dry skin, it is best to apply a moisturizer before wearing a mask. This can help prevent skin irritation from where the mask rubs your face. If you have oily skin, you may not want to wear a liquid foundation as that can clog your pores and cause your skin to erupt. Not to mention, the foundation can also rub on your mask, leading to reduced air filtration, making it more difficult to breathe.
If you have sensitive skin, you may want to forgo makeup under your mask and cleanse your face before and after wearing a mask.
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The information in this article is for educational and informational purposes only and is not intended as health – or medical advice. Always consult a physician or other qualified health care professional if you have questions about a medical condition or health goals.