“How can I find a face mask that’s best for me?” I bet that’s something you didn’t think you’d ever ask yourself on an almost daily basis, but in the age of the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s the best way to protect yourself and those around you. Face masks are now a critical everyday item, so why not find the best one for you.
Where to Start
In this unpredictable year, there are face masks at every street corner, supermarket, and online retailer. There’s so much to consider when looking for your ideal mask. So let’s start with the basics. Have you tried a mask already and seen that it didn’t work for you? Take notes on what you liked or didn’t like about it. Maybe you didn’t like the material, or it wasn’t the right size. Make sure to experiment until you find what’s best for you.
Match to your Lifestyle
Consider your lifestyle and look at it from a practical standpoint. Are you frequently around other people at high-risk of getting COVID-19? Are you at high-risk for getting COVID-19? If so, you’ll want one that maximizes protection, like the N95 mask.
Will you be going out and eating at a restaurant or drinking at a coffee shop? Or talking on the phone frequently? If you answered yes to either of these questions, then you want a mask that can easily move up and down so you can continue your actions at ease. You’ll see the RxMask by Infrawear design uses a headband-like style, which includes anti-odor properties and is great if you have an active lifestyle.
How often will you be wearing the mask? If you are working eight-hour shifts for essential work or exercise frequently, you’ll need to be diligent about washing the mask. You may think that washing your mask every day is a big pain (and it definitely can be), so there are other options you can consider. Inexpensive, one-use masks can be thrown out when you find it’s been worn enough. While the reusable masks are better for the environment, you have to think about what you will be more likely to do. This will not only help you plan better, but it’ll also help your skin stay clean and fresh. After all, the maskne problem is real, no matter what age you are!
Ensure a Secure Fit
The fit of your mask is both about maximizing protection and comfort. Make sure it covers your nose, nostrils, and mouth completely. Minimal air should be able to be pushed into the mask. Enough so you can breathe, but not enough that it isn’t providing enough protection.
If you wear glasses you probably already noticed the instant fog. That means your mask is too big, and no one likes foggy glasses. You may want to prioritize an adjustable mask.
Reusable masks come in many different fabrics. Some are better for filtering than others, while some are better for different climates. If you live in a warmer climate, you want something breathable like linen or cotton. There are also breathable synthetics and felt which are used in medical masks and better for warmer weather. If you live in a cooler climate, masks with a plastic coating will be better. Because this type of material gets hot easily, it’s not something you want to keep for those hotter days. The plastic traps heat inside of it, which is why when it’s warm, you won’t necessarily want something like this on your face.
The reality is masks are likely here to stay for a while, so may as well explore and find one that works for you. Every person has a different type of mask that will work for them. You just have to play around and find the right fit
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