As sweaty and sticky as putting a mask over your face when the weather is heavy, wearing a breathable mask is always crucial, especially when social distancing can be difficult. Plus, if you make it a priority to wear a truly comfortable mask, you’re more likely to stick with it.
Although high-filtration disposable masks like N95, KN95 and KF94 or our SELF Fave Vida KN95 are your best options for solid protection against coronavirus droplets and particles, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that a cloth mask that meets its fit and fabric guidelines (more on this below) is better than no mask at all. And remember: it may be tempting to wear a gaiter or a bandana, but to research suggests that neither is effective in preventing the spread of respiratory droplets.
When selecting a cloth face mask, look for one that fits securely around your nose and mouth (without a gap) and involves multiple layers of tightly woven face mask material. Bonus points if it blocks light and has a nose wire, by CDC. On the other hand, you should avoid ill-fitting or single-layer masks, as well as those with valves or vents. Oh and they must be cleansure.
Luckily, there are plenty of reusable face masks that follow these recommendations and won’t make you feel sweaty in the middle of the summer heat. Here we’ve highlighted the best breathable masks you can buy right now, from brands like Under Armour, Athleta, and more. Read on to find your go-to masks for the scorching days ahead.
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