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5 mask hacks you should know about

Who knew one year ago that face masks would become an inseparable part of our experience in 2020? With fall approaching, masks will remain an essential item in our wardrobe. So why not make mask-wearing more comfortable and better? If you ever foggy glasses, chaffed ears and or any other mask-related problem , check out our five hacks below that will hopefully make your life a little easier!

Mask’s too big

For a lot of us disposable masks don’t fit well, leaving awkward gaps when we wear it. An easy way to tackle this issue is to criss-cross the loops before hooking them around the ears. If the mask is still too big, try another hack – fold your mask in half and then tie a knot on each of the loop as close to the mask as possible.

 

Make a mask in 30 seconds

If buying or sewing a mask is not an option, you can quickly make one using leftover fabrics and two hairbands and adjust the size so it fits your face. It takes less than 30 seconds – we timed it! It’s really easy, so check the video below, Mariee will walk you through all the main steps.

Glasses fogging up 

Many of us are painfully aware of the problem with foggy glasses. This happens when you breathe out warm air through the gap of your mask. According to a study published in The Annals of The Royal College of Surgeons of England, one way you can reduce the fogging would be to wash the lenses with a drop of mild soap. Why? Soapy water forms a thin film which causes water molecules to spread out evenly and form a transparent layer. Make sure you don’t use any harsh solutions to not damage your prescription lenses. You can also get anti-fog spray or wipes.

Another common trick employed by doctors involves sticking a piece of double-sided tape across the bridge of the nose before putting on a mask

 

Prevent Ear Pain 

Wearing a mask for a continuous period of time can be really uncomfortable for your ears. Luckily, there are several creative solutions that you can try. Instead of wearing the loops around your ears, hook each of them with a paper clip or a hair clip and secure your mask around the back of your head. This would help to alleviate some pressure on your ears.

If you have more time, here’s another handy solution approved by healthcare workers. You’ll need a headband and two large buttons! Sew buttons onto the sides of a headband and loop your mask around the buttons instead of around your ears.

Keep your mask clean  

Not exactly a hack, but an important reminder nonetheless — wash your reusable mask after each use. Bandannas, face scarves and masks made of fabric, such as cotton, can be washed in your regular laundry with hot water. After washing your fabric masks, tumble dry them in the dryer on a high setting. You can also hand wash your mask, using hot, soapy water. Scrub the mask for at least 20 seconds, and dry it on high heat in the dryer or under the direct sunlight. The drying part is very important since high temperatures and the UV light kill most of the germs.

Have you recently discovered a helpful mask hack? Let us know in comments below!


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