Full disclosure: I don't love wearing a face mask but I do it for your safety and for mine during the world's COVID-19 crisis. I don't think anyone enjoys wearing a mask! But this is our present reality. The first protective face mask that I got my hands on was the bubble shaped N-95 mask that is so tight and constricting around the mouth and cheekbones. I have really pronounced and high cheekbones so that mask wasn't happening for me. Not a problem because overnight the face mask business quickly evolved! In what seemed like a blink of an eye, you could find so many styles and designs EVERYWHERE. They're even sold at local dry cleaners!
From designer brands to fitness companies, every retailer is selling masks. Are they all as safe as the N-95 masks worn by medical professionals? To be honest, I have no idea. Probably not but maybe safer if you combine with a face shield. Since I'm not an expert on COVID-19, I defer to Dr. Fauci (on "universal mask wearing"). What I do know is some protection is better than no protection, and it's important to follow the rules mandated by your state or country during a pandemic...which means I MASK UP as I'm sure you do, too. Here are some of my favorite face mask styles that are comfortable and breathable. I've tried a lot of face masks and even if they're cute or have a really amazing design, I just can't wear them if they don't feel nice on my face. As if mascne wasn't bad enough, right?
All these masks are currently in my arsenal and I have linked to them all in case you want to purchase one!
TRU47 ANTI-BACTERIAL SILVER MESH FACE MASKS
Aren't these cool? I love how thin and breathable they are. Their thinness and translucense is justified by woven fabric fibers plated with silver in an ionic silver bath process. That's a mouthful but silver fibers are defiitely known for protecting against harmful germs, fungus, and viruses that live on everyday surfaces and in the air. TRU47 created these Silver Mesh Masks primarily for exercise use, to fasciliate breathing when your heart rate is up and your breaths quicken and become more powerful. However I like mine so much, I wear mine daily for walking around NYC. It's the best feeling mask I own
Based on the information I was given, these masks will outlast 500 washes or 10,000 wipes (which is a lot...and whose counting?!) Hand washing and air drying is encouraged. Tru47 makes these mask in several styles in both adult and children's sizes. I actually use this Kid's Silver Mesh Mask in Large and it fits my face perfectly.
FACE MASK CHAINS FROM PRETTY CONNECTED
How pretty and vibrant is this last mask? I received it as a promotional gift from Burt Bees through their collaboration with Shop Pretty Connected on her fun fashion chains--a genius addition to any mask style! I'm not sure exactly where to tell you to get this mask but honestly it's a pretty basic style that you can probably find anywhere. The special part is really the chain that Lara Eurlodian of Pretty Connected makes and sells on her shop site. She offers her own stylish face masks coupled with these popular chains that come in gold, silver, charcoal gray and iridescent finishes. Personally, this chain has made it so easy for me to keep track of my mask and make sure I always have it on me. I highly recommend at the very least getting one of these and coordinating it with your staple Fall pieces.