How to wear a face mask with glasses: The best coverings for spectacle-wearers
July. 14, 2020
FACE masks are compulsory on public transport and they will be in shops from July 24 to help stop the spread of coronavirus .
For those who wear specs, however, wearing a face mask presents a rather pesky issue as many experience fog or steaming on their glasses caused from condensation.
The government recently announced that face masks must be worn inside shops and other enclosed spaces, with Boris Johnson announcing fines of up to £100 will be issues to those who don't comply.
There are some exemptions, though, including those with breathing difficulties, disabled people and babies , but there are some things you should check for before choosing an appropriate mask.
Here, Fabulous explains how spectacle-wearers can wear a mask comfortably and what are the best coverings for those who wear glasses.
What issues can occur?
If you wear glasses on a regular basis, you'll understand the frustration caused by foggy specs when opening an oven door and sipping your morning brew.
The same can happen with your mask as our warm breath can escape the top of the fabric and make it's way up to our frames creating condensation.
How to prevent it?
Wash your glasses with soap before wearing a mask
While the notion might seem odd, a paper published by the NCBI ( National Center for Biotechnology Information ) showed that washing glasses with soapy water and letting them air dry can help prevent fogginess.
WHO's tips to wearing a face mask Before putting on a mask, clean hands with alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water. Cover mouth and nose with mask and make sure there are no gaps between your face and the mask. Avoid touching the mask while using it; if you do, clean your hands with alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water. Replace the mask with a new one as soon as it is damp and do not re-use single-use masks. To remove the mask: remove it from behind (do not touch the front of mask); discard immediately in a closed bin; clean hands with alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water.
Mainly because the soap acts as a surface active agent, or "surfactant", and leaves behind a thin film that helps prevents fog.
Other products such as toothpaste, baby shampoo and shaving cream are said to do the trick, too.
Adjust the position of your mask
A simple way to decrease the amount of fog on your specs is to pull your mask higher up your face and use the weight of your glasses to block the air from escaping.
However, this method depends entirely on the style of specs you have, according to ophthalmologist Dr. Jason Brinton, who told Good Housekeeping that it's most effective with large, thick frames.
Cotton face mask with nose wire, £7 from Etsy - buy here
Use a tissue
Folding a tissue and placing it along the inside of your mask across your nose can absorb the moisture preventing it from escaping and fogging up your glasses.
This method was demonstrated on TikTok with a woman showing how easy it is to do yourself at home.
She takes a tissue and folds it over a few times to create a strip which she then places on the underside of the mask before fitting it to her face.
What mask should I look for?
With so many masks on the market it's important to find the right fitting covering for your face.
Look for a mask with a fine wire over the bridge of the nose. This will allow it to sit flush against the skin and prevent air from escaping.
If you are using a self-made mask, Dr. Brinton recommends sewing a pipe cleaner or twist tie into the top of your mask so you are able to contour it to your face.
RFS face mask, from £17 Vistaprint - buy here
Cotton adjustable non-surgical face mask, £6 from Paisie - buy here
Adjustable straps are a good idea also, as a tight face mask will smooth out any gaps where air could normally escape. Some even have elastic around the chin, which is ideal to trap in any air.
The fabric you choose also matters, so always opt for a finer fabric, like tightly-woven 100% cotton or natural silk and avoid thick and heavy fabrics.
Lighter materials will allow you to breath more easily, with air escaping through the fabric, rather than upwards through the top of the mask.
We also revealed how to make your own face mask from clothing you already have at home.
And the best face masks for kids and how to make your own for children.
Plus we shared how a mum-of-two making just £1k a month rakes in £7k by customising face masks while working from home during lockdown.
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