The 10 Face Masks We Actually Like to Wear
Face masks seem to be all the rage right now, but they’re not all created equal. Some face masks can dry out your skin or clog your pores, while others won’t even provide many benefits at all. If you’re looking to try a face mask, these are the ones we actually like to wear because they don’t irritate our skin and do actually offer some benefits.
1) An N95 Mask
Not everyone is a fan of masks and while they can feel like you’re suffocating, they actually serve an important purpose. N95 masks are often the most common type of masks available and are necessary for environments where there is a lot of particulate matter in the air (think all those cities with heavy smog) or if you’re exposed to direct contact with droplets from someone who is sick.
N95 masks also have expiration dates, so make sure to check them before use! And remember, regular old clothing and sneezing won’t prevent airborne illnesses like Ebola–it’s better for your immune system too–so no excuses!
2) A Folding N95
A Folding N95 face mask is made of a two-ply material, which fits over the mouth and nose and can be refolded or twisted at the back. These masks are very lightweight, comfortable, and disposable. They filter out 95% of particles 0.3 microns or larger, which prevents inhalation during long periods of use. In fact, masks such as these are specifically designed for travelers who need protection from a higher amount of pathogens in other countries when they’re spending extended time abroad.
N95 respirators have been approved by the CDC’s ECLIPSE program because they’re so effective at filtering out bacteria and viruses.
3) A KN95 Mask
We’re big fans of masks. Especially KN95 masks because they create a warm, humid environment that is ideal for moisturizing the skin and avoiding icky dryness. Plus, the moist warmth and moisture help prevent colds and congestion too! Make sure you cleanse your face before application and avoid using too much pressure when massaging your face with the mask. And most importantly? Ditch that makeup beforehand—it will just complicate matters even more.
4) AirPop Light SE Mask
AirPop Light SE Mask is one of the masks we wear for a variety of reasons. AirPop Light SE Mask was created by a dermatologist and is made with plant-based ingredients. This gentle treatment moisturizes and brightens skin without irritating it. Though there are many lightening masks, this one stands out as the most impressive due to its ability to help reduce pore size, brighten dark spots, improve skin elasticity, hydrate the skin and regulate the oil production on your face. These benefits work together so you can have clearer and more glowing skin after just one treatment.
Envomask is one of the coolest skin-care products I’ve found. The company sends out masks monthly that are made with natural ingredients like honey, turmeric, and brown sugar to deeply moisturize and detoxify your skin. One thing I like about them is that they allow you to change the ingredients depending on your needs–some people might want an exfoliating mask while others would prefer a calming mask. I especially love that they’re unscented because some people don’t want fragrance in their face masks, which could be irritating for sensitive skin. While other face masks can be tricky to use (or create a mess), these are easy since you just refrigerate the little packs until it’s time for your treatment!
6) Kitsbow Wake Protech Reusable Face Mask
After finding out about the negative impacts of using traditional disposable masks, Kitsbow founders Emily Goldberg and Tom Morris wanted to offer a more sustainable solution. The Wake Protech Reusable Face Mask comes in two sizes for different fit options and can be washed with just soap and water when it gets too dirty. It’s made from PUL – a polyurethane laminate fabric – so it’s anti-microbial, hypoallergenic, and lead-free. If you’re looking for an eco-friendly face mask option that feels like silk on your skin, the Wake Protech Reusable Face Mask is perfect for you!
7) Armbrust Surgical Masks
Armbrust Surgical Masks can protect the skin and nose from airborne particles, gases, and spray. The disposable masks are made of polymer and cellulose acetate film. They are designed with a one-way valve that prevents air from escaping while inhaling but still allows air to be drawn in when exhaling. Armbrust Masks protect both your own breathing AND those around you. Protect yourself and others with Armbrust Surgical Masks!
8) Con.Struct Cotton Pleated Mask
The Con. Struct Cotton Pleated Mask contains bamboo charcoal and clay, which pull toxins from your skin and loosen dirt from the pores, making your face clearer and less prone to acne. Unlike most masks that dry out your skin after it’s done working its magic, this one maintains a high level of moisture for softer, more supple skin that lasts.
This mask makes your favorite beauty tools feel obsolete! Rather than doubling up on products that often cost you more money in the long run, all you need is this mask for deep cleansing and detoxifying.
9) Zenbu Cotton Mask
The cotton mask is thin and slightly slippery, making it one of the most comfortable masks on our list. If you find that clay or charcoal masks feel heavy and dry on your skin, this may be a better option for you. The only downside is that there’s no cooling effect when it dries. But if you’re looking for a more natural, lightweight option that won’t aggravate sensitive skin, try this bad boy!
10) Outlier Mask 001 Ultrasuede Snaptight
The Outlier Mask 001 Ultrasuede Snaptight is a luxurious and sensory experience like no other. The fabric is made of Japanese cotton woven with Italian nylon to make a silky soft sheet, which keeps you dry while sealing in moisture. This means that even though you might be sweaty when you put it on, your skin won’t be icky or sticky. The mask also won’t stretch or get bunched up on your face while you’re wearing it, so there’s nothing but relaxation (or sleep) ahead.
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