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    These Are The 7 Face Masks I Use The Most

    Including masks to help prevent acne, masks for running in the heat, and, of course, an unrepentant amount of tie-dye.

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    Hey there! By now you've seen the CDC's guidelines recommending people wear nonmedical face coverings in public (and know whether or not they're mandatory in your area).

    Two cartoon people wearing masks
    CDC

    These guidelines are in place primarily to protect people around you from droplets you might expel through breathing, talking, or coughing; even people without symptoms may still be at risk of spreading the virus. The masks don't have to be anything fancy — the primary functions are that they are breathable, cover your nose and mouth, and are tight enough that they don't leave loose space for droplets to escape. Ideally, face coverings will also be multi-layered — and even *better*, could include a pocket for a filter. You can check out BuzzFeed's guide to the CDC's face covering recommendations, which include answers to all your burning mask questions as well as tutorials for how to make your own!

    You can also check out BuzzFeed's guides to face masks in solid colors, the prettiest face masks, and face mask problem products for more options.

    Here's a list of a few places I've gotten decent nonmedical, reusable face masks online right now, including the type of fit, fabric type, whether they have filter pockets, and expected shipping time:

    1. Reebok is at the tippy top of this list, because their performance masks have been a godsend for running outdoors in the heat — not just because they're designed so the fabric doesn't get as stuck in your mouth, but because they won't get so heavy when you sweat and quick-dry from a hand wash in RECORD time.

    Reebok, Emma Lord/BuzzFeed

    I ordered two packs of these, and I think they're my favorite running mask so far. The material is protective but lightweight, with sort of a wetsuit feel. It stays locked in place while I'm running, even when I sweat a lot. The seams are so subtle that they don't irritate my face. And the thing is, I didn't even *need* two packs; if I hand wash this mask in the sink, it dries so quickly that it's ready to go within the next few hours. Note: I got the M/L size and tied the elastic straps for a tighter fit; XS/S seems more geared at kids and people with smaller faces.

    Promising review: "This is an awesome workout mask!! Very breathable material with a pocket for adding a filter. By far the best fitness mask I’ve purchased so far. I highly recommend purchasing this for serious fitness advocates." —DAKOTA86SW

    Type Of Fit: Elastic ear straps

    Pocket For Filter: Yes

    Fabric Type: Recycled Polyester and Elastane

    Shipping Time: Expected to ship in 6-7 business days

    Get a set of three from Reebok for $20.

    2. The Dutch Label Shop on Etsy has white two-layer cotton masks that I swear by for preventing maskne — I bought them after chatting with a dermatologist for BuzzFeed's piece on how to prevent maskne, and BOY HOWDY did they make a different for my poor human face.

    A BuzzFeed editor in a white cotton face mask
    Emma Lord/BuzzFeed

    The Dutch Label Shop is a Pennsylvania-based Etsy shop established in 2013 that specializes in custom woven labels and face masks.

    Both times I bought the five-packs of these, they reached me within three days. Even though they're double-layered, I do find the material a little thin, so I'd actually double them up or wear them under a mask to be extra cautious about going into a store or an area where I'm not confident I can keep a social distance. That said, using them has significantly reduced the acne I was getting at the start of the summer, and it's even hotter in August now than it was back in May. They also wash *super* well without shrinking.

    Promising review: "These masks are great. I have really sensitive skin so the 100% cotton has been an amazing alternative to some other masks I've worn in the past. These ones are lightweight while still be thick enough where I feel protected, easier to talk and breathe through as well. I had to wash and dry the masks to shrink them to fit, so keep that in mind." —Lacey Medina

    Type Of Fit: Elastic ear bands

    Pocket For Filter: No

    Fabric Type: Cotton

    Shipping Time: Expected to ship within 1 business day

    Get a five-pack from The Dutch Label Shop on Etsy for $9.75 (available in three colors).

    3. Hey January on Etsy is actually one of the first face masks I bought in quarantine, and I've gotten several from the shop since — it's full of dreamy tie-dye options that are super soft on your face, and come in both kids and adult sizes.

    Emma Lord/BuzzFeed, Hey January/Etsy

    Hey January is a California-based Etsy shop established in 2017 that specializes in apparel, but is now focusing full-time on face mask production.

    I love this shop's face masks so much that I put an alert on Etsy for every time it adds more designs ❤️. They're all uniquely tie-dyed, suuuuper soft, and beautifully constructed. They also hold up well in the heat, and shipped within the day of me ordering them. All of the functional perks of it aside, I also just love having a face mask that makes me feel fancy? And these ones do it for me every time.

    Type Of Fit: Ear loops

    Pocket For Filter: No

    Fabric Type: Cotton

    Shipping Time: Ships in one business day; this shop offers free shipping

    Get it from Hey January on Etsy for $11.99+.

    4. Zazzle's face mask was also an early quarantine buy for me, mostly because 1). I was (and remain!!) in my unrepentant tie-dye phase, and 2). their masks are entirely customizable, so you can get text, add images, or shop masks based on licensed characters or college logos. To my surprise, though, they're also *quite* comfortable.

    BuzzFeed editor in a rainbow tie dye face mask
    Emma Lord/BuzzFeed

    These are nice and lightweight, and even though they have two layers, they are sooooo cool on your face in the summer. I think the main perk to these though is just the amount of customization you can get done — they have the licensing for a toooon of cute Harry Potter face masks, DC Comics face masks, university logo face masks, and patterned face masks you can fully customize with your own colors, initials, and more.

    Type Of Fit: Elastic ear straps

    Pocket For Filter: No

    Fabric Type: Polyester

    Shipping Time: Standard shipping after 12-14 business days

    Get masks from Zazzle for $12.95.

    5. This mask from Universal Standard is my designated Grocery Shopping Mask — it's thicker, sturdier, and feels the most protective of the masks I've gotten so far. I like that it has a snug fit and comes in two colors that aren't hard to match with most outfits (I can be simultaneously quite vain and concerned about public health, I contain multitudes!!).

    A BuzzFeed editor in a gray face mask
    Emma Lord/BuzzFeed

    These masks come in Slate and Merlot, and each arrives with seven filter inserts (although you can easily slide a disposable mask or even a paper towel into them, for extra protection). These are lightweight, but given the structure of them, I think these will be especially nice when it gets cooler outside — the temp briefly dipped down to the 65 the other day and it was *chef's kiss* perfect weather to have this on.

    Type Of Fit: Elastic ear loops

    Pocket For Filter: Yes

    Fabric Type: Polyester

    Shipping Time: Standard shipping

    Get it from Universal Standard for $15.

    6. For honesty's sake, my primary interest in RedBubble's face masks is that I wanted a Taylor Swift-themed one, and figured the odds of her coming out with one herself were deeply unlikely (this was pre-Folklore, so whomst knows what will happen now?). Anyway, I was pleasantly surprised by how soft these were, both in terms of the fabric and the elastic on the ear.

    lukassfr/Redbubble, Emma Lord/BuzzFeed

    The "Cruel Summer" themed one is available here and the Beyoncé one is available here. What I love most about these masks is that most are designed by independent artists, so there's just a glorious ABYSS of fun face mask options — it's a great opportunity to rep for some of your favorite fandoms you wouldn't otherwise find in face mask-form. They also just recently released masks for kids!

    Type Of Fit: Elastic ear straps

    Pocket For Filter: No

    Fabric Type: Polyester

    Shipping Time: Standard shipping

    Get it from RedBubble for $9.99+.

    7. I've always been a big fan of Love Your Melon (see: the now sold Baby Yoda hat from the #2 mask on this list), and loved the fun designs on their DC Comics collab — not just because I am obsessed with The Flash ⚡, but because this mask come with a VERY comfy adjustable nose piece to personalize the fit. Fogged up glasses aren't a problem for me, but this is a fix for people who wear them.

    A BuzzFeed editor in a red mask with The Flash logo
    Emma Lord/BuzzFeed

    I also love these masks because 50% of net profit from the sale of all Love Your Melon products is given to support charitable programming through the Love Your Melon Fund, *plus* they come in sizes for kids and adults. There's a waitlist right now for the DC Comics collab, but a ton of other options you can peruse in the meantime.

    Promising review: "I love my mask. I ordered a second one for me. And am going to order one for my daughters and my sister. Love how well-made they are and how well they fit." —Emily S.

    Type Of Fit: Elastic ear loops

    Pocket For Filter: No

    Fabric Type: Cotton

    Shipping Time: Standard shipping

    Get it from Love Your Melon for $16+.

    If you're looking for even *more* mask recommendations, though, I've also assembled a MASSIVE list of the best places to buy face masks online, including faves like Aerie, Old Navy, and Target, as well as a ton of cute Etsy shops ❤️.

    Psst — a few little mask tips before you go!

    Three face masks hanging from Command hooks on the wall
    Emma Lord/BuzzFeed

    ✨If you're looking for a better fit, try these ear savers and mask adjusters from Amazon ($6.99 for a four-pack); I use them on masks where the elastic isn't quuuuite a perfect fit on my face.

    ✨ If your glasses are fogging up with a mask, people are swearing by this anti-fog spray on Amazon for $10.55.

    ✨ And if you're looking for a cute, convenient way to store your masks without installing anything permanent, try Command hooks! I've included a pic of my set up below; I just put them by the door so I can grab 'em on my way out. It's also really nice if I've washed a mask and I'm waiting for it to air dry. You can snag a pack of nine small hooks on Amazon for $7.48.

    Just remember — masks are not a substitute for social distancing! You should still maintain a minimum of 6 feet of distance between you and other people when possible, and continue washing your hands and avoiding touching your face. Stay safe!

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    You can also check out BuzzFeed's guides to face masks in solid colors, the prettiest face masks, and face mask problem products for more options.

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