16 Heat-Friendly Face Masks
Mask recs for battling maskne, running in the heat, and trying to keep your face from becoming a big ole sweaty mess.
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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).
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. But any kind of face covering is better than not having one. 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!
A few weeks ago, I chatted with experts on
how to deal with summer mask problems like maskne, overheating, and working out in masks, and got some insight on the best kinds of masks to combat them.
white cotton masks are great for maskne, bamboo fabric is great for keeping cool, and we all need to be a little ~gentle~ with ourselves when it comes to working out in masks and adjusting our performance expectations.
Based on those recs + the reviews of people who have tried and tested them, here are some heat-friendly masks to solve some of your most annoying summer problems:
A set of soft, workout-friendly
Reebok masks that won't slow you down when you're hitting the pavement in high heat.
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 & Elastane Shipping Time: Expected to ship in 6-7 business days
Get a set of three from Reebok for
white cotton face mask to help prevent that dreaded ~maskne~ we're all spending the summer grimacing at in the mirror.
The Dutch Label Shop is a Pennsylvania-based Etsy shop established in 2013 that specializes in custom woven labels and face masks.
I recently bought this five-pack, and they are not playing with the shipping times —
it reached me in three days! The material is pretty 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, BUT on its own it is excellent for socially-distanced outdoor exercise and running. 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).
A five-pack of
colorful masks from Athleta ideal for outdoor exercise, since reviewers praise them for being able to wick away sweat.
Athleta is also donating 100,000 nonmedical masks to a major healthcare organization.
Promising review: "I have bought several of these five-packs and turned several friends on to them. These masks are lightweight and comfortable. They are easy to breathe through and wick sweat away easily. I live in Arizona and these masks are not as hot as some I've tried. The adjustable ears and nose allow for a more custom fit without constant repositioning. Another bonus is that I don't feel like I'm eating my mask when I talk. They do hold their shape after washing...I found refolding the pleats after removing them from the wash, then lying them flat to dry helps them hold their shape best. My only complaint would be that they do hurt the back of my ears after wearing them for an extended period (4+ hrs). Overall, these are the best reusable masks I've found and I highly recommend!" — Desertdiva Type Of Fit: Adjustable elastic ear straps Pocket For Filter: No Fabric Type: Polyester/spandex with cotton liner Shipping Time: Standard shipping
Get a five-pack from Athleta for
sweat-wicking face mask designed with two straps — one that goes around your neck, and the other around your head — so it doesn't budge while you run, jump, or bike.
Moon Made Boutique/Etsy
Moon Made Boutique is a California-based Etsy shop established in 2020 that specializes in cute accessories and face masks. Promising review: "Exactly as described and arrived promptly! A little loose if the bottom tie is placed on the neck, but I did order a large for a reason. Wicks sweat and doesn’t retain as much heat as a cloth mask, but it is still covering the face so expect some sweat. Otherwise it’s a wonderful product! Thank you so much!" — Sarah Type Of Fit: Around the head and neck straps Pocket For Filter: No Fabric Type: Cotton & Spandex Shipping Time: Expected to ship in 3-5 business days
Get it from
Moon Made Boutique on Etsy for $15 (available in three colors and four sizes, including kids).
rainbow tie-dye face mask made with a fabric that stays so cool on your face that you might even forget the sun is beating down on it.
Uhhh, I'm low-key obsessed with this face mask.
It's double-layered but nice and cool, and great for power-walking and running — when I breathe in it doesn't block my mouth at all. It gets a little heavy from sweat if I run too far in it in the heat, but I really love it the feel of it, and how it manages to be protective and breathable at the same time. (It's also the cutest one I own by far, and I am a vain monster first, a human second.) Type Of Fit: Elastic ear straps Pocket For Filter: No Fabric Type: Polyester Shipping Time: Expected to ship between July 31-August 4
Get it from Zazzle for
Zazzle has a ton of other face mask designs, including ones you can customize yourself.
bamboo face mask that will not only keep your face cool, but is made with sustainable materials, so you can help the Earth while ya help your face.
Bamboo Is Better/Etsy
Bamboo Is Better is a California-based Etsy shop established in 2020 that specializes in bamboo face masks, and is donating a mask for every mask sold up to 3,000 masks. Promising review: "I LOVE this mask. It's by far the most comfortable to wear outside in the Georgia summer heat out of all of the masks I've tried over the past few months. Even with an added filter it doesn't make your face nearly as hot as the others. I'm ordering another one!" — Sarah Eaton Type Of Fit: Adjustable elastic ear straps Pocket For Filter: Yes Fabric Type: Viscose from bamboo Shipping Time: Expected to ship in 3-5 business days
Get it from
Bamboo Is Better on Etsy for $21.99 (available in three sizes, including kids, and seven colors).
cotton modal blend face mask to keep your cheeks cool and your maskne at bay.
NYLA Supply is an LA-based Etsy shop established in 2020 that specializes in solid color face masks for children and adults. Promising review: "Best one I’ve found — and I’ve tried many! It fits well and washes well. Very nice quality. It’s also not too hot and as comfortable as a mask can be." — Kim Rosenberg Type Of Fit: Around the ear straps Pocket For Filter: No Fabric Type: Cotton and Modal Shipping Time: Expected to ship within 1 business day
Get it from
NYLA Supply on Etsy for $5.50.
A five-pack of
triple-layer Old Navy masks you can get in 20 different ~aesthetics~, which reviewers are praising for staying put and not overheating them while they exercise.
Promising review: "I was looking for something 'lighter' that I could wear to the gym. These were a hit! While working out with a mask is uncomfortable in the beat of circumstances these made it (somewhat bearable)." — Old Navy Customer Type Of Fit: Adjustable elastic ear straps Pocket For Filter: No Fabric Type: Cotton Shipping Time: Standard shipping
Get a five-pack from Old Navy for
$12.50 (available in 20 varieties).
cotton muslin face mask that comes in light pastels to keep the heat from absorbing and setting your face (metaphorically) on fire.
With Love Marjan/Etsy
With Love Marjan is an LA-based Etsy shop established in 2018 that specializes in silk robes and face masks. Promising review: "For anyone who suffers with hot flashes, this mask is for you! The material is light and airy so you’re not breathing in your own hot breath, yet you’re still abiding by mandates that require masks to be worn. The adjustable ear loops are comfortable and don’t give you 'elf ears'! I‘ll definitely be ordering more" — Michele Prahl Type Of Fit: Elastic ear straps Pocket For Filter: No Fabric Type: Cotton & Muslin Shipping Time: Expected to ship in 1-4 business days
Get it from With
Love Marjan on Etsy for $21.25 (available in five colors).
Psst — this shop offers
white lace cotton face mask, because why just be practical about the heat when you can be practical *and* cute?
Blé Clothing is a California-based Etsy shop established in 2012 that specializes in apparel and face masks. Promising review: "Love this mask! It is so pretty and so comfortable. I got the small size and it actually fits me, unlike most masks that I have to constantly readjust to keep them from falling off my face. The fabric is lightweight and very breathable which is great for the hot summer. The mask is very pretty and I've gotten a ton of compliments on it! Highly recommend! I will likely buy another from this store. Thanks so much!" — Annelies van Vonna Type Of Fit: Elastic straps Pocket For Filter: No Fabric Type: Cotton & Polyester Shipping Time: Expected to ship in 3-7 business days
Get it from
Blé Clothing on Etsy for $12.
performance face mask from Masks Made Here that's a game-changer for anyone who sweats like it's their job (alas, it me).
I use this one pretty frequently for running — it's thick, but my favorite thing about it is that when you inhale, the fabric doesn't get stuck to your mouth. I also love that it comes with adjustable ear toggles to tighten it, because it stays put on my face when I'm running.
Type Of Fit: Adjustable ear straps Pocket For Filter: Yes Fabric Type: Polyester Shipping Time: Expected to ship within 2 business days
Get it from Masks Made Here for
$16 (originally $20; you can enter the code BF20OFF at checkout for a BuzzFeed exclusive discount).
Psst — this company offers
Under Armour face mask designed to sit off of the face and lips so it won't interrupt your breathing, while still giving you full protective layering that stays put and keeps your face cool. And I mean cool — it's made with UA's Iso-Chill technology, which disperses heat from your skin.
Promising review: Sleek, safe and stylish! As soon as you put it on you can feel the difference, on every level — function, comfort, breathability, coolness. Incredibly comfortable and versatile — I use mine for daily wear, training and outdoor workouts! TONS of compliments. It actually stays in place during workouts and you can feel the chill of the iso fabric — which makes running on hot days bearable! Thanks to the adjustable wire feature in the nose bridge you can make it as tight or as loose as you want (depending on your activity, outside temp, etc). Easy on the ears — does not fall down! Not only comfortable but performed at a much higher level than expected." — LoMac Type Of Fit: Ear loops Pocket For Filter: No Fabric Type: Polyester & Polyurethane Shipping Time: Expected to ship August 17 (available for preorder)
Get it from Under Armour for
$30 (available in five sizes).
bamboo and cotton face mask, so you get the cooling properties of bamboo *and* the softness of cotton on your skin.
Fame Merch is an Etsy shop established in 2020 that specializes in sports, floral, and tribal prints. Promising review: "This is my favorite mask!! I love the color and it is easy to breathe while wearing it. Plus, my glasses don't fog when I'm wearing it." — ncfield01 Type Of Fit: Elastic ear straps Pocket For Filter: Yes Fabric Type: Bamboo & Cotton Shipping Time: Expected to ship in 1-3 business days
Get it from
Fame Merch on Etsy for $14.50 (available in six styles).
soft cotton mask you can get in light colors or in white to help prevent maskne. Bonus: it comes in kid's sizes, and a lot of parents reviewed saying it was one of the few their kids *wanted* to keep on.
Good Day Masks/Etsy
Good Day Masks is an LA-based Etsy shop established in 2020 that specializes in face masks for kids and adults. Promising review: "Great product, fast shipping! Masks fit comfortably and don't make me sweat as much as other ones." — patricia Type Of Fit: Ear loops Pocket For Filter: Yes Fabric Type: Cotton Shipping Time: Expected to ship in 1-2 business days
Get it from
Good Day Masks on Etsy for $12+ (available in 34 prints).
Psst — you can
check out the kid's sizes on their Etsy page!
bamboo cotton mask that a ton of reviewers say helped them in the summer heat, and comes in cute but practical patterns.
VJ's World is a Texas-based Etsy shop established in 2020 that specializes in apparel, accessories, and face masks. Promising review: "I recommend this mask to everyone!! Working in over 100-degree weather I was sweating even with the AC on at work but with this mask I wasn't, and I didn't even feel like taking it off!!!! It feels like Etsy's best kept secret, 10/10." — cecilia roman Type Of Fit: Elastic ear straps Pocket For Filter: Yes Fabric Type: Bamboo & Cotton Shipping Time: Expected to ship in 1-3 business days
Get it from
VJ's World on Etsy for $7.50 (available in four colors).
A double-layer spandex
workout mask in prints that are ~out of this world~.
The Personalized Gift/Etsy
The Personalized Gift is a California-based Etsy shop established in 2010 that specializes in unique gifts and face masks. Promising review: "Awesome! Perfect for working out. Will definitely order more. Great communication too. Thank you!" — Jenny Type Of Fit: Ear loop Pocket For Filter: No Fabric Type: Polyester & Spandex Shipping Time: Expected to ship in 1-2 business days
Get it from
The Personalized Gift on Etsy for $9.99 (available in three prints).
Psst — this shop offers
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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