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    Zazzle's Face Mask Is The Most Cooling I've Tried This Summer

    Not only are they great in the heat, they're $12.95, come with a pocket for a filter, and are fully customizable, y'all.

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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

    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.

    If you are also a human with sweat glands and the ability to feel the sensation of heat, odds are that you, like me, have endured the 🥴 of wearing a face mask as the sun gently cooks your face. While there are lots of good options for cooling face masks, one of my go-tos has been Zazzle's face mask ($12.95) — which, incidentally, comes in a bajillion different customizable designs.

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    This was one of the very first face masks I bought at the start of quarantine (as you can see, I leaned deeply and immediately into the tie-dye trend), so I've been using it on and off for months now in my rotation of masks, and it's still a top fave. Also, my quaranbrows are named Ben and Jerry, thank you for asking.

    (Psst — you can get this rainbow tie-dye face mask for $12.95.)

    The Zazzle face masks come with super comfy elastic ear straps (which, as you can see, I tied back because I have a lil' hobbit face) and a pocket for a filter, which are definitely perks. But what I love the most about them is how genuinely cooling the fabric feels on your face. I cannot claim any scientific validity to this statement, but I personally *feel* like this mask is ten degrees cooler than the temperature of wherever I am at the moment.

    Mask pulled back to show room for a filter
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    I'm talking "dripping in sweat in the middle of Central Park without a shady tree in sight" levels of heat, y'all. Zazzle's masks are polyester, and have designed fabric on the outside and white on the inside, so the layer touching your face is especially nice and cool. I've noticed it's significantly less "soggy" than other masks when I sweat into it, too (which, trust me, I have an aggressive amount of experience with).

    I'm also an avid runner, and while I prefer running in a different mask, I like to carry a second mask with me so I can change out of the gross, sweaty one and have something cool on my face for the walk home from the park.

    The mask laid on a table
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    Catch me on the sidewalk furiously drying the sweat off my face with the hem of my shirt and shoving this Zazzle mask on!! It's like fresh air for your face.

    Arguably the most fun thing about Zazzle's face masks, though, is that you can get them in pretty much every print, pattern, and character under the sun — all of which you can customize with your own text, shapes, and colors and preview right on the site.

    Like, they've got full-on DC Comics masks.


    Get the Wonder Woman mask for $12.95, the Batman mask for $12.95, and check out Zazzle's full selection of DC Comics masks here.

    AND Harry Potter masks ✨.


    Get the Gryffindor mask for $12.95, the Magical Artifacts mask for $12.95, and check out Zazzle's full section of Harry Potter masks here.

    Plus face masks with pretty floral designs 🌸 🌹 🌺.


    Get the watercolor lilacs face mask for $12.95, the sunflower face mask for $12.95, and check out the full selection of Zazzle's floral face masks here.

    And face masks that might make ya "LOL."


    Get the dog face mask for $12.95, the burger face mask for $12.95, and check out the full selection of Zazzle's funny face masks here.

    Even seasonal masks, be still my spooky heart 🎃👻🍁.


    Get the Halloween cats face mask for $12.95, the fall leaves mask for $12.95, and check out Zazzle's full selection of fall face masks here.

    And if truly none of the thousands of designs on the site already appeal to you, you can start from scratch and customize your own.


    Zazzle lets you select images (if you have the rights to them), colors, shapes, and text to make the face mask of your ~dreams~. I'm this close to writing "insert cupcake here" on one and calling it a day.

    Get a customized Zazzle face mask for $12.95.

    But as nice as the customization options are, it is the coolness of the fabric and the coziness of the fit that does it for me. My motto is, and will always remain, being comfy >>>>>>> being anything else. You can check out all of Zazzle's face masks, starting at $12.95, for more inspo (and snag the tie-dye one here!).

    BuzzFeed editor in Zazzle mask
    Emma Lord/BuzzFeed

    And 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
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    ✨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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