The Ultimate Buyer’s Guide to Reusable Face Masks
Who knew this would be our new normal? You’re here because you want to do your part in stopping the spread of the coronavirus while staying safe. We applaud your effort and commitment. And we will get through this.
Why It’s Important to Wear a Face Mask
Because the COVID virus is so infectious, face masks are essential for stopping the spread through respiratory droplets. A cloth barrier can contain infectious droplets from becoming airborne and spreading to other people. When used in conjunction with social distancing, we can continue to shop, work, and go to school.
It’s been an adjustment for all of us, but as we practice safe habits of:
- Wearing a mask
- Staying six feet apart in social settings
- Washing our hands in soapy water regularly
- Quarantining when we feel sick
We will eventually be able to overcome and carry on.
Who Knew We Would Ever Have an Opinion About Face Masks
At the beginning of 2020, if you asked us about what makes a good face mask, we would have no clue—let alone an opinion. Flash forward to the end of the year, where the COVID virus is still rampant, and we definitely have an opinion now.
By looking for face masks that follow the CDC proven guidelines for adequate protection, you’ll be able to stay safe in these turbulent times.
Essential Qualities of The Best Reusable Face Masks
When buying a reusable face mask, a few key features make them more safe, comfortable, and an expression of our personality.
Tightly Woven Cotton Cloth Face Masks
The CDC states that the most effective face masks are made of a tightly-woven fabric where no light can pass through when held up to the light. Cotton face masks are the most breathable fabric, making it more comfortable around the nose and mouth.
The best fabrics for face masks have multiple layers that are quilted for added protection. The extra tiers of fabric act as a filter, stopping the virus from escaping or penetrating the face mask.
Must Be Washable
After a couple of wears, face masks can be really dirty and covered with germs. That’s why buying face masks that are washable and reusable is very important. Not only does it save you money and keep your mask smelling fresh, but it’s also good for the environment. Putting fewer face masks into the landfills is the responsible, sustainable thing to do.
But not all masks do well in the wash. Research the face mask before you buy to make sure it doesn’t shrink significantly or lose elasticity. And make sure you follow washing instructions to extend the life of your reusable face mask.
Earloop Face Mask
Earloop face masks are incredibly convenient. The earloop elastic holds comfortably around the ear without tugging and can easily be worn and removed depending on your activity or social proximity.
You need to make sure the mask is made with a durable elastic that won’t melt or snap after being washed. Low quality elastic stretches out quickly, so be sure the elastic is built for daily wear.
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Form-Fitted Face Masks
The CDC recommends that the face mask fit snugly around the nose and chin, leaving no large gaps on the sides of the face. A form-fitted face mask will prevent respiratory droplets from getting out and inside the mask. And form-fitted face masks look better and more personable.
When the mask is fitted to your face, it provides a more comfortable fit that doesn’t itch or shift. By wearing a form-fitted mask, you’ll minimize your exposure even in social situations
The CDC Warns against Face Masks with Exhalation Valves or Vents
Face masks with valves or vents for breathing are entirely ineffective in preventing the spread of COVID-19. When it has holes in the filter, then the virus can get in or out. You should avoid buying these types of masks.
But what if you have breathing issues? The CDC recommends that you don’t wear a mask in situations where it impairs your ability to breathe properly or if you suffer from sensory, cognitive, or behavioral issues. They do offer alternatives to a face mask in these situations.
The Best Reusable Face Masks Show Personality
Just because it is a pandemic doesn’t mean we can’t show personality or individuality. The best face masks have fun, vibrant patterns, artwork, and colors. Your face mask choice says a lot about who you are and what you value.
By choosing a cute face mask or a novelty face mask, you can really turn heads or brighten someone’s day. In a time of social distancing, we can find alternative ways to connect and bond. Never have I ever said before 2020, “Your mask is so cute.” But these are the times in which we live, and we need to make the most of it.
Are you looking for cool face masks to wear to work or school? Shop MERGE4’s 100% washable and reusable face masks that are CDC compliant.
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Our Picks for the Best Reusable Face Masks
MERGE4 masks encompass all of these quality traits recommended by the CDC. Plus, they’re cool and, most importantly, comfortable. Here are our favorite reusable face masks.
Pink Camo Mask
This non-medical, quilted face mask hugs to your face for optimal protection and comfort. The Pink Camo mask is 100% washable and reusable and has soft elastic ear loops. Who doesn’t love pink camo?
The Caia Koopman Bunnies Mask has incredible artwork and vibrant colors for individuals who love to show their creative side. All MERGE4 masks have 3-ply quilted fabric for maximum protection.
Slogan Poppies Mask
One of MERGE4’s best selling reusable face masks for women, the Slogan Poppies Mask has beautiful California poppies that emulate a cool feminine vibe. The cute face mask curves over your nose and chin for a perfectly snug fit.
Jimbo Jam Packed Mask
Some of Jimbo Phillips’s most iconic illustrations are jam-packed onto this face mask. If you love skate or surf, then you’ll want this cool face mask. Jimbo’s distinctive style and street edge will elevate your style.
Chump Magic Happy Happy Mask
Show off your funny side with the Chump Magic Happy Happy Mask. Whether you’re at the store, work, or school, this mask is sure to make someone laugh with its toothy emoji grin.
Scotty Greathouse Team USA Mask
Show your patriotic side with the Scotty Greathouse Team USA Mask. Cool stars and stripes artwork shows your support for our country and troops. The mask has a horizontal gusset that expands over the nose and chin to hold its shape with no uncomfortable wire boning.
Committed to reducing the spread of the COVID-19 virus, MERGE4 makes CDC compliant, non-medical reusable face masks to help keep you safe. Many of their masks have matching crew socks or no-show socks for those who like a coordinated style. You can check out their full line of cool face masks to find a mask that expresses your style.