Probably the biggest single complaint most people have about wearing masks is that they are hot and make the person wearing them sweaty and uncomfortable. Since it looks like it might be a while before masks are not needed, below are a few tips from AARP about how to make you more comfortable this summer:
Choose a lighter material for your mask. Whether you are making your masks or buying them, you should try to stick to a fabric that is light-weight and breathable, but still able to contain the contagion. Lighter, softer cotton coverings can also help you avoid chafing, heat rash or inflaming a skin condition like eczema or dermatitis,
Keep your mask dry. Cotton traps less air and moisture than standard medical and industrial masks, and it's more absorbent, but if it gets damp due to breathing and sweating it can be less effective in filtering particles, not to mention uncomfortable and abrasive to the skin.
Keep extra masks handy. On especially hot and humid days, pack multiple masks. Just make sure to follow the other CDC safety recommendations when changing masks, like avoiding crowds and washing or sanitizing your hands.
Time your trips to beat the heat. Avoid going out at the hottest parts of the day and for extended periods. Stop at home between errands if you can, to cool off and doff your mask. When you do have to be out, stay well-hydrated and seek the shade.
Skip the make-up. Heat and perspiration mixed with makeup or oily skin care products makes for a gunky mess under your mask.
Don't forget to wash your hands often, use sanitizer, and practice social-distancing. As I have said before, although many things have been cancelled due to the pandemic, we can still have a fun summer. be safe!