For those of us who like to shop in Indianapolis, wearing a mask this summer isn’t optional; it’s a requirement.
When wearing a mask in the heat, keep these tips in mind to minimize your discomfort:
- Know when a mask is not necessary. If you’re outdoors and social distancing by at least 6 feet, you don’t need a mask. You also don’t need a mask if you’re in a car driving alone. (This is not to say that some local ordinance might not require one. Know your local regulations.)
- Get a comfortable mask. 100% cotton fabric is relatively cool and breathable in comparison to other fabrics. Silk, however, has antimicrobial qualities. Unfortunately, silk is more porous than cotton. A silk mask will require multiple layers to compare in effectiveness to a cotton mask.
- Get a mask that fits properly and isn’t so tight that it pulls at your ears. If you’re not comfortable with elastic ear loops, try ones made of hair ties. Also, make sure the mask isn’t too loose. If it sags around the cheeks, mouth or nose, leaving gaps, it won’t work effectively.
- Wash your mask frequently. People breathe out moisture when exhaling. This moisture can collect in the warm area beneath your mask, creating a place where bacteria can grow (thus the benefit of silk). This can result in acne and/or skin irritation. Keeping your mask clean helps cut down on skin irritation. On particularly hot days, try keeping a second, clean mask on hand.