REVEALED: How to wear your mask correctly so your glasses don’t fog up, you can breathe and keep yourself and others safe – so are you doing it right?
- Experts have weighed in on how to make wearing a mask comfortable and safe
- The two women, from different backgrounds, have shared their top tips
- Choosing the fabric and shape of the mask is important as is the overall fit
Wearing a face mask does not have to be an uncomfortable experience leading to breakouts, fogged glasses and sore ears.
Two experts have had their say on mask use, after it became mandatory for all residents of greater Sydney, including the Blue Mountains, Central Coast and Wollongong to wear them this week.
The recent outbreaks in Sydney’s Northern Beaches and some western suburbs led to the new restrictions – and people who refuse to wear a mask will be fined $200.
Wearing a face mask does not have to be an uncomfortable experience leading to breakouts, fogged glasses and sore ears – experts say
Entrepreneur Cecilia Li, who designed a face mask for the pandemic, has revealed how to wear them for maximum comfort
Entrepreneur Cecilia Li, who designed a face mask for the pandemic, and a NSW Health worker who wishes to remain anonymous revealed their tips.
Ms Li’s top priority with masks is getting people to wear them correctly to avoid discomfort.
She says if you find it difficult breathing in a mask then you might be wearing the wrong kind for you.
‘Choose a mask made from breathable fabrics such as good quality 100% cotton, bamboo or performance polyester which is more breathable,’ Ms Li said.
She also recommends using essential oils like peppermint or lavender with the mask to make it easier to breathe.
It is important your mask fit properly around the bridge of your nose, otherwise your glasses may fog up more
If your ears hurt when you wear a mask then it is also important to fix the problem, according the mum-of-two.
‘Instead of the more common elastic ear loops, use a mask that has adjustable ear straps,’ she said.
She also recommends people who wear glasses pay attention to the way their mask fits along the bridge of their nose.
This will minimise the amount of hot air released, and in turn how much your glasses fog up.
Essential oils, like peppermint, can help people to breathe easily when wearing a mask
While the health worker wants people to stay safe, maintain hygiene and understand basic ‘do’s and don’ts’ of mask wear.
‘It is so important that we emphasise social distancing and hand hygiene. Masks have been introduced as an additional measure,’ she said.
She told Daily Mail Australia the way the mask fits is imperative, and explained it should go from the bridge of your nose all the way under your chin.
She also said masks need to be changed every four hours, if they are wet or ‘soiled’ or if you take them off for any reason.
Even the washable masks need to be swapped if they have been removed. As touching them has the potential to spread any virus on the mask elsewhere.
This could infect you if it is on the outside, or lead to you infecting others if you have the disease.