How to Wear and Care for your Reusable Face Covering
When we all stayed up late to shout HAPPY NEW YEAR, blissfully bellowing Auld Lang Syne and charting up a busy year of big plans – no one could have predicted that the must-have accessories for 2020 would be less suitcase-and-sun-cream and more face-covering-and hand-sanitiser. But … here we are.
Since face coverings are here to stay, and to shout out the launch of our own Cath Kidston double-layered face coverings made of upcycled archive fabric, we’ve pulled together our very top tips on all things masks. From choosing, wearing and washing to steaming, scenting and carrying. But most of all, figuring out how to make the best of face coverings in the all-important interest of staying safe.
TIPS FOR CHOOSING A FACE COVERING
Make sure its cotton – amidst a bunch of studies, cotton comes up as the best fabric to make non-medical-grade face-coverings out of, since its natural fibres allow for breathability, comfort against skin but are still fibrous enough to act as an effective barrier to transmission. That’s why our face coverings are made of 100% cotton.
At least double layered – The World Health Organisation have advised that your mask have ideally three layers, but at least two. Our Cath Kidston face covering is double layered with a slip pocket for a filter, if you want to add that third layer of protection.
Wash it regularly – Ideally wash your mask between each use to make sure you’re getting rid of any nasties from your last wear.
TIPS FOR WEARING
- Wash your hands before putting on your mask and after taking it off.
- Try not to touch the fabric of the mask as you’re putting it on, taking it off or when you’re wearing it. The fabric is essentially the germ filter, you want to avoid putting your hands on it at all.
- Put it over your nose and mouth and secure it under your chin, fitting it snugly against the sides of your face. If it’s not sitting flush, try twisting the elastic over itself before hooking over your ear to shorten it.
- If you’re finding it’s hurting your ears after a while, check out Etsy for some cheap and cheerful ‘mask ear protectors’, or make your own with the help of a paperclip.