As anyone who’s spent time under a mask recently can tell you, the practice isn’t often enjoyable. And as the weather warms up, face masks could become particularly sweaty and uncomfortable.
The top tip is to choose a mask made from a breathable material, such as cotton or even bamboo.
Although surgical masks – the thin, blue masks that many people are seen wearing – provide protection from spreading the virus, they aren’t that breathable and they are not the best to use for keeping cool.
One downside to cotton masks is that they absorb more fluid and can get damp – so take a spare out on hot days.
The colour of the mask might also help.
Consider having a mask that’s a lighter colour, rather than a darker one. Dark colours absorb more light, converting it into heat.
There is no problem removing your mask to have a refreshing glug of cool water – just remember to sanitise your hands before touching your mask and aim to remove it when you are at a safe distance from others.