Back in March and April, we were all hopeful. But now, as we segue past Memorial Day into the onset of fall and with the winter season fast approaching, the reality is setting in.
Masks are a part of our lives now. And they will remain that way for the foreseeable future.
Even as we try to stay optimistic about the arrival of a coronavirus vaccine, it seems very likely that scenes of mostly masked men and women at the grocery store, the gym and our favorite restaurants will be with us for quite some time to come.
By now, we're guessing that mask you've been sporting for the past six months is starting to look a little ratty. Looking ahead to the next six months, we pulled together 20 deals on non-medical grade masks that look great, feel comfortable and we help you become part of the solution without being part of the problem.
Basic black. Basic blue. If you're looking for effective, yet no-frills protection, this may be your winner. Made from premium cotton with stretchable ear loops to fit perfectly, this is exactly what 2020 looks like.
Available in grey, blue and black, this high-quality cotton blend mask is great for dropping into your bag or briefcase so you're always ready when you're out and about. With a close, yet non-restrictive fit, you'll stay both comfortable and safe.
Considering we don't know how long we'll need to keep replenishing our mask supply, it's helpful that these premium cotton masks in seven different color variations are completely washable and reusable. And in case you think people don't notice if you wash your mask, trust us — they do.
When you want a little multipurpose out of your face shielding, this neck gaiter is on the case. Whether you wear it as a face mask, a neckerchief, wristband, bandana, or in another configuration, this breathable fabric with an F5-layer filter can protect you from dust, cold weather and a lot more.
Nobody says masks have to be black, white or surgical blue. In fact, these premium cotton mask 4-packs have a variety of themes to allow your individual personality to shine through. Wild colors, space and stars, even masks with an assortment of mustaches, just pick the look that's the most you and go rock it out there.
Not being able to see someone speak not only wrecks non-verbal communication, it's also a little disconcerting. Thankfully, this 2-pack of masks features a clear section over your mouth so people can actually see when you're talking, frowning, smiling or displaying the whole host of human emotion across your face.
Sometimes, it isn't enough to wear a mask with splashy color or a fun pattern. Sometimes, you need to make a statement to the world with your face covering. In simple effective black and white, these masks say everything from simple declarations like "love" and "hello" to sentiments with a little more nuance like "wear a mask, save a life."
While it sort of looks like denim, chambray cotton is actually lighter and softer than regular cotton. Crafted from that airier, more forgiving fabric, this chambray cloth mask won't ever irritate your skin and looks fantastic at the same time.
Made from poly span fabric, these 3-packs and their off-kilter looks also help you communicate a bit of yourself to the world around you. From camo and animal prints to stars or even eyeballs, these masks tell someone a little something about you before you ever even open your mouth to speak.
Created by renowned graphic designer Molly May McMahan, this mask says you support democracy, no matter which side of the political aisle you occupy. And this mask also puts your money where your mouth is with each purchase contributing $2 to the non-profit, nonpartisan voter registration group When We All Vote.
Copper has been shown to kill up to 99.8 percent of bacteria, so this copper-infused mask with five-layer filter technology is all kinds of virus smashing. And the copper-killing power stays potent, retaining 70 percent effectiveness even after 50 washes.
With dual inhalation valves, adjustable velcro straps, non-slip ear cords and a removable PM2.5 activated carbon filter that can be washed and reused, the Compress Max Air is for those seriously looking to take their airborne contaminant game up a notch. From pathogens to dust and other pollutants, the CompressMax is a great alternative for cyclists and other outdoor adventurers as well.
While still not as protective as N95 equipment, this 2-pack of cotton coverings also come with four replaceable filters, so you'll always be taking threats seriously. Even the added stability of these inserts can go a long way toward screening out or containing in any harmful particles.
They don't call this an Active mask for no reason. With double-layer cotton plus a thin layer of fusing in between, this mask stays breathable during activities from gardening and running to hiking, cycling and beyond.
As comfy as your favorite pair of sweatpants, this two-layer premium cotton-polyester blend mask is crafted to be as gentle as it is functional. And if you want to stock up in masks in bulk, you can even get a multi-colored selection of up to 100 masks in one decisive purchase.
Unlike multilayer masks, these sponge-like 3D masks are made of polyurethane, a 3D network structure that blocks and contains up to 99 percent of all pollen, bacteria, viruses, dust and mold particles. Despite all that stopping power, these masks are also super thin, ultra-soft, and very breathable.
You're at lunch…or you're trying to just enjoy a tasty beverage — but you're wearing your mask. With this woven fabric zippered face cover, you can indulge and stay protected at the same time. Just unzip to eat or drink, this zip back up when you're done. It even comes with its own reusable straw so you don't contribute to the world's plastic dumping problem.
When you'd like as much protection from the sun's UV rays as you would from dust or bacteria, this versatile face cover/neck gaiter is a solid answer. Made of soft, highly elastic fabric with five-layer safety carbon filters for reliable protection, its multi-functional stretchy design also blocks smog, ash, pollen, heavy metal particles, and can even filter infectious gas.
If you or someone you know seems to live their life in Hawaiian shirts, here's the perfect accessory. Backed with two cotton layers and two sewn-in layers of non-woven polyester interfacing as well as a wired nose bridge, it's comfortable, effective and always about five minutes away from island time.
This dual-layered snood with a protective panel features antimicrobial Wavestopper fabric made with XSoft silver fibers. Inherently antiviral, you stay stylish and protected from everyday pollution. There's also an interior pocket in this fresh, breathable fabric so you can replace your filter for added germ and particle defense.
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