You don’t really need the TV weather maps turning red to realise that much of the UK is going to be roasting in temperatures above 30C. But as you slip on your favourite summer top and shorts, you may break out in a hot sweat… as you realise you are also likely to be enduring part of your day in a face mask.
Keeping cool while wearing a facial covering might be more difficult, but we’ve gathered some tips.
Choose the right mask
“We have all got to wear masks here, but there’s a few things you can do,” says consultant dermatologist Dr Adil Sheraz, who works at a London NHS hospital.
The top tip for him is to choose a mask made from a breathable material, such as cotton or even bamboo.
He says 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”.
But he adds that one downside to cotton masks is that they absorb more fluid and can get damp – so he suggests taking 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,” says Dr Sheraz. Dark colours absorb more light, converting it into heat.