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Washing your face masks the right way is essential




Have you washed your face masks yet? If not, it's time.


Face mask mandates are likely to stick around for a while, so it's a good idea to build a little collection of reusable masks. You can find masks in a variety of colors, sizes, and materials online. My personal favorite is a mask made from yoga pant material because it breathes and is built to handle moisture. The masks pictured above are offered through Onzie, which uses recycled materials, but many exercise apparel companies are now making masks.


What is your mask made of?

Anything that touches your face should be kept clean. An unwashed mask can quickly start to harbor germs and make your skin breakout. This situation can become amplified if you are spending many hours in a mask or are exercising and sweating regularly in a mask.


In short, you need to wash your masks. But how you wash them might depend on what they are made of.


If you bought your mask from a retailer, check to see if it comes with washing instructions. For a homemade mask, consider what materials you used. This can vary widely from cotton to polyester to elastic. Some materials can handle going in the washing machine with your regular laundry, but others simply can't.


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