If use and throw masks are used, imagine how much waste Indians would create or the combined global measure. With that in mind, opting for reusable, washable masks seems like the obvious choice – especially now that face masks are the new reality for the foreseeable future.
While disposable face masks are convenient, a recent study by University College London calculated that if every person in the UK wore a single-use disposable face mask for a year, it would create 66,000 tonnes of contaminated plastic waste. We can only imagine how much waste Indians would create or the combined global measure. With that in mind, opting for reusable, washable masks seems like the obvious choice – especially now that face masks are the new reality for the foreseeable future.
Hear are some tips on how to make the most of your mask:
Wear moisturiser, especially in the areas covered by the mask
This includes behind the ears, where ear loops can chafe and cause irritation.
Use a strong lip balm
The only lip product you need for daily mask wear is a balm that protects and hydrates your lips. Coconut oil works well; apply it after washing your face, before you put on your mask and before bed.
If you wear glasses, prioritise a more snug fit on your nose bridge
A loose fit lets more of your breath through the top of the mask, causing your glasses to fog up. Don’t go for masks that lie too tightly across your face and mouth for comfort, but make sure you choose one that can lay firmly across your nose:
Sanitise your mask on the move
Your mask is only as useful as it is clean. This includes when you’re out and away, when washing it may be inaccessible. Spray your mask from a distance of 30cm and let it air for two to five minutes before wearing.
Safe disposal of face masks
Dispose of single-use masks responsibly in the general rubbish bin.