Face masks and workouts don’t exactly go hand-in-hand. They make it harder to breathe and cause skin irritation. But with many gyms and fitness studios opening up across the country, it’s now more important than ever to make sure you’re protecting yourself and others while keeping up your workout routine. And some of the biggest activewear companies are here to help by designing face masks meant for working out.
The CDC still recommends wearing cloth face coverings in any public setting, which includes when you’re out for a run, hiking a popular trail, or at the gym. Unlike the mask you might wear when you go to the grocery store, face masks for working out need to be extra comfortable, breathable, and allow for movement.
Any barrier between you and the world is going to be better at protecting you than nothing, but when looking for face masks for working out, your best bet is trying an option made from a breathable, sweat-wicking fabric minimizes moisture from your breath. Also, avoid tie-on ear straps and opt for an elastic option that will prevent your mask from falling off.
A number of activewear brands offer masks made from light, breathable, and soft materials. (They’re so much comfier than that scratchy makeshift bandana face covering you’ve been wearing—trust me.) Here are the best face masks for working out, straight from your favorite brands.
6 face masks for working out from activewear brands
1. KORAL Shiny Netz Face Mask, $20
Koral released activewear masks in multiple different colors and patterns, including leopard print, camo, black, white, and blue. Aside from the luxe look, they’re made from the same materials as the rest of the activewear, meaning you’re getting fast-drying technology, super-soft lycra-stretch and knit fabrics, breathability, and UV protection.
Beyond Yoga has four different patterned masks, all of which are made from a polyester-spandex combo that provides the perfect amount of stretch, banishes moisture, and has UV protection.
Morgan Stewart Sport has a selection of masks that are made using a combination of anti-bacterial and nylon yarns. They’re also sweat-wicking, breathable, soft, and comfortable.
4. Onzie Mindful Masks, $24 for 2
Onzie’s range of masks are up-cycled from its yoga clothing, making them stretchy, quick-drying, and breathable. The elastic straps also ensure they stay put (and comfortable!) during your workouts.
5. ATHLETA NON-MEDICAL FACE MASKS, $30 for 5
This 5-pack of masks from Athleta is a major steal for the price and quality. The three-layer masks are made from a polyester-spandex mix with a cotton liner, making them lightweight, soft, and breathable. They also have encased wire along the nose bridge, giving you the perfect fit, as well as adjustable elastic ear hoops.
6. CARAA MASKS, $25 for 5
These masks from Caraa feature a breathable cotton interior layer and polyester exterior, as well as elastic ear loops and an embedded nose wire for a more secure fit.
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