Summer's rising temperatures also bring a higher risk of heat-related ailments. As the pandemic is still not over, a new heat-related risk factor will emerge this summer: facial coverings. Many of us are still uneasy with the idea of wearing a face mask while out. The sweat and suffocation that follow from wearing the mask for lengthy periods of time are the main reasons for this.
Since face masks are both mandatory as per government rules, and for personal caution, it calls for some tips to stay cool while wearing a mask-
1. Protect yourself from UV Rays
Avoid going out during the lunch hour by running errands early in the morning or late in the evening. Not only is it important to stay cool while wearing a mask, but stepping out in the hot sun while wearing one can cause heat strokes and dehydration. If you must go out, carry an umbrella with you.
2. Choose the right mask
Now, that we have a new market of masks, we have multiple options. Given the increasing temperature, it becomes imperative to choose a good mask. You can use a comfortable surgical mask, or a breathable N-95 to stay comfortable while wearing a mask.
3. Always have a spare mask on hand
Wearing a single mask for an extended period of time makes it sweaty and filthy. Sweaty masks are not only uncomfortable to wear, but they also reduce their effectiveness. This can also cause acne on the skin. Keeping replacement masks on hand is a simple solution to this problem.
3. Even while you're outside, stay hydrated
You may be less likely to drink water throughout the day if you're wearing a face mask. Due to the additional layers of protection on the nose and mouth, this can result in severe dehydration and more serious consequences. It's critical to stay hydrated even while you're outside. If you're in a crowded area, remember to take a step back before removing the mask.
5. Take Breaks
However, take a break from the crowd and take off your masks every now and then to allow yourself to breathe correctly and feel comfortable. Try to limit the time you need to wear the mask.