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The Best Lightweight and Breathable Summer Face Masks

Breathe easy and stay cool with these options

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Just like your clothes, the type of face mask you wear should change with the seasons. While we're well familiar with scarves, wraps and shawls to keep our face from being frozen over in winter, we aren't used to covering our faces in the summer. Face masks, while protective, can also be uncomfortable in warm weather, making your face hot and sweaty (something that gets worse if you're working out).

Thankfully, there are numerous options available to help you beat the heat while staying safe and preventing the spread of COVID-19.

To keep cool while wearing a face mask, look for face masks made from lightweight fabrics like cotton poplin, seersucker, madras or linen. Though synthetic materials can actually make things worse in the heat, certain manufacturers produce face masks made from synthetics that are moisture-wicking and offer UV protection.

Sometimes, the heat simply cannot be beat and even the greatest face masks can turn into a swamp. That's why it's important to have multiple masks with you if you are out of the house for an extended period of time. When one mask gets too moist, make sure to swap it out for a clean, dry mask.



The CDC updates its guidelines and recommendations on masks regularly. To read the latest guidelines, click here.

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Triple-Layer Cloth Face Masks (Five-Pack)
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Space Mask Space Mask
$19.00

Space Mask's got a host of features built in, making it not only one of the most breathable face masks, but one of the best all-around. It has an ergonomic fit which stays snug while allowing enough room inside for better air flow. The lightweight nanotech fabric also helps stave off microbial growth for a cleaner experience.

UA Sportsmask
Courtesy Under Armour
Under Armour underarmour.com
$30.00

Under Armour's tech-forward approach to the face mask yields a complex product that's built for performance. The structured shell sits away from your nose and mouth, allowing for better air flow and breathability while the UA Iso-chill technology keeps your face feeling cool all throughout your workout.

Merino Wool Face Mask
Courtesy Huckberry
Huckberry huckberry.com
$15.00

Merino wool may sound like the furthest thing from a summer-ready face mask. However, merino wool is great for regulating temperature (winter and summer) and wicking away moisture for better air flow.

The 100% Human Woven Face Mask 5-Pack
Courtesy Everlane
everlane everlane.com
$25.00

Everlane makes a range of masks to rave reviews and this one is tailored for breathability, thanks to its outer layer, a blend of linen and rayon.

2-Pack Silver Mask
Courtesy Mack Weldon
Mack Weldon mackweldon.com
$32.00

Boasting a two-pronged approach of super soft supima cotton and antimicrobial silver, Mack Weldon's

Made to Move Mask 3 Pack
Courtesy Athleta
Athleta athleta.gap.com
$25.00

Athleta's face masks use a lightweight polyester/spandex outer layer and a polyester mesh lining. The adjustable ear loops and included head strap ensure a snug fit.

The Antibacterial Cooling Face Mask
Courtesy Hammacher Schlemmer
Hammacher Schlemmer hammacher.com
$20.00

Hammacher Schlemmer's multifaceted face mask keeps you cool thanks to its technical fabric lining that draws moisture away from the face. It also helps block UV rays and is imbued with antibacterial silver ions to ward off odors.

Recycled Cotton Mask
Courtesy Outerknown
Outerknown x The New Denim Project outerknown.com
$30.00

Cotton is a great all-around fabric thanks to its softness and breathability. These face masks employ recycled cotton in a 3-ply design that's light enough to wear through summer and beyond.

AIRism Face Mask (Three-Pack)
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Uniqlo Uniqlo
$14.90

Uniqlo's AIRism fabric is lauded for its supercooling capabilities. While overseas customers have enjoyed the innovative tech in the AIRism Face Mask, Uniqlo's set to release it Stateside on the August 24. It features a built-in filter as well as a UV-blocking mesh fabric to keep your skin safe from the sun's rays.

Anti-Microbial Prevention Face Mask (Five-Pack)
Courtesy Buck Mason
Buck Mason buckmason.com
$20.00

Wicking moisture away is key to letting water droplets evaporate and letting you breathe. Buck Mason's face mask is made from a poly-rayon blend that does just that while also preventing the growth of microbes.

Triple-Layer Cloth Face Masks (Five-Pack)
Courtesy Old Navy
Old Navy oldnavy.gap.com
$12.50

Poplin fabric is often seen is lightweight shirts and makes it a great candidate for summer-friendly face masks. Old Navy's done just that with its (really) wide range of face masks so you can breathe easily and safely.

Seersucker Face Mask Made With Lightweight Linen
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Six Oaks and Co etsy.com
$14.50

Linen and seersucker — classic summer fabrics — are the perfect combo for a warm-weather face mask. Seersucker's unique rippling allows it to sit away from the skin, letting air circulate. Linen, meanwhile, is cool to the touch and typically looser in weave, which makes it more breathable.

Summer Weight Face Mask
Courtesy American Trench
American Trench americantrench.com
$12.50

Made using lightweight shirting fabric, American Trench's straightforward face masks are crafted for summer. The accordion-style construction allows it to expand over the face for full coverage without hugging, letting you breathe more easily. 

Hanes Signature Stretch-To-Fit Masks 6-Pack
Courtesy Hanes
Hanes champion.com
$14.00

Moisture-wicking nylon blend fabric goes into Hanes's Signature Stretch-To-Fit Masks, which lets sweat and the humidity from your breath evaporate more easily. Not only does this prevent you from vaping your own breath, it means it'll keep you cool, too.

Other Great Everyday Face Masks
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Don't need a face mask specifically for hot weather? Check out all these great face masks here.

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