The CDC still recommends face masks for those who aren’t yet vaccinated – here are the best places to find them online

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  • It’s been over a year since the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a pandemic.
  • Vaccines are becoming more available, but the CDC recommends that unvaccinated people wear masks.
  • We rounded up the all of best places to buy them, how to properly wear them, and how to clean them.
  • This article was medically reviewed by Aimee Desrosiers, PA-C, MS, MPH, a practicing infectious diseases physician assistant in Washington, DC.

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It’s been a year and four months since the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a pandemic. Although vaccination numbers are increasing daily, it is still super important to have proper face masks. According to the CDC, it’s recommended that unvaccinated people continue to wear face masks in public. It’s also worth noting that some places like public transportation and private businesses may require you to wear a mask regardless of vaccination status.

To help you stay healthy, we rounded up all of the articles we’ve written about cloth face masks so far. Below, you’ll find the best places to buy them online as well as what to look for and how to wear them effectively.

Where to buy cloth face masks online:

Etsy

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Check out the highest-rated options on Etsy here

Etsy has a large selection of homemade masks for sale. It’s a great place to find quality cloth face masks if you haven’t found one by a well-known name brand that you like. Buying from Etsy is also a great way to support small businesses.

Amazon

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Check out affordable cloth face masks for adults and children on Amazon here

Amazon offers a handful of brand name masks, along with generic face masks in large bulk and one-time use surgical masks. Previously, Amazon limited purchasing surgical masks and other medical-grade equipment to verified healthcare workers, but as supply and demand have evened out, you can now pick them up here too.

Uniqlo

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Read our full review on the Uniqlo Airism Face Mask here

The Uniqlo Airism Face Mask was a major hit when it launched in Japan early last year. By the end of 2020, it became available in the United States — and it was clear why they were so popular. The masks are lightweight, breathable, and washable. They’re great for wearing in hot weather as well as for double-masking over a surgical mask. They’re available in sizes for adults and kids.

Everlane

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See all of Everlane’s face masks here

Everlane makes a variety of face masks, from basic cotton options that are great for running quick errands to more fitted options with a contoured nose. The masks are sold in packs of two, three, or five, and each purchase benefits the ACLU.

Best face masks we’ve personally tested

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Here are the best face masks we’ve tested

Over the past year, we’ve collectively worn a bunch of masks, whether for personal use or for product reviews. Here, you’ll find all of our favorites and why we like them.

Best masks for double masking and how to do it

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Read our full explainer on double-masking here

According to Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, doubling up on face masks is a good idea and “makes common sense.”

If you already have single-use surgical masks, you should still invest in a good cloth face mask for doubling up. Here, we’ve rounded up the best masks for double-masking and a full explainer on why it’s a good practice.

Kids’ face masks

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Find affordable cloth face masks for kids here

In some instances, kids need masks too. If you’re searching for masks that fit the faces of your little ones well, you’ll find many affordable options here.

Lightweight face masks

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Check out lightweight, breathable face masks to help you stay safe on hot summer days here

If you’re particularly interested in masks that are easy to wear in the summer, you’ll want to go with one of these lightweight options. Materials like linen or lightweight cotton are still protective but a bit more comfortable to wear in the heat. 

Best face masks for working out and running

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Find the best face masks for working out and running here

Whether you’re working out outdoors or in a gym operating at minimal capacity, you’ll want to wear a mask that’s breathable and secure. These are the best options for running and workouts.

Stylish face masks

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Check out the brands making stylish, reusable cloth face masks here.

Many of your favorite brands in the textile industry (including those that normally make clothes, shoes, bags, bedding, and more) are using some of their resources to produce masks. Whether you’re a brand loyalist, you want a mask that matches some of your other wearable items, or you simply want a mask from a brand you’re familiar with, you’ll find it here.

How to solve common annoyances associated with face masks

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Common annoyances that come with wearing a face mask — and how to solve them responsibly

From eating and drinking to concealing your mouth from those who read lips, there are some annoyances that come with wearing masks. Fortunately, there are also solutions to these problems — and none of them include skipping a mask altogether. 

Should I wear a mask even if I’m vaccinated?

Vaccine distribution

According to the CDC, people are considered fully vaccinated:

  • Two weeks after their second dose in a two-dose series, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or
  • Two weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine

If it has been less than two weeks since your single-dose shot, or if you still need to get your second dose of a two-dose vaccine, you are not fully protected and should continue all safety precautions outlined by the CDC.

Why is it important to wear a face mask?

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Wearing a face mask decreases the likelihood of you potentially transmitting the virus, but if everyone in the community around you wears a mask, then it decreases the likelihood of them transmitting it to you.

According to the CDC’s most recent estimates, 40% of people infected with the new coronavirus may be asymptomatic or presymptomatic. 

Whether you’re asymptomatic, pre-symptomatic, or showing mild symptoms that could be brushed off as a common cold, there’s still a possibility you’ve contracted the new coronavirus and can unknowingly spread it to others. For this reason, the CDC recommends that everyone, not just those who show symptoms, wear a face mask outside the home.

Note that cloth face masks are not medical grade and that additions like filters have not been proven to be any safer or more effective. 

What to look for in a face mask, according to the CDC

A snug fit that sits comfortably against the side of the face and does not gap; ties or ear loops that keep it secure; completely covers the nose and mouth, and fits securely under the chin; two or more layers of fabric; breathability without restriction; and the ability to be laundered and machine dried without damage or change to its shape.

How to measure your face for a face mask

While most masks are designed to fit most faces, some will come in more specific sizes like small, medium, and large. If you’re stumped on which size to order, the best way to figure it out is to measure your face and then choose based on the brand’s size chart. You’ll want to use a garment tape measure to get these two measurements:

Measurement #1: Across your face — Going over the bridge of your nose and under your eyes, measure the width of your face.

Measurement #2: From nose to chin — Start from the bridge of your nose and go down to the bottom of your chin.

How to properly wear a face mask, as recommended by CDC’s Dr. Paige Armstrong

 

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Costco will no longer require fully vaccinated customers to wear masks in stores, except in states that still have mask mandates

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A Costco store in Mount Prospect, Illinois.

  • Costco announced that it will no longer require fully vaccinated customers to wear face masks.
  • However, the policy change only applies to locations without state or local mask mandates.
  • All customers will still be required to wear a mask in Costco’s healthcare departments.
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Costco announced on Friday that it will no longer require masks for vaccinated customers in some states.

The company posted an updated mask policy on its website following Thursday’s announcement from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that fully vaccinated people can stop wearing masks both outdoor and indoors, with some exceptions.

Costco said that in locations with no state or local mask requirements, customers who are fully vaccinated can enter the store without a face mask or shield. The retailer said it will not ask for proof of vaccination.

At stores in areas that still have state or local mask mandates, Costco said it will continue to require customers to wear a mask, with the exception of children under the age of 2.

At all locations, face coverings will still be required in the Pharmacy, Optical, and Hearing Aid departments, per CDC guidance.

“Costco continues to recommend that all members and guests, especially those who are at higher risk, wear a mask or shield,” the company said.

Costco tightened its policy around face coverings last November amid a surge in COVID cases nationwide. The company announced at the time that all shoppers, even those with medical conditions, would be required to cover their faces in its stores. When Costco instituted its mask policy in May 2020, it initially said people with conditions that prevented them from wearing a mask could go without a face covering. However, anti-maskers often used medical conditions as an excuse to go without face coverings in public places.

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Fauci said it’s ‘quite possible’ people will continue wearing masks during ‘seasonal periods’ to prevent the flu

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Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, adjusts a face mask during a Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee hearing on the federal coronavirus response on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, March 18, 2021.

  • Face masks might become a “seasonal” item for Americans, Dr. Anthony Fauci said.
  • People may elect to wear them during flu season to prevent transmission.
  • The US had a relatively mild flu season this year, likely due to COVID-19 prevention measures.
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Dr. Anthony Fauci, the longtime director of the US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, predicted Sunday that face masks may become a common “seasonal” item in the fight against the seasonal flu.

Fauci, the chief medical adviser to President Joe Biden, made the remarks on NBC News’ “Meet the Press” when moderator Chuck Todd asked “at what point” people should “take the masks off.”

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“Is the mask going to be something we have with us in a seasonal aspect?” Todd asked.

Fauci said that was “quite possible.”

“I think people have gotten used to the fact that wearing masks, clearly, if you look at the data, diminishes respiratory diseases,” he said. “We’ve had practically a non-existent flu season this year merely because people were doing the kinds of public health things that were directed predominantly against COVID-19.”

As Insider’s Aylin Woodward previously reported, the US this year experienced an extremely mild flu season, even as experts last year feared that the seasonal flu could overwhelm healthcare systems already faced with the pandemic.

But between October 1 last year and January 30, there were just 155 hospitalizations in the US for the flu compared to 8,633 during roughly the same time frame the year prior, as Insider previously reported.

“The Australians during their winter, same thing,” Fauci said Sunday. “They had almost no flu largely due to the kinds of things including mask-wearing.

“So it is conceivable that as we go on, a year or two or more from now, that during certain seasonal periods when you have respiratory-borne viruses like the flu, people might actually elect to wear masks to diminish the likelihood that you’ll spread these respiratory-borne diseases,” he added.

Despite their effectiveness, masks have remained at the center of the longstanding partisan divides about COVID-19. At the end of April, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated their mask-wearing guidance, relaxing guidelines for wearing them outdoor, particularly for people who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

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Tucker Carlson called mask-wearing ‘repulsive’ and said parents forcing their children to wear masks in public should be reported for ‘child abuse’

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Fox News host Tucker Carlson raged against face masks on Monday night.

  • Fox News host Tucker Carlson called the sight of kids wearing masks “repulsive” and a form of “child abuse.”
  • He advocated for people to call the police or Child Protective Services if they see children wearing masks on his Monday night show.
  • Carlson called mask-wearers liberal “zealots” and “neurotics” and goaded viewers into mocking them.
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Fox News host Tucker Carlson raged against the idea of wearing face masks on Monday night, telling his viewers to openly mock those they see wearing masks outside.

“Your response when you see children wearing masks as they play should be no different from your response to seeing someone beat a kid in Walmart. Call the police immediately. Contact Child Protective Services. Keep calling until someone arrives,” Carlson said.

“What you’re looking at is abuse, it’s child abuse, and you are morally obligated to attempt to prevent it.”

He also called the sight of a child wearing masks “repulsive,” and a form of child abuse, referencing statements made by general practitioner Mary Harrow, who told a Colorado education board on Monday that face masks can “cause low oxygen and high carbon dioxide levels” and “create fear, anxiety, and headaches.”

The idea that masks can lower oxygen levels has been debunked.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, people are still encouraged to wear masks in public settings, at events, gatherings, and anywhere that they will be around other people, as a mask is known to slow the spread of COVID-19.

The Biden administration is likely to implement new guidance on mask-wearing outside for fully vaccinated people soon, but White House chief medical advisor Anthony Fauci says people should continue to abide by public health measures until the CDC makes a further assessment.

But the Fox News host appeared to take issue with the concept of mask-wearing in general, calling masks a sign of political obedience, like “Kim Il-Sung pins in Pyongyang.”

Carlson also said that liberals who wore masks were “zealots” and “neurotics,” saying that mask-wearing was indicative of an “actual mental health condition.”

“So the next time you see someone in a mask on the sidewalk or on the bike path, do not hesitate. Ask politely but firmly, ‘Would you please take off your mask? Science shows there is no reason for you to be wearing it. Your mask is making me uncomfortable,” Carlson suggested.

“We should do that and we should keep doing it until wearing a mask outside is roughly as socially accepted as lighting a Marlboro on an elevator,” he said.

Insider has reached out to Fox News for comment.

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Arizona businesses will be allowed to opt-out and ignore mask orders under law signed by GOP Gov. Doug Ducey

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Usher Kathy Stock wears a face shield and mask as she waits for fans to enter the MLB spring training game in February in Arizona.

  • Arizona businesses can soon opt out of local orders requiring masks under a new law.
  • The bill was signed into law by GOP Gov. Doug Ducey on Friday.
  • Ducey never instituted a statewide mandate and in March signed an executive order that said localities couldn’t do so, either.
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Businesses in Arizona can soon elect to opt out of any city, county, or state order requiring face masks in their establishments after Gov. Doug Ducey signed a bill into law Friday.

Under the law, businesses can still elect to enforce mask mandates for their customers, but they can no longer be compelled to by any city, county, or even state order to do so.

“I am signing this bill, ensuring that our small businesses will no longer be required to enforce mandates imposed on them by their cities who are choosing not to enforce it themselves,” Ducey, a Republican, said Friday, according to a report from Arizona Central.

While Ducey signed the bill Friday, it won’t go into effect until 90 days after the Arizona legislature concludes its session. According to AZ Central, that date is different each year, meaning whether businesses will be at present be required to follow local orders isn’t clear.

While Ducey’s office says a March 26 executive order by the governor made it illegal for localities to enact their own mask mandates, Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich said later in March counties were still able to enforce mask mandates under a provision of the state’s Emergency Management Code.

Brnovich, also a Republican, said the code’s provision allowing counties to “investigate all nuisances, source of filth and causes of sickness and make regulations necessary for the public health and safety of the inhabitants” supersedes executive orders by the state governor.

According to KAWC, a spokesperson for Ducey said the attorney general’s informal legal opinion on the local public health measures was “inconsequential” because local governments were unable to effectively enforce their mask mandates even when they were “most necessary” earlier during the pandemic.

Ducey never issued a statewide mask order during the pandemic, even though public health experts stressed – and continue to stress – their effectiveness in stemming the spread of COVID-19.

“Our largest cities opted not to enforce their mandates, leaving the responsibility up to local businesses,” Ducey said Friday. “I understand the concern and heartache this caused for many of these businesses.”

According to AZ Central, Phoenix, Tempe, Tucson, Flagstaff, and Pima County in the state continue to require face masks in public areas.

Ducey signed the bill into law even though he acknowledged the bill’s language could inadvertently pose challenges for the enforcement of laws that require the wearing of masks in situations unrelated to COVID-19, like when workers handle harmful materials, according to the report.

“Some rational mask requirements that are not related to the spread of COVID-19 may not be enforceable,” the governor said. “The state needs to be able to enforce long-standing workplace safety and infection control standards unrelated to COVID-19.”

The state representative who authored the bill said he would amend the legislation’s language before the end of the current session to fix that portion, the AZ Central reported.

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A private pilot has offered a free round trip to Austin to a family who were booted off a Southwest Airlines flight, after their toddler couldn’t keep his mask on

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The Harveys were offered a private flight to Austin.

  • A Facebook video shows a family being kicked off a Southwest flight over a mask incident.
  • The family was told to leave when their toddler refused to keep his mask on.
  • A private pilot and old friend learned of the incident and offered them a free flight.
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Earlier this month, a family was ordered to leave a Southwest Airlines flight after their two-year-old could not keep his face mask on.

Now, a Good Samaritan has stepped in to help them reach their intended destination at no extra cost, The New York Post reported.

Erik Harvey, his wife Michelle, and their toddler Jackson were all ready to fly from Denver to Austin on April 1 through Southwest Airlines, Fox News reported.

Aware of the federal regulations for all flight passengers over the age of two, the parents knew their son was required to cover his face for the duration of the flight.

“I practiced with him at least two or three times at the house and every time he threw it off, but I figured that [Southwest] would work with us on the plane because he’s 2,” Michelle Harvey told Fox 7.

When the family boarded the flight, Jackson was wearing his mask. “Everything was going swimmingly … until it wasn’t. That’s when Jackson threw off the mask and “was done wearing it.”

“The flight attendant comes over and she says, ‘Ma’am he’s not wearing his mask, you’re gonna have to leave the plane,'” Erik Harvey said.

James Peck, an old friend and private pilot, spotted a social media video about the family’s experience and decided to offer them a private flight to Austin at no cost, per Fox 7.

“I knew that I could use that as a great excuse to go take a flight and help them out and get them here,” Peck said. He has even offered to fly the Harveys back to Denver after their trip ends.

Acknowledging the selfless deed, Harvey told Fox News: “The miracles will come to you, things will show up, and that Good Samaritan will show up.”

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Sarah Palin says she has ‘bizarre’ COVID-19 symptoms and urges Americans to wear masks

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Sarah Palin speaks during her appearance at Politicon at Pasadena Convention Center in Pasadena, California on June 26, 2016.

  • Sarah Palin, the 2008 GOP vice-presidential nominee, announced she and two of her children contracted COVID-19.
  • Palin urged Americans to wear masks, calling it “better than doing nothing to slow the spread” of the virus.
  • A host of mostly Republican-led states have lifted their statewide pandemic restrictions, including mask mandates.
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Sarah Palin, the 2008 GOP vice-presidential nominee, announced on Wednesday that she had been infected with COVID-19 and urged Americans to wear masks, breaking from many of her Republican allies.

“Through it all, I view wearing that cumbersome mask indoors in a crowd as not only allowing the newfound luxury of being incognito, but trust it’s better than doing nothing to slow the spread,” Palin, 57, told People Magazine.

This comes just a few months after Palin campaigned for the Republican party in Georgia alongside Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, an anti-masker and QAnon promoter, and spread the GOP lie that the 2020 presidential election was “rigged.”

The former governor of Alaska said she tested positive after one of her daughters and her 12-year-old son Trig, who has Down syndrome, were both infected. She said she experienced “bizarre” symptoms, including loss of taste and smell, and warned COVID-19 can “really knock you down.” People Magazine said that these were recent diagnoses but it’s unclear when exactly they fell ill.

“I strongly encourage everyone to use common sense to avoid spreading this and every other virus out there,” she said, adding that her case shows “anyone can catch this.”

After making headlines last year for her performance on Fox’s “Masked Singer,” Palin joked, “History will show we Masked Singer visitors were masked before being masked was cool.”

A host of mostly Republican-led states have lifted their statewide pandemic restrictions, including mask mandates, which experts say is helping fuel an uptick in COVID-19 cases. President Joe Biden has repeatedly called on GOP governors to reinstate their mask mandates and slow the reopening of their states.

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The 11 best sheet masks we’ve tested for every skin type

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  • Sheet masks offer an easy, speedy way to treat your skin without having to leave home.
  • We’ve tested dozens of sheet masks and rounded up our favorites for every skin type.
  • You can also check out our guide to the best moisturizers.

As well as being renowned for their incredible hydrating properties, sheet masks treat different skin concerns, from soothing sensitive skin to brightening dull complexions. Some are great for a pre-night-out boost, while others work better if you wear them before you go to bed, so the serum can soak in and you can wake up with glowing skin. Many experts are now using sheet masks as part of their daily skincare routine.

With the incredible number of sheet masks on the market, working out which one is right for you can be a minefield. As well as researching thousands of reviews from beauty experts and buyers, we’ve tried and tested all sorts of sheet masks to come up with our top picks.

Here the best sheet masks in 2021:

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Farmacy Coconut Gel Sheet Mask Sheet

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The Farmacy Coconut Gel Sheet Mask Sheet is loaded with ultra-moisturizing ingredients for a boost of hydration in a pinch.

Farmacy’s Coconut Gel Sheet Mask is loaded with nourishing ingredients like coconut water, hyaluronic acid, and cucumber extract. Hyaluronic acid can hold 1,000 times its weight in water, so it delivers some serious hydration. Paired with calming cucumber extract and moisturizing, refreshing coconut water, this mask works for any skin type. Just slap the Coconut Gel Sheet Mask on for 15 minutes — that’s all you need for the mask to work its magic. Take it off to reveal more supple, smooth, calm skin.

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Patchology Hydrate FlashMasque 5 Minute Facial Sheet Mask

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For smoother, hydrated skin in just five minutes, the Patchology Hydrate FlashMasque 5 Minute Facial Sheet Mask is hard to beat.

Patchology’s mask is your secret weapon for defeating dry skin because it features ingredients like hyaluronic acid for hydration, and vitamin B5 and betaine to improve elasticity and smooth skin. Traditionally, sheet masks take up to 20 minutes to work, but the Patchology Hydrate Flashmasque accelerates delivery of the ingredients to the skin with its unique material, so you see results in just five minutes.

This speedy skin saver is perfect for a last-minute touch-up before you put on your makeup or before you go to bed. It is the ideal quick fix for winter when your skin needs some extra hydration or on a long flight (as long as you don’t mind scaring the flight attendants).

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Erno Laszlo White Marble Bright Hydrogel Masks

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For an easy, fast path to radiant skin, the Erno Laszlo White Marble Bright Hydrogel Masks should be your go-to sheet mask.

The White Marble Bright Hydrogel Mask from renowned skincare brand Erno Laszlo is designed to instantly brighten skin and reduce the appearance of dark spots and aging. The serum is made up of allotonin to plump up the skin, essential oils including peony and chamomile to moisturize, and sunflower seed oil to protect against wrinkles.

We’re obsessed with Erno Laszlo’s range of sheet masks, and this one is awesome. Each sheet mask comes in two pieces of gel-like material. It felt a bit slippery and strange, but it was easy to apply. I liked that it didn’t slip off my face so I could walk around while the mask did its work.

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Dr. Jart+ Dermamask Water Jet Vital Hydra Solution Mask

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When you want to give dry, sensitive skin some extra love without spending a fortune at the spa, the Dr. Jart+ Dermamask Water Jet Vital Hydra Solution Mask is ideal. 

Our favorite water-based face mask for sensitive skin comes from the legendary Korean Brand Dr Jart+. The mask is packed with hydrating ingredients like algae extract, aquaxyl, xylitol, and oligo-hyaluronic acid to moisturize sensitive skin without irritation. The mask is designed to calm redness and cool irritated skin, making it a godsend for people with sensitive skin. It works just as well for those with oily, dry, or combination skin.

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SK-II’s Pitera Facial Treatment Mask

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Japanese brand SK-II’s Pitera Facial Treatment Mask is a cult classic because it visibly hydrates, brightens, and firms your skin.

The SK-II Pitera Facial Treatment Mask is an all-in-one sheet mask that does everything you need for a glowing, gorgeous complexion. The sheet is soaked with SK-II’s signature serum Pitera. Discovered in a sake brewery back in the ’70s, this liquid is packed with naturally-derived vitamins, amino acids, and minerals. It is designed to refine texture and address uneven skin tone, dryness, large pores, and oiliness. SK-II suggests you use a mask once or twice a week or before a special event.

The SK-II Pitera Facial Treatment Mask lived up to the hype in our testing. It made my skin look more radiant instantly, and my skin felt tighter and softer. The mask fit well and stayed put, although it felt a bit slimy. Granted, most face masks feel a bit slimy because it’s the slime that fixes your skin.

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Tatcha Luminous Deep Hydration Lifting Mask

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For smoother skin in just 15 minutes, the Tatcha Luminous Deep Hydration Lifting Mask is our top pick.

Tatcha’s gel-like face mask is packed with powerful anti-aging products including red algae and hyaluronic acid, as well as green tea and rice to target dryness, dullness, and loss of firmness. It is derived from coconut and is more effective than paper masks.

Tatcha claims it can increase the skin’s total moisture by 200% in 15 minutes. While we can’t verify that claim, we can say that it left our skin feeling great. It’s a bit fiddly, as you have to remove one of the layers to put it on, but it fit well. 

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Leaders AC Clear Treatment Mask

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If you’re prone to breakouts and want effective instant relief, then you’ll love the Leaders AC Clear Treatment Mask.

The AC Clear Treatment Mask from Korean company Leaders Insolution balances skin and provides relief for irritated, stressed, and sensitive skin that’s prone to breakouts and inflammation. This hypoallergenic 100% cotton sheet mask is packed with maple water, hyaluronic acid, and snail secretions to calm skin and reduce redness. It’s gentle enough to be used daily and the more often you use it, the better the results.

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Tonymoly I’m Real Avocado Sheet Mask

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For a fun and very affordable sheet mask with great results, the Tonymoly I’m Real Avocado Sheet Mask is a winner.

Established in Seoul more than 10 years ago, Tonymoly pioneered the Korean sheet mask beauty trend that has spread across the world. The innovative brand is now a household name in the US. There are 14 different masks in the Tonymoly I’m Real Sheet Mask collection to address every possible skin concern and we’ve tried them all. Our favorite is the I’m Real Avocado Sheet Mask.

Ideal for dull, dry, and stressed-out skin, this highly moisturizing sheet mask is soaked with nutrient-rich avocado essence. The paper sheet has a pleasant smell but feels quite delicate. After leaving it on for 20 minutes in our testing, our skin definitely felt softer and looked fresher.

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St. Ives Nourish and Soothe Oatmeal Mask

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St. Ives’ Nourish and Soothe Oatmeal Mask helps calm even the reddest of faces.

Just like the oatmeal baths of your childhood, St. Ives’ Nourish and Soothe Oatmeal Mask soothes whatever is ailing your face. Sunburn? Pop this on. Windburn? You got it. That’s all thanks to the oatmeal extract. It works to calm any type of skin issue while leaving your face feeling refreshed and clean.

And since it’s in an easy-to-use sheet, you can get all of the benefits without the mess. This is actually a great mask to pop on after you’ve applied a more detoxifying mask. It will calm things down while sealing in the good-for-you ingredients of the first.

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Leaders Cosmetics 7 Wonders Amazonian Acai Anti Pollution Mask

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Leaders Cosmetics 7 Wonders Amazonian Acai Anti Pollution Mask helps fight free radical damage, leading to a bright, beautiful complexion.

If you live in a city, it’s not just the sun you have to worry about every time you step outside. Free radicals brought on by pollution can wreak havoc on your skin, leading to a dull complexion. But a skincare regimen rich in antioxidants is perfect for combating these issues. And Leaders Cosmetics 7 Wonders Amazonian Acai Anti Pollution Mask should be a regular part of any antioxidant-rich regimen.

This little mask is chock-full of good-for-you ingredients that help fight free radicals. Vitamins C, B, and E are the powerhouses of this mask, while acai berries come in for the assist. All these ingredients work to wick away the negative effects of pollution.

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You can spread COVID-19 by talking in hair salons or during a massage – even while wearing a mask, research suggests

beauty salon hair stylist coronavirus A cosmetologist styles a customers hair at Parlour Salon as beauty salons, barber shops and spas begin to reopen in the wake of the Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic, Wednesday, May 20, 2020, in Cincinnati, Ohio, United States. (Photo by Jason Whitman/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
Missouri allowed hair salons to reopen earlier this month.

  • Talking expels viral particles that gravity could carry from person to person, a new study found. 
  • Employees standing or leaning over clients could infect them. 
  • Masks reduce the risk, but infection is possible if the mask is loose and air escapes through gaps. 
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Most people know by now to wear a mask in public settings to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus. We’ve even learning to avoid shouting or singing, which can spew contagious particles in the surrounding air. 

But speaking at a normal volume also expels viral particles, and these could transfer to another person even, in some cases, when you’re wearing a mask, according to a study published February 23 in Physics of Fluids.

Japanese researchers found that in scenarios where a customer is sitting or lying below an employee (or vice versa), airflow could carry viral particles from person to person.  That could be a problem for settings such as a hair salon, a spa, or a medical or care facility.

Previous research has found that talking can produce a huge amount of viral particles in a short time, so understanding how this works may be important to protecting people from infection in medical and customer service settings. 

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A customer gets a manicure from Sally Le and pedicure from Tom Dinh at Nail Turbo, during the phased reopening of businesses and restaurants from COVID-19 restrictions, in Roswell, Georgia, April 24, 2020.

Gravity pulls contagious particles downward if you lean or stand over another person

The researchers, from Aoyama Gakuin University and Yamano College of Aesthetics, used e-cigarettes to generate a vapor cloud with particle sizes similar to those that carry the coronavirus. They then used laser light to study the airflow pattern of the particles in different settings. Participants spoke the same word (“onegaishimasu,” a common Japanese greeting) while sitting, standing, and lying down in different positions, with and without masks. 

When a person speaks without a mask, the particles they exhale are carried downward by gravity, so someone sitting or lying below them might be infected.

With a mask, those particles are more contained in a vapor cloud by warm air surrounding the person’s body, and are less likely to travel toward other people. That significantly reduces the risk, the researchers found. 

If a person leans over, however, exhaled particles are pulled downward, the study found. If the mask is loose, and viral particles escape, this could present an infection risk. 

That could be a problem in situations such as table massage, other spa services, or medical care in which a patient is lying on a bed. 

The researchers used surgical-style, non-woven masks, and found particles weren’t likely to escape through the sides or bottom of the mask, but the top, through gaps around the nose. It’s not clear from this study how a tighter-fitting or woven mask might fare, or if double-masking might help. 

Wearing a face shield helped prevent particles from being carried by gravity, though. 

“The face shield promoted the rise of the exhaled breath,” study author Keiko Ishii, professor of mechanical engineering at Aoyama Gakuin University, said in a press release.. “Hence, it is more effective to wear both a mask and a face shield when providing services to customers.”

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