Best breathable masks for all-day wear: Under Armour, OliveAnkara, Copperline and more
Let's be real: the mask-wearing season isn't going to end anytime soon. For at least another year or so, this is the new normal. So if the masks are here to stay, those disposable ones may not be able to do the trick for much longer — just think about the environment. From individuals with sensitive skin to fitspos who are just looking for something a lot more breathable, we've collated a list of places for you to consider getting your next reusable mask from. Spy them all, below.
The Copperline Mask has got it all, according to the experts. With its patented ionised copper triple-layer knitted fabric, the Copperline is stated to have antibacterial and antiviral properties, and has been verified as the first and only face mask to actually kill the bacteria and virus strain that causes COVID-19 in the first place. Its design is functional and breathable; made to wear all-day, and easy on the ears. Designed for sensitive skin users in mind, the mask also reduces acne build-up and unnecessary allergic reactions. Truly seems like this is a perfect pick for the ones who are willing to shell out a little extra for that promised protection.
Calling all athletes out there. When Under Armour first released their UA SportsMask, it was sold out almost instantly. And rightfully so. This mask-wearing thing may be hard, but it's probably hardest on gym fanatics and runners out there. The mask's biggest draw is its ensured breathability and moldable shape that adjusts to the shape of your nose bridge. It has three layers; each with its own function — all coming together to allow better airflow and minimal bacteria growth, keeping you feeling fresh when you hit the gym for the day.
You can shop the UA SportsMask in-stores or here (while stocks last).
Looking to make a statement? OliveAnkara's African-inspired print masks won't let you fail your fashion game with the sheer multitude of colors and fabric designs they're offering. They're promising breathability and if you so wish, you can slot in a mask filter into the mask for extra protection. The masks come kid-friendly too — great for that family outing. But the best part? They're using extra fabric leftovers and 10% of their proceeds are being donated to charities helping out our migrant workers.
You can get your OliveAnkara masks here.
Here's yet another mask that had people flocking to their stores. The Uniqlo Airism Mask has been long coveted ever since the retail conglomerate announced the start of its manufacture. It has a simple design: a mesh layer, a filter stated to block out 99% of bacteria and pollen, and of course, its reputable Airism fabric layer. Most of us are probably familiar with the brand's Airism collection — a series of innerwear and activewear — that essentially promises added breathability and a cooling sensation on your skin. Just for that alone, the Airism Mask already seems like a good purchase to make — especially when it comes at a pretty decent price point.
You can get your Airism Masks in-stores or online here (whilst stocks last).
Here's another local brand that's offering masks that are not just breathable, but also hypoallergenic — a win for those with sensitive skin. The soft 2-ply fabric provides sufficient comfort for a day out, and also comes with a slot to insert a protective filter in. Its inner cotton gauze layer is antimicrobial — ensuring a freshness on the inside. They too offer a relatively wide range of designs to choose from, and some of their designs include a nose wire to help shape it to your nose bridge better.