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Heading on an outdoor adventure and looking for something to protect your face from frost-bite, debris or the sun? A good bandana can only do so much. To really protect your face from the elements, you’ll want to pick up a face mask.
While most people associate face masks with the doctor’s office, or say, trying to ward off germs on the plane, a number of brands are making face masks for festivals, sports and hiking too.
The best face masks are versatile enough to be worn a number of ways, whether wrapped around the mouth, or as a neckerchief, balaclava, scarf or even a headband. Unlike a bandana, which is typically a simple, square-shaped piece of cloth, these face wraps are made from longer pieces of stretchy fabric, that can bend and shape to different configurations.
When worn, these face masks help shield your face from dust, air pollution, wind and the harsh rays of the sun. The best face masks will cover your face without restricting your breathing, thanks to lightweight fabrics that stretch and move naturally with you. The latest face masks are also made with moisture-wicking materials to keep sweat away from your skin, and many come with built-in UV protection, too.
Great for music festivals, off-roading, a paintball game, or just casual errands, think of a face mask like a pair of good earplugs. They still let you experience your big game or event, but help to filter out unwanted debris (just as a pair of earplugs filters out unwanted noise).
Partygoers and the stylish set like wearing face masks too, to help complete a ‘gram-worthy festival look, or to add some streetwear inspiration to an everyday outfit. The most popular face masks these days come in dozens of statement-making colors, prints and patterns.
We’ve rounded up some of our favorite face masks to pick up this season. Keep one in your bag for your next outing and another one in your emergency kit for when you run into extreme weather conditions. These popular face masks are well-made, well-designed and well-equipped to block out the harsh elements, so you can put your best face forward.
1. INTO THE AM Galaxy Face Mask
This versatile face mask bandana is made from a super soft and stretchy microfiber material that sits comfortably against your skin.
The fabric is naturally moisture-wicking, and transfers heat and humidity away from your face, to keep you cool. It’s breathable too, so you won’t get that suffocating feeling when the face mask is wrapped around your mouth.
Great for dusty music festivals or outdoor events, this bandana face mask also keeps you dust-free and shielded from the sun on hikes, runs, paintball games or casual yard work.
PROS: INTO THE AM uses environmentally-friendly inks that won’t irritate your skin. Also keeping your skin comfortable: the face masks’ seamless construction, which means no seams or rough edges.
CONS: Edgier designs; those who want something a little more simple will want to consider other options on our list.
2. iHeartRaves Seamless Face Mask
A lightweight and breathable bandana face mask, this pick also features a moisture-wicking material that keeps both you and your face mask dry. The stretchy fabric makes this a “one size fits all” design.
The multi-functional design lets you wear this over the mouth, as a scarf, as a headband or as a beanie. It’s great for the outdoors, but we like it for keeping our hair in place during a strentuous workout or sweaty yoga session too.
PROS: More than two dozens prints and patterns available, so there’s something for every style and use-case. Fits sizes kids to adults.
CONS: Some say material gets uncomfortable if wearing over long periods.
3. Sojourner Nine-Piece Face Mask Set
Keep one of these face masks in your emergency kit and be protected from dust, debris, wind and light smoke. Designed for travel, the Sojourner bandana also comes in handy for those scorching hot days, when you need to shield your skin from the sun. On cold days, wrap this around your face as an extra layer of warmth.
The company says the face mask is made from a premium microfiber that comes with UV protection.
This face mask weighs just over an ounce, and is easy to roll up and pack away (it can be easily tucked into your pant pockets or a fanny pack).
Using it as a headband? The stretchy material rests comfortably around your temples — no headaches here.
PROS: One pack comes with nine different bandanas.
CONS: Some say it took a little while to stretch out to fit over the head.