Masks are to become mandatory for shoppers in England from July 24, but those who have worn face masks have already encountered one issue – wearing glasses and masks can be a tricky combination. Express.co.uk has compiled some simple tips to help you avoid steaming up your glasses when wearing your face masks.
From Friday, July 24, there will be almost no excuse to not wear a face mask whilst out shopping in England.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock announced face coverings would become mandatory in shops and supermarkets in England on Monday.
He said the move would “give people more confidence to shop safely and enhance protections for those who work in shops”.
This key Governmental decision brings England in line with other countries, including Scotland, Spain and Italy who are already mandating masks in shops.
Since June 15 masks have been compulsory on public transport in England and at NHS facilities across the UK.
How to stop your glasses steaming up: How to stop your glasses steaming up with your face mask
How to stop your glasses steaming up: From July 24, masks must be worn in shops in England
Why do glasses steam up when someone wears a face mask?
Glasses tend to fog up when someone wears a face mask or covering because of the limited airflow.
This means essentially your breath mostly escapes out the top of your mask.
When you exhale, your warm breath comes into contact with your cooler lenses, which steams up your lenses and clouds your vision.
The steam additionally creates excess moisture around your glasses which reduces the grip on your nose pads and enables them to slip down your face.
How to stop your glasses steaming up: Glasses become fogged up because airflow is redirected due to masks
How to prevent your glasses from steaming up
Make sure to wear a tight-fitting mask
A mask which fits you snugly will leave less area for your breath to escape from.
For the best fit, your mask should be snug against your nose and cheeks.
There should not be any space, slack or gaps for the air to escape, especially right beneath your eyes.
If your mask is not tight enough when you first put it on, try tightening the straps for a secure fit or opting for a smaller size of mask.
To help secure your mask around your nose, you can also move your mask higher up on your face and then “seal” it in place by resting the bridge of your glasses on top of it.
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Buy a mask with a nose strip
If you purchase a mask with a built-in nose strip, the flow of air can be more easily managed.
You should also ensure a proper fit and make sure the nose strip is bendy to worse to your face.
Having a nose strip will stop warm breath escaping out the top of the mask and impacting your glasses.
How to stop your glasses steaming up: A mask with a built-in nose strip can help prevent the issue
Another method to prevent gaps around your cheeks and beneath your eyes is to use tape.
You should place your mask on your face and then tape it down securely across the bridge of your nose and across your cheeks.
You should try to use medical tape or another type of tape which is designed to be placed on your skin to avoid irritation and pain when removing it.
Wash your glasses in soap and water
Washing your glasses with soap and water can provide an effective defence against steam.
Right before you plan to wear a face mask, you should wash your glasses in soapy water, shake off the excess water and then let them air dry.
This should create a thin film which stops the steam in its tracks.
You can also buy specific anti-fog wipes and spray which acts in the same way as soapy water.