You’ve figured out where to get a mask, how to put it on and take it off safely and have gotten used to the feeling of a foreign object on your face. Finally, you notice a glaring inconvenience. Yep, your glasses now keep fogging up like it’s a cold December afternoon and you’ve just entered a shopping mall to buy all your Christmas presents at the very last minute.
The weak points
The vulnerable spots are the top of your mask, which lets out your breath directly into your glasses, and your unprotected lenses on which the moisture in your breath condenses. It is now time to streamline the relationship between your mask and your glasses.
1. Make sure the top edge fits snuggly along your nose and cheekbones.
2. Consider a mask with a metal nose piece, or simply fold down the top to allow more space between your face cover and your frames for your breath to be released.
3. You can also insert a thickly folded tissue between the mask and the top of your nose; the tissue should help absorb moisture and thus minimize condensation.
The most efficient way to battle the mist seems to be the simplest: water and soap.
1. Before putting on your mask, wet your lenses and lather them with soap.
2. Rinse them thoroughly with warm water. In the immortal words of TLC, we don’t want no suds.
3. Let them air dry or sop up any remaining water with a gentle fabric (remember, what we’re trying to stamp out is moisture).
In layman’s terms, the soapy water on your lenses forms a kind of anti-condensation barrier that should last for a few hours.
Tired of squinting your way through the aisles? Let us know if these tips helped you find your way!