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The fight against condensation
Or “Help, I can’t see anything through my lenses with this mask on”

The issue

Masks, amiright? You’ve curated a decent collection for yourself, mastered the art of taking them on and off with one hand (sort of), and almost never forget to leave the house without one anymore. But it’s still a toss-up whether you’ll manage a whole outing without battling The Fog.

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.

The mask

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 lenses

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.

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