During the summer millions of people around the world will have to continue putting social distancing into practice and wearing a mask. If you do not want to spend so much heat with it, we have compiled some valuable tips.

There are several types of masks: Although the most recommended are surgical and filtering, many people without symptoms advocate the use of hygienic, normally made of fabric, and which can reduce the spread of respiratory drops by the users who wear them. Although citizens have already integrated its use into daily routine, with the arrival of heat it can produce some discomfort, a problem for which there are some tricks.

In summer it is a nuisance to wear the mask, but more uncomfortable is still spending a few days in the hospital due to a contagion – or worse still, infecting the people we come across because of the irresponsibility of not wearing a mask .

According to health experts who spoke to writer Nick Vadala of The Philadelphia Inquirer, the best strategy for a heat friendly face mask is to opt for a 100% cotton fabric. Polyester and other synthetic materials can trap high temperatures, causing users to quickly accumulate sweat and moisture around their face. This becomes especially uncomfortable if you have to work with a mask or you are going to spend many hours away from home.

In two months it has gone from despising them, to being “highly recommended”. If you are going to put on a mask to go outside, this is what you should know.

Too it is important that they are not too tight, betting more on adjustable ties than on elastic bands that irritate the ears. Don’t squeeze it too much, instead look for an intermediate point where it covers your chin and nose without causing discomfort. When you moisten it with sweat, you should change it for a dry one, disinfect your hands to remove it and wash it with your usual detergent in the washing machine.

Do not forget to have spare parts on hand in case you have to change it. Finally remember keep your skin properly hydrated to avoid rashes and discomfort. Drink water and take breaks without a mask when you are alone, in places without people or in your car.

This article was published in TICbeat by Andrea Núñez-Torrón Stock.