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7 winter face masks to keep you warm through colder weather

7 winter face masks to keep you warm through colder weather

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  • Wearing a face mask is important to help slow the spread of the novel coronavirus.
  • Face masks will likely be essential for months to come, so it's a good idea to find ones you like if you haven't already.
  • With the weather getting colder, we'll soon be looking for masks that keep our faces warm and prevent us from spreading germs.
  • This article was medically reviewed by Dr. Syra Madad, an infectious diseases epidemiologist in NYC who is also the senior director of NYC Health + Hospitals System-wide Special Pathogens Program and fellow for the Harvard Kennedy School, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs.
  • Read more: The CDC recommends everyone wear a cloth face mask in public — here are 12 of the highest-rated options on Etsy

The CDC recommends that everyone wear a cloth face covering in public, whether that means taking a walk outside or going into the grocery store. In many states, it's not even a recommendation, but a requirement that you wear a face mask when in public. Since many people are asymptomatic or presymptomatic carriers and may not know that they're carrying the virus, it's important to still wear a face mask even if you feel perfectly fine.

Of course, a face mask is just part of the equation. It's important to follow the other CDC guidelines like maintaining 6 feet of social distance and washing your hands frequently.

With colder temperatures on the horizon, we'll soon be looking for face masks that can help keep us warm and prevent us from spreading germs. Below, we rounded up a selection of face masks that are great for winter weather.

The CDC recommends that face masks have the following features:
    • Ties or ear loops that keep it secure
    • Two or more layers of fabric
    • A snug fit that sits comfortably against the side of the face without gaps
    • Allow for breathing without restriction

While we haven't tried every one of these personally, they're all highly rated and made to keep you covered while also adding warmth.

7 face masks to help you stay warm this winter:

A fluffy face mask

A fluffy face mask
Etsy
Sew Simone Creations Sherpa Mask, $18

The lining of this mask is made from breathable cotton, but the sherpa fabric on the outside is definitely winter-ready. For $18, you get the mask and a free lanyard holder.

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A face mask and ear muff hybrid

A face mask and ear muff hybrid
Etsy
Woori Shop USA Face Mask Wrap, $12.99

This face mask wraps all the way around your ears and secures with Velcro on the back for serious warmth. The neutral colors and fluffy fabric make it an attractive option too.

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A flannel face mask

A flannel face mask
Etsy
Rockin Flowers Designs Plaid Flannel Mask, from $13

A flannel exterior gives this mask a cozy look and feel that's ideal for winter. You can choose to have it made with regular ear loops or adjustable ones.

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A winter version of a popular mask

A winter version of a popular mask
Caraa
Caraa 5-Pack of Winter Standard Masks, $25

If you just want a warmer version of a traditional face mask, Caraa's Winter Standard Masks feature a simple pleat design with thicker, warmer cotton that's better suited for cold weather. They also come in an assortment of colors.

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A thick, double-layer cotton mask

A thick, double-layer cotton mask
Everlane
Everlane 5-Pack of 100% Human Face Masks, $25

A thick, double-layer cotton design makes these Everlane Face Masks easy to transition from summer to winter. They're warmer than most other cotton masks, but won't add any extra bulk either. Plus, Everlane says it will donate 10% of sales to the ACLU.

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A trio of comfy, printed masks

A trio of comfy, printed masks
Etsy
Splendid 3-pack of Face Coverings, $29

This trio of face masks is made of soft cotton that'll keep your face cozy. Instead of ear loops, there are straps that you tie together at the back for a perfect fit.

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A simple mask and ear muff hybrid

A simple mask and ear muff hybrid
Etsy
Fresh Trends CA Ear Muffs Face Mask, $16.73

This ear muff-face mask hybrid is made of soft cotton and polyester for a design that's warm yet breathable. You'll appreciate the full coverage on freezing winter days.

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