DMT Beauty Transformation: The Most Breathable Face Masks To Live Your Best Active Summer Life
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The Most Breathable Face Masks To Live Your Best Active Summer Life

June 29, 2020DMT Beauty

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Months into quarantine, and we've likely all experienced different versions of the following scenario: You're trying to stay active by going on socially-distanced walks or jogs outside, only to notice that in no time, your masked mouth-breathing is starting to creep into Darth Vader territory. It might even be hard to maintain your normal pace if your face covering is not exactly allowing you to breathe normally, which — obviously — is an issue. Not one we're ready to throw down on but certainly a nuisance.

Luckily, you've got options when it comes to breathable, fitness-adjacent face masks that allow you to stay cool and comfortable while outdoors. Unsurprisingly, top fitness brands like Adidas, Under Armour, and Outdoor Voices have been leading the charge with coverings that are made with athletes and workout enthusiasts in mind. Ahead, eight choice options to consider.

At Refinery29, we’re here to help you navigate this overwhelming world of stuff. All of our market picks are independently selected and curated by the editorial team. The product details reflect the price and availability at the time of publication. If you buy something we link to on our site, Refinery29 may earn commission.

Carbon38 The Mask Kit

Size range: Small, large

Carbon38's mask is crafted from a fast-drying antibacterial material to keep you cool, and comes with a small laundry bag for convenient machine-washing.

Carbon38 The Mask Kit, $, available at Carbon38

Carbon38 The Mask Kit - Large, $, available at Carbon38

Everlane The 100% Human Face Mask Three-Pack

Size range: One size

These 100% cotton (the charcoal colorway is 50% cotton, 50% polyester) masks are soft to the touch, and also have a feel-good factor: 10% sales of the masks benefit the ACLU.

Everlane The 100% Human Face Mask Three-Pack, $, available at Everlane

Reebok Face Covers XS/S 3-Pack

Size range: XS/S, M/L

You don't need to sacrifice comfort for protection with these soft, breathable masks that are perfect for wearing on a light jog or outdoor yoga sesh.

Reebok Face Covers XS/S 3-Pack, $, available at Reebok

Reebok Face Covers M/L 3-Pack, $, available at Reebok

Handmade Athletic Face Mask

Size range: One size

When the CDC guidelines were updated to encourage the usage of face masks to slow the spread of COVID-19, Etsy rose to the challenge with endless pages of cloth coverings that help prevent droplets while also expressing your personal style. Another emerging category on the marketplace? Athletic face masks, which typically are outfitted with layers and fabric that are moisture-resistant, filtered, and most importantly, breathable.

BelleFleurCostumes Handmade Athletic Face Mask/Lightweight and Breathable, $, available at Etsy

Outdoor Voices Face Mask, 5-Pack

Size range: One size

If you've ever tried OV's leggings, then you know first-hand the sweat-wicking power of the brand's signature dry-touch fabric. According to one reviewer, these compressive masks (a steal at $25 for five) held up through outdoor CrossFit. (Mic drop!)

Outdoor Voices OV Face Mask, 5-Pack, $, available at Outdoor Voices

Under Armour Sportsmask

Size range: S/M, M/L, L/XL, XL/XXL

While you can only pre-order them for now, Under Armour's ultra-techy masks are well worth the wait. Each one features a layer of open-cell foam to allow for airflow while wicking away droplets and moisture. (It also comes with a washable, anti-microbial carrying pouch so you toss it in the machine without fear of ruining the construction.)

Under Armour UA SPORTSMASK, $, available at Under Armour

Adidas Face Covers 3-Pack

Size range: XS/S (intended for children), M/L

The inner perforated lining of these recycled polyester masks allows for optimal breathability. Plus, $2 from every mask pack sale will benefit Save the Children's Global Coronavirus Response Fund.

Adidas FACE COVERS XS/S 3-PACK, $, available at Adidas

Adidas FACE COVERS M/L 3-PACK, $, available at Adidas

Los Angeles Apparel Facemask3 - 3-pack Cotton Mask

Size range: One size, kid's

These adjustable, lightweight cotton French terry masks are ideal for keeping your skin as dry and swamp-free as possible when out and about.

Los Angeles Apparel Facemask3 - 3-pack Cotton Mask, $, available at Los Angeles Apparel

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