Added to the summer shopping list of bikinis and sun hats this year are face masks. With the recent heatwave sweeping the country, my riverside jogs and shaded picnics have become more suffocating than freeing.
I've had the great luxury of being able to spend time outside, wearing a mask because I want to go outside, and not because I need to, like the essential workers in our lives.
For me, the healthcare workers in my life have struggled with managing acne-causing face masks that make breathing difficult. The question has been whether or not breathable face masks can even be safe, and the answer has been that, yes, breathable yet safe face masks do exist.
The second I got my hands on some of them, I've been sending them to my friends, neighbors, and relatives who need them most. Ever since, I've heard back from nearly every single one of them with glowing reviews of clearer skin and more comfortable workdays — some have even bought more in bulk for themselves and their own loved ones.
Kenneth Cole's cotton-jersey blend mask, part of which the proceeds go to The Mental Health Coalition
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