I’ve had this problem. If you wear glasses, you know what I’m talking about. Breathing inevitably sends air up into your eyeglasses and the result is fog.
What do you do? Here’s one answer, via The Los Angeles Times:
If you are having issues with foggy glasses, soap and water may do the trick. According to research published in the Annals of the Royal College of Surgeons of England in 2011, doctors who washed their glasses with soapy water, without rinsing, and let them air dry prior to wearing a face mask experienced reduced fogging.
Washing glasses with soapy water “leaves behind a thin surfactant film that reduces this surface tension and causes the water molecules to spread out evenly into a transparent layer,” the study said. “This ‘surfactant effect’ is widely utilized to prevent misting of surfaces in many everyday situations.”
Folding a tissue and placing it on the bridge of your nose and underneath your glasses also helps reduce condensation as the tissue will absorb the moisture from your breath.
Other tips for mask-wearing:
According to the CDC, your face mask should do the following when put on correctly:
- Fit snugly but comfortably against the side of the face
- Be secured with ties or ear loops
- Include multiple layers of fabric
- Allow for breathing without restriction
- Be able to be laundered and machine dried without damage or change to shape. And: cover mouth and nose with no gaps between your face and the mask.
Now you know. More advice here.
Meanwhile, looking for a mask that is unquestionably Catholic? I was curious about that and did a little search on Amazon. You have a lot of choices, believe it or not. (Search “Catholic Face Mask” and you’ll be amazed.)
A few that I found: