Stay safe with one of these breathable options that won't irritate your skin.
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Right now, as the Delta variant of COVID-19 spreads around the world, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends wearing a face mask if you're indoors or "are in an area of substantial or high transmission." (Yes, the CDC says you should wear still wear a covering even if you're vaccinated.) Not only is it important to wear a covering to slow the spread, but it's also imperative to wear one that fits properly, like one of these disposable face masks.

To ensure you're not buying a mask that a healthcare professional or frontline worker needs, do not buy an N95 mask, opt for a surgical mask that fits securely and covers your nose and mouth. I've been wearing surgical masks for months now, and it's made a huge difference in my maskne. I have very sensitive skin, and the disposable coverings are the only ones that don't irritate my face. Plus, they're comfortable and I can even complete hour-long workouts in them.

I'm sure you're used to seeing the light blue options ($10, The Home Depot), but in the past year, disposable masks have taken pointers from their cloth counterparts. Surgical masks are available in different colors and prints so that you can be stylish and safe. Here are some options to buy now and have shipped to your front door in just a few days. 

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Animal Print Surgical Face Mask

Show off your wild side with this fierce face mask. (It also comes in a variety pack with other animal-inspired options.) The feature that many buyers love is the super-soft ear loops. The top-rated covering has a nearly perfect 5-star rating from more than 130 reviews. One buyer, who notes they wear a mask every day for work, says it's "the best they've ever tried. Feels great on my skin and really helps with no breakouts," they write. "Super cute as well."

Buy It: Leopard Face Masks (10 for $14, originally $18, MASKC)

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Kid's Surgical Face Mask

If your little one (aged 2 through 7) is at school or daycare, or whenever they're going outside, keep them covered with one of these single-use masks. They feature fun designs in blues and greens so your kids will actually want to wear the masks. Make sure you keep the extras in your child's backpack in they event they need an extra.

Buy It: Just Play 3ply Kids Face Mask ($18, Target)

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Pink Surgical Face Mask

This has been my favorite surgical mask in the past year. It's super comfortable, and I love the pretty light pink color. It also comes in several other colors, in case pink isn't your first choice. When I'm doubling up, I wear it under one of my ultra-soft Kitsch cotton masks ($6, Ulta).

Buy It: 3-Ply Disposable Face Mask ($10, Amazon)

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Multi-Colored Kid's Surgical Face Mask

The only problem with these masks is that they don't come in my size. Each disposable option has three breathable layers with a bendable nose clip for comfort. The coverings come in dozens of fun prints, so there's an option for every child's preferences. 

Buy It: Kids Disposable Face Mask ($12, Amazon)

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Colorful Surgical Face Mask

If you wear a mask all day, make it a little more enjoyable with one of these rainbow options. The pack of 50, which are grouped in packets of 10, has masks in five colors: pink, yellow, green, blue, and purple to match whatever outfit you're rocking. 

Buy It: Multi-Colored Disposable Face Mask ($15, Amazon)


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