How to wear a face mask without fogging up your glasses

Use these simple tricks to keep your lenses clear while wearing a face mask

Kaila Imada
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Kaila Imada

Whether it’s with surgical paper face masks or the homemade kind, we’re all keeping our faces well-covered these days. If you’re still looking for the best way to wear a face mask without fogging up your glasses, here are some simple tricks to keep your line of sight clean and clear.

Fold the mask

This method, recommended by no less an authority than the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department, is the easiest way to avoid fogging up your glasses: simply fold the top portion of the mask inwards before placing it on your face. This prevents your breath from travelling up towards your glasses.

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Photo: Time Out Tokyo

Add a tissue

Another way to keep your glasses clear is to add a tissue at the top of the mask where it would sit across the bridge of your nose. This is a good option if you rather not reduce the size of your mask by folding it.

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Photo: Afif Kusuma/Unsplash

Pinch the mask

Most common kinds of paper face masks have a piece of wire embedded at the top, to help shape the mask around the bridge of your nose. If you pinch this wire down so it fits snug around your nose, It should stop the air you breathe out from fogging up your lenses.

Some drugstores in Japan sell masks specifically made for people wearing glasses. These come with a piece of foam near the nose bridge which helps form a seal. Masks aren’t so easy to find right now, but if nothing else works, keep an eye out for one of these.

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