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Jill Stone

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Masks Are the New Black

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Masks are all the rage these days and for good reason – they significantly reduce the spread of COVID-19 and other diseases. It makes a lot of sense! Let’s talk about the things you should know:

  • Not all masks are created equal – the variety is amazing. You should consider things like the type of fabric, number of layers of fabric, a pocket for including a filter, amount of coverage, etc. Check out this page for some good info. Do the best you can, there is a lot to know!
  • Cloth masks should be cleaned – pop those masks in the washer. Use hot water and dry thoroughly in a dryer.
  • Maskne – or acne while wearing a mask – it’s a thing! To help minimize breakouts make sure to keep the mask clean and only use a fragrance-free detergent. Moisturizing your face is important as it will act like a barrier between face and skin. If possible, avoid wearing makeup since it can clog pores. 100% tightly woven cotton masks are best for those experiencing maskne.
  • No masks for babies – any child under the age of 2 should not wear a mask since the risk of reduced breathing and choking outweigh the risks of the virus.
  • Remove mask completely when eating or drinking – you’ll be tempted to just push it down around your chin – don’t do so.
  • Smize! – Smize is to assume a playful or alluring expression of the eyes, models are great at this, here is a lesson from Tyra Banks.
  • Expression masks – or you can buy something like this. Of course, make sure the mask is one that provides protection (see first bullet point).
  • Social distancing – even though you are wearing a mask you still have to social distance!
  • Wash your hands – even though you are wearing a mask you still have to wash your hands!
  • Masks as Accessories – you bet! The picture that accompanies this blog shows the beginning of what I believe will be a large collection of colorful masks to go with my outfits, shoes, and bags. I find it important to accessorize when you smize 😉

Here are the resources I used for this blog, I wanted to make sure you were aware that this was all coming from reliable sources 

Occupational Health & Safety

Edward-Elmhurst Health

New York Times

Take care, stay well, meeting planners!

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