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5 tips to keep your glasses from fogging up while wearing a mask

No more foggy glasses while wearing a mask

In the corona-era, wearing a mask isn’t optional in many situations, like on public transport. Not a problem you’d think, but for those of us who wear glasses… it’s not great. Wearing a mask means breathing out warm air which then fogs up your glasses. Thankfully there are a few good tips on how to avoid this from happening while wearing a mask.

How do you wear a mask?

Before getting into the tips on how to keep your glasses from fogging up, it’s important to know how to properly wear a mask. First and foremost, you’ll need to thoroughly wash and dry your hands. You will then pick the mask up by the elastic bands without touching the actual mask itself. Then put the loops behind your ears and when taking the mask off, again, only touch the elastics. Store cloth masks in a closed plastic baggy and don’t keep used and new masks together. Do not put uncovered masks in your handbag, this could lead to the spread of the virus. In this case, the virus could infect your other belongings.

Tips to avoid fogged up glasses

Glasses fog up because you breathe into your mask. This causes warm and moist breath to escape through a few small openings, including those under the eyes. The warm air rises and gets behind the lenses of your glasses. The outcome? Annoying, foggy glasses that constantly need to be dried off with a lens cleaning cloth. Try one of the following tips to avoid having to constantly dry off your glasses.

Dish soap

One useful tip to keep your glasses from fogging up is to use dish soap. Place a small droplet of dish soap on the lenses and rub it in well using a lens cleaning cloth (especially on the inside). You could also place your glasses in fresh suds before doing the dishes.

Shaving cream

Another option is to use shaving cream on the lenses of your glasses. Put a little bit of shaving cream on the lenses. Using a cloth, rub it in to both sides of the lenses. Let it sit for a moment before washing it off with warm water.

Use a different mask

Did these tips not work for you? It could be that your mask doesn’t fit well above your nose. Purchase a mask that has a metal strip up top that you can form to the shape of your nose. This keeps too much warm air from getting out of the mask.

Wear your mask correctly

It takes some getting used to and many people aren’t wearing their masks correctly yet. Try to put the mask as close as you can to your eyes while wearing it as low as possible on the nose. This is another way to keep your glasses from fogging up as quickly.

Don’t touch your glasses too often

For some people it is a force of habit to constantly touch their glasses. When wearing a mask, try to do this as little as possible. This will also prevent warm air from getting on the lenses after having touched your glasses.