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This year, the country has seen progress in efforts to end the COVID-19 pandemic. According to recent data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 57% of the total U.S. population has received at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine following rollouts of three vaccines for emergency use authorization in people ages 12 and up. And now, the FDA has has granted full approval for one of them, the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine, for people ages 16 and up.
While face masks restrictions have loosened with the rollout of vaccines, the CDC still recommends that fully vaccinated people wear masks inside areas that have high transmission rates, in order to slow the spread of the Delta variant of the virus. Meanwhile, anyone who isn’t fully vaccinated and is over the age of two should wear a face mask in indoor public places.
Although face masks are a crucial tool to help stop the spread of the Delta variant, if yours is too big, you won’t be able to protect yourself and others effectively. Not only are oversized masks a nuisance (you’ll likely be fidgeting with them every few minutes to try to stay covered), but they also pose a safety risk, as infected droplets can easily pass through any gaps between your face and mask.
Many masks are “one size fits most,” but may not fit properly for those with more narrow faces. If you have a smaller face, look for styles that come in petite sizes. If you do decide to purchase a one-size-fits-most mask, look for slim cut, contoured designs and those with adjustable ear ties to help you achieve a closer fit.
Considering all this, we rounded up some of the best face masks for people with smaller faces. Discover them all ahead.
Bloch Reusable Face Mask (Pack of 3)
These slim cut masks are made with soft, stretchy fabric designed to offer a snug fit. You get three in a pack.
Levi’s Face Masks
Complete with bandana-inspired prints, these fitted masks from Levi’s come in both small and large sizes. The brand says that the large will fit most adult faces while the small size is slimmer at 7.8 inches wide by 5.5 inches long, making it ideal for more narrow faces.
Looka Protective Fashion Air Mask
Looka’s ultra-lightweight polyester masks also come in multiple sizes, including small, medium and large.
MyDayCreative Two Layer Petite Face Mask
Made specifically to fit smaller faces, these handmade masks available on Etsy can be purchased in 10 stylish prints. They feature two layers of protective fabric, a moldable nose wire and thin, flat elastic loops that shouldn’t place too much pressure behind the ears.
DrSewstore Face Mask
For adults, these printed masks come in medium and large sizes. According to the seller, who appears in the photo featured below, the medium size is best suited for kids ages 8 to 15 years old or adults with smaller heads.
Perry Ellis Reusable Face Mask
These breathable cotton masks from historied fashion brand Perry Ellis feature adjustable elastic ear loops and a front seam for a more contoured fit. Available as a pack of three, they’re done in subtle patterns and colors for a classic look with a little intrigue.
Athleta Non Medical Masks 5-Pack
Although Athleta’s masks only come in one size, they offer soft, adjustable ear loops to help you achieve the perfect fit.
Anchal Organic Cotton Face Mask
Anchal’s organic cotton masks measure 7 inches wide and include adjustable ties that can be cut to your desired length.
Lele Sadoughi Mixed Print 3-Piece Face Mask Set
Measuring 7.25 inches wide by 4.25 inches long, these crystal and gold embellished masks from popular accessories brand Lele Sadoughi are a great option for those with smaller faces.
Banana Republic Adult Contour Face Mask 3-Pack
These contoured masks from Banana Republic include adjustable ear loops with seamless elastic and an adjustable nose bridge for elevated comfort.