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As we head into the colder months, you’ll still need to wear a face mask.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention continues to recommend that people wear masks in public settings. We’ve previously rounded up the best fabric face masks for you to buy according to CDC guidelines online. Now, as temperatures drop, we’ve also come up with a list of thick masks that will keep your face warm and protected from germs.
Research suggests that masks made with more than two layers of woven fabric like cotton are the most effective at blocking out contaminates. Shoppers should avoid coverings like gaiters, balaclavas and bandanas — these don’t create a tight seal over the mouth and are often thinner than masks with multiple layers.
Another precautionary step is investing in face mask filters. You can buy them separately to add inside a mask with a pocket, or purchase a mask with an included filter.
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Below you’ll find masks made with up to five layers of fabric for ample protection. As an added bonus, one style even comes with a matching scarf and pair of slippers. Take a look at our round-up of the best face masks you can buy for winter.
Mancro Winter Riding Thick Warm Mask Earmuffs
Tackle two problems in one with Manco’s mask featuring earmuffs. Available for $7 via Walmart, this face covering will keep both your ears and face warm this winter.
Old Navy Triple Fabric Holiday Face Mask Pack
Get into the holiday spirit with Old Navy’s festive face mask pack. Made with three levels of cotton fabric, the soft face masks are breathable and protective.
Urban Renewal Recycled Flannel & Face Mask Set
Match your face mask with your flannel this season with this set from Urban Outfitters. The face mask and flannel combo is from the brand’s upcycled clothing division, so each order may vary in appearance.
MoDaniStore Warm Knit Leopard Face Mask
Stay on trend with this knit leopard face mask from Etsy. The face mask features a knit out layer and inside is cotton fabric. The funky face mask also has room for a filter in case you want another level of protection.
Jessica Simpson Women’s Slippers & Face Mask Set
You can check off slippers and a face mask from your list with this bundle from Jessica Simpson on Amazon. The fuzzy slippers come in three sizes and the cotton face mask is one size fits all.
Tibi Kingston Scarf Mask
Leave it up to the fashion crowd to make a chic face mask for winter, complete with a bonus scarf. Using leftover cotton fabric from the brand’s atelier, Tibi has made two colorways of this winter combo for you to choose from.
CaliJShop Teddybear Faux Fur Mask
Another fashion statement to be had this winter is this teddy bear faux fur face mask on Etsy. Featuring faux shearling fabric on the outside and a smooth cotton layer complete with a pocket filter on the outside, this mask is fun and fuzzy. Plus, it’s available in an array of colorways.
TheHeadgearShop Five Layer Face Mask with Filter
This four-pack bundle of face masks features four layers of soft cotton and a pocket for a filter, which equals five layers of protection from particles. The reusable face mask comes with a disposable PM2.5 filter, an adjustable nose wire as well as ear loops. For the best results, this one should be washed by hand.
Respokare Niosh N95 Respirator Mask
While the CDC doesn’t recommend the public use of N95 masks, Rolling Stone reported that N95 Mask Co. is making enough masks for both the medical and non-medical fields. The Respokare Niosh N95 Respirator Mask can block up to 95% of small particles thanks to its four-layer fabric filtration system that includes its signature antiviral layer that “destroys particles within minutes,” according to the face mask brand.
Five Layer KN95 Mask
Another mask that offers protection is this five-ply KN95 mask. The mask is equipped with five layers for maximum filtration and an adjustable nose wire for a secure fit. Slip this underneath a festive fabric covering or continue to wear it on its own for the upcoming season.