With the Covid-19 pandemic still a concern, it highly suggested – or even mandated in some places – to wear a face mask when out in public. While this is easy enough for some people, glasses wearers know all too well the frustrating feeling of having your lenses fog up while wearing a mask.
Fortunately, there are a few tricks to keeping your glasses clear even with a face mask on. In this article, we go over 5 of these tricks and teach you how to keep your glasses from fogging up when wearing a mask. Keeping reading if you want to learn more.
1. Choose a Mask with a Bendable Nose Bridge
A mask made entirely of cloth, with no nose bridge, is more likely to allow warm, moist air to escape from the top of the mask. This air is what causes your glasses to fog up in the first place.
However, a mask with a bendable nose bridge can be made to fit the top of your nose snug and precisely, allowing far less moisture-filled air to escape when you exhale. The closer the mask rest against the tops of your cheek and nose, the less likely it is that your glasses will fog up.
If you are making masks at home yourself, an easy adjustment to make it to sew something bendable, like a pipe cleaner, into the top edge of the mask to allow it to be conformed to your unique face shape during use.
2. Place a Folded Tissue Inside Your Face Mask
While adding extra layers to your mask may seem excessive or counter-productive, an absorbent material actually helps prevent glasses from fogging up.
Take a tissue and fold it in half, so that you have two layers. Then, take this tissue and place it directly between your mouth and the mask. As you breathe out, the tissue will actually absorb the warm moisture that is being exhaled. The air that ends up escaping the top of your mask afterwards will be dryer and cooler, which is far less likely to cause your lenses to become fogged.
(Editor’s note: After some testing I found that this solution did not work very well. Still ended up with fogged over glasses. Perhaps I used the wrong brand of tissue.)
3. Use Soap or Shaving Cream to Coat Your Lenses
Both soap and shaving cream can be used to create a protective layer on your glasses lenses. Simply apply soapy water or shaving cream to both sides of the lenses, allow to sit for a couple of minutes, and then wipe away.
While your lenses will clear and you will be able to see through them with no problem, the soap or shaving cream has actually left behind a very thin coating on your glasses. This coating prevents moisture from exhaled air to adhere to the lenses, meaning that they will not fog up while you are wearing a mask.
4. Hold the Top Of the Mask Down with Your Glasses
If you are able to pull the top of your mask up to the bridge of your nose, you can actually rest your glasses over top of the fabric. This creates a seal against your face, which won’t allow exhaled air to escape and fog up your lenses.
Be sure when doing this, however, that you are wearing a fairly large mask. If your mouth is exposed and your mask no longer properly fits when pulled up higher, then you should try a different tip on the list or use a different mask.
(Editor’s note: My set of small, frameless glasses did not work well. You will probably have more success with larger models)
5. Use Medical Tape to Secure Your Mask
If you want to be absolutely sure that no exhaled air escapes up into your glasses, you can use medical tape to secure the mask’s top edge to your nose bridge and your cheeks. Then, the air can only escape through the bottom of the mask and will not interfere with your glasses.