Earlier this year, as vaccination rates increased and some regions relaxed mask requirements, many Americans ditched their protective face coverings. But now that, many companies and even states like New York and California are starting to , in the hope of slowing the spread of the .
And, of course, masks are still mandatory when traveling by plane and other modes of public transportation this holiday season.
The CDC says, in its most recent update on omicron variant, that vaccination is the best measure the public can take to protect themselves against serious disease and slow the emergence of new variants. But, notes the agency, “the masks offer protection against all variants.”
the The CDC further recommends face masks that have multiple layers of material. For additional protection, a disposable mask under a fabric mask is recommended (double masking). Wash your sheet masks between uses and make sure you only wear disposable masks once. The CDC does not recommend single-layer masks and masks that do not fit properly in the mouth and nose.
Fortunately, many fashion brands, including a few high fashion brands like Dolce and Gabbana and Ralph Lauren, now sell face masks. Gone are the days when harsh looking disposable paper masks were the only option. CBS Essentials has rounded up some of the most awesome and impactful face masks from designer brands and under the radar, ranging from the budget-friendly to the crazy ones you can hide yourself in.
Polo Ralph Lauren filter mask
This washable and reusable face mask from Polo Ralph Lauren has an integrated insert for a high filtration filter, and is made with multiple layers including an antimicrobial treated polyester shell and a cotton inner liner. The earrings and nose bridge are adjustable for a personalized and comfortable fit.
Polo Ralph Lauren Filter Mask, $ 30
Joanna Czech Skincare Reusable Face Mask
This face cover from luxury skincare brand Joanna Czech features adjustable straps and an integrated filter pocket.
Joanna Czech Skincare Reusable Face Mask, $ 24 and up
Magic linen face masks
Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, put Magic Linen on the map when she wore one of the brand’s shift dresses to an event in 2020. Wear a face mask made from the same high-quality linen, which features a Insertion slot for a filter for extra protection. Purchasable Ã la carte and as a set, all currently at half price.
Patchwork face mask Dolce & Gabbana
Inspired by runway looks, this remarkable mask features three iconic Dolce & Gabbana designs: leopard, polka dot and floral.
Enro face mask
You might not have Enro on your radar, but know this: Protective, breathable, durable and comfortable face masks have gathered a celebrity fan base, including Kaia Gerber, Emma Roberts, and Katherine Schwarzenegger. Each mask has three layers, a PM0.1 filter and an exclusive manufacturing 40% more breathable than cotton. Available in sizes XXS to L.
Vida silk mask
Made with 100% silk inside and out, this cooling, moisture-wicking face mask from Vida exudes understated luxury. Washable and reusable, it also includes a filter bag and comes in five colors to choose from.
Lele Sadoughi masks
Popular for her ornate headbands and hair accessories, designer Lele Sadoughi’s face masks are equally eye-catching. The masks feature a filter bag and are available in a wide range of designs, casual throws at black tie with pearls glam.
Need a refined and sophisticated mask to accompany a suit and tie? Brooks Brothers offers a bunch of professional looking options, all inspired by men’s dress shirts. Includes integrated filter bags.