Wearing face masks in public is the new normal. But who knew that during colder weather protective masks would serve yet another purpose: retaining additional warmth and protection from wind, snow and sleet?
That being said, those of us staring down a long winter ahead can take a little more comfort in updating our mask game from lightweight cotton masks to heavier masks made of things like flannel, silk and even wool. Keep scrolling for our picks of the warmest face masks to shop this winter, and check out our favorite masks for working out too.
Made from 100% organic quilter’s cotton, these masks are one editor’s favorite because their full coverage keeps you extra warm.
These masks by Uniqlo have three layers: one for wicking moisture, the second with a built-in filter and a third that blocks UV rays. Together, they’re super soft and insulating (which is good for winter exercise).
Allbirds’ TrinoXO masks are triple-layered, upcycled and made out of a lyocell, merino wool and chitosan blend that makes them both exceedingly soft and warm.
The pleated design means extra fabrication and extra protection from outside elements. These masks also get lots of good reviews for their comfort and breathability.
A more upscale option, this Slip face mask has a silk outer layer and cotton inner layer that’s surprisingly warm.
Customer reviews describe these masks as a slightly bigger fit, and in our experience their larger coverage area means more of your face stays warm.
With lightweight quilting, wraparound face coverage and a snuggly fleece, these masks are built for playing in the snow for folks of all ages (they come in adult and children’s sizes).
A more streamlined option with the same wraparound coverage, these quilted masks are made for the cold outdoors this winter.
The cable-knit sweater of protective face masks, this option is double-layered and customer-loved.
Made in Australia from high-quality double-layered breathable fabric, the 3D fit of this face mask ensures breathability and extra warmth.
A friend in Maine swears this jersey option is their favorite warm face mask.
Built for athletes with a structured design that sits up and off the face, these masks by Under Armour feel extra protective in cold weather and are also an editor favorite.
These pretty pleated options benefit the Vera Bradley Foundation for Breast Cancer.
French terry-brushed fleece assures these are a warm option for cold winters, and their 3D double-layered design is anti-dust and extra breathable, according to lots of positive reviews.
Available in kids’, men’s and women’s sizes, these pretty wool options can coordinate with your hat or scarf.
Made from antimicrobial preservative technology that’s also used in their hospital scrubs, Jaanuu’s masks are moisture-wicking and feature comfortable ear loops.
Cotopaxi masks are an editor favorite because they’re made from surplus fabric to reduce waste and display a positive message we can all embrace right now. The tight cotton weave makes them extra comfortable in all seasons.