HOW TO KEEP FULL FACE SNORKEL MASK FROM FOGGING
You’ve probably bought yourself or rented a full face snorkel mask, left for a snorkeling spot and you are sure as hell this is going to be your best snorkeling adventure. You throw yourself into the clear waters full of marine life and the visibility your mask affords you as you explore the underwater world blows you away. But mid-way into your adventure, you encounter a bothersome situation: Your mask gets covered in fog.
Now you can’t even see anything that is in front of you much less your own arms. Well, you might take it off, clear it, put it back on yet the fog may never go away. Very frustrating, right Well, thankfully, there are a couple of things you could to take care of this situation. But before we show you how to keep full face snorkel mask from fogging, first let’s check out what usually causes the fogging.
REASONS FOR A FOGGY MASK
This may come as a surprise to many as very few ever imagine that the fogging could be as a result of something totally unrelated to snorkeling. Well, turns out oils, dirt specks and microscopic imperfections are the leading causes.
Bear in mind that the moisture inside your snorkeling mask definitely has to hang on to something.
It’s almost out of question that a clean snorkeling mask could attract moisture to itself. Instead what often happens is that the moisture will just collect itself at the bottom of your mask provided it’s spotlessly clean.
FIVE THINGS TO DO TO KEEP YOUR FULL FACE SNORKEL FROM FOGGING
Tighten Mask: The SharkLens Full Face Snorkel Mask has a silicone skirt inside the mask that covers the users mouth and nose from the eye area. Having a tight seal against your skin prevents the air from your breathing to reach where your eyes are thus preventing the mask from fogging.
Use Anti-Fog Solutions: Most of these solutions act as surfactants. This means they cut down the surface tension of a liquid in which they are dissolved. In our case, that is the condensing water. So this implies the condensing water is going to have a hard time clinging to the glass. Specific solutions you could use in this case include baby shampoo or well rated anti-fog products.
Ensure you spray it well and rinse your mask in fresh water thereafter. Don’t apply it with your hands.
Clean Your Mask Routinely: Remember not to use your fingers here. In fact, don’t ever touch the inside of the mask. Instead, use your toothbrush. Apply toothpaste to it, dip it in slightly hot water then scrub it. Also rinse it in fresh hot water. If your mask has a plastic lens, use a soft item to scrub it, perhaps a piece of cotton or a soft brush.
Spit: This may sound unusual but yeah, it works just as fine. Spit inside your mask then proceed to give it a nice rub (you could shake it around but never use your hands) before finally rinsing it and putting it back on.
Take it to a Dive Shop: Most of the new masks come bearing a coating that can always be removed with the help of fire. So you could carry your mask to a dive shop and ask them to burn it to remove that. Many times, this process works.
- Always ensure there are no water drops in the masks wearing it.
- Ensure your face is dry
- Once you have your mask on, keep from removing or doing any adjustments that would make moisture access the inside of it.
- Never breathe inside the mask to clear the moisture.
- Avoid taking off the mask while snorkeling
So, in summary, this is basically how to keep a full face snorkel mask from fogging. Always remember never to use your fingers when applying an anti-fog solution or toothpaste or spit. More importantly, keep in mind that fogging can only be prevented if you observe everything we’ve mentioned. Better still, you could get yourself one of those best anti-fog masks from Sharklens.