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snorkaling and mustaches

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snorkaling and mustaches

So I have some facial hair and the last time I was in mexico we found that we really enjoyed snorkeling everyday. The problem was, that no matter how tight I tighed my mask, water leaked up my nose. So short of shaving it off, I was wondering if anybody had any tips or hints.I know there is wax u can buy but I'm thinking that wax in Ur mustache in the heat would be uncomfortable. Thanks for any input!!!

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1. Re: snorkaling and mustaches

As said on your Akumal queswtion I've heard that a coating of vasoline might make a better seal.

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Well ... I have a mustache and after years trying different ways to solve the seal problem I gave up and just accept some leakage as coming with the territory. However, what I did find that worked the best was going to a dive shop and buying a good quality mask that had a very pliable seal on it around the edges.

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Vaseline is oil based and very hard on the integrity of the mask.

I've been married to my husband for over 35 years and have never seen him without a mustache. He is a snorkeler and diver.

He uses silicone on his mustache as a seal. He uses an old tooth brush to apply it. It works perfectly, although is kind of a pain to get off. You can buy it at dive shops.

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4. Re: snorkaling and mustaches

I also have a moustache and love to snorkle, have found that vaseline works best.

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Some masks will seal better than others on facial hair. If you over tighten your mask strap, it will make your mask leak worse. The strap is there to hold your mask in place not to help seal it to your face. DO NOT use vaseline, it is petroleum based and will break down the silicone skirt on your mask. Get some Trident silicone grease. You can get it at your local dive shop or online if you wish. i just checked and you can get it on Amazon. A 4 oz. jar will last you forever.

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I've used the silicone and it is a mess to remove. Hate to say this; just shave on your holiday. It wll grow back. I did that years ago and have had much more enjoyable experience snorkeling.

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7. Re: snorkaling and mustaches

Vaseline or petroleum jelly

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