Best reusable face masks: these super stylish picks are still in stock

The UK government is now advising them to be worn in confined spaces...
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  • Wondering where you can buy reusable face masks? These are the high street face masks that haven’t sold out just yet.

    In these testing times, we’ve all been doing what we can to help ourselves feel better – whether that be picking up the best loungewear for working from home, or treating ourselves to the best beauty products for self-isolation.

    But some people, and companies, have been going above and beyond to help others.

    Pretty much every business has been facing tough times the past few months, including the fashion industry. But fashion has been playing its role in helping during the coronavirus pandemic – from making large financial and equipment donations to hospitals and charities, to using their own supply chain to produce PPE for the frontline staff.

    And this has included businesses – including fashion businesses – starting to make their own reusable masks, in order to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

    Wearing a face mask is now advised by the UK government, during the fight against coronavirus – but should I wear a mask to go shopping? The advice is to wear a mask if you are somewhere where social distancing is difficult, or if you are close to people outside your household.

    So if you’re on the hunt for a reusable face mask, it could be helpful to check out our list of retailers that are still selling them…

    Where can I buy reusable face masks in the UK?

    Last week designer and celebrity Pearl Lowe introduced beautiful Liberty print face masks into her collection but they are selling out fast! The pretty, double lined masks are hand made in Somerset by local seamstresses, and with each silk Liberty Print mask you purchase, £5 will be donated to the South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust.

    There are plenty of other brands also selling reusable face masks. They include:

    • Paisie
    • Reformation
    • Lavender Hill
    • Edeline Lee
    • Isabel Manns
    • Baukjen
    • Liberty at Brora
    • Newt London
    • Plümo
    • Casetify

    Kate and Vicky, founders of fashion brand Paisie, a regular on our fashion editorials, said, “When the lockdown began for us, we decided that we would like to use our design skills to help slow down the spread of the virus.

    “We started to make our non-surgical masks as a way to help our communities and to say thank you to our customers for their continued support during these difficult times.”

    The below reusable face masks are non-medical, so are not guaranteed to stop the spread of coronavirus.

    Are face masks washable?

    Yes and no. If you buy the below material/cotton masks, many are washable, with some (such as Lavender Hill’s) machine washable.

    However, if you are wearing a paper mask, it is not advised to wash them as they will likely disintegrate – they are generally only intended to wear for one use.

    It’s advisable to wash your material mask after every usage, to avoid contamination. If the item’s description and retailer allows, wash on as high a cycle as possible to rid the item of any lingering germs.

    However, some face masks are made of more delicate material, so will need to be hand-washed. Make sure to always check the item description.

    Remember however that while face masks can help to prevent the spread of COVID-19 (find out how to book a COVID-19 test here), by shielding people with symptoms from healthy people, it is still vital to self-isolate if you do have symptoms. If you suspect you may have coronavirus symptoms, find out how to book a COVID-19 test.

    Charity face masks UK

    Many of the brands with masks available are not profiting entirely from all of the sales – instead, many are donating to charities and to the NHS with the proceeds.

    For example, the Brora Liberty face mask will donate £10 of each of their £19 face masks to the NHS Charities Together. And, with each purchase of Pearl Lowe’s face mask, £5 will also be donated to the South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust.

    Similarly, some brands are donating many of their masks to those in need. If you buy a Lavender Hill mask pack, they will donate a pack to the Katherine Low Settlement in Battersea.

    How to make a reusable face mask

    If you do fancy making your own face mask (although we’ll be snapping up the stylish ones below!), follow our video guide on how to make a face mask from a sock. Or, find out how to make a face mask without sewing.

    Best reusable face masks that are stylish, functional and still in stock