Welcome to woman&home’s online shopping guides, where we reveal where to buy the most popular and top-rated products. This guide is about where to buy non-medical reusable face masks online, but you may also be interested in our edits of backpacks for working women, cool and clever gifts for students and timeless gold coin necklaces.
Wondering where you can buy reusable face masks? We have found the most the stylish face masks that haven’t sold out just yet.
Pretty much every business has been facing tough times the past few months, including the fashion industry. Despite this many fashion companies have been playing a 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. But now many fashion brands have started to make their own reusable masks, in order to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
Do we need to wear a face mask?
Wearing a face mask is now advised by the UK government and has been compulsory in shops in England since July 24th, to stop the spread of coronavirus. The government also stated that it is mandatory to wear them on public transport too, as well as in stores and supermarkets.
These rules are for adults and children over the age of 11, unless you are exempt for health reasons. Public Health England advise against children under the age of 3 wearing face masks for health and safety reasons.
Why should you wear a face mask indoors?
Babylon Health’s general practitioner, Dr. Claudia Pastides, explained that it is helpful to wear face masks in confined spaces.
She explained, “We know from studies that up to 80% of people with COVID-19 don’t have symptoms and 40%-80% of infections are transmitted by people without symptoms. So, the idea is that if we all wore face coverings when in small shops, on public transport or in other enclosed spaces – we’d be less likely to spread the virus unknowingly.”
She also reassured that wearing them outside – such as for exercising or walking your dog – is not as necessary. Dr Claudia said, “The risk of spreading COVID-19 is higher when indoors and in an enclosed space, than when outdoors. If you’re exercising alone, with members of your household or keeping 2 metres between yourself and others, you shouldn’t need to wear a face covering. But please respect local government guidance, as it may vary.”
If you are out and about and find yourself needing to take your face mask off without being at home to wash your hands, Dr Claudia advised that you take extra precautions.
“If you remember to always carry a spare face covering, a plastic bag and some alcohol gel with you – then you can safely and easily put on another one,” she said. “Put your used mask in the plastic bag. Wash your hands with alcohol gel. Then put your spare mask on.”
How do you wear a face mask properly?
In order for a face mask to be effective you must wear it correctly. Remember to:
- Wash your hands before putting them on and taking them off
- Touch only the ties or bands when putting your mask on
- Ensure your mask covers your mouth, chin and nose
- Wash your resuable face mask after every use
Are face masks washable?
If you are wearing a paper mask, it is not advised to wash them as they will disintegrate – they are only intended to wear for one use. These aren’t environmentally friendly, so a good reason to invest in some resuable ones.
Fabric face masks are likely to be washable. Those made out of cotton or a similar fabric can be handwashed, and many can be machine washed. Just check the care instructions. Wash at as high a temperture as the label allows to rid the item of any lingering germs.
You should ideally wash your mask after every use, in order to reduce the risk of infection. It is also far more sanitary to wash your mask after each outing, given how close it is to your face. Of course, you don’t want to have to wash your mask every day, so make sure you have a stock of masks you can reach for if some are being washed!
The best reusable face masks in the UK
In our edit at the bottom of this article we’ve scoured the UK high street to find the prettiest and most practical masks in stores. Looking for something more specific though, like a charity mask, then read our brand pointers below:
Stylish and pretty reusable face masks
As 2020 has rolled on, face masks have evolved. Gone are the days when wearing one meant looking like an off duty health professional. And, you don’t need to go bland either – wearing just a simple black face mask. Resuable face masks now come in an array of colours, prints and even cuts because retailers big and small are creating beautiful new designs daily.
Take the Liberty print masks for example – they are made with elegant yet fun prints, in their statement floral design. Or, you’ll find a huge array of pretty face masks on Etsy, from lots of independent designers.
If you’re looking for something fashionable, then we recommend checking out the following brands, from our edit below – Anthropologie, The White Company, Boden, John Lewis, Not on the High Street, Hobbs, Oliver Bonas, Whistles and Needle & Thread. Yes, some of your favourite fashion brands really do all have face masks available!
Of the selection below, If you want something gorgeous and timeless – we love the Klein and Wallace masks, Anthropologie’s new masks, and Notonthehighstreet’s latest offering.
Charity face masks you can order online
Of course, the need for these face masks – however pretty – has been born out of a pandemic that has left so many struggling, with both their health, and in their jobs and financial situation.
So if you’d like to buy a mask that benefits a good cause, take a look at the list below of charity face masks.
Many brands selling masks are not profiting entirely from all the sales – instead, many are donating some or all of the proceeds to charities and to the NHS. If you are keen to purchase a charity mask then we suggest checking out:
- The Brora Liberty face mask, which will donate £10 of each of their £19 face masks to the NHS Charities Together.
- We’re also big fans of the beautiful masks from London based boutique Klein and Wallace. £.250 from every sale is being donated to the NHS.
- Pearl Lowe introduced beautiful Liberty print face masks into her collection. The pretty, double lined masks are handmade 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.
- 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.
Best reusable face masks
We’ve rounded up pretty, stylish and functional resuable face masks to add to your wardrobe in 2020 (these are for adults, but there are also plenty of children’s face masks on the high street).
The below reusable face masks are non-medical, so are not guaranteed to stop coronavirus.
Silk face masks are being recommended for those who are suffering with 'maskne' (mask acne) as a result of wearing their face covering, and so this Slip silk offering is a great option. Slip are one of the top-rated brands for silk products (they also do much-loved pillow cases and eye masks), and so it's no surprise people love their face mask too. In fact, one happy customer said, 'I can wear it all day, it feels incredibly soft on the skin and the pink colour is absolutely beautiful. I would definitely recommend it!'
Plus, there's 20% off on Cult Beauty right now, where you can purchase this mask - so be quick!
This pretty pack of three from notonthehighstreet are made with two-layered cotton fabric and adjustable elasticated straps for optimum comfort.
With thirteen gorgeous prints to choose from, we couldn't just pick one from Gap. This set-of-three tie dye print masks reminds us of summer skies.
There's (almost) a new design for every day of the week in this funky pack of six sustainable cotton face coverings from Yumi at Debenhams.
Pretty meets practical with these adorable three-layer cotton masks from Gap. Each mask features a contoured shape for comfort and ease, and an adjustable nose piece.
These soft, breathable masks from Very.co.uk boast an anti-bacterial finish that lasts for up to 30 washes.
This two pack of Skinny Dip face masks from TK Maxx are perfect to keep in your handbag incase of emergencies.
This chic three-layer reusable face mask from Moda In Pelle boasts a removable filter pouch.
This Mulberry-print cotton mask from House of Fraser will add a little bit of luxury to your everyday outings.
This eco-friendly denim mask from Whistles will elevate any outfit while keeping you and those around you safe. Plus, it's breathable, soft and antibacterial.
This adorable reusable face covering from Oliver Bonas is made in the UK from sustainably sourced cotton sateen fabric and features a double layer design with a filter opening and elasticated ear loops.
Designed in an iconic Needle & Thread floral print, with a second layer of plain lining included for added comfort and protection, this pretty mask is sure to turn a few heads. It is crafted with horizontal pleats across the front for easy movement and a natural, comfortable fit around the shape of the face.
Needle & Thread are donating half of profits from face masks to mothers2mothers (m2m) as they tackle the spread of Covid-19 across Africa.
Comfortable, breathable and vibrant, this two pack of cotton masks are selling fast from Hobbs. Grab them while you can!
This two pack of double layer face masks from Dorothy Perkins are light, breathable and super stylish.
While not exclusively a face mask, this PPE Kit by Anya Hindmarch was too chic not to mention.
Based on the designer's obsession with organisation, this bring-everywhere kit includes a durable nylon pouch labelled ‘MASK’ with a pocket labelled for your gloves, a washable face covering in signature Anya Hindmarch ticking material with a removable filter, and a refillable hand sanitiser bottle in a clip-on holder.
This stylish pack of three reusable face coverings at Argos is a collab between The British Fashion Council and Bags of Ethics, with all profits to be split between
Julien Macdonald, RIXO, and Liam Hodges.
Take a leaf from William Morris' book with this sew your own kit from John Lewis.
Crafted from soft cotton, this pretty pack of three from Anthropologie are perfect for everyday wear. And there's the added bonus of all profits from masks purchased at Anthropologie being donated to NHS Charities Together.
London based boutique, Klein and Wallace are making a range of beautiful face masks. £2.50 from each sale is being donated to the NHS.
The masks are 100% cotton, breathable & washable. They're also double-layered and have an adjustable toggle to ensure a secure fit. Klein and Wallace also sell children's masks for £5.50
This super comfortable reusable mask features 3 layers of soft, breathable fabric. It features elasticated straps to help ensure a secure fit. There are currently 6 designs available, showcasing Hill & Friends signature prints.
Made using off-cuts of their own cotton supplies, Paisie's environmentally friendly masks feature wiring around the nose and two layers. The masks are available for shipping from late August.
Currently available in a choice of 11 different colours and prints.
Made from 100% cotton, the M&S face masks are breathable and feature an adjustable toggle strap to find your perfect fit.
Designed in Seasalt's signature fabrics, their pack of three non-medical face coverings are made from 100% organic cotton. The shaped, 3-layer design and adjustable ear loops help ensure a close fit.
Boden's pack of 3 face masks come in a mystery mix of their vibrant prints and designs. They are made from off-cuts, making them eco-friendly too. The masks feature wire across the nose to help achieve a close fit.
These lightweight face coverings from Vistaprint are made with materials that wick away moisture, so they're comfortable to wear all day long.
The company is also donating a portion of all profits made on the coverings to communities impacted by the virus.
Now available in 9 different colourways these 100% cotton masks come with a handy cotton pouch.
Lavender Hill will donate three facemasks to the Katherine Low settlement in Battersea for every purchase.
These fun, colourful animal print face coverings have been created by the-Bias-Cut.com, handmade in London and made from jersey quilted fabric for a comfortable fit. Each design also features the brand's #AgeismIsNeverInStyle hashtag on the bottom of the mask too.
For every face covering sold, £5 will be donated to charity Hospice UK.
Designed in-house, the Tana Lawn™ cotton face coverings feature an assortment of classic Liberty designs. The masks will retains their specialist treatment for up to 20 washes.
For each set of coverings sold, one covering is donated to a charity.
Features a replaceable nano-filter that should be removed after each use. The mask is made from breathable, double layered quality cotton and has a metal nose wire that secures the mask comfortably.
20% of gross sales from this mask go to The Hunger Project. The Hunger Project is a global, non-profit, strategic organisation committed to the sustainable end of world hunger.
Crafted in the same cotton as the classic Saint James Breton tops, this set of 2 reusable masks have been approved by the French DGA homologation as catégory 1 Masks.
Made from 100% jersey cotton they are extremly soft on your skin.
Available in different designs, Marc Cain's bright and colourful masks are some of the prettiest available.
These masks are made of an antimicrobial fibre and treated to be water repellent, breathable and odor-blocking. Machine washable up to 30 times.
The masks are made using soft cotton leftover fabrics and cut-offs. They are sold in packs of 10, including 8 adult masks and 2 for children up to 10/12 years of age. Each pack contains mixed colours and prints and this is not selectable.
Please note: Baukjen do not make any profit from the sale of these masks.
Stop the spread, but make it fashion. Made from the brand's surplus fabric by London ateliers with all profits going to the NHS.
If you're looking for something unique and colourful then head to Newt. This sustainable and reusable facemask and has two layers of fabric made from recycled waste plastic bottles.
These pretty, double lined masks are hand made in Somerset by local seamstresses.
Handmade from four layers of organic linen, a fabric that has naturally antibacterial properties, Plümo's masks have elasticated ear loops and come in 4 colours.
For every mask sold, Plümo is donating to Masks for NHS Heroes.
Buy a Mask, Donate a Mask. CASETiFY has donated 35,000 masks to Direct Relief, and will continue to donate a surgical mask for every mask sold.
The reusable face masks are with breathable cotton materials, washable, and fitted with a filter to help fight the spread.
Brora are selling these super stylish masks in the chic and recognisable Liberty print.
Incredibly £100,000 has now been raised for the NHS Charities Together; now £10 from every mask sold will be donated to other charities supporting those affected by Covid-19. The rest of the retail price covers VAT, fabric, lining, sewing and transport.
Please note: They are unable to specify what print you will receive. If ordering more than one a selection of prints will be sent.
All proceeds of these masks will help the Non Profit Mask-Making Project keep working to make and donate barrier masks to frontline workers. These masks are being stitched by volunteer sewers. So far they have stitched 14,150. The end goal is 20,000 masks being donated.