As the UK eases further out of lockdown, you might be considering investing in a face mask. It’s been compulsory to wear them on public transport since 15 June and from 24 July it’s also mandatory to wear them in all shops across England. Meanwhile, the government’s advice on wearing face coverings in all other enclosed public spaces where social distancing is not possible, or where you are more likely to come into contact with people you do not normally meet, such as visiting the hairdressers or a trip to the cinema, still stands.
Your covering can be as simple as a scarf or bandana tied around your face, or a DIY mask you’ve made from an old t-shirt or a pair of socks (there is a clear step-by-step guide to making homemade cloth face coverings here). However, if you’ve been wondering where to buy face masks that you can reuse where all the hard work has been done for you, you’ve come to the right place. If face masks are to become part of our daily outfits for the foreseeable future, we may as well invest in a few stylish options that we can mix and match depending on our outfit.
If you’re overwhelmed by eBay and Amazon, here are the face masks you can buy direct from brands, many of whom will also donate a portion of the proceeds to charitable causes.
While it’s important to note that these masks are not equivalent to medical-grade equipment, and that you should follow the official guidance to find a solution that suits your personal circumstances, these face coverings can still provide a layer of extra protection and added peace of mind when you’re out and about.
Where to buy face masks: The best reusable designs to choose from
High street retailers:
All the profits from this stylish reusable denim face mask from Whistles go to The Trussell Trust, where funds go towards supporting food banks nationwide and providing emergency supplies those in need. The adjustable ear straps mean you can find the perfect fit.
Pleated and tie-dyed, this 100 per cent cotton face covering from Urban Outfitters will make a pretty addition to your face mask roster.
George at Asda
George at Asda has launched an extremely budget-friendly face mask offering, with unisex packs of two in black or white for just £2.50. Each one is washable and reusable, made with elastic straps for comfort and quick-drying fabric.
Mango was one of the first high street retailers to branch out into reusable face masks and they now have a wide range of on-trend prints to choose from, from gingham to floral. They also offer a range of styles, including form-fitting face masks as well as the more basic rectangular pleated styles.
Boden’s face mask prints are cute and colourful and come in packs of three, perfect for mixing and matching to your outfit. Each face mask is fitted with an inner wire to fit it to the shape of your nose.
This fun rainbow print face mask is finished with a repellent coating and an antibacterial treatment that will last for up to 50 washes. Meanwhile, this more plain £14 3-pack from the brand will donate £4 to the charity UK Youth.
ASOS now sell matching face mask and scrunchie sets to really complete your look. Check out more matching face mask and scrunchies sets here.
100 per cent of the profits from Kurt Geiger’s We Are One collection is being donated to NSH Charities Together, including this rainbow-hued soft jersey face mask.
Anthropolgie’s face masks are from £8 for one or three for £18, but all come in super pretty fabrics. Plus, all profits from the brand’s masks will be donated to NHS Charities Together.
A simple, sporty all-black design from Reebok, £2 from every pack of face covers sold goes to Save The Children’s Global Coronavirus Response Fund.
London brand Paisie’s face mask offering draws on classic, timeless design elements – three striped face masks in blue, navy and red and two plain in navy and black.
Not just comfortable and available in a range of colours and prints, Pacamasks feature revolutionary silver ion antibacterial fabric, killing 99 per cent of bacteria for up to 50 washes.
A reversible lightweight luxury silk mask with a subtle lace design in black and silver. Chic and understated, this face mask is worthy of accessorising evening wear.
Reformation has designed face masks in 12 lovely prints, which are £12 for one, or, if you like the idea of a lucky dip, go for the pack of 5 for £28 where you’ll receive a random assortment of prints and colours.
Redbubble have thousands of designs to chose from – really, there are over 32,000 on the website. From pretty florals and geometric designs to funny slogans and animal prints, there really is something for every taste.
Known for their silk pillowcases and scrunchies, Slip have now joined the face mask game with four silk face coverings all in their signature colour palette of pale pink and black. We particularly love the embroidered lips detail on this one.
Popsockets have ventured away from their iconic phone grips to create four face masks in eye catching prints – each complete with an activated carbon filter, this tie-dye one is especially great for coordinating with summer outfits. Even better, you can coordinate it with a matching PopGrip, too.
With adjustable ear slides for long-term comfort, this tie-dye print face mask is made from two layers of Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) certified cotton canvas, so they have a reduced impact on the environment.
The OmniProtect face mask is reusable, washable and offers superior protection through the application of Livinguard technology, which works to constantly inactivate viruses and bacteria. This means that unlike others on the market, the OmniProtect face mask can be safely used, removed and reapplied throughout the day. The revolutionary technology has been proven to destroy 99.9% of SARS-CoV-2, making it the most effective coronavirus killing technology known to date. Also unlike most others on the market, it comes in two different sizes.
Ally X HEROES
Ally has joined forces with NHS workers charity HEROES to create these limited edition face masks. Ethically produced and using 100 per cent hypoallergenic cotton and a nanofiber filter that screens out >95 per cent of airborne particles, these ergonomically designed face masks won’t steam your glasses up and are hand washable up to 20 times. £2 from every sale is donated to the HEROES charity as well as 100 per cent of profits from the exclusive HEROES range going to support those fighting to keep the nation healthy and safe.
Made from the brand’s signature prints, Newt’s face masks certainly make a statement. Each face mask is reversible meaning you get two unique designs in one – the above print was by drawn by Newt founder Nat’s grandmother and is the brand’s best-selling signature print.
Little Mistress x Kindred
These black face masks feature a rainbow design in the corner akin to that on the Kindred charity T shirt and 100 per cent of the proceeds after costs go directly to NHS Charities Together.
These sustainable cotton face masks are ideal for use by the general public and are in line with the UK Government’s and WHO guidance. The wide range of designs include florals, gingham, polka dots, plain and more.
Wolf & Badger is stocking a range of uniquely designed face masks from designers including GISY, Natalie Begg and Lily & Lou. GISY’s designs include this striking orange tie-dye design as well as a silk paisley style and more.
Prezzybox offer a range of fun designed face masks, from florals to animal print to abstract brush strokes. All are machine washable and come with two filters.
Printing company Vistaprint has started producing adult and kids masks in a range of vibrant colours and prints. For every reusable face covering bought, Vistaprint is giving a portion to support local communities impacted by coronavirus. They’re also selling replaceable filters for an added layer of protection.
These stylish face masks by DesignB come in packs of two with differing designs, one plain and one patterned, to suit all preferences.
Available in a range of colours, this eco friendly face cover can be washed up to 30 times and is biodegradable. The specialised organic cotton fabric is enforced with antimicrobial material protection and delivers silver ions to the face mask surface when needed, killing 99 per cent of micro-organisms.
Sold in packs of two and made from surplus fabric of the brand’s beautiful signature prints, each mask is lined with 100 per cent cotton and £15 from every set sold goes directly to Smart Works charity.
The BFC’s Great British Designer campaign is a series of sustainable and reusable face coverings designed in London by six British designers, Halpern, Julien Macdonald, Liam Hodges, Mulberry, RAEBURN and RIXO. The project aims to raise £1 million, with 100 per cent of profits split between NHS Charities Together Covid-19 Urgent Appeal, BFC Foundation Fashion Fund and Wings of Hope Children’s Charity.
Essentiel Antwerp’s reusable face masks come in a range of seasonal signature prints, made with three-layered fabric and a jersey lining. Part of the proceeds from the coverings will be given to the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund to support the World Health Organization.
Florence Bridge’s designs are great if you just want a clean, simple mask in a block colour, but she also has some gorgeous gingham and marbled print masks, too. They are made with 100 per cent cotton linings and satin front coverings; a portion of profits from mask sales go to the Fuel Our Frontline charity, who deliver essential groceries to hospital workers around the UK.
British designer Isabel Manns has made masks in exclusive prints, with 100 per cent of proceeds being given to the NHS. Made by the designer’s London based ateliers, each one has a lining, elastic ear loops and a gap so that you can place a piece of filter fabric inside.
Lavender Hill Clothing
You may recognise the name Lavender Hill Clothing from when its t-shirts received a seal of approval from the Duchess of Sussex last year. Now it’s selling triple-layered cotton face masks in packs of three, and for every pack you purchase one is donated to the Katherine Low Settlement in Battersea, which provides support to vulnerable people in the local community.
Mayamiko is another Meghan Markle approved brand, worn by the royal for her first appearance in Africa last year. Their colourful patterns make a brighter addition than many, and for every mask you buy one will be donated to vulnerable communities. You can also sponsor a mask directly for just £2 and buy a matching carry pouch for £3.
Edeline Lee’s masks are made of 100 per cent Nonwoven Spunbond Polyproylene – the same fluid-resistant fabric used to make surgical masks. The brand stresses that they are not a medical-grade N95 or P3, but the design fits similarly closely to the face with no gaps. There’s also a bendable wire nose piece that can be formed to the bridge of your nose. Purchases fund the materials and logistical costs of volunteer-made masks being donated to the frontline.
These masks are intended for disposable use by frontline workers; they can be washed up to 10 times until the material will start to degrade. Edeline Lee now also stock a washable, cotton version of this mask, available in packs of 2 for £50.
Plümo’s protective four-layered face masks come in a range of colours, and they also offer sizes for children. With every sale, it is also donating to the ‘Masks 4 Heroes’ crowdfunding campaign providing PPE to NHS frontline staff. ‘Linen is one of the oldest fabrics used by mankind and is resilient and functional. More importantly, linen has naturally antibacterial properties,’ the team says of its fabric choice. They now also stock men’s and kid’s masks.
Demand for Style Cheat’s simple yet chic masks was so high that they initially sold out, but they’ve brought more back in a range of stylish designs. Each one is double layered and made in a breathable fabric such as cotton or viscose, with a small pocket for a filter. For every mask purchased, the brand is giving a medical grade one to frontline workers.
Baukjen face masks are made using 100 per cent soft cotton leftover fabrics and cut-offs. Sold in packs of 10, they include 8 adult and 2 kid sizes and a mix of non-selectable patterns and colours.
Casetify is another brand operating on a buy one, donate one basis, and started off those efforts with a donation of 10,000 masks to Direct Relief. Its cloth masks are made from breathable cotton, and fitted with a filter as standard.
If you want your mask to be as pretty as it is practical, head to Juniqe. Normally its one of our go-to websites for affordable wall art, but in light of the pandemic it has turned its attentions to making washable, reusable face masks, which come in a range of prints from its talented artists. For every two masks sold, one mask is donated to support the grassroots initiative #EuropeCares.
Riley Studio is utilising waste fabric to make face coverings, which they’ve already been donating to care workers behind the scenes. Show your support by investing in one and you’re supporting their efforts to continue delivering masks to the frontline.
DSI has teamed up with gold medal Paralympic table tennis player and Strictly contestant for its 100 per cent cotton rainbow masks, which are raising money for GOSH. Will spent many years of his early life at the Great Ormond Street Hospital, and the design is his lovely way to give something back.
For those wondering where to buy face masks that are particularly chic, Marc Cain’s masks come in a range of stylish fabrics including florals, snake skin and geometrics. For each one purchased, a donation is made to the German Red Cross.
Alongside HAREM London’s £10 unisex mask made from leftover fabric from the brand’s AW19 collection (from which 100 per cent of the sales are donated to the NHS), they have also launched limited edition organic cotton pride masks featuring colourful stitching.
The Bias Cut
After a jersey face mask rather than cotton or linen? Try The Bias Cut, which is offering soft, stretchy coverings in an array of fun animal prints. For each one bought, the brand will donate £5 to charity Hospice UK, the national charity for hospice and palliative care.
Another two-layered cotton face mask, each pack of two comes with a coordinating print theme in a range of pretty new season fabrics. They’re also reinforced with flexible wire in the nose area.
An affordable, unisex pick that works out at £7.50 per mask. The outside is made of moisture-repellent material while the inside is moisture-absorbing to keep you comfortable for longer. There are four sizes available, from XS – L, and a rainbow of 10 colours to choose from.
Le Colonel, which usually manufactures bow ties and other accessories, has turned its hand to masks for men, women and children in a range of Liberty London fabrics. Each one has three layers of fabric – two external layers of cotton and a central filter layer.
Sera of London x The Lady Garden Foundation
Interior designer Sera Hersham-Loftus and Lady Garden co-Founder Tamara Beckwith Veroni, have teamed up with seamstress Maureen Baker for these reusable face masks; Maureen donated her collection of Laura Ashley fabrics to the cause and is handmaking each set herself. All profits will go to the Royal Marsden Cancer Charity’s Emergency Appeal – to order yours, send a direct message to the Lady Garden Foundation Instagram account or via the contact page on the Lady Garden website.
An investment, yes, but made from beautiful quality Liberty Print silk. There’s a range of patterns available to pre-order, and for each one bought £5 will be donated to the South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust, in support of paramedics, health care workers and the communities that use these services during this difficult time.
Valle & Vik
Another luxe option, Valle & Vik have repurposed surplus organic silk materials from their collections to create a range of two-layered silk facemasks, which come with a matching silk drawstring bag for safe storage. The company will be donating a percentage of proceeds to selected NHS charities.
Best known for its range of wear-forever Breton tops, Saint James has launched a range of face masks using the same fabric as its staple Striped Sailor Jerseys. The set of two masks has three layers: two of jersey cotton, and a layer of fleece.
Solveig Starovic adapted this design from her original sports mask design for commuters and sports enthusiasts in polluted city centres, with a focus on maximum protection through very high filtration, while maintaining comfort and breathability. The result is these neutral masks, made in the UK from regenerated nylon that includes recycled plastics from discarded fishing nets. A donation from each one sold goes to Masks for NHS Heroes.
How to keep your reusable face mask clean
- Wash your hands or use hand sanitiser before putting your mask on and after taking it off
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth at all times
- After wear, store your used face mask in a plastic bag until you are able to wash it
- Wash your mask(s) regularly according to manufacturer instructions – usually at 90 degrees. They can go in your normal laundry and be washed using your regular detergent
- Clean any surfaces the face mask has come into contact with after use