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Best face masks UK: Should you be wearing one? Plus where to buy a face mask in the UK

Best face masks uk
(Image credit: wildthingsdresses on Etsy.co.uk)

Welcome to our guide to the best face masks in the UK. If you've been looking for a stylish face mask following recent government announcements, you're in the right place. 

While it's not a requirement by law to wear a face mask in the UK, government guidelines for face masks state 'people should aim to wear a face covering in enclosed spaces where social distancing is not always possible'. And over the past week or so, face masks in the UK have become a much more common sighting. 

If you haven't got a face covering yet, don't fret, there are plenty of places you can buy the best face masks in the UK, many of which are listed below. And if none of the designs listed take your fancy, don't miss our how to make a face mask article, which details three simple ways (two with no sewing required) to make a face mask at home. 

  • Etsy.co.uk – artist face masks from just £3.99
  • Ebay.co.uk – washable face masks at a bargain price
  • HYPE – get three face masks for £24.99 with 100% of profits to the NHS
  • Samuel Johnston – Adult and kids' face masks for £5.99 (10% off first orders)
  • Go Outdoors – get Buff face masks, which can also be used as a scarf
  • Cotswold Outdoor – get Buff's merino wool patterned face covering
  • Wowcher – A mixture of kid and adult designs at super-low prices

Where to buy a face mask in the UK

HYPE: 3 face masks for £24.99 – all profits plus 1 mask per sale go to the NHS
With this deal from HYPE, you can support keyworkers and NHS staff as well as keeping yourself covered in style. Not only do 100% of the profits go to the NHS, but for every sale, HYPE will donate a mask to the NHS, a care home or a keyworker.

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Washable face masks available from eBay
While we can't vouch for the quality of every face mask on eBay (and a search for 'face masks' brings up a ton of creams – add the word 'washable' to narrow it down), there are lots of cloth masks available (pictured face mask from esmeonplumisland for £4.99).

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Adult and kids' antimicrobial face masks for £5.99 from Samuel Johnson
The comfortable Noordi face masks designs for adults and children are fitted and reusable. Silver Ion antimicrobial technology stop the growth of micro-organisms and maintains hygiene. 10% off first-time orders.
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Buy handmade face masks in the UK from Etsy
Looking for something a little more bespoke? There are loads of handmade options available on Etsy's UK store, including this rather fetching strawberry mask from MagicWardrobe03 (pictured). Be sure to check the reviews before purchasing.

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Buy bargain face masks from Wowcher: 4 for £4.99
Wowcher has a range of deals, and there are plenty of different types of face masks available. If you want a cheap, bulk order of face masks, you can get 10 disposable face masks for £4.99, and 100 for just £36.99.

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Buy Buff face coverings from Go Outdoors
Buff's face coverings are slightly different, with their tubular design allowing them to double as a scarf (or even a beanie) when not being used to cover the face. The great thing about these is that you can also use them for hiking or cycling. Perfect for those who'd prefer a slightly less clinical look.

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Buy Buff face coverings from £14 from Cotswold Outdoor
You can also find Buff face coverings at Cotswold Outdoor, including the slightly more luxury Merino Wool Buff Patterned (pictured) – which is designed to keep you warm in cool weather, and cool in warm weather.
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