Lightweight face masks – the best breathable and cooling face coverings

If you're looking for something feaatherlight then we've got you covered

Katherine Robinson

The pandemic continues – and face masks are now mandatory in many public spaces, including in shops and on public transport. But for some of us, wearing a regular face mask isn't going to be comfortable. Why not opt for a lightweight face mask that is just as effective, but doesn't feel like it’s suffocating you?

We’ve gathered together the best breathable and cooling face coverings  – and you can buy them all online.

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Pacamask’s lightweight offering is made with silver ion fabric which wicks away moisture to keep the wearer cool and fresh

Antibacterial face mask meadow (other prints available), £17.99, Pacamask




Vistaprint’s masks are some of the most breathable on the market, and they’re made of anti-moisture fabric

Oxford face mask (other prints available) £9.94, Vistaprint




8 Other Reasons is a brand with a big following, and it's easy to see why. This three-pack of masks is made from a stretchable fabric that feels comfy and light as a feather.

8 Other Reasons reusable woven face coverings pack of three, 20, Selfridges




This eco-friendly mask was developed by dentists to ensure it's breathable and comfortable to wear. The packaging is also 100% recyclable, which you'd expect from eco brand The Humble Co. The brand is well known for their bamboo toothbrushes but launched this reusable face mask in the hope of reducing waste, and the plastic that ends up in our oceans.

The Humble Co Reusable Face Mask, £3.99, Holland and Barrett




These sporty masks are designed for exercising in, so you can imagine how lightweight and breathable they are

Reebok lightweight face masks 3 pack, £14.95, Reebok


lightweight face mask wolf

A washable designer face mask made from lightweight Egyptian cotton that has extra perks – it is finished with an anti-bacteria treatment, has an adjustable nose wire (an important face mask detail if you wear glasses) and elastic silk straps for comfort

By Moumi face mask, more prints available, £28, Wolf & Badger



The big plus point of these lightweight, self-cleaning masks is that they are one of the safest available – they feature a nanofilter and an exhalation valve, which makes them extra breathable

Big logo white face mask with nanofilter, £26.92, är




If you want something lightweight and a little bit fancy, this mask looks super glam and is made with anti-viral aerosilver antimicrobial yarn, which removes moisture and is extra breathable. It also comes with a chic carry case.

Luxe noir rock chick mask, £59, The Avant Guard



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