In 2020, face masks became the unexpected must-have accessory. Fast forward to 2021 and they're now part of everyday life. The pandemic continues – and face masks are mandatory in the UK in many places like supermarkets and 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 leave you feeling hot and bothered?
We’ve gathered together the best breathable and cooling face coverings – and you can buy them all online.
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Multi-use face masks, from £8 for a three-pack, Everlane
Everlane's face masks are a favourite of Angelina Jolie and they come in good value multipacks. They're made of stretchy woven cotton and are super soft on the skin and breathable. At the moment there's a 50% sale on selected styles too, so it's a good time to stock up.
Summer face mask, £9.95, Amazon
A comfy face mask that's lightweight and promises to not steam up your glasses in the process – count us in!
Antibacterial Meadow Face Mask (other prints available), £17.95, Pacamask
Pacamask’s lightweight offering is made with silver ion fabric which wicks away moisture to keep the wearer cool and fresh.
NxTSTOP Mask, £13.52, Amazon
Made from 95% bamboo, this lightweight mask is specially designed to stay fresh and keep you cool in any situation.
Oxford face mask (other prints available) £9.94, Vistaprint
Vistaprint’s masks are some of the most breathable on the market, and they’re made of anti-moisture fabric.
8 Other Reasons reusable woven face coverings pack of three, £20, Selfridges
Popular brand 8 Other Reasons offers a three-pack of masks made from a stretchable fabric that feels comfy and light as a feather. They're available in a variety of different colours.
Adjustable face mask with nose wire - 5 pack, £19.57, Caraa
Caraa’s Universal Masks - which have over 900 glowing reviews - are made of breathable dual-layer cotton, complete with a bendable nose bridge wire, elastic ear loops, and filter pocket. For each pack sold, Caraa also donates one to an organisation in need.
The Humble Co Reusable Face Mask, £3.99, Holland and Barrett
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. Well known for their bamboo toothbrushes, they launched this reusable face mask in the hope of reducing waste and the plastic that ends up in our oceans.
Reebok lightweight face masks 3 pack, was £14.95 now £10.50, Reebok
These sporty masks are designed for exercising in, so you can imagine how lightweight and breathable they are.
By Moumi face mask, more prints available, was £28 now £23, Wolf & Badger
This washable designer face mask made from lightweight Egyptian cotton has extra perks too – it's finished with an anti-bacterial treatment, has an adjustable nose wire (an important face mask detail if you wear glasses) and elastic silk straps for comfort.
Big logo white face mask with nanofilter, £26.92, är
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.
Luxe noir rock chick mask, £55, The Avant Guard
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.
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