Even though lockdown is easing, wearing a face covering over our nose and mouth is still essential when using public transport and entering shops.
There are funny masks to show your sense of humour, designer masks and stylish masks that you can find at some of your favourite high street shops - but what about those of us that are struggling with maskne? (The acne caused by wearing face coverings). With maskne on the rise, we've found that silk face coverings are your best option when it comes to sensitive skin.
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Experts also say that face coverings made of silk are the best to wear if you have problem skin or are worried about the dreaded maskne. Silk face masks are also gentler on your skin compared with polyester or other types of face masks, and are more breathable than multi-layer cotton. Then there's the touchability factor – silk masks are decidedly more luxurious.
Beverly Hills Silk Mask 3-Piece Collection, £22.99, Amazon
From lingerie brands to designer labels, here is an edit of our favourite silk masks...
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Love a good neutral? You'll find this double-layer Mulberry silk face mask – available in beige, black and leopard print – on eBay
Silk face mask, £8.90, eBay
How cute is this pink number? The reusable fabric face covering comes with elasticated ear loops for a comfortable fit and the silk lining is gentle for everyday use.
Silk Pale Pink Reusable Face Covering, £15, Oliver Bonas
We love this spot print mask, which is lined with silk, giving extra comfort. The lining will replenish the skin's moisture and is a soothing choice.
Spot Print Mask, reusable silk lined, £10, Reiss
Beauty and skincare specialists Cult Beauty have come up with their own line of double-sided 100% silk face masks. Each comes with its own matching silk drawstring pouch for storage.
Cult Beauty mulberry silk face mask, £20 each, Cult Beauty
A beautiful triple layer face mask with filter pocket made from 100 per cent Italian silk in London
Silk face mask, £24.99, Etsy
You find homemade silk face masks like these, which have a 4.5-star rating, on Amazon
Mulberry silk face mask with nose wire, £13.99 each, Amazon
These masks really fit like a glove - with slim and effective nose clips, different size availability and adustable ear straps, you barely know you're wearing one. And If you like these 100 per cent Mulberry silk masks, you'll probably like the matching scrunchies too - the skinny scrunchies are divine!
Silk face mask, £16.90, The Big Silk
The White Company is renowned for its silk pillowcases, so we were overjoyed when we saw that they are now doing silk-lined face masks, available to purchase on Selfridges. The lining is made with 100% silk and comes with a toggle fastening so you can adjust it to fit your face perfectly.
Silk-lined face mask, £14, Selfridges
This 100% silk face mask by Emily Carter has an even more luxurious vibe thanks to a rich baroque print
Emily Carter silk face mask, £40, Selfridges
The Karizma four-pack of light-coloured silk face masks is a great choice if you prefer pastels and nudes
Karizma Beverly Hills Silk Mask 4-Piece Collection, £24.99, Amazon
Jennifer Aniston loves Wolford face masks – this popular version of the simple and chic mask is 100 per cent silk
Wolford Cares Silk Mask, £30, Wolford
If you prefer a simple silk mask with cotton lining, Slip's silk mask is the one for you. It also comes in leopard print
Slip pin-tucked silk face mask in pink, more colours available, £39, Amara
Rixo's floral face masks are made from recycled materials in an ultra-soft silk-cotton blend
Hope floral-print recycled silk-blend face covering, £26, Selfridges
One of the earliest silk face masks we spotted last spring were beautiful 100 percent silk masks from indie brand specialists Wolf & Badger, known for their roster of sustainable and ethical labels.
GISY Pure Silk Face Mask, more colours available, £36, Wolf & Badger
The silk masks by GISY, a label created by designers Gijs Voogt, from the Netherlands, and Yen Voogt, from Vietnam, are available as a single, in a set of three, or a set of six. The face coverings also come in a host of colours and prints, and are made from a double layer of handwoven silk ethically sourced in Vietnam.
If you're looking to buy silk face masks in a pack or set GISY's soft silk face masks also come in a set of six
GISY face mask set of 6, more colour combos available, £130, Wolf & Badger
For an organic, eco-friendly choice and to support a smaller brand, One Imaginary Girl is an indie designer who creates quirky and fun silk masks with a cotton lining
One Imaginary Girl silk face mask in original 'Social Distance' print, £37, Wolf & Badger
One Imaginary Girl pleated silk charmeuse face mask with ruffle detail, £49, Wolf & Badger
These luxurious 100% mulberry silk face masks come in four colours, including navy, black, white and teal.
Silk face mask, £16 each, Bulan
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