Where To Buy Face Covers If You Don't Fancy Making Your Own

You can get them in a range of materials, sizes and prints.

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There are many online tutorials showing how to make face covers – but some people would still prefer to buy one, rather than get crafty at home.

Face coverings can be a scarf, piece of cloth or mask. The good news is multiple brands are now selling them in various styles and prints online. These are different to the surgical masks or respirators that healthcare workers wear.

The aim of face covers is to achieve “source control” – you’re stopping your germs spreading to other people, and if other people wear them, they’re preventing their germs from spreading to you. There is also some evidence emerging to suggest they can help protect the wearer.

Now it’s been announced that face coverings will be mandatory in shops in England from July 24, you might be thinking about buying your own. Especially as those deemed to be breaking the rules could face a fine of up to £100.

Here are a handful of online retailers manufacturing and selling face covers in the UK.

Plumo

Plumo’s offering of handmade face covers are made from four layers of organic linen and come with elasticated ear loops – this is good, as experts agree that multiple layers of material is best. They’re washable at 90 degrees, reusable, and £10 each. For every sale, Plumo will donate to the ‘Masks 4 Heroes’ crowdfunding campaign providing PPE to NHS frontline staff.

Linen face cover
Linen face cover

Boohoo

The online fashion brand is selling different styles of face cover for women – for £5 each, but these are currently in the sale – and other styles for men. A percentage of all sales will be donated to charity.

Boohoo face cover
Boohoo face cover

Florence Bridge

The designer is making a range of face covers in different colours, as well as different prints, such as gingham, marble and floral. Masks are £12 each and come with elastic ties to secure them around the back of your head. They are machine washable.

Florence Bridge face cover
Florence Bridge face cover

Hype

The brand has manufactured a huge range of face covers in a variety of colours and designs – expect speckle fade, camo and tie-dye prints. There are larger face covers for adults and smaller-sized masks for kids. Prices start from £11.99, and you can also buy packs of three.

Green knit face cover
Green knit face cover

Brora

Not the cheapest of the bunch, but Brora is selling a liberty print face cover for £19. A tenner from every mask will go to NHS Charities Together.

Brora face mask
Brora face mask

Etsy

Plenty of independent designers on Etsy have turned their hand to mask-making during lockdown. Try CharleyLouDesigns, who has a range of designs to choose from, or double-layered cotton face covers from KayleighBakkerDesign.

Face covers on Etsy
Face covers on Etsy

Ally x Heroes

Protect yourself, others and the NHS with a limited edition ‘Protect The NHS’ face covering. Designed exclusively in collaboration with NHS workers charity HEROES, 100% of profits go directly to support the charity’s mission and protect frontline workers. Face covers are made from a nanofiber material with high filtration and come with a bag to store them in. They cost £15 each.

Protect The NHS face cover
Protect The NHS face cover