Want to know where to buy face masks and face coverings? As coronavirus lockdown measures are being relaxed across the globe, face masks are again becoming a sought after item for those trying to go about life as normal. Especially in the UK, where advice recently changed to encourage the public to where a face mask while in small shops, or using public transport.
But given a rapid increase in demand, face masks can prove a little difficult to come by. So, below you'll find up-to-date information on the retailers currently selling – and delivering – face masks of all kinds. We have included plenty of non-medical face coverings, which aren't of the standard that our health workers need to wear, but will act as a good line of defence, without taking essential stock from key workers.
For more advice on finding essentials, head over to our health and beauty hub.
Where to buy face masks: quicklinks
Head straight to the stores to shop face masks and see the full ranges in the US and UK.
Where to buy face masks in the UK:
- Amazon: reusable and disposable face masks from around £2
- Ebay: cotton layered facemasks and options from crafters
- Etsy: a wide selection of crafted layered face masks
- Wowcher: reusable face masks with filters
- Groupon: a range of both reusable and disposable face masks
- Newchic: an extensive range of protective headwear including visored hats and face masks
- Towelshop: bulk buy face masks and other PPE for professional settings
- Vistaprint: stylish, reusable masks from £17. 10% donated to communities affected by the virus
Where to buy face masks in the US:
- Alibaba: quality layered, disposable face masks and visors
- Amazon: washable and single use options in a variety of styles
- Home Depot: N95 and medical grade face masks
- Newchic: hats with built in visors and medical grade face masks
- The Reformation: they have partnered with LA Protects to make and distribute face masks for critical workers and you can buy your own there too
- Walmart: plenty of disposable three ply face masks
Face masks for sale
Please note: these have not been designed specifically for coronavirus and you're still much better to stay indoors, away from others not in your family group, to maintain social distancing when you have to go out, to avoid touching your face and to always wash your hands when you get back. And, of course, if you're displaying symptoms, you should self-isolate for seven days, and your family for 14 days. And remember – think of others when you buy. Please don't stockpile.
20 disposable 3-layer face masks | Only £19.77/$21.29 on Newchic
Block viruses, dirt, dust and pollen with these three-layer face masks. They are breathable and designed to sit more comfortably on the face.
Disposable child's face mask | Only £4.92/$5.99 on Newchic
This disposable face mask is designed for children. It is more comfortable for them to wear than adult sizes but still offers optimum protection.View Deal
UK face masks:
10PCS Disposable Dustproof Breathable Face Mouth Cover for Paint, Garden, Blue A73 | £5.80 at Amazon
This best seller from Amazon is a pretty straight forward example of a face mask, but it gets the job done.View Deal
Unisex Reusable Face Mask | £9.99 at Amazon
These reusable face masks provide protection for the nose and mouth, thanks to their multi fibre polyester design. Remember that this type of mask will require washing in between uses.View Deal
Masks with 2 pcs Filter Paper Protection Mouth Mask | £3 at Amazon
With replaceable filters, this face mask is designed to catch droplets of moisture and protect your mouth and nose in the process. Once used, simply pop in the wash and replace the filter.
O'lemon Full Face Protective Shield Visor | £4.99 at Amazon
If you know someone working on the front line who doesn't have suitable protective equipment, it may be worth picking up a protective face mask in a bid to help them stay safe until PPE stocks are distributed to all who need it.View Deal
Kids and Adult Cotton Face Mask | £10 at Etsy
Suitable for adults and children, these patterned face masks are reusable – simply wash between uses – and boast some adorable patterns that we simply can't get enough of.View Deal
Organic Cotton Face Masks | £8.95 at Etsy
A great option for those with sensitive skin, or who are concerned about the environmental impact of single-use face masks, these organic cotton face masks can be washed between uses and boast beautiful patterned finishes.
Please note: we understand that single use masks are essential for many at this time and whole-heartedly support the use of disposable face masks for those who need to protect themselves, we're simply seeking to offer a more sustainable alternative to those who want it and for whom it's a suitable solution. View Deal
3 Ply Face Mask CE Approved | 1,000 pcs for £850 at the Towel Shop
If you're reopening a business – or anticipate doing so in the coming months – it's worth considering bulk buying your masks in order to protect your employees and customers from the spread of the virus. The Towel Shop offers these 3 ply face masks in packs or 1,000, 5,000 or 10,000.View Deal
FFP2 (KN95) Face Mask CE Approved | £495 for 100 pieces at the Towel Shop
Another option worth considering if you're bulk buying masks for a professional setting, these medical grade surgical masks offer three layers of protection and are available in packs of 100, 500 or 1,000.View Deal
US face masks:
Black Burberry Print mask| $15 from Etsy
Make like Billie Eilish (who was seen sporting a Gucci face mask earlier this month) and make your mask high-fashion. This Burberry-inspired design is $15 and ships from California.View Deal
Avocado Green Mattress face mask | $23 for four at Avocado Green Mattress
These face-masks are sold in packs of four adult masks, or a family pack of four adult masks and four child-sized masks. Either way, orders are limited to one pack per household.View Deal
Alternative face coverings
There are great alternatives to standard face masks that will cover your mouth and face and can be used for general wear after the pandemic. Many are scarves or hats that can be used for general wear post-pandemic.
This Buff scarf can be worn as a headband, hairband, scarf, bandana or in this case, a face mask. The material is lightweight and breathable, so perfect for the warmer weather. Plus, it has UV protection so great for sun protection, too.View Deal
Manumar Loop Scarf | £12.95 at Amazon
Made from 70% polyester, 30% viscose, this neutral scarf offers plenty of fabric layers and could we worn across the face to protect the nose and mouth while out and about.View Deal
Toddler Infinity Scarves | £6.89 at Etsy
Designed to be smaller in size, these toddler infinity scarves are a much more appealing option if you're looking for easy ways to protect a little one. Not to mention that they're super sweet.View Deal
Infinity Scarf Vita Loop Scarf with Hidden Zipper Pocket | £8.49 at Amazon
Another great option for those seeking an infinity scarf, this option can be folded over to achieve the multiple layers of fabric we're all encouraged to look for when creating a DIY face mask. Plus, it also has a hidden pocket for storing essentials.View Deal
Infinity scarves | From £2.09 on Amazon
Choose from a huge range of colours and prints – with lots of stock available ASAP – on Amazon. Check the materials with a closer knit to offer better protection.
Removable sun visor fisherman hat | Only £13.13/$15.99 on Newchic
This fisherman hat will not only keep you shielded from the sun but includes an anti-droplet sun visor to shield your face. It comes in black, khaki, yellow, pink and orange.View Deal
Anti-fog shielded fisherman hat with embroidery | Only £16.42/$19.99 on Newchic
Full-face protection and good sun protection in one, this pretty fisherman hat is embroidered with a daisy pattern. Get it in black, navy, pink or green.View Deal
Cotton Paisley Bandana 3 pack | £3.49/$8.99 on Amazon
Buying a multipack of bandanas is a good idea so you have spares while you hot wash the rest. These paisley ones remind us are a classic look that can be paired with a number of looks – just incase you were worried about your lewk.View Deal
Should I wear a face mask?
As part of their briefing on Sunday, which detailed phased plans to reduce lockdown measures which had been enforced in response to coronavirus, the government suggested that more of us should be wearing face masks to reduce the spread of the virus.
This was further detailed in a document released by the government which outlined that members of the public should 'wear a face covering in enclosed spaces where social distancing is not always possible and they come into contact with others that they do not normally meet, for example on public transport or in some shops.'
Given this new advice, we anticipate seeing a surge in the sales of face masks, which may also lead to higher prices and longer delivery times. So, when we discovered this 45 second video tutorial teaching you how to make a face mask, we thought it is definitely worth sharing for those who can't get hold of a proper face mask (and those leaving them for frontline staff).
Can you make face masks at home?
If you're looking for a more affordable solution, there are plenty of easy ways to make a face mask with items you'll likely already have laying around the house. Check out our guide to how to make face masks for all the details.
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