What’s the best face mask?

Which one to buy and where to find them at Drake Circus

Since the end of July, it’s become essential to wear a face mask in shops, supermarkets and on public transport. While you can still eat in cafes and restaurants without a face covering (and some people are exempt from wearing one due to medical and other reasons), it’s really handy to have a mask while you’re out and about.

But which mask is the best one for you? If you wear glasses, you need one that doesn’t fog up the lenses; if you’re looking for your children (it’s not mandatory for kids under 11), then you need smaller ones that they’ll love wearing. It’s also important that your mask stays clean and hygienic…

Inspired, we’ve put together a handy guide to buying your perfect mask*. 

For more information on hand sanitisers, quiet hours and socially distancing at Drake Circus, just click here: 

  1. Should I get a disposable or reusable mask? 

Many masks are designed to be single use but because these can contain plastics, they’re not a great idea for the environment (or your wallet). The best idea is to buy a reusable fabric mask which you carefully remove after use and wash regularly. 

 

  1. Where can I find the best masks I’ll want to wear? 

100% of all profits from the sale of the White Stuff’s washable, non-medical face coverings will go to their Made For Change initiative which funds educational scholarships for the children of our factory workers in India. Plus, each mask is made from fabric off-cuts, so there’s zero waste. 

With incredible designs from The British Fashion Council x Bags of Ethics by six British designers including Julien Macdonald, RIXO, and Liam Hodges (£15 for three, 100% of the profits will be split between NHS Charities Together Covid-19 Urgent Appeal, BFC Foundation Fashion Fund and Wings of Hope Children’s Charity) to Skinnydip’s colourful adults and kids’ masks (£8), Boots has a great range of reusable masks. 

Topman’s signature face masks don’t just look good and fit your face perfectly, they also donate 100% of profits to NHS Charities Together meaning an estimated £3.89 for each face covering sold. 

multi coloured mask by Topman worn by a young man wearing a cap

Two men wearing black masks from Topman

This pack of antibacterial face coverings contains masks that are both washable (for up to 40 uses) and reusable. Fitted with elastic ear loops and adjustable toggles, they will give you the perfect fit with breathable 2-ply BCI cotton with an antibacterial finish. Each pack comes with five patterns including two animal prints and three plain styles.

Printed mask from Marks and Spencer worn by a woman

If you’re not keen on breathing into material, Hype’s knitted face coverings are the perfect solution. Cleverly fitted to your face so it’s easier to place your glasses over the top and avoid fogged-up lenses, these masks feel super comfortable and crucially stay in place.

 

  1. Do children need to wear masks?

It’s not mandatory for kids under the age of 11 to wear face masks or coverings but if you do want them to wear one then we recommend you head to Claire’s in the Lower Mall which has a range of really fun designs for £8. From tie-dye and rainbows to pandas, superheroes and donuts, the cotton masks come with comfort stretch ear loops.

Young boy wearing a face mask with graffiti style print on it from Claire's Accessories

Young girl wearing a face mask with rainbows and unicorns on it from Claire's Accessories

pack of 3 face masks in black, turquoise and black with white polka dots from Claire's Accessories

Bottle of anti-bacterial hand sanitizer from Claire's Accessories with a rainbow on the bottle and pink straps

Bottle of anti-bacterial hand sanitizer from Claire's Accessories

  1. How do I look after my face mask or covering?

According to government information, your face covering or mask should:

  • cover your nose and mouth while allowing you to breathe comfortably
  • fit comfortably but securely against the side of the face
  • be secured to the head with ties or ear loops
  • be made of a material that you find to be comfortable and breathable, such as cotton
  • ideally include at least two layers of fabric (the World Health Organisation recommends three depending on the fabric used)
  • unless disposable, it should be able to be washed with other items of laundry according to fabric washing instructions and dried without causing the face covering to be damaged

 

When wearing a face covering you should:

  • wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water for 20 seconds or use hand sanitiser before putting a face covering on
  • avoid wearing on your neck or forehead
  • avoid touching the part of the face covering in contact with your mouth and nose, as it could be contaminated with the virus
  • change the face covering if it becomes damp or if you’ve touched it
  • avoid taking it off and putting it back on a lot in quick succession (for example, when leaving and entering shops on a high street)

 

When removing a face covering:

  • wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water for 20 seconds or use hand sanitiser before removing
  • only handle the straps, ties or clips
  • do not give it to someone else to use
  • if single-use, dispose of it carefully in a residual waste bin and do not recycle
  • if reusable, wash it in line with manufacturer’s instructions at the highest temperature appropriate for the fabric
  • wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water for 20 seconds or use hand sanitiser once removed

For more information about staying safe and enjoying your visit at Drake Circus, just click here: 

*Please be aware availability is dependent on stock levels.

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