Social distancing measures mean that it's recommended that we wear a face covering over our nose and mouth when we go out in public, and we’re definitely into making a fashion statement with 2020's hottest (sometimes literally) required accessory. 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. And we’ve also spotted a very special cloth mask solution if you have sensitive skin or are worried about maskne, the acne caused by wearing face coverings: silk face masks.
Will a silk face covering prevent maskne?
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.
One of the earliest silk face masks we spotted this spring were beautiful 100 percent silk masks from indie brand specialists Wolf & Badger, known for their roster of sustainable and ethical labels.
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.
There are now a whole host of options for silk face masks, from lingerie brands to designer labels. Here is an edit of our favorites...
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A beautiful triple layer face mask with filter pocket made from 100% Italian silk in London
Silk face mask, £22.99, Etsy
You can even find silk face masks – like these 4.5-star face coverings – on Amazon
Mulberry silk face mask with nose wire, £18.99 each, Amazon
This soft silk scarf-style face covering has adjustable ear loops for a better fit
Silk face mask scarf, £29.99, Etsy
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
Jennifer Aniston loves Wolford face masks – this popular version of the simple and chic mask is 100% 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
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, £35, Wolf & Badger
One Imaginary Girl pleated silk charmeuse face mask with ruffle detail, £46, Wolf & Badger
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, £126, Wolf & Badger
And now that matching your face mask with your outfit is an official fashion trend, we'd also like to highlight that you can also buy a single face mask plus camisole set, both made from 100 percent handwoven silk, which we love.
GISY Mask & Camisole Set, also available in paisley jacquard, £162, Wolf & Badger