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Wearing a face mask or face covering has become a part of our ‘normal’ every day. Whether you’re travelling on public transport, visiting a shop, or spending time in a communal area, the majority of us are now getting used to wearing them day to day but how do you know which one to choose? Disposable and reusable face coverings are now readily available, and we’re here to help you decide which is best for you.

Which mask should I choose?

Which face mask you choose largely depends on how often you intend to wear one - remember, a face mask should be worn over both your mouth and nose when in a public space. 

The main difference between a disposable mask and a reusable mask is the number of times they can be worn; disposables should be worn only once and a reusable one can be worn multiple times. If you do not regularly travel on public transport or are working from home, then it may be best for you to keep a pack of disposable masks at home. If you are starting to venture out regularly, using trains, buses, and the underground then it may be more convenient, and cheaper, to choose a washable face mask. 

Different masks also offer slightly different layers of protection. With a reusable mask, there are designs available which enable you to put in a filter, therefore further reducing the number of air particles that you breathe in from the air around you. However, with a disposable mask, you will see the ones available at Superdrug are offered in 2 standards; standard 1 offers a lower level of protection but is still sufficient against COVID-19, whereas standard 2 is effective against higher risk environments. You can read more about the 2 standard types on our disposable face mask page

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Reusable Face Masks

At Superdrug, you’ll find a variety of different reusable face masks to wear which cover both your mouth and nose. 

The Reusable Antibacterial Ab Face Mask offers a 7-layer protection system with a 5 layered bespoke particle filter insert. Each filter, which can be bought separately here, is effective for up to 40 hours and filters up to 95% of non-oily air particles.

For a reusable mask that fits the contours of your face and is easily breathable, Superdrug also stock these Adult Fabric Face Coverings in BlackWhite and Pink

You should be washing your reusable face mask after each day of use, so we advise stocking up on a few masks so you can alternate them and ensure they are washed regularly. Face masks are suitable for machine or hand washing and should be completely dry before wearing it again. 

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Disposable Face Masks

Disposable face masks offer ease and convenience if you do not have the time to wash your reusable face mask after each day. Disposable face masks can help filter the air you breathe, such as the Baozhi Disposable Type 1 Face Mask. They should be put on and taken off the face using clean hands, and always try to avoid touching the fabric part of the mask that goes over your mouth and nose.  

So, the main things to think about when deciding which mask is for you is to determine how often you will be using it, do you have the time and means to wash one every day, and also which design and style do you like best. After all, you will be wearing one every time you head outside!