Face Mask Shopping Guide – Which One is Right For You?

With face masks becoming an essential item in our everyday life and the Government making face masks compulsory across the UK, it’s more important than ever to find the right face mask, and ensure your purchase meets some key aspects – whether it offers you protection through multiple layers, if it’s lab tested and if it’s comfortable to wear. We’ve rounded up all the key points to look out for when shopping for a face mask below:

Sustainable and reusable

It is estimated that 194 billion disposable masks and gloves are being used globally every month due to Covid-19. Disposable masks are non-recyclable which has resulted in a lot of pollution in our streets and oceans. Choosing a reusable mask will be a beneficial and sustainable solution for the environment by reducing waste and will protect us long-term.


Similarly to a reusable face mask and its reduced negative impact on the environment, it’s important that your mask is washable, so you can keep reusing it in a safe way. Having a mask that is safe to wash is a better alternative for the environment than masks that can only be worn once.


As recommended by the WHO, check for masks which consist of three layers, as multiple layers provide a strong barrier from bacteria. Masks with a polypropylene sms filter middle layer provide a barrier with better bacteria filtration, whilst also being easily breathable, so these are a great option.

Lab Tested

It is important to check whether your mask has been lab tested to show just how well it protects you! Look out for masks which have 95% BFE bacterial filtration efficiency, this shows whether the mask’s material is strong enough to combat bacteria from entering. The mask also needs to be 100% droplet resistant so that droplets from coughs and sneezes will not penetrate the material. A mask with nanotechnology is best for breathability. Top Tip – avoid masks with Perfluorooctanoic Acid (PFOA) as this contains a plastic coating.


When using a mask, there may be times when you’ll need to put it on in a hurry and take it off just as easily. Adjustable straps are best for this, as you can choose the tightness and quickly adjust it, without directly touching the face mask itself, which helps avoid coming into contact with any bacteria that might be present on the mask.

In addition, choose a mask that has a nose bridge so that it will not only cover your face, but also contour to its shape so it fits comfortably and snuggly.


Purchasing a face mask doesn’t have to be expensive, you can find face masks that are lab tested, comfortable and sustainable, with brands like Smartcover offering a selection of affordable face masks without compromising on quality and safety.


As mentioned before, when shopping for a multi-layer mask, the inner layer should be cotton fabric, and ideally hypoallergenic or antibacterial to not provide added comfort and protect your skin, but also to avoid mask acne.