Silk face masks by CILQUE
We’ve all been living with the pandemic for over a year now, and the utilitarian face masks, sanitizers, and other Covid gear we’ve been donning every day are feeling tired. But these safety essentials don’t have to look like bulk hospital inventory to be effective. Upgrade your personal protective equipment with these stylish options that combine form and function to keep germs at bay.
Paul Stuart face masks
Paul Stuart Cotton Face Masks, $48 for Five
If you’re looking for face masks that are stylish enough to match your wardrobe (or to dress up your WFH sweats), look to elegant menswear label, Paul Stuart. Made with the label’s signature high-end shirting fabrics, the satiny cotton feels incredibly lightweight on the face, and a built-in metal nose clip keeps the mask perfectly in place.
Portococo hand sanitizer
Portococo Refillable Hand Sanitizer and Refill Bottle, $25
When Covid hit and interior designer Aaron Stewart couldn’t find any attractive, sustainable options for hand sanitizing sprays at home in San Juan, Puerto Rico, the design guru decided to make his own.
Portococo’s petite spray bottles come in sleek and minimal cases that are perfectly sized to tuck into a purse or pocket. The sanitizing formula is comprised only of water, plant-based ethyl alcohol derived from sugar cane or corn, and natural humectants. There are no parabens, preservatives, or chemicals, so it’s not harsh on skin like other formulas can be.
Each small-but-mighty spray bottle and refill duo gives you nearly 1,500 sprays, so it lasts for a long time. But to ensure you never run out of germ-killing spritzes, you can set up a regular subscription of refill bottles for $12 each.
Best yet, when you buy from Portococo, you’re also giving back. With every purchase, the company makes a donation to the Boys and Girls Clubs of Puerto Rico, which supports underserved local kids with meals, mentoring, and educational support.
Vistaprint’s face mask featuring a Keith Haring design
Vistaprint Artist Collection Masks, $24
Wear a piece of art with Vistaprint’s Artist Collection masks featuring bold, graphic, and colorful designs by iconic artists like Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat.
Avon’s hoodie with a built-in face mask
Avon Hooded Pullover with Built-In Face Mask, $50
This hoodie hides a secret: a built-in mask with earloops that’s easy to pop up and down. It’s perfect for busy days of errands or a jog in the park, when you’re taking your mask on and off. And since the mask is connected, when you’re sporting the hoodie, you never have to worry about leaving home without a mask, or dropping one on the ground.
Bunglo organic cotton face masks
Bunglo Organic Cotton Face Masks, $20-22 each
Chic home decor brand Bunglo showcases its super stylish prints with these soft organic cotton masks that wick away moisture. Buy them through Bunglo, or at Anthropologie.
CILQUE silk face masks
CILQUE Silk Face Masks, $24 each
If you’re sick of scratchy masks that irritate the delicate skin on your face, upgrade to CILQUE’s 100% Mulberry silk versions. The double layer of silk with a pocket for a filter is machine washable, and is very kind to skin.
I’m a publishing vet who’s been on the staffs of Domino, Martha Stewart Living, Metropolitan Home, and Every Day with Rachael Ray magazines, and was Senior Digital Editor