When the temperature rises, nothing can beat a fresh spray of your favourite face mist. Enriched with nutrients, minerals, and vitamins, it plays a pivotal role in making your face look rejuvenated and refreshed as it helps increase the penetration of serums and moisturisers. It’s great even over your makeup when you feel a sweaty mess.
A skincare game-changer
While many of us assume a face mist is just overpriced scented water, it’s actually much more than that: it fights dryness, brightens a dull complexion, revitalizes tired skin, preps your face for makeup and it’s especially useful for those who travel frequently or live in dry climates. And guess what? It works with every skin type.
Depending on brands and formulations, it can have a number of different benefits in addition to hydration, like anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, or UV protecting effects.
Look for mists that contain antioxidants which help skin combat the effects of free radicals and daily exposure to pollutants in city life. Products enriched with hyaluronic acid work well on dry skin while the oily ones can get away with using mists based on aloe or tea tree. Facial sprays that contain ingredients like Vitamins C and E, pomegranate extract, alpha and beta hydroxy acids and grapeseed extract are also great options if you have fine lines.
What’s the right way to use it?
For menopausal skin, the best would be to keep a facial mist in the fridge overnight and pop it into your handbag during the day to freshen and cool your face throughout the day.
As a rule of thumb, hold the bottle at arm’s length before spraying (so you can get a fine mist) and move it in a zig-zag way over your face to give even coverage. You can use it more than once a day and it can work as a setting spray after applying makeup, too.
Generally, it’s better to use face mists after cleansing and before your moisturiser. Depending on your skin type, they can be applied after or instead of a toner. For those with sensitive skin, the ‘less is more’ rule applies: just use a mist rather than both products.
What kind of face mist is best for you?
With these spray bottles becoming super popular in recent years, there are more skincare products to incorporate into your beauty routine, from toning and brightening formulas to skin barrier-strengtheners.
Thermal water face mists
Thermal water face mists are enriched with minerals and appear to have antioxidant properties that some studies suggest help neutralize free radicals and possibly reduce sunburn risk. They lock in moisture to your skin and help soothe irritation.
Often coming in a metal spray canister, thermal water mists are also a great product to take on board during a flight or to the beach to give instant hydration as well as keeping your skin cool.
Although La Roche Posay, Vichy and Avéne are the most popular brands, nowadays the beauty market offers several enriched formulations. According to your needs, choose a thermal face mist that also has additional humectant and emollient ingredients.
For instance, a product enriched with a rose essence like Herbivore Rose Hibiscus Hydrating Face Mist works well on dry skin. Some of these beauty sprays are great even for reducing the appearance of fine lines (like Biossance Squalane and Hyaluronic Toning Mist). What’s more, in case you have sensitive and irritated skin, Dermalogica Ultracalming Mist may help to calm it down. Opt for Boscia Rosewater Mist with Witch Hazel if your face tends to be oily.
Korean face mists
Although hydrating mists from French brands have long been the go-to choice for many, Korean beauty ones have packaged some impressively nourishing formulas in these nifty little spray bottles. Now available worldwide, they do much more than temporarily hydrate your skin; multi-functional and loaded with nutrient-rich ingredients and vitamins they are great for soothing, brightening and plumping. Here are our top K-Beauty facial mist picks.
A fine spray serum that boosts hydration and elasticity. It can be used anytime during the day to give your skin extra moisture and a healthy glow. Made with 88% Bulgarian rose water to refresh and deeply hydrate your skin, this face mist is perfect for normal/dry skins.
The formula is packed with 82% green tea leaf water, a nutrient, moisture and antioxidant-rich ingredient. Cucumber, rice, mugwort and kelp extracts offer additional moisturizing benefits, while trehalose locks it all in for long-lasting hydration. Use it at the first step of the skincare routine or whenever your skin needs a refresh. Free of artificial fragrances and colours, parabens, sulfates, animal products, mineral oil, alcohol, essential oils and silicone. Great, especially for sensitive skin.
Refreshing toner-mist formulated with organic Jeju Aloe Extract to rehydrate tired skin with moisture for a healthy look of vitality. Plumping and refreshing, carry this fine-particle aloe mist in your bag when your skin needs a burst of hydration to help energize the look over-tired, stressed skin.
It is an innovative 3-in-1 multi-care formula. This low pH, all-in-one toner, which also works as a mist and serum, gives thirsty skin a refreshing boost of hydration and nourishment. Use it as a toner and serum in your skincare routine or as a mist throughout the day. It is made with 78% organic fruit water (green plum or Yuja), which is packed with nutrients and minerals to provide immediate hydration. Three skin-benefiting oils, macadamia oil, jojoba oil and sunflower oil, provide long-lasting nourishment and moisture. Sioris Mist is great for all skin types especially those with dry skin.
The perfect on-the-go mist to provide quick moisture and age-defying effects. Made with 90% natural ingredients, and fermented yeast extract this multi-functional mist contains fermented yeast extract that delivers vitamins, amino acids, and minerals to refresh, renew, and rejuvenate the outer layer of the skin. Can be applied over makeup for a refreshing effect.
Whether you need an extra product in your beauty case or not, we can’t deny face mists are simply irresistible: versatile and refreshing, they can give you that instant boost one spritz at a time.