Do you use a facial mist?
Don’t you love the misty air at the seaside? Like crazy me, do you stand near any fountain or water jet and love to soak the light mist?
But what most of us don’t know is this has a lovely effect on the skin.
Facial mist sprays are just what they sound like: misting bottles or aerosol cans filled with a liquid designed to soothe, moisturize, relax or rejuvenate your face. They may contain sunscreen, minerals, antioxidants or other ingredients that nourish and protect your skin.
Of course, for the mist effect to work, the main ingredient in all of those little bottles must be water. Some products contain mineral water and others use plain old H2O. You can use them if your face is feeling parched after a dehydrating plane trip, if your makeup has begun to wilt during the day or if you simply want a little spritz of something cool and refreshing.
But before you stock up, here’s a primer on what’s available, what suits your need.
And another important point is, to use them correctly.
Read more about it:
“Face mist – Why? and How?”
Not all facial mists are created equal
That’s because some are actually straight thermal or mineral water. These are the old-school mists that have been around for ages
- Thermal water
Sourced from springs deep underground, thermal water is steeped in good-for-skin trace elements and minerals. Specifics vary depending on the spring the water comes from. Naturally rich in the mineral calcium and trace element selenium (an antioxidant), La Roche-Posay Thermal Spring Water has been proven as an anti-irritation treatment for very sensitive skin. Avène is another brand with a popular, soothing thermal water spray for sensitive skin. Or even Evian, which is quite popular!
Then there are the new-generation sprays, which have water but also hydrating ingredients like essential oils, botanical extracts or glycerin.
- Distilled water
Distilled water itself is fine for basic hydration, but look instead for one infused with nourishing botanical extracts, essential oils and other ingredients to boost hydration. Dermalogica Multi-Active Toner calms skin and spirit with aloe and lavender; Dermaglow Energizing Beauty Mist, has a oil-balancing mineral complex plus hyaluronic acid; all-natural Pangea Organics French Rosemary with Sweet Orange Facial Toner for dry and mature skin has moisturizing glycerin and sweet orange, rosemary and frankincense oils.
Herbal or floral water now has a oh-so-scientific name, hydrosol. Made by steam-distilling plants or flowers to extract their “essence,” they’re a more potent brew than infusions. Doesn’t this sound so straight-out-of-chemist’s-lab?? Rose water, distilled from rose petals, is the skin-softening base of Rodial Dragon’s Blood Hyaluronic Tonic and a significant constituent of amazingly fragrant, natural Tata Harper Hydrating Floral Essence. Both of these mists also make skin glow with additional botanical extracts, essential oils and hyaluronic acid.
- Fruit-based face mists
All-natural Éminence Neroli Age Corrective Hydrating Mist for mature skin is a moisturizing blend of coconut milk and coconut water, plus essential oils and anti-aging Swiss-apple stem cells. Caudalie Grape Water Soothing Moisturizing Spray made of water extracted from organic grapes via osmosis, feeds skin with potassium and vitamin C, and helps it hoard moisture with polysaccharides.
Let me hear from you..
Do you use a facial mist? Yes? Which one? Tell us!