You may think it’s an unnecessary or superfluous step in your skincare routine, but facial mists are definitely having a moment right now — and for good reason! If you have yet to jump on the facial mist train, you’re definitely missing out.
According to NYC-based Holistic Esthetician Stephanie Lauren Brown, “ideally, [using a face mist right after cleansing] will do three things: Stop any residual cleanser left on your face from overdrying your skin, balance the pH levels of your skin . . . so that it’s neutral and can effectively absorb all the expensive products you’re using, and finally, when mixed with oil or serum, the water/mist molecules get trapped in the skin, which creates an effectively hydrated skin situation.”
So after cleansing, make sure to mist. And while you’re at it, mist again after applying you’re makeup. And again at lunch time. And again, once you hit the mid-afternoon slump. Basically, mist anytime ya dang well please to instantly refresh your senses.
Scroll through for the best formulas that help seal in moisture, tone down redness, set your makeup and feel absolutely amazing on a hot day.
For shiny, oily skin.
Ole Henriksen Grease Relief Facial Water ($12): No more slick Summer skin with this facial mist. Eucalyptus, camphor, and lactic acid help keep excess oil and redness under control while witch hazel helps to reduce shine and keep sebum in check. Plus, it won’t dry out your skin or curse it with that too-tight feeling. Just pack this facial mist in your purse or gym bag to help prevent future breakouts.
For when your skin feels extremely dry skin.
Tatcha Luminous Dewy Skin Mist, ($48): Mist on this silky spritzer made with squalane, red algae, humectants, and Tatcha’s green tea “anti-aging HADASEI-3™ Complex” for ultimate hydration. Everything about this product is luxurious, right down to the packaging and golden spray nozzle. If you’ve been trying to perfect that radiant-from-within Summer glow instead of a wet puppy, this is the mist for you. You can use this for refreshing bare skin or a face full of makeup to prevent buildup or caking.
For combination skin.
Jurlique Rosewater Balancing Mist, ($35): If you go back and forth between battling dry and oily skin, this balancing spritz is for you. Naturally calming rose extracts tackles redness and quells sebum production while glycerin, aloe vera, and marshmallow root help skin retain moisture. (And Jurlique recently came out with a 2017 refresh deluxe edition in collaboration with acclaimed Australian artist Belynda Henry.)
For acne-prone skin.
Boscia Clear Complexion Toner, ($26): Made with a combination of willow bark extracts, rosemary leaf extract, and willow herb, this purifying mist is an excellent option for anyone dealing with blemishes. Unlike other acne products that can dry out and irritate skin, this preservative-free tonic spray helps soothe skin and heals breakouts faster.
For waking up sluggish skin.
Pixi by Petra Vitamin Wakeup Mist, ($15): Struggling with the snooze button after a late night out? Wake up dull, tired skin with a quick spritz of this zesty hydrating mist made of soothing orange blossom and oil-balancing grapefruit peel oil. Keep it in your purse and spray whenever you start feeling sleepy or stressed for a supercharged boost!
For sunburned, irritated skin.
Osea Sea Minerals Mist, ($38): This nourishing elixir provides immediate hydration and reduces redness for a revitalized glow. Organic seaweed, dead sea salt, and aloe vera neutralize surface impurities and diminish the appearance of inflammation leaving you with a toned and balanced complexion. Perfect for irritation and dehydration from too much sun.
For keeping in your purse on a night out.
Omorovicza Queen Of Hungary Mist Limited Edition, ($50): This award-winning mist is pure luxury. With orange blossom, rose and sage water to purify and tone, this neroli- and rose-scented mist makes for a great mood-enhancing, post-cleanse spritz. And Hungary’s mineral-rich healing waters help to reduce redness, leaving your skin calm and refreshed. Plus, it’s small enough to fit in your purse for a girls night out or stick in your clutch for yet another Summer wedding.
For sitting in airports and after long flights.
Caudalie Beauty Elixir, ($18-49): Just an hour of soaking up all that stale air is more than enough to leave your skin feeling drab. But a quick spritz of this healthy, skin-feeding face mist will get rid of that “just got off the plane” pallor and provide you with a glowing complexion. Basically a serum in mist form, this elixir is packed with refreshing essential oils — like rosemary, peppermint, myrrh and orange blossom — to stimulate circulation and revive tired skin. Brand ambassador Rosie Huntington-Whitley swears by it. Snatch up the 1 oz. bottle, perfect for your carry-on and only $18.
For setting your makeup.
Boscia White Charcoal Mattifying Makeup Setting Spray, ($12-38): This mattifying formula is loaded with white charcoal, which balances and purifies oil-prone complexions. But despite containing white charcoal and sebum-absorbent kaolin clay, this spray won’t dry out your skin. Plus, the hydrating cucumber water and jojoba oil will never leave your skin feeling tight. Another bonus: the black tea works to protect skin against free radical damage. Use it before and after makeup for extra staying-power.
*Side note: I know there are a lot of great setting sprays out there for keeping makeup in place, some better than this one. But for my combination and acne-prone skin, I like using products that will actually benefit the health and appearance of my skin. I also want to note that if you don’t give this spray a good shake, it can leave white spots on your face. So be sure to give it a good shake. And don’t forget to follow up with a finishing powder or spray*
For reapplying sunscreen without ruining your makeup.
Soleil Toujours Organic Set + Protect Micro Mist SPF 30, ($36): Reapplying sunscreen is the worst, especially when you’re wearing makeup. Nobody wants to slather on goopy sunscreen on an already made-up face. Luckily, this lightweight certified-organic mist packed with antioxidants protects and hydrates skin without ruining your makeup. You get ultimate broad-spectrum protection without any sacrifices.
So this Summer, keep a face mist (or five) in your bathroom, on your desk, and in your purse to uncap, spritz and ahhh for a midday makeup refresher, 4 PM pick-me-up, or just to take a second to chill.