Summer skin care needs to be quick and easy, light and refreshing, and smell really good. Enter facial mists, which are currently having something of a surge in popularity. They are mostly water, infused with skincare ingredients such as minerals, hyaluronic acid, antioxidants, and even oil-absorbing powders.
Facial mists are not a skincare staple as such, since they don’t hydrate as much as a moisturizer or target skin concerns like a serum, but they do have a place. “Their beauty is their versatility,” says Margaret de Heinrich, co-founder of Hungarian brand Omorovicza. “You can use them to help set your makeup and also throughout the day to refresh, revitalize and balance the moisture level in your skin.”
Heather Huntingford, founder and buyer of beauty retailer Kiss and Makeup, recommends storing them in the fridge for an added cooling effect during the hot months. Huntingford also recommends using mists after cleansing, and before serum: “It always makes your skincare work more effectively, as it preps the skin and helps with delivery.”
Finally, there’s the simple loveliness of refreshing with something fragrant on a hot and sweaty day. “It is the easiest way to elevate your daily beauty regimen—the perfect product to use at home or toss in your bag for a spa-like experience on the go,” says Celine Tadrissi, founder of Hammam Spa and Céla Skin Care. “When formulated with the right ingredients, facial sprays moisturize, energize, hydrate, and soothe summer skin, while keeping your makeup intact and your skin’s natural oils under control.”
Here, 12 facial mists to try.
Aesop Skin Immediate Moisture Facial Hydrosol
This has rose oil for hydration and chamomile to soothe. It comes in a flight-friendly 60ml bottle, and is also included in Aesop’s new Departure kit, which comprises hand wash, hand balm, hydrating masque, lip cream, mouthwash, and toothpaste.
Agent Nateur Holi(water) Moisturizing Toner
Hyaluronic acid is the main moisturizing ingredient in this combination, which also has rose and lavender waters and antioxidant dragonfruit extract. Pearl powder helps boost radiance, and the brand says this can be used to treat acne, signs of ageing, sensitivity and redness. Spray it directly on skin or mix in your palms with facial oil for extra moisture.
Aman Skincare Grounding Desert Dew Face Mists
An all-natural mist with anti-inflammatory sandalwood, antibacterial colloidal silver, and organic rosewater. The intense woody fragrance gives this spray a spa-like feel, and the brand suggests using it as part of its Grounding ritual, designed to create inner peace.
Biossance Squalane + Micronutrient Fine Mist
You get maximum hydration from this alcohol-free mist, thanks to two types of hyaluronic acid and moisture-barrier-repairing squalane. There’s also a mineral complex that the brand says can help counteract the effects of over-indulgence.
Céla Skincare Essential Face Mist
As a spa owner, Celine Tadrissi knows how to create a multi-sensorial experience, so her products smell divine. This one is sweet and herbal/floral, and contains snow algae for anti-ageing, aloe to soothe, and antioxidant vitamin E.
Chanel Hydra Beauty Essence Mist
The iconic flower of Chanel is the camellia, and that’s at the heart of this hydrating formulation, which also contains antioxidants and hyaluronic acid and has a fruity scent.
Fresh Vitamin Nectar Glow Mist
Fresh co-founder Lev Glazman likens this antioxidant mist to the vitamin water he drinks daily. A citrusy scent bomb, it contains a fruit complex of vitamins C, E and B5, plus lemon and orange extracts and minerals. It comes in two sizes including a flight-friendly 100ml.
Kosmea Hydrating Rosewater Mist
All the products from this natural, certified organic Australian brand contain rose ingredients. This spritz refreshes, cools, soothes and smells – unsurprisingly – of real roses.
Omorovicza Queen of Hungary Mist
Inspired by the world’s first perfume, which was created for the Queen of Hungary in the 14th century, this contains Omorovicza’s special blend of anti-ageing minerals, plus orange blossom, rose and sage waters, and smells of neroli and rose.
Rodial Dragon’s Blood Essence Mist
Dragon’s blood isn’t actually extracted from a fire-breathing monster. It’s a resin extract from plants such as the croton lechleri, which is said to have wound-healing properties. In this light spray, it soothes and moisturizes skin, along with antioxidant, collagen-boosting vitamin B.
Själ Mineral Källa Tonic
This Scandi brand ‘charges’ its products with crystals, minerals, metals and gemstones in the belief that it imbues them with healing and antibacterial properties. The Källa Tonic also contains ingredients to make skin more resilient, and an anti-pollution complex of antioxidants to counteract the effects of free radicals.
Volition Oil-Control Mattifying Mist
Simultaneously hydrating and oil-controlling, thanks to a humectant powder, this also has moisturizing ingredients and rosewater.
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