A face mist is the type of skincare product that seems superfluous until you’re faced with a two-hour drive in Provence in the middle of July in a car with broken air con. It’s also the type of product that seems unsuited to soggy British weather, until we hit those two weeks of peak heat and Argos has run out of all fans except for the £499.99 Dyson one. A can of water may feel like a pointless hyped up beauty product but facial sprays have a come a long way in the last few years and often go beyond the temporary refreshing boost. Here are five facial mists you’ll be reaching for when your skin needs freshening up.
OK so this one is just water, but it’s a classic, the original one that started the face mist trend. It may contain just water but, like the thermal waters of French pharmacy brands Avene and La Roche-Posay, it’s not just any water. Sourced from the Alps, Evian water is rich in essential mineral salts: calcium which helps skin to maintain its natural moisture, and anti-inflammatory magnesium which helps soothe acne, eczema and rosacea. The mist is fine and if you keep the can in the fridge, super refreshing. It’s also suitable for the whole family so for me that makes it a summer travels staple. 150ml RRP £7.70
The main draw with this mist is that it contains niacinamide, the multi-tasking ingredient which helps to tackle a wide range of skin concerns from environmental damage to uneven skin tone and fine lines. The scent is oddly reminiscent of artificially sweet bubblegum and the generous mist is far from ‘microfine’ – as described on the Boots website – but the dewy finish is very satisfying, and at £4 a bottle this is great value for money. 100ml RRP £4.00
I love spritzing a mist to finish off my evening skincare routine. Caudalie’s bestselling Beauty Elixir is one that has definitely grown on me. This 100% natural formula is bursting with plant-based extracts but the strong scent of peppermint oil does take a little getting used to. Containing moisturising glycerin, soothing bitter orange and rose flower waters, anti-inflammatory rosemary and acne-fighting antibacterial peppermint oil, I use this revitalising ultra-fine mist to set my makeup and give my skin a much-needed morning boost. 100ml RRP £32.00
Also featuring glycerin and rose water, Balance Me’s natural offering not only hydrates thanks to hyaluronic acid but also has the added benefit of lavender and hemp seed extract, conducive to a good night’s sleep. The combination of skincare and sleep benefits makes it an ideal part of your bedtime routine. It’s earned a firm place on my bedside table and if you prefer aromatic, rather than floral, scents this is for you. The spray is not particularly fine but then I noticed the directions for use suggest to ‘spray into the palms of your hands, inhale deeply then press onto your chest and neck’, so maybe that’s where I’m going wrong. 45ml RRP £20.00
I discovered this brand only recently and love the concept of only using five ingredients per product. If you’re overwhelmed by ingredients list and confused as to each ingredient’s purpose within the formula, this brand cuts through the noise and simplifies skincare. This certified vegan delicate mist just contains: detoxifying rose water, moisturising glycerin, skin renewing pomegranate, and balancing levulinic acid and sodium levulinate. And that’s it. I spritzed this after using the brand’s Daily Prep facial oil and am left with skin looking the most plumped and soothed it’s been for a while. 50ml RRP £28.00
What summer saviours do you rely on to cool down? Please leave a comment below to let me know.
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