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Beauty Trending Now: Facial Mists

facial mists
May 15, 2014 Reviewed by Marta 5 Comments

Facial mists are a hot beauty trend right now. Why should you care? Well, I am on a mission to demystify mists. When I talk about mists, I don’t mean an over-priced bottle of water with a spray attachment and not much more to offer than being “refreshing” or my personal favorite, a way to “set your makeup” — with streaks. My mists deliver anti-aging ingredients — think of them as spray-on serums.

Benefits of Mists

A mist is not another cream or gel — it can be layered with other products without the increasing likelihood of blocked pores. Mists come with ingredients that are not always easy to formulate in a cream (e.g. vitamin D). They're hydrating without gooey emollients. While creams come with all sorts of stabilizers and thickeners, mists can be relatively pure and some even help lower the body temperature — especially if they have chill out actives (see Osmotics below). Facial mists can be used to get a dewy glow to counteract foundation that makes your skin look papery and old. They can also provide a simple pick-me-up to stop you from falling asleep on the job.

Perhaps the last words on mists should go to Fashionista, who came up with this alternate use for Tata Harper’s Hydrating Floral Essence: “It’s the end of the world and zombies are running amuck. On the verge of being attacked by the shambling undead, you spray a sweet-smelling mist of confusion, and manage to escape in style.”

My Favorite Mists

For vitamin D:

Elizabeth Dehn for One Love Organics Active Moisture Time Release Vitamin D Moisture Mist ($39). What I like most about One Love Organics Vitamin D Active Moisture Time Release is the vitamin D part. There aren’t too many cosmetic products with vitamin D, which is a shame since most of us are vitamin D deficient. One Love Organics uses shitake mushroom extract, which is a good source of ergocalciferol or vitamin D2. This is a good thing because ergocalciferol helps protect the skin from sun damage. The simple formula also has alpine rose extract, which contains the skin whitening compound arbutin. Rice extract serves as an antioxidant, while aloe and safflower moisturize. Read the full review.

For hydration:

Hyalogic Episilk Facial Mist ($19.95). For a hydrating spray, it doesn’t get much simpler than Hyalogic. This brand’s schtick is hyaluronic acid; the facial mist consists of sodium hyaluronate, and that’s it (apart from water and a natural preservative). Jane, our reviewer, reported “dewier” skin after using it. Read the full review.

Blissoma Tone Intense Hydration Tonique ($25.99). Described as a “herbal tea for the face,” there is a cooling herbal base of oatstraw, horsetail, plantain and dandelion, as well as burdock. Cucumber calms and depuffs the skin, while hydrating. Our reviewer Cindy commented that it is a “hydrating spa treatment mist for your face.” It’s good for all skin types, but especially dry and flaky skin. Read the full review.

For cooling:

Osmotics Blue Copper 5 Cooling Moisture Mist ($35). I think the whole idea of an anti-aging mist that cools hot flashes is genius. And Osmotics Blue Copper 5 Cooling Moisture Mist really does relieve overheated skin in seconds. I go from flushed and irritated to soothed within seconds — thanks to a marine oligosaccharide. Another interesting ingredient is malachite, a semi-precious stone that is an important source of copper ore. I keep Osmotics mist on my desk and spritz my face, neck and arms as needed. The lavender scent even elevates my mood. Read the full review.

For being transported:

Sevani Rose Hyaluronic Age Defying Tonique ($39 in the shop). The rose scent is so divine it will take you to a sunny garden. Tonique reduces redness, puffy eyes (spray on moistened pads and lie back), dryness, free radical damage and the appearance of broken capillaries. There are botanical antioxidants and a hyaluronic acid that comes from mushrooms. Sevani's Tonique makes a lovely base for facial oils — a comfortable and hydrating regimen that has the benefit of simplicity, as befits summer. Read the full review.

For problem skin:

Blissoma Tone Adaptive Energy Tonique ($25.99). This is a hydrating toner designed for acne, oily, combination and problem skin types. It is also a great vehicle to help the penetration of facial oils and serums. This mist imparts vitamins A, B3, B6 and potassium. Additionally, there is rhodiola, holy basil and red clover, which help the skin respond to internal/external stressors and environmental pollutants. Read the full review.

For anti-aging:

Kat Burki Beauty Elixir ($42). Definitely for inclusion in an anti-aging regimen, the Beauty Elixir has some heavy guns. One of the main ingredients is methylsufonylmethane (MSM), a sulfur compound that occurs naturally in some plants and enhances tissue pliability and encourages the repair of damaged skin. R lipoic acid is a powerful antioxidant that works by containing free radicals, thereby reducing oxidative damage. Plus there’s botanical extracts such as camu camu, an Amazonian shrub. Read the full review.

  • July 7, 2015

    by Joyce

    I first discovered this multi-tasking must-have several years ago when I went in search of a toner that could help hydrate my skin and prep it for moisturizer, while being gentle and non-drying. I stumbled across Juice Beauty's Hydrating Mist, and in addition to it's delicious cocktail of organic ingredients sans harsh chemicals, I also really liked that this was something that I could simply spray on my skin without wasting any product. Since then I've incorporated facial mists as an essential step in my skin care routine, but the wonderful thing is that it can be used for much more than just one "step". My favorite thing is it's true effectiveness at hydrating my skin, and that it can really elevate my moisturizer. I also love the consistency and delivery system for something that feels light, yet can deliver real beneficial ingredients to my skin without an added layer of product. I use facial mists after cleansing to prep my skin for oils, serums and/or moisturizers, after applying mineral foundation to soften the look of makeup, throughout the day for a refreshing and dewy pick-me-up (without disturbing any makeup), and I also have a bottle tucked in my fridge for a cool spritz to relieve hot summer skin! It's wonderful to have found a solution for my dry, sensitive, and rosacea-prone skin - I'm having difficulty keeping this comment short :) Without a doubt, I am a true devotee and admittedly a facial mist nerd... I'd be stoked to try out a new exciting brand.

  • July 7, 2015

    by Angela

    I love to try new products, and I am especially interested in facial mists. I concoct my own using distiller water and essential oils and find them refreshing, hydrating and a wonderful pick-me-up for use throughout the day. This product sounds terrific!

  • July 7, 2015

    by Jennifer

    This is the weather to embrace toning mists! I've tried a few, but nothing has completely wowed me. I'd love the chance to try the Tangerine Toning Mist-sounds so refreshing for this hot muggy weather!

  • July 7, 2015

    by Rachelle

    I would love to try the Dawn Lorraine Tangerine Toning Mist. I have been wanting to try one of the facial mists that are trending now, I just can't decide which one to try. Living in Texas I definitely need something refreshing and cooling. Being in my 60's, I need something that will also be beneficial to my dry skin. This one sounds like it would fit the bill.

  • May 22, 2014

    by Robin

    Hi Marta -- Just found your site, and so happy I did! I am curious about your take on the Revenir and Charme Skin Discovery sprays. How much 'junk' do they contain, and are they effective at all. Thank you for such critically needed guidance with this website!

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