Minimalist and maximalist skin-care routines alike can benefit from a facial mist, and while many would consider the product to be the very definition of the word “extra,” their multi-tasking abilities are undeniable. A few pumps directly onto bare skin can help to tone, hydrate, and prime your complexion, but because the mist is uber-fine, you can use a mist over makeup as a setting spray with added ingredient benefits. Better yet, they travel well—stash a bottle in your desk drawer in case your skin needs a break from staring at your screen come 2:30, or in your gym bag as a post-workout pick-me-up.
Here, we put together a list of the best facial mists to target your skin’s specific needs, so keep on scrolling for all the goodness they can bring to your complexion.
For oily skin: Knours Double Duty Mist ($36)
Double the impact, double the fun with this bi-phasic mist. When your skin is feeling oily, stressed, or angry with breakouts, apply an even veil to your skin without shaking the bottle—the bottom layer, which is rich in aloe and other skin-soothing botanicals, helps to balance oil production and calm irritation. To target dry areas, shake the bottle to mix in the jojoba oil-infused top layer.
For dry skin: Tatcha Luminous Dewy Skin Mist ($48)
Tatcha’s formula is so jam-packed with hydrating heavy-hitters, a few mists over your complexion provide the one-two punch your skin needs to combat dryness and impart a healthy, dewy finish. The humectants infused into the milky formula actually pull in water from the air around you to moisturize your skin, and allow active ingredients like hyaluronic acid to penetrate deeper.
For dull skin: Glow Recipe Watermelon Glow Ultra-Fine Mist ($28)
Get that post-workout glow without breaking a sweat with this watermelon-infused mist. Simply shake the bottle to combine the bi-phasic formula, apply an even layer, and let the watermelon, hyaluronic acid, and alpha-hydroxy acids derived from the hibiscus flower work their magic. The potent ingredients work overtime to plump and hydrate skin while providing a shield against pollution, resulting in a perfectly radiant finish.
For breakouts: Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs and Rosewater ($12)
Fact: Whenever skin is acting up, we can count on Mario Badescu to always have the fix. Soothing aloe with a side of gardenia and rose extracts work to deliver major hydration to your complexion, while thyme performs a balancing and clarifying act. Mist the formula over your T-zone to simultaneously hydrate and counteract excess oil.
For fine lines: Caudalie Beauty Elixir ($18)
Between toning, hydrating, and imparting a megawatt glow, Caudalie’s grapeseed-rich formula practically does it all—except the dishes. The brand tapped Queen Isabel of Hungary’s Elixir of Youth as an inspiration point, which, in the 17th century, advised the user to rub the tonic on skin, bathe in it, and even drink it in order to take advantage of its anti-aging effects. While we certainly wouldn’t go that far, elements like rosemary, mint, and myrrh are just as potent when misted onto the skin to help smooth over fine lines, and impart an instant radiant finish.
For sensitive skin: My Clarins Re-Fresh Hydrating Beauty Mist ($20)
Is your skin super temperamental and reactive as of late? Pick up this formula to simultaneously help calm and hydrate. Free from irritating ingredients like alcohol, parabens, and phthalates, the latest in Clarins’ vegan-friendly range enlists the power of plant-based ingredients including coconut water, alpenrose, and fig extract to gently tone and hydrate.
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