A woman’s skin-care regimen is a very personal thing. Some swear by elaborate rituals—like layering on an entire cabinet of products each night—while others prefer to keep things simple. Whatever your preference, however, there’s one buzzy product that busy maximalists and minimalists are both getting behind: facial mists.
There’s a reason why you might spot it on the desk of your office bestie: it’s that rare multi-tasking product that is easy to apply and delivers nearly instant results. “Facial mists are today’s toners,” says Brad Scoggins, co-founder of natural beauty brand Little Barn Apothecary. (If they contain a botanical essence—AKA water infused with flowers or herbs—they can also be called a hydrosol.)
Not only are they super-convenient, but mists are also serious glow-boosters. “They restore your skin’s pH balance after cleansing, and increase hydration levels when followed by a moisturizer on still-damp skin,” Scoggins notes. “This will trap all the beneficial elements where you want them, force them to be absorbed, and stop evaporation.”
If you’re more of a product junkie, you’ll love that mists allow your skin to more fully absorb serums and oils when you layer them underneath. Plus, they help set your makeup throughout the day. (It’s a myth that you’ll mess up your contouring job with a spritz.) “Misting the final top powdery layer can help achieve the much-sought, dew-like complexion and keep your makeup looking fresh all day,” says Scoggins.
Added bonus? Depending on the fragrance, your handy face mist doubles as a stress-busting aromatherapy hit. And that’s a sigh—er, spray—of relief.
Keep reading to discover 9 rockstar facial mists for all skin types.
This coconut water-based mist imparts a serious glow on your face, thanks to ultra-hydrating hibiscus and antioxidant-rich rose. Oh, and it smells heavenly.
If you tend to get flushed when under stress, this is a refreshing skin concoction—thanks to the anti-inflammatory licorice root and healing spearmint (which is great for pimples).
3. Root Science Tonic, $50
Breaking out? This mist—featuring carrot seed oil and witch hazel.
4. Fig+Yarrow Complexion Water, $14
You can spray this intoxicating mist—which has uplifting notes of neroli and sandalwood—all over (even on your hair!) for a makeshift perfume.
Basic’s not always a bad thing. This rose water spray has only rose essence and “vortexed and magnetized” water.
Calm irritation and restore the balance of your skin’s microbiome with this powerful coconut water-based blend.
Organic rose water, sweet orange, and healing rosemary work together—all in one chic bottle—to make your complexion positively dewy.
8. Farmaesthetics Cool Aloe Mist, $26
Think of this aloe vera-packed spray as your year-round skin emergency treatment; it will soothe your skin whether you’re recovering from too much time in the sun or some harsh winter wind burn.
The dreamy rose-lavender scent will make you want to spritz this mist from natural skin-care expert Tata Harper all day long, but it’s the star ingredient—skin-plumping hyaluronic acid—that has helped turn it into a cult favorite.
This post was originally published on November 27, 2016. Updated on August 16, 2019.
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