Found! The cooling drugstore face mist that brightens on demand


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In recent years, face mists have become as synonymous with the summer season as watermelon slices, rosé, and driving with the windows down while listening to Sheryl Crow. They cool you off, hydrate your skin, and leave behind a dewy, radiant glow. But Neutrogena’s new Hydro Boost City Shield Facial Gel Mist ($19) takes things one step further by doing that and protecting your skin from the sweat, dirt, and grime that also happen to be synonymous with the summer season.

The mist, which launched this past fall, is a part of the brand’s Hydro Boost line… AKA one of the drugstore’s most hydrating heroes. It’s formulated with hyaluronic acid which (say it with me now!) holds 1,000 times its weight in water and offers some seriously intense moisturization. But in addition to plumping and hydrating your skin, the mist is also chock-full of antioxidants, which offer a layer to fend off environmental pollutants. So, I’d say it gets a whole lot done for a price tag of $19.

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There are a few reasons why I, personally, am a big fan of the mist… and only one of them has to do with the fact that I can get it at the drugstore. It has the same refreshing, vaguely floral scent as the rest of the Hydro Boost line, and unlike some of the lighter sprays on the market it’s got a jelly texture that you can really feel working its magic. But in spite of it being slightly on the heavy side, it works just as well as a refresher-layer over your makeup as it does first thing in the a.m. under your moisturizer. It’s exactly the product you’ll want to keep in your purse for an on-demand glow up throughout the day… especially on those days when it’s 90 degrees and humid as hell, like it is in New York City right now.

I, for one, will have this baby by my side from now through Labor Day. HBU?

PS: Here’s the no-foundation foundation I’ll be wearing all summer long. Plus, why you’re probably breaking out more frequently during the humid months.

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