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What is a facial mist?

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Not your mama's toner

A facial mist has become one of our must-have daily essentials — especially in humid weather or post-gym. It cools you down while giving your skin a sultry dew.
Woman with dewy skin

Not
your
Mama's toner

A facial mist has become one of our must-have daily essentials — especially in humid weather or post-gym. It cools you down while giving your skin a sultry dew.

 

 

Yes, facial mists are booming and they're only going to get more popular early into the summer. When looking for a mist, you want a product that packs an antioxidant punch as well as one that offers hydration and an aroma therapeutic sensation.

Mario Badescu's Facial Spray.

"There are so many different categories of mists on the market right now! I love using them to set my makeup or refresh my look throughout the day," says Sarah Conley of StyleItOnline.com. "The two I rely on most are MAC's Mineralize Charged Water and Mario Badescu's Facial Spray. MAC's Mineralize Charged Water has added moisture, so it's great for the drier winter months. Mario Badescu's Facial Spray is packed with aloe, herbs and rosewater, making it a great choice year-round (plus it's super affordable at only $7). If you were a little heavy handed on the powder, these mists will freshen up your look and keep your makeup from settling into fine lines and wrinkles. Great on planes, too!"

Or perhaps the best brand for you is no brand at all. "Many facial mists contain synthetics and fillers so I prefer to make my own from water, aloe juice and Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade doTerra Essential Oils," says Shannon Lee de Souza, owner and holistic therapist at BellaSol Cura. "I fill a small bottle (8 ounce) with two parts water to one part aloe vera juice and add 10 drops each of lavender, frankincense and myrrh. These three essential oils are calming to the skin, prevent wrinkles and are protective."

Jurlique Facial Mists.Why do we love mists?

"This is one of my favorite skin care boosters!" says Christina Farrell of TheMakeUpBlogger.com. A good facial mist can keep your makeup looking glowy throughout the day and helps to keep your skin hydrated. If you have oily skin, facial mists can help balance out your oil production and keep your skin feeling fresh. I personally prefer mists that include essential oils, such as calming lavender or rose. Christina's personal faves include Mario Badescu Facial Rose Spray and Jurlique Facial Mists.

The concept of facial mists isn't new but the technology has advanced to where it's not just water that's in the products. Some of the products contain serum, multivitamins, aloe and essential oils. Mists are also an easy way to improve the radiance of your skin. "The moisturizing qualities of mists help improve dry, flaky skin. Some products even claim anti-aging properties, with improvement of wrinkles and fine lines," says Dr. Gary Goldenberg of Goldenberg Dermatology.

What should we look for?

glominerals Revive Hydration Mist

When choosing a facial mist that is right for you, look for ingredients that will serve a purpose. For example, you want a mist with hyaluronic acid and with water labeled as Deep Water, Heavy Water or D2O. Deep water is 10 percent heavier than normal water, so it will sink into the skin instead of evaporate." explains Kate McCarthy, glominerals' National Makeup Artist. Hyaluronic acid can hold 1,000 times its weight in water, so once it is delivered into the skin via deep water, you get a big gulp of water for your skin. Some mists offer more of a spa effect with purified water from far off lands and treat your skin to a sensory journey, but may not pack as much of a punch as one that has active ingredients.

Kate recommends glominerals Revive Hydration Mist. Not only does it have those two hero ingredients, it is packed with rosemary and lavender for an invigorating scent that will keep you alert and awake!

Not all mists will have the same ingredients and will feel the same. Some of it is trial and error. Some mists contain only water and minerals and are designed to refresh and freshen up the skin. Others will have essential oils, vitamins, serum and aloe, and may help with anti-aging and overall improvement of skin quality. All of these can be used to set your makeup and hydrate the skin.

What types of skin are facial mists best for?

Facials mists can be used on all skin types. The hydrating products are best for those with dry skin. Products with vitamins and minerals can be useful for those who want to hydrate and improve the overall appearance of the skin.

If you haven't tried facials mists, try them. You may get hooked. The products are easy to apply and there are many options out there. So you are sure to find one that works for you. Facial mists set your makeup, but it also helps with: calming, hydrating, replenishing and adding radiance.

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