A guide to using facial mists – one of my favourite skincare products. I’ve always been obsessed with them whether on my desk, in my bag or in the bathroom. There’s a misconception that they’re all just fancy water but actually, they can be some of the most versatile multitasking skincare products out there. Often, there is confusion about the difference between a face mist, an essence and a toner. So, let’s start with a few definitions.
What are Facial Mists?
Thermal Water Sprays – Mainly pure water but they can have a higher mineral content based on where the water is sourced. Their main function is to soothe and calm skin.
Toners – Traditionally applied after you cleanse to ensure all makeup residue or other oils are removed. However, these days toners have evolved into hybrid products such as hydrating toners that offer added skin benefits.
Essences – These tend to have a more serum like texture. A formulation that’s thicker than a toner with more emollients and will be less watery. These are usually your first skincare step for hydration. Apply them before your moisturiser.
Face Mists – These contain emollients and humectants alongside water so their primary purpose is to hydrate the skin.
4 Ways to Use a Facial Mist
There are many ways you can benefit from using a face mist from your skincare routine to makeup application.
- To refresh your skin. Nothing feels refresher and reviving than a quick spritz any time of the day.
- Intensify hydration. If you have more dehydrated/dry skin or are in a drier environment, a face mist can add hydration top-ups throughout the day. A mist wit squalane and other humectants is perfect for this situation.
- In your skincare routine. Layer it in with your routine. Skincare products absorb better on wet skin. When skin is damp it acts like a sponge so more of the product will be absorbed. You could apply your hydrating face mist between each step after cleansing, before moisturiser etc. It will help increase absorption and seal in moisture.
- To help blend foundation. Mist over your skin to help with a smoother finish. You could also spritz it on your beauty blender. If you use powder but you still want to keep a fresh natural skin glow, spraying a face mist on top can help take away any harsh powdery or matte finishes.
My Top 5 Favourite Facial Mists
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Shop My Top Facial Mists
Clinique Moisture Surge Face Spray* – One of my all time favourites as mentioned in my greatest products edit. It contains glycerin (a humectant) and soothing aloe. They also offer an oil-free version for anyone who has oiler skin but still wants a hydration boost.
Dr Barbara Sturm Hydrating Face Mist* – Now this is a potent antioxidant rich formulation. It’s packed with ferments, prickly pear extract and hyaluronic acid. Great for most skin types and a brilliant powerhouse mist for your skincare arsenal.
Sarah Chapman Liquid Facial D-stress* – This is a powerful super mega moisturiser in a liquid format. Packed with a powerhouse of ingredients from peptides and antioxidants to an anti-pollution complex – it’s a brilliant mist for layering into your morning routine.
Omorovicza Magic Moisture Mist* – A brilliant pick if you have drier skin. It’s a bi-phase solution with a water base and an oil phase on top that you activate by shaking. This one is super nourishing and hydrating. Having the oil phase in this mist is clever as it really conditions dull, dry and mature skins that can feel super parched and tight. This truly is a magic mist!
Estee Lauder Micro Essence Aquaceutical Mist* – Honestly, I have several bottles of these on the go. It’s a very unique formulation in that it’s more of an essence/lotion in a misting format. I’m obsessed! It used to only be available duty-free so I would have to stock up. This is a soothing, hydrating, calming and refreshing mist that doesn’t irritate the skin (even if you have a sensitive eye area). It brings instant skin gratification!