Face mists have become a staple in many a beauty junkie’s top shelf. It seems like there’s a mist for everything ― hydrating, calming, soothing, moisturizing ― but the skin care skeptics of the world would likely dismiss them as gimmicky bottles of fancy, (sometimes) scented water.
SO WHAT IS A FACE MIST ANYWAY?
If you’re not familiar with them, face mists are liquids that you mist onto your skin via a spray bottle or atomizer. Most are packed with hydrating and soothing ingredients, although you can now find mists with more astringent properties, and even oil-absorbing powders. How and when you apply them is totally up to you. Besides acting as an instant pick-me-up, mists can be used in between your skincare steps, over and under makeup, and even to dilute other products.
WHAT IS THE POINT OF A FACE MIST?
To put it simply, there are different face mists for different skin care goals. Oftentimes, though, they’re advertised as being moisture-boosting or hydrating. Some people use facial sprays and mists to refresh their skin throughout the day, some use them in place of toner, and others use them as setting sprays on top of makeup.
Unique Ways To Use A Face Mist
As Soon As You Wake Up In The Morning
Splashing your face with cold water is not the only way to help wake yourself up in the morning. A few spritzes of face mist can have you feeling rejuvenated in no time! Plus, your skin will thank you for providing it with a healthy coat of nourishing ingredients such as vitamin C and coconut water.
To Smooth Out A Cakey Makeup Look
If you’ve used a little too much product when applying your makeup, you don’t have to remove it all. Instead, spritz your entire face with a mist, and then add some more over target areas that need work. Use your ring finger to tap and blend in the product until you see a more natural finish. You can also spray the product onto a makeup blender and dab it onto the areas that look cakey or patchy.
As A Toner Swap
In case you run out of toner or forget to pack one, you can easily use a face mist in its place to nourish and replenish the skin right after cleansing. Just spray a generous amount onto a cotton pad and gently massage it around your entire face.
A mist can even help to keep acne-prone skin in check. Rather than a hydrating mist, choose a clarifying mist, which will typically include mild acid exfoliants. Beta-hydroxy acids such as salicylic acid, betaine salicylate or willow bark water are most effective for deep-cleaning pores and preventing breakouts. Depending on your skin, this type of mist could be used instead of in addition to a daily leave-on acne treatment.
ARE FACE MISTS NECESSARY?
Okay, it may not be an essential step like cleansing and applying sunscreen. But mist is definitely a convenient way to give your skin an extra boost—and improve your makeup game.The key is to choose and use your mist wisely, making sure the product is packed with good ingredients and applied at the right time in your beauty routine. Besides its versatility, it is the instant gratification factor. One spritz, and right away your skin looks dewier, plumper and brighter. It might not be permanent, but that’s the great thing about face mists… you can spray them on again and again and again!