It seems like there’s a mist for everything ― hydrating, calming, soothing, moisturizing ―and many dismiss them as gimmicky bottles of fancy, (sometimes) scented water.
Then there are the prices, which can range anywhere from $4 to $90. However, a more expensive product doesn’t always equal a better product. So how do you know if they’re actually worth it? We have some answers.
What is the point of a face mist?
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. Plus, they make your skin feel better on a hot summer day or on a dry-air airplane or in the office.
Plenty of mists on the market have anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and hydrating properties that are similar to topical creams and gels. A cream or gel tends to provide a more robust layer than a ‘mist’ from a spray, so it is likely to work better. The nice thing about mists is that they are generally good for applying an even layer of product to the skin as they typically don’t have to be rubbed in.
Do you really need them in your skin care routine?
Technically, no. But that doesn’t mean you can’t or shouldn’t use them. Facial mists are essentially just spray versions of other products, which means they aren’t necessary but can have some benefits.
For example, if you are misting on a moisturizer, then yes, it can be helpful. Although not necessary, facial mists can add beneficial effects to your skin care regimen. Depending on the ingredients in the mist, benefits can include added hydration, improved absorption of moisturizer, smoother application of makeup, leading to more radiant skin.
What should you look for in a face mist?
As with any skin care product, mist ingredients and formulas are meant to target different issues.
If you’re looking to add some extra moisture to your skin with a mist, look for one with hyaluronic acid, which is known for its ability to hold 1,000 times its weight in water.
You can also find face oils, which are good moisturizers, in mist form. Facial oils have natural antioxidants and fatty acids that can help with anti-aging as well.
Rosewater ― another popular facial mist ingredient ― has anti-inflammatory properties that can calm irritated skin and target redness. Aloe is another great ingredient for soothing skin.
What about water mists?
You know how licking your lips when they’re chapped actually makes them even drier? That same logic applies to facial mists that are purely water, like Evian’s mineral water mist: If you’re spraying dry skin with water without doing anything else, you’re not really getting any moisturizing benefits.
Repetitive wetting and drying the skin can lead to dryness and further irritation.