We’re just going to come out and say it—face mists are underrated. Seriously underrated. Sure, they’re good for a fragrant mid-day pick-me-up, but couldn’t you do the same thing with, well, chilled water? Quite simply put: no.
We’ve started noticing a whole new slew of face mists that do a lot more than just wake up your skin—no, these high-tech unsung heroes do everything from mattify to exfoliate. We’re getting up on our soapbox today to make a case for face mists—click ahead to find out how they can save your skin!
If the thought of spritzing yourself with the hatching fluid from baby salmon sounds ridiculous, allow us to explain. Restorsea’s Recharging Finishing Mist ($100), and every item in the line, contains Aquabeautine XL, a potent natural enzyme that promotes gentle exfoliation and brightening—like your favorite glycolic acid product, without the sensitivity and redness. One spritz will leave your skin hydrated, soft, and glowing.
We’ve already talked about all the reasons we love Tatcha products—their super-hydrating Dewy Skin Mist ($48) is no exception. It’s made with moisturizing ingredients like squalane and red algae, and it totally free of mineral oil, parabens, synthetic colors and fragrances. Give your parched skin a spritz and prepare for compliments, immediately.
Ole Henriksen’s African Red Tea Face Mist ($28) is the equivalent of submerging your face in a bowl of ice water—with the pore-tightening benefits and without the shiver factor. The African red tea strengthens your skin’s outer layer, calms, and soothes, while mandarin, orange, and tangerine extracts purify and wake up tired skin.
We’ve already covered all the beauty benefits of rose, so why not add a potent rose-based mist to your regimen to calm and refresh? Jurlique’s Rosewater Balancing Mist Intense ($65) is made with a unique organic blend of five—yes, five—different previous rose extracts to hydrate and soothe your skin. Other notable ingredients: marshmallow extract, an amazing humectant that softens and fights dryness, and aloe vera, which calms inflammation.
Lather’s Cucumber & Ginseng Facial Mist ($14) is totally alcohol-free and made with cooling ingredients like cucumber, ginseng, and algae extracts. In other words: great news for your sensitive skin and redness problem.
Face mists aren’t just for people with dry skin—they’re also great for oil control. The Pore Medic Pore Minish Mist ($30) from Dr. Jart + contains detoxifying mineral water and a patented herb complex to tighten your pores and fight oiliness. Another standout ingredient? Witch hazel, which calms and detoxifies. Replace your powder compact with this facial mist and expect a more natural matte finish.
Is including two rose-based mists in this list excessive? No, no it’s not. We love the Rosewater Uplifting Spray ($32) from Beauty Counter because 1.) the name is amazing and 2.) the ingredients list is incredibly short. Organic rose essence and purified water will give your skin a dewy glow, and put you in a better mood.