Face Mists are a face must
Ask any skincare addict about face mists, and they will probably pull one from their handbag/desk/cosmetic case/thin air. It seems as though everyone is having a cheeky afternoon spritz to keep “fresh” and all beauty bloggers include it in their processes. They’re the hottest new beauty product on the block, but without knowing exactly what they are, face mists can become one of those enigmatic products you pretend to love without knowing exactly how or why it works. Let’s do our homework!
What’s a face mist?
Usually a small spray bottle, a face mist is a product which is sprayed onto the face liberally when needed to help hydrate, refresh, and revitalise the skin. You keep your eyes closed and hold your breath when you do it, and it can go over or under makeup.
Some people swear by it as a wonder potion, while others feel as though they are spraying pure water on their face.
Studies have discovered that that these mists can help to increase hydration levels in the skin with micro-droplets of water that penetrate the areas between skin cells. We recommend giving your face a quick wipe with micellar water to cleanse before applying face mist.
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Great, so how do I find the right face mist for me?
As always, be sure to spot test and do long term evaluations on products to make sure they are right for you. If you notice your skin starting to become irritated, then pull back on the face mist and try something else. Everyone’s skin is unique.
In order for the face mist to be effective, make sure to check that it contains humectant chemicals (chemicals that help to retain moisture). Check the ingredients list for key ingredients like lactic acid, glycerin, and hyaluronic acid.
Some face lists also have ingredients that help to seal in water. These ingredients include petrolatum, dimethicone, or mineral oil. These chemicals are known as occlusives, (which here means to block off or restrict) and they can temporarily smooth your complexion and help to minimise the appearance of lines and rough texture. They can also give you a more plumped up appearance. Throw in a dash of anti-inflammatories like aloe leaf or tea tree and you have got yourself some happy face mist.
So, all face mists are wonderful. Right?
Oh, how wrong you are, little face mist-less one. Like all beauty products, some are amazing and some may do more damage if they are not suited for you. If your mist is humectant and occlusive-free, then perhaps your mist is drying your skin rather than revitalising it. While the first spritz may feel refreshing, the skin is unable to cling onto the moisture without the humectants and the water quickly evaporates leaving ti dryer than before.
Some face mists also contain tonnes of alcohol. We suggest you steer clear of these harsh brews.
While a setting spray is a great way to keep your makeup in place, they are not to be confused with a face mist. The chemicals in setting spray tend to create a mask over the skin to hold the makeup on, and also ends up clogging the pores in the process. Setting sprays are good for every now and again, but should not take up residency in your bag.
Face mists not doing enough for you? Perhaps your skin is lacking in more than just moisture, perhaps it is thirsty (and not in the Tinder way of being thirsty, but more stuck-in-the-desert thirsty). Give it some life, and get pampered at the same time.
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Face Mists are a face must Ask any skincare addict about face mists, and they will probably pull one from their handbag/desk/cosmetic case/thin air. It seems as though everyone is having a cheeky afternoon spritz to keep “fresh” and all beauty bloggers include it in their processes. They’re the hottest new beauty product on the…