Don’t Underestimate the Face Mist — This Is Why You Need One
Jun 07, 2018
With all those sexy essences, toners, creams, and cleansers, it’s no wonder the face mist gets short shrift. But you’d be surprised at how much of a difference a face mist can make in your skincare life.
Out of all of the skincare products out there, I feel like the face mist is the one that kind of gets neglected and pushed to the side. Trust me, I get it. I remember when those Evian facial mists came out all those years ago and I laughed HEARTILY. Like, really? We’ve reached the point where we need to bottle water in an aerosol can and spray it on our faces? This is what the word has come to?
Turns out, there’s more to mists than meets the eye. There are actual benefits to keeping your skin hydrated 24/7, even if you have oily or combination skin.
Why do you need a mist in your skincare arsenal?
We often think of our skin in the morning and at night only — slathering on ampoules and essences and serums for like a total of 20 minutes a day. But what about the other hours of the day?
Your skin definitely can benefit from frequent hydration, and that’s where a mist comes in. You can keep a small bottle at your office desk or your purse and give yourself a few spritzes throughout the day. If you have dry skin, your skin will soak up all of that extra watery goodness to help hydrate it from the outside in. If you have oily or combination skin, a mist will help to continually balance your skin so you don’t end up too oily or too dry throughout the day. And as a bonus, frequent misting can help combat the effects of dust and pollutants in the air! Wins all around.
If you have dry skin
If you have dry skin, using a mist regularly will help you avoid the tragic, dull, flaky skin that you try so hard to combat. Do you have problems with your makeup creasing and getting patchy throughout the day? Well, a mist will help with that, too.
Look for mists that have ultra-nourishing and hydrating ingredients like the SanDaWha Camellia Flower Hydrating Mist, made with 92.52% camellia flower extract, designed to moisturize dehydrated skin. You can use it over your makeup to give yourself a healthy, dewy glow, or you can use it at the end of your skincare routine to give yourself a little hydrating boost.
If you have oily and/or acne-prone skin
Oily and acne-prone skin really benefit from mists formulated with small amounts of chemical exfoliants to help continually balance the skin. The COSRX Low pH Barrier Mist is a fantastic choice for oily, acne-prone skin since it’s made with 0.5% PHA (a very gentle chemical exfoliant) that keeps the pH of your skin balanced — and we know the key to dealing with oily skin is all about balance.
If you have issues with your skin getting extra oily throughout the day, look for mists that boast sebum-reducing properties like the Swanicoco Pore Care Tightening Glacier Mist. It has papaya extract and silica to help control oil production.
When else can you use a face mist?
Face mists are basically a mess-free way to get in all that extra hydration throughout the day. I love to use mine before I go to the gym for a lightweight dose of moisture. I also SWEAR by using mists during long haul flights. I am the airplane mist queen. My skin always gets ridiculously dry on flights, and by the end of the flight, my skin is wrecked from the airplane air. I end up being dry, patchy, and oily all at the same time. Frequent misting throughout the flight (pretty much any time I am awake) helps prevent some of that damage.
Do you love to use a face mist? Which one do you use and how do you use it? Let me know in the comments!
Sheryll Donerson got her start as a beauty writer by writing K-beauty reviews for her blog, The Wanderlust Project. These days, she's lifting heavy weights, eating tacos, drinking (too much) coffee and is 1/4 of the beauty podcast, Beauty Beyond Basics (or Triple Bees for short). You can find her on Instagram and Twitter at @sheryllrenata.