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June 7, 2018

Don’t Underestimate the Face Mist — This Is Why You Need One

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.


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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.


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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.


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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.




I brought the Cosrx mist with me while traveling and it saved my skin! It's so refreshing and helped my skin absorb my serum which was much needed after a ton of flights and train trips.

Miranda Rico

Mists are my whole, entire life. I can't live without them. How DID I live without them?!

My everyday mist is 107oneoseven's Rose Vinegar Water; it's mild enough to blend with skincare or set makeup, and feels wonderful throughout the day. If I'm trying to look like a dewy queen (which is always), Etude House's Ion Water Coconut Moisturizing Serum Mist — what a NAME — does the trick + smells like heaven. Innisfree's Jeju Lava Seawater Mist is my favorite for no-makeup days because it has the teeniest hint of oily slip (but nothing crazy) + smells like I'm in... Read more


Sorry if this is a dumb question but how does one mist without messing up makeup and sunscreen? I feel like the moisture would make those layers run


Actually that's the genius of face mists. The mists usually are quite fine and create a fine layer on the skin. The mists I use never disturb my makeup. It just gives me a fine dewy layer.


I have 100% boarded the mist hype train! I am loving the Cosrx Low pH PHA - the packaging is gorgeous and I find using it before actives has really improved performance.


that cosrx mist is my lifeline! It's SO good.


Thanks for singing the praises of mists, sheryll. I\'m a mist-a-holic. It\'s hot and dry most of time where I live and work (SoCal), so I\'ve been misting for decades. Before I found AB, I used rosewater or orange blossom water. They\'re still in my arsenal, but I\'ve been using The Lotus (Lotus Leaf & Lemon Mist) the most lately. I just ordered the new Sulwhasoo FCAS mist, and they recommend spritzing it in between layers of skincare, which is something I periodically do as well. I confess to spritzing my hands before applying squalane oil as... Read more


Oh, good idea! I've used some of my other face products on my hands (especially in winter) but never thought of trying a mist.


Whenever I have a product that won't sink in (or is too sticky), I try applying it on damp skin (not Vitamin C or tretinoin, though, since that usually irritates my skin). I also use an inexpensive hydrating toner on my arms and hands before I apply my body lotion. Works like a charm!


Yeah, tret on damp skin is usually a big no in by book because of the potential really enhance the irritation/redness, but before facial oils, creams, basically anything else I'm definitely a big big fan of. Makes a huge difference!


Yep! This is one addition to my routine that actually saves me time. It sounds crazy, but that little spritz makes ampoules and serums sink it super fast.


misting between skincare steps is a MOOD. Such a great idea!


can be useful. Try using COSRX Low pH PHA Barrier Mist


As a certified mist-a-holic I’ve become quite selective from trying everything to honing into ones that do not contain water as the main ingredient. I’ve just purchased the SanDaWha Camellia Oil Mist and it ticks every mist box, my love of nurturing camellia three types, glycerin and to my delight the 4th ingredient is niacinamide!! This is my new favourite mist. Others are Manyo Factory Rose Mist, tweaking FTE’s into mists and making my own super charged hydration mists for long hauls or funnsies. I’m lucky to have dry skin because I can layer, mist and experiment with oils. Misting... Read more


I am buying that sandawha mist IMMEDIATELY omg


My mistake was buying one only! I use it on my face and décolletage, you’ll love it 💕


That makes me want to order the SanDaWha mist right away, but I made myself a promise to wait for my two previous orders to arrive first, before I go and order more x_x


Good idea! I just bought a few things yesterday then woke up to today’s daily deal and freaked. I’ve wanted to try both of these so I’m trying to get them tacked on. But I did get a back up mist 😉


Good luck on that! <3
The deals on here are alwas so tempting, and it's so easy and fun to give in to temptation and order again and again. My bank account resents this :D


Such a genius idea — tweaking your FTE into a mist. I've gotta try that, especially with the Missha FTE, which I thought was just meh (probably because of the reformulation).


I tried face mists in the past but I never got obsessed with them.


I grew up with the can of Evian in the fridge because I live in Australia. I only got into them when I realised instant hydration needed more than 100% thermal water. Plus working in an office sucks ohh and sucks my moisture out so I mist mist happy feels ☺️


I also live in Australia but i never got into face mists. I'll try them again in the future


I've never tried any mists I've always thought that there not very good. the closest I come to mists was the La Roche-Posay spring water spray, which had no good effect and I over sprayed it :) But from reading this article and some other once too, I might invest!!!


Water based mists although cooling literally suck out your skins natural sebum. They dehydrate your skin. I’m biased mists are my cheap and easy hydrating and glow getting tool!!


Water based mists actually can keep on your skin hydrated depending on the ingredients in it! A well formulated mist will have a water component but will have a humectant(s) as well to help keep that water in your skin


I use the Sandawha camellia hydrating mist after my active wait times since my face dries out and doesn’t take the toner as well. I need to get in the habit of doing it at the office too.