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December 11, 2020

Why You Need a Facial Mist In Your Skincare Routine

What’s the purpose of a face mist, and do you really need one? Here’s your chance to learn more about this multitasking product. 


Not all skincare products are essential, but that doesn’t mean they can’t still be beneficial. For example, while you wouldn’t want to go without moisturizer or sunscreen (if you still think daily SPF protection can be skipped, you’ve got some major catching up to do), some experts argue that eye cream and toner aren’t must-haves. But that’s not to say you shouldn’t use them if they work for you—or if you simply enjoy including them in your routine. The same can be said about face mists: are they essential? Probably not. Can your skin benefit from them? Absolutely! Let’s dive a little deeper into the topic. 


Face mists
Face mists, are they essential?


What Is A Face Mist?


A mist is a very fluid skincare product designed to add hydration into your skin. It can also offer other benefits depending on the ingredients included in the formulation: you’ll find calming mists with centella asiatica, brightening mists with niacinamide, antioxidant mists with vitamin C, and super-hydrating mists with more than one type of hyaluronic acid and even oils. There are even SPF mists that can help with sunscreen reapplication!


What To Look For In A Face Mist


If you have specific skincare goals, look for a mist containing ingredients that can help you achieve them. For example, if your skin is easily irritated, look for soothing ingredients like green tea extract or aloe vera. In the market for some brightening action? Go for one with vitamin C or niacinamide (vitamin B3). Want to reduce the appearance of your pores? Try a mist with witch hazel or lactic acid. 


Aside from ingredients, you’ll want to pay attention to the actual spray nozzle on different mists to figure out what you like. In my opinion, the finer the mist, the better: you want a spritz that is strong enough to cover your face (and not feel like the product is just dispersing into the air) but doesn’t leave your skin feeling wet. 


How Does A Mist Differ From A Toner?


They’re not that different when you think about it. Both toners and mists are designed to add hydration, while sometimes offering additional benefits depending on the ingredients in the formula. While different products in the same category can vary in texture and consistency, face mists can also serve as lighter toners, with a mist applicator. I’ve even turned some of my favorite toners into mists by screwing a spray nozzle onto the bottle. Easy and effective!


But while you’d typically only use toner right after cleansing your skin (whether you opt for a single toner or several, and apply one or multiple layers), you can get a little more creative with a mist because of its versatile applicator.


face mists


When And How To Use A Face Mist


One of the best things about mists is that there are many ways to use them. They come in different varieties boasting good-for-your-skin ingredients, but most of them focus on hydration. And whose skin doesn’t need a little more of that? Here are five ways to use them:


  • In lieu of toner, right after cleansing your face. A great way to give your skin a first dose of hydration!


  • For a midday pick-me-up. It feels refreshing and makes a difference when it comes to keeping your skin hydrated throughout the day. I like to keep an assortment of mists in a tray on my desk for easy access.


  • To set your makeup. When applied as a last makeup step, a face mist can help your masterpiece stay put, all the while boosting your skin’s hydration levels. 


  • Mid-flight. Airplanes (remember those?) are low-humidity environments, which explains why your skin is often parched once you get to your destination. Misting regularly during the flight is a good way to provide your skin with that much-needed hydration without actually touching it.



  • Right before bed. Why not keep a mist on your nightstand for one last spritz of hydration right before bed? A lavender mist can help calm your senses and put you in the mood for some zzzs while helping prepare your skin for nighttime, which is when it kicks into repair mode. 



A Few Good Mists


Ready to get misting? I thought so. Here are some of my favorite mists, and others that are on my “want” list.


CHOBS Organic Rosemary Mist


Douse your skin with moisture and nutrients thanks to organic rosemary leaf water and arginine (said to fight free radicals and help boost collagen production). This is a lovely fine mist spray and the scent is energetic and refreshing. The perfect pick-me-up any time of day.


CHOBS Organic Rosemary GOUN Mist
CHOBS Organic Rosemary GOUN Mist 100ml – $25


Innisfree Jeju Cherry Blossom Mist


Infused with cherry blossom leaf extract, niacinamide, and betaine, this mist’s job is to give your skin the ultimate glow and a dewy finish while providing it with a good dose of hydration. Sounds like an ideal addition to any skincare routine!


Innisfree Jeju Cherry Blossom Mist
Innisfree Jeju Cherry Blossom Mist – $16


Rare Beauty by Selena Gomez Always An Optimist 4-in-1 Prime & Set Mist


This fine bi-phase mist has a light herbal scent that makes it refreshing not only for the skin, but also for your senses. It mixes niacinamide, sodium hyaluronate, and a soothing blend of botanicals to hydrate, soothe, and nourish. Use it as part of your skincare routine, or under or over makeup; it’s one of my personal favorites. 

Rare Beauty by Selena Gomez Always An Optimist 4-in-1 Prime & Set Mist


Sulwhasoo First Care Activating Serum Mist


I love, love, love the Sulwhasoo Fist Care Activating Serum, so I think it’s a fair assumption that I would equally enjoy the mist version. That wonderful herbal fragrance. That beautiful blend of peony, sacred lotus, and white lily (and more!). That elegant bottle. And the hydrating water-oil formula can be used throughout the day.


Sulwhasoo First Care Activating Serum Mist
Sulwhasoo First Care Activating Serum Mist – $70


Caudalie Beauty Elixir


The Caudalie Beauty Elixir has a cult following and is a classic choice when it comes to beauty mists (it’s also one of my longtime favorites). With plant extracts and a mix of essential oils, it tones, refreshes, smooths, and brightens the skin for an invigorating experience with every spritz! 

Caudalie Beauty Elixir
Caudalie Beauty Elixir


COSRX Cooling Aqua Facial Mist


This fine mist by famous K-beauty brand COSRX offers a cooling effect while hydrating the skin thanks to aloe barbadensis leaf water and centella asiatica leaf water (revered for its healing and calming properties). And it’s a super affordable option, too. This one’s going onto my “buy soon” list.


COSRX Cooling Aqua Facial Mist
COSRX Cooling Aqua Facial Mist – $15


Omorovicza Queen of Hungary Mist


I’ve never met a finer mist than this one, and I want to keep it in my routine forever. This is the bottle I keep close to me for multiple misting sessions daily—especially when the air is dry (hello, Montreal-level winter heating) and my skin needs hydration. And its neroli and rose scent is simply sublime.

Omorovicza Queen of Hungary Mist
Omorovicza Queen of Hungary Mist


Are face mists part of your skincare routine? What’s your all-time favorite? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

Mariève has been writing about beauty online and in print for over 10 years. Half-Canadian and half-Japanese, she loves that being a freelance beauty writer gives her the opportunity to explore the cosmetics landscape from Montreal all the way to Tokyo. Also on her mind at any given moment: cats, music, figure skating, food, and her next trip to Japan. You can find her (and her beauty illustrations!) on Instagram at @by.minoue.




Verified Expert

I love facial mists I bring one everywhere with me! The Caudalie beauty elixir has been a favorite of mine for years it has so many uses! It tones the skin minimizing the appearance of pores, sets makeup, refreshes makeup throughout day, hydrates, its antibacterial so its amazing for traveling and flying. With masks being mandatory most places now spraying your mask with this will help to kill bacteria and prevent the dreaded mask-acne! I look forward to trying some of these other amazing mists!

Love the Caudalie Beauty Elixir! The scent is so fresh and invigorating :)


Verified Expert

Ah, the Sulwhasoo FCAS mist! When I bought my first bottle, I thought the price was excessive ... until I used it. That atomizer sets the bar for all other misting products in my opinion. Being bathed in that scent is heaven, and although I try to refrain from using it every day, there's always a bottle on my desk. Great pick! P.S. It's my favorite mist for spritzing in between skincare layers.

The Sulwhasoo First Care Activating Serum Mist is high on my list of products I'd like to try. And great tip! I just recently started adding a layer of mist between skincare steps and I find it's really made a difference!


Verified Expert

I'd love to claim that tip as my own, but I probably owe @Jude Chao or @cocopark. They were instrumental in helping me find my way in K-beauty back in 2015. The tip has served me well, especially when dealing with stickier serums. Seriously, take it off your wish list. Just buy it. You'll never go back. :) Thanks for another good read. If you're a fude fan, I'd love to know which brushes you're using. I'm a Chikuhodo girl, myself (but the new Sonia G. minis are dreamy, too). Happy New Year!


Verified Expert

A very cool article to read! Caudalie is one of my favs.

Same here! Glad you enjoyed the article :)


Verified Expert

I just started using a facial mist in my routine. I've been using the Sandawha Camellia Brightening oil mist as a setting spray for that overall glow. Great info on some others I need to try!

I still haven't tried anything by SanDaWha but I've heard great things. Thanks for the recommendation!


Verified Expert

Oh I love this article so much!!! I live for a great face mist! There is always one on my makeup stand, in my purse and at work! I love a lil afternoon refresher! As a makeup artist, I typically start and end each client with a facial mist.... starting with one really helps prep the skin and ending with one gives a beautiful healthy finish!!!! There are a couple of the ones you mentioned that I have no tried.... they are now going on my wish list 💗

Great article!!! Thanks so much!

Thanks so much for your feedback! Mists are so versatile; I love how you can use them basically any time in your routine and they are so multi-functional. So awesome!