As spring starts to make way for summer, a reviving facial spritz is welcome on hot days, but the latest mists do more for your skin than just cool it down. In fact, they could be the missing step in your beauty regime.
"There are lots of benefits to using a face mist throughout the year," says Kerry Moore, who is co-founder of Amly Botanicals. "Spritzing over the skin after cleansing in the morning or evening will help prepare it for hydration, and improve the performance of your oil or moisturiser. It is also the easiest way to deliver nourishment to your complexion throughout the day without disturbing your make-up, and give you a fresh, radiant look."
These watery liquids are often like a traditional toner in appearance and texture, but instead of stripping the skin of natural oils, they add another level of hydration. "Traditional alcohol-based toners can cause what's called transepidermal water loss, which is one of the main causes of dryness, redness and sensitivity," says Claire Vero, founder of Aurelia Probiotic Skincare.
Instead, face mists 'tone' the skin, preparing it for the next step of moisture, but can also contain boosting benefits themselves. "Think about what might be missing from your beauty routine and seek out things that will help," advices Claire. "Antioxidants to mop up skin-ageing free radicals; hyaluronic acid to boost moisture; or peptides, which help restructure and smooth the complexion, improving radiance."
To repair and protect...
De Mamiel Dewy Facial Mist (£47, demamiel.com) is described as a 'serum in a mist'. "It's packed with potent ingredients, so not only does it hydrate, it repairs and protects as well," says creator Annee de Mamiel, who advises looking for additions in a mist that do more than simply refresh.
To refresh and brighten...
Pixi Vitamin Wakeup Mist (£16, marksandspencer.com) has a refreshing citrus scent from orange blossom water and grapefruit peel, but it also contains liquorice root to help brighten dull skin through the day.
Another product that's perfect both as a morning treatment or quick pick-me-up is Origins GinZing Energy-Boosting Treatment Lotion Mist (£18, origins.co.uk) – it revives with caffeine and ginseng, while antioxidant-rich pomegranate helps protect skin from damaging free radicals.
Estée Lauder Set + Refresh Perfecting Makeup Mist (£20, esteelauder.co.uk) reduces the powdery look make-up can give skin, creating a more dewy effect instead – and includes caffeine, which provides a radiance boost.
For blemish-prone skin...
Combination and blemish-prone skins can also benefit from a face mist, as some assist in reducing shine. Pai Rice Plant & Rosemary BioAffinity Skin Tonic (£30, paiskincare.com) is alcohol-free, so won't strip skin and encourage the excess production of sebum (which can lead to break-outs), plus it contains rosemary to help purify a congested complexion.
For dry skin...
Providing a surge of instant moisture, face mists are particularly useful on long car or plane journeys, or while working in the drying atmosphere of an office. B.Confident Hyaluronic Acid Facial Spritz (£7.99, superdrug.com) is a useful handbag-sized spray that will help skin stay hydrated wherever you happen to be.
To boost mood as well as skin...
Many face mists contain aromatic essential oils and flower essences, which can work to revive flagging spirits as well as tired complexions. "Not only do they treat the skin but they offer mood benefits to help uplift or soothe when you most need it," Claire Vero says.
With Aurelia Botanical Essences (£42, aureliaskincare.com) you can choose between Calming, with comforting notes of lavender, camomile and camellia, or Brightening, with a refreshing blend of grapefruit, lemon and geranium. Both are also packed with probiotic ingredients to restore balance to the skin's natural bacteria and support its repair process.
"Rose and jasmine are particularly beneficial," says Kerry Moore, who has included both in her Amly Silver Rich Facial Mist (£42, amlybotanicals.com), along with spring water that is naturally rich in skin-healing minerals, sourced from an organic farm in Sussex. The resulting scent is like a summer walk in the British countryside.
An important part of Korean beauty regimes, facial essences are starting to become popular in the UK. Instead of a cleanse-tone-moisturise routine, this type of skincare has as many as ten or more steps. Like face mists, essences are used after cleansing and before applying moisturiser or serum but are gently pressed or patted on, from the chin upwards.
"An essence is a lightweight oil formula, which infuses nutrients and moisture deep into the skin, helping it to retain moisture and restore the physiological balance," explains Margaret de Heinrich de Omorovicza, co-founder of Omorovicza. "I use an essence after toning ready for further skincare and make-up."
Choose your essence according to your particular need. Suitable for all skin types, Omorovicza Omoressence (£75, omorovicza.com) contains mineral-rich waters and natural ingredients that prevent harmful bacteria accumulating on the skin's surface and is ideal for sensitive or irritated complexions. Oily or combination skins will benefit from Erborian Sève de Bamboo Matte Powder Effect Essence (£42, erborian.co.uk), and Kiehl's nourishing Iris Extract Activating Treatment Essence (£36, kiehls.co.uk) is good for fine lines.
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