Any self-respecting beauty junkie worth her salt will definitely have a bottle or two on her vanity shelf and her work desk, not to mention carrying it around with her wherever she goes. The humble little bottle does not seem like much, but packs a wallop with various beauty benefits. On a hot day, it ‘quenches’ your skin. Or perhaps you are fighting the midday slump at the office and just a spritz is all it takes to keep you awake.
There are always going to be two camps of thought for any beauty product: The staunch advocates and the naysayers. So the question we want to ask is: Are face mists really just overpriced fancy water in a spray can, or do they really work? To answer that question, let’s take it from the top and find out what face mists are exactly.
The Lowdown on Face Mists
Want to have dewy skin? Use a face mist. Much like releasing a genie in a bottle and having it fulfil your wishes (like Aladdin and the genie), face mists are the answer to achieving a dewy skin look (even if they are just a temporary fix).
Face mists are the easiest way to refresh and rehydrate your skin, without having to dunk your face in water or looking like you have just stepped out of the shower with your clothes on. Most face mists are packaged in larger spray bottles, with many brands selling the travel-size version, so you can bring it around with ease and convenience.
In Korea, it is not uncommon to see women and men alike, whipping out their face mists in the middle of the day for a quick spritz. Other than hydrating the skin, there are face mists for every skin concern imaginable — calming, soothing, moisturising, you name it, they are available. You can use it during your skincare routine before your make-up, or at the last step after your make-up is done, as a setting spray.
Not Just Water in a Bottle
So no, you cannot be spritzing water at your face and thinking it works the same way as face mists, just because “it is still water”. Face mists are formulated with humectant ingredients like hyaluronic acid, lactic acid and glycerin that help to keep the face moisturised.
A humectant is an ingredient that prevents the loss of moisture and ‘binds’ moisture to your face. (Of course, bear in mind that there are also some face mists out there that do not contain humectant ingredients or contain alcohol that can even dry out your skin.) Water, on the other hand, evaporates on the skin surface, which can lead to dryness. So you should not be getting ‘water-only’ face mists, because they decrease the skin barrier and skin lipids.
Not All Face Mists Are Created the Same
Not all face mists work for all skin types. You will need to choose the right mist for your skin type and skin concerns:
For Dry Skin
Dry skin type users should look for mists that contain hyaluronic acid and squalane, as these ingredients boost hydration and keep your skin cells plumped with moisture. These mists can help to hold in the moisture and repair the damaged skin barrier.
For Oily & Acne-Prone Skin
Look for oil- and silicone-free face mists that prevent clogged pores and oil buildup. Ingredients like rose water, green tea, tea tree and aloe vera are effective against inflamed skin, and can help to soothe acne-prone skin and minimise redness.
For Normal & Combination Skin
Normal and combination skin type users, lucky you! You can use any face mist that contains hyaluronic acid, rose water or any antioxidants.
For Mature Skin
There are face mists with anti-aging benefits too. Check out face mists that contain pearl extract, as it can help to reduce the appearance of age spots. Ingredients like tea extract, vitamins C and E, pomegranate extract and grapeseed extract will also help with anti-aging.
How Often Should You Use Face Mists?
You can mist at any time, anywhere, during the day or night, for that matter. As mentioned earlier, if you are using the right kind of face mist, there are no hard and fast rules about the number of times you can mist.
So, Are Face Mists Worth Your Money?
You do not have to stick to just one type of face mist. Our skin changes with the weather, our hormones and even our stress levels can affect our skin. So you can have a variety of face mists that suit your skin at any point in time.
While face mists should not replace any of the essential products in your skincare routine, as they are more of a instant gratification and pick-me-up fix, incorporating them into your product stash is not such a bad idea after all. Furthermore, they are so convenient to bring around, as the travel-size spray bottles do not take up much space in your bag.