I am a serial mister. I mist in the morning. I mist in the evening. Sometimes I even mist in the middle of the day. I mist with my kids. I mist alone. I have even misted in my car and on airplanes. Heck, I misted on a train once and I am not ashamed to admit it! I mist prior to applying my serums, oils and balms, during the application, and occasionally I mist after. So now you know. I love to MIST!
I have quite a collection of misting sprays, because as I said, I LOVE TO MIST! So why should we use a mist as part of our skin care routine?
The spritz of a face mist feels refreshing, but there’s a lot more happening than that instant cooling sensation. There are water face mists and there are hydrating face mists. Mineral or Thermal water face mists don’t have any hydrating ingredients in them. They are just what they say they are….WATER. The idea is the water spritz will wet your face and hydrate it. The problem is, users rarely read the directions on the can, I mean really how much instruction do we need, HOLD the can with the NOZZLE toward your face and PUSH, right? Actually, no, the important part is blot off any excess. If you skip this important step, the water just evaporates and will actually leave your skin drier than you started. The instructions on the can tell you to “pat dry” after a few minutes. Who knew?
Your skin needs hydration and moisture to be healthy. Hydration refers to the amount of water in the skin. Products targeted at hydrating your skin, are designed to increase the water content in your skin. Think about the word dehydrated (lack of hydration) and you can invision a shriveled up raisin vs a plump juicy grape. Moisturizers are targeted at preventing transepidermal water loss, TEWL (the process by which water passes from inside your body out through the epidermis) by forming a barrier or protective seal on your skin to prevent water loss. Think about the word moisturize and you probably lean toward oily substances. Lack of moisture leads to dry skin. For healthy skin, you need to Hydrate first, then Moisturize. You need both to maintain healthy skin.
Hydrating face mists are designed to seep deep into your pores and deliver nutrients as an active part of your skin care routine. They are also great for cooling your skin, balancing your skin pH, setting your makeup, and offering a jolting pick me up.
Face mists work through a process called vasoconstriction, the narrowing of blood vessels. Misting our faces and generating vasoconstriction can accomplish many positive effects. It can help increase blood flow to the brain, regulate body temperature, and maintain homeostasis, which is the internal stabilization of physiological processes. But with the right ingredients, misting our faces can do much more than just boost our biological processes—it can actually nourish and enhance our complexions.
Vasoconstriction can help keep skin balanced and your complexion even. When the blood vessels in the face are dilated, your skin can appear red and blotchy.
A face mist with a base other than water is prefered. Here are some great options. Look for a face mist with a base of aloe vera, which has antioxidants, healing properties, and is 4x as penetrating as water. It not only penetrates the skin, it pulls moisture in along with it. It also has antimicrobial and antibacterial properties and contains antioxidants including beta-carotene and vitamins C and E.
Another great base for effective face mists is green and white tea. Tea delivers a boost of antioxidants and polyphenols. Antioxidants and polyphenols have been shown to decelerate the aging process by neutralizing free radicals, preventing them from damaging skin cells, and reducing inflammation.
Algae extract is another beneficial ingredient because it repairs cellular damage and prevents TEWL by improving skin barrier function.
Additional ingredients in mists like botanical oils and humectants will help keep skin hydrated and provide aromatherapy. There is a lot of debate and misinformation about Essential Oils on the internet these days and it gets quite confusing and combative. Wherever you are on the pro or con side of EO’s, you should read the post by Josh Rosebrook on Essential Oils. He is very knowledgeable and has links to actual scientific studies to help clear up questions about their use, safety, and benefits. Check it out here.
A nutrient rich face mist is a necessary addition to your skin care routine. So enough about ingredients, lets talk about some of my favorite face mists! I could write about so many, but I will save you having to read a 10 page blog post. I will try to narrow it down to a few favorites.
Josh Rosebrook Hydrating Accelerator – One spritz of this and you will understand why it has reached cult status! In a base of aloe vera leaf juice, it also contains evening primrose, marula, sea buchthorn, and calendula. It has a delicate scent and is so refreshing. It is made to enhance your regimen and will help your serums and oils penetrate more deeply and infuse your pores with nutrients. It is also a great price point and comes in a 2oz ($22) and a 4oz size ($35). You can check it our here.
Laurel Whole Plant Organics – LWPO makes 2 face mists (Elixers) Normal/Mature and Oily/Combination. I have mature, dry skin so I will share my experience with the Normal/Mature Elixer. This mist is in a base of Rose Hydrosol and as you can imagine, it smells divine. Laurel believes in using whole plant ingredients which makes for more powerful, nutrient dense formulas. This mist attracts and holds moisture in the skin while repairing damage and promoting healing with powerful ingredients like Calendula, Astragalus, and Helichrysum. Did I tell you how amazing this smells? The more I use LWPO products, the more I appreciate her ability to combine science and nature to achieve beautiful products that work. You can check the elixer here.
La Bella Figura Jardin de Fleurs Skin Revitalizer – This mist is a powerhouse of ingredients and is in a base of Jasmine Flower Water, Coconut Water, and Rose and CornFlower Water. It contains Hyaluronic Acid for intense hydration and leaves my skin plump and ready to absorb the rest of my skin care regimen. It has a light floral scent that I love. I am a huge fan of La Bella Figura products because they smell lovely and they work! You can read the entire list of ingredients and check it out here.
Amly Siver Rich Face Mist – This mist is a base of water, but it is Amly’s unique silver-rich spring water along with floral waters of Neroli, Geranium, and Lavender. It is a specialized mist because it also contains a long list of powerful ingredients to help support healthy sleep patterns. Who doesn’t need a healthier sleep pattern? It also contains a unique ingredient, Snow Algae, which “activates overnight collagen production and cellular repair to ward off signs of aging by boosting the skin’s longevity.” I find myself using it every night just before I go to bed. This mist has a beautiful floral scent that I find very calming and grounding. Perfect to lull me off to sleep! You can check it out here.
In Fiore Vitale Toning Facial Essence – This is an aloe-based toning mist that uses orange flower distillate and a long list of herbal infustions to protect your skin and maximize absorption of your serums and face oils. The nuanced fragrances of all of the In Fiore products are due to the formulator’s gift as a perfumeur. She has created a luxurious and effective experience following Asian cleansing rituals that she calls the 4-2-4 method. You can read about the method here by clicking on the “application” link. I find her products to be a luxurious reminder to pamper our skin. Her products make you want to take that time to create a ritual for yourself and use that as a sort of meditation and healing process. If you want to take your skin care to the next level, this is a great line to experience. You can check it out here.
May Lindstrom The Jasmine Garden – What can I say about ML that hasn’t already been written about? Even though this contains water, it also has witch hazel and colloidal silver to ensure the absorbtion of fat and water soluable vitamins. Like all of ML products, The Jasmine Garden stimulates all of your senses to create a true selfcare experience. I find myself misting myself with this beautiful spray just to smell its delicioius aroma. It not only makes my skin feel hydrated, it also elevates my mood and has a calming effect due to the presence of Jasmine. You can check it out here.
True Botanicals Renew Nutrient Mist – I did a full post on this Mist and the other True Botanical products I love and you can read it in its entirety here. If you don’t want to read the entire post, you can check out the mist here.
I hope I narrowed the list down enough that I didn’t overwhelm you. I tried to focus on the ones I use the most and also of note is that I am less likely to use a mist consistently if the sprayer is faulty. I like a fine, medium width spray. Is it weird that I focus on the spraying mechanism? Anyway, if you see a mist in the photo that you are curious about, don’t hesitate to ask me about it!
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