Misting Addiction

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?

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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.

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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!

 

Thank you for stopping by!

March Madness

My March Empties

I tried really hard not to buy any new products in March.  I really did!  Sadly, I failed.

I did, however, succeed in finishing a few products.

Here are some empties that will be going in to the recycling bin.

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Ok, so while I am writing this, my husband just brought me a package from the mailbox.  It is from Leahlani Skincare.  More to come about that little treasure!  I guess April’s “no buy” policy is already broken.  Although, technically I bought it in March, so maybe I can still save April!

Anyway, back to my empties…

Acure Clarifying Shampoo and Conditioner.  I load up on shampoos and conditioners when Whole Foods and Sprouts have their body product sales. This one is a staple in our house.  I switch my shampoo every 2 weeks.  It is something I have done since I was in high school.  I feel like hair gets stagnant if you use the same products day in and day out.  There are some amazing nontoxic shampoos out there but they can get pretty pricey.  I like to alternate them with less expensive brands to keep my hair, and that of my 2 girls, looking healthy and clean, without killing my bank account.  These keep our long hair feeling clean, manageable and shiny, with plenty of volume.  Definite Repurchase!

Avéne Thermal Spring Water.  I bought this in July while I was on vacation.  My daughter made fun of me for buying a ‘can of water.’  I make a big deal in our house about paying for bottled water, so she thought it was a strange thing for me to buy.  Don’t get me started on the evils of bottled water!

I bought this in lieu of my usual Jane Iredale Hydration Mist.  I use it to set my makeup, hydrate a face mask or just mist my face whenever I feel like it.  It lasted a lot longer than I thought it would, which made it much more economical than the Jane Iredale.  Definite Repurchase!

Herbivore Rose Hibiscus Coconut Water Hydrating Face Mist.  This is a hydrating and calming spray that has a lovely fresh scent.  I have had it for a while but because I had two facial mists, I am just finishing it.  It is a great spray with a pretty good price point.  I would repurchase, but there are many other sprays I still want to try.

Per-féKt Lash Perfection Gel Mascara.  This is my favorite mascara and has been for quite a while.  I have tried many healthy mascaras and this is hands down the best for me.  It gives my length and thickness without smudging or clumping.  I have been buying the minis because they have just enough to be able to use it up before it gets cakey or flakey 😊, they are cheaper and I feel it is more hygienic.  Don’t tell anyone this, but the mini is 7ml and it is $10 vs $28 for full size, which is 13ml.  I already have two backups. Definite Repurchase!

Ilia Multi-Stick in Cheek to Cheek.  I think this is the first blush I have ever used up completely.  I scraped the bottom of the tube of this one.  Luckily it was just in time to switch up to a more spring time color.  I prefer a cream blush because I have such dry skin and I find the texture on these Ilia sticks is perfect.  It goes on so smoothly and blends flawlessly into my skin.  I already have my Ilia Multi-stick in a spring shade.  Definite Repurchase!

Tata Harper Replenishing Nutrient Complex.  Now called Retinoic Nutrient Face Oil.  This is a beautiful oil made from rose,  jojoba, apricot kernel and olive oils.  It smells wonderful and feels great on my skin.  However, there are many face oils out there that I have yet to try and with the price of this one, I probably won’t repurchase it for quite a while.

Laboratoires BioRecept Mousse de Peau. I wrote an entire post on this product, so you know I love it.  You can read it here.  Super creamy foam cleanser that hydrates, yet really cleans my skin.  I currently have a back log of facial cleansers, so I will not repurchase right away, but it is a keeper.  Definite Repurchase!

Evolvh Ultra Shine Moisture Shampoo.  I love this shampoo.  I also use the conditioner and love it just as much.  I just run out of shampoo before I run out of conditioner.  I have a thing about dirty hair, so I tend to use more shampoo than I need to.  It cleans my hair really well and leaves it shiny.  It doesn’t weigh it down, but also keeps it from looking frizzy.  I categorize it as one of the expensive brands, so I keep it in rotation with less expensive brands from Whole Foods.  I have found it less expensive at Nature’s Grocer, but they keep it way up high on a shelf in the corner.  I already have a backup bottle.  Definite Repurchase!

So, I have some more empties from March that I didn’t put in the photo.  I will post my thoughts on them later in the week.  I didn’t adhere to my “no buy” in March, but I definitely bought less and am happy that I was able to use up some products!