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!

Is Dry Skin a Thing of the Past?

Josh Rosebrook Vital Balm Cream and Advanced Hydration Mask

IMG_5672I received these samples with a Beauty Heroes purchase recently and I cannot tell you how excited I was.  These were pre release samples which I knew where going to be special.

I have not made a secret of the fact that I love Josh Rosebrook products.  From the quality of the ingredients, to the science behind them, to the maker himself.  I have never had the pleasure of meeting Josh Rosebrook, but I have read his manifesto on his website along with the many informative pages that give insight into who he is and what he wants to create as a brand.  I have come to admire and respect him for what he is bringing to the market to share with us and also for the knowledge he shares with us about what goes into his products.

I hear comments all the time about how expensive green beauty products are and that they don’t always work as well as conventional products.  I find this so very frustrating and it always comes from someone who is either close minded or is uneducated about green beauty.

On his instagram feed, he talks about the importance of quality ingredients and the value of buying from a brand that values raw, handcrafted organic ingredients used in a way to maximize their effectiveness.  He helps us understand what you are paying for.  I have always been a believer in the mantra, “you get what you pay for,” and this has never been more true than it is today in the world of green beauty.  I have discovered some of the most amazing skincare products and cosmetics that have high performance and are made from organic and wildcrafted plants, herbs and oils without the potentially harmful fillers, stabilizers or preservatives used in conventional products.  You know who is making these products and how much love and passion they put into bringing them to us.  They even carefully select packaging that respects our planet.

Let’s start with the Advanced Hydration Mask.  The pretty color is the first thing I noticed.  It is what I refer to as seafoam green.  It smells faintly of lavender and vanilla.  It is thick and feels a little grainy from little bits of solid plant butters that soften and melt easily when it makes contact with the skin.  The instructions for use are to mist your face and apply the mask while your skin is still damp.  Leave it on for 15-25 minutes and remove it with a dry, clean cloth.  I have followed Mr. Rosebrook’s instructions and this mask has been a game changer for my skin.  I have chronic, dry skin, but that may be a thing of the past with these 2 products.  Truth be told, many nights I do not follow the instructions and I just leave the mask on all night.  I wake up with very hydrated skin.

This mask is made with the finest collection of organic wildcrafted and non GMO plant butters, extracts and oils.  It contains a ‘botanical hyaluronic acid’, Indian Senna Seed Extract, and partly gets its pretty color from Blue Tansy and Chamomile essential oils.

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The full ingredient list is:

*Shea Butter, *Mango Seed Butter, *Aloe Vera Leaf Juice, *Indian Senna Seed Extract (Botanical Hyaluronic Acid), *Sunflower Seed Oil, *Avocado Oil, *Jojoba Seed Oil, *Evening Primrose Oil, Candelilla Wax, *Ashwagandha Flower Extract, *Turmeric Root Extract, *Rose Hips Flower Extract, *Goji Berry Fruit Extract, *Calendula Extract, *Black Cohosh Root Extract, *Elderberry Extract, *Bladderwrack Extract, Marshmallow Root Extract, *Ginger Extract, *Fenugreek Extract, *Chickweed Extract, *Licorice Root, *Raspberry Leaf Extract, *Dandelion Extract, *Sage Extract, *Eyebright Extract, *Milk Thistle Extract, *Rose Petal Flower Extract, *St. John’s Wort Extract, *Cat’s Claw Extract, *Cinnamon Extract, *Lavender Flower Extract, *Ginkgo Biloba Leaf Extract, §Xanthan Gum, §Potassium Sorbate, Blue Tansy Essential Oil, Blue Chamomile Essential Oil, Lavender Essential Oil, Rose Essential Oil, Frankincense Gum Oil.

*CERTIFIED ORGANIC, †ORGANIC, ‡WILDCRAFTED, §NON-GMO PLANT SOURCED

The second product that my skin is soaking up is the Vital Balm Cream.  This cream is so lovely.  It is a beautiful pastel blue and has a slight herbaceous scent.  It is thick and creamy but melts into the skin quickly.  Mr. Rosebrook describes it as a “uniquely powerful moisturizer that combines the occlusive benefits of a balm with the absorption and luxury finish of a cream” and I think you cannot improve on that accurate description.   This magical balm can be applied over your serum.  You only need a small amount to get an incredible amount of hydration.  It leaves a very slight oil residue for a short time after application.  It works beautifully under makeup.  This balm has a similar ingredient list as the mask, full of rich plant butters and oils as well as ‘botanical hyaluronic acid’ and broccoli seed oil.

The full ingredient list is:

*Aloe Vera Leaf Juice, *Mango Seed Butter, *Honey, *Indian Senna Seed Extract (Botanical Hyaluronic Acid), *Shea Butter, *Olive Oil, *Avocado Oil, *Jojoba Seed Oil, *Borage Seed Oil, *Evening Primrose Oil, *Sea Buckthorn Oil, *Vitamin E, Broccoli Seed Oil, *Witch Hazel Extract, *Ashwagandha Flower Extract, *Turmeric Root Extract, *Rose Hips Flower Extract, *Goji Berry Fruit Extract, *Calendula Extract, *Black Cohosh Root Extract, *Elderberry Extract, *Bladderwrack Extract, *Marshmallow Root Extract, *Ginger Extract, *Fenugreek Extract, *Chickweed Extract, *Licorice Root, *Raspberry Leaf Extract, *Dandelion Extract, *Sage Extract, *Eyebright Extract, *Milk Thistle Extract, *Rose Petal Flower Extract, *St. John’s Wort Extract, *Cat’s Claw Extract, *Cinnamon Extract, *Lavender Flower Extract, *Ginkgo Biloba Leaf Extract, *Gum Arabic, §Xanthan Gum, §Potassium Sorbate, Blue Tansy Essential Oil, Ylang Ylang Essential Oil, Lavender Essential Oil, *Vanilla Extract.

*CERTIFIED ORGANIC, †ORGANIC, ‡WILDCRAFTED, §NON-GMO PLANT SOURCED

These two products may very well cure me of my chronic dry skin.   These products are game changers, so I wouldn’t wait too long to get them!  You can check them out here.