There’s a certain novelty in introducing a new skincare step to the arsenal, especially when it grows to have a hold on you. Maybe you catch yourself trying to stretch the shelf life of a product, or you start to look out for the best deals before adding to cart—all because you’re now aware this needs to be added to your rotation, stat. A solid skincare routine, after all, is the maestro of all the tricks and trades there are to know of in the beauty sphere. So forgive us when we say, there’s probably a hidden gem of a step that you’ve yet to incorporate just yet.
Enter: face mists. For starters, this is probably the most fun you’re going to have with your skincare—when else will you get an instant perk-me-up from just three seconds of your day? Not only is it a great way to tone up and boost hydration, but a spritz will also keep your face slightly damp and better prepped for the skincare or make-up steps to follow. In recent years, many of these formulations have also been improved to include calming antioxidants and nourishing ingredients such as aloe, mint and botanical extracts.
The best part? A face mist allows you to mist up liberally on the daily, as many times as you would like. So you can keep a bottle close by, even when you’re at your office desk or in your daily tote. It’s an easy skincare pitstop of sorts, and makes for a satisfying self-care moment no matter the hour. So we’ve rounded up some of the most refreshing face mists in the market, all of which are formulated to tackle the heat; combat visible redness; and leave you with an inner sense of calm. Spy the lot, below.
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Tatcha Luminous Dewy Skin Mist
For those with dry or really tight skin, Tatcha’s shelf offering is one that will leave your skin feeling soft and silky after a generous spray. With its signature blend of Okinawa Mozuku algae and hyaluronic acid, this mist is sure to up your skin’s hydration and moisture retention levels. Combined with Tatcha’s proprietary complex Hadasei-3™ that is a blend of rich antioxidants, a simple spritz will go a long way in combating free radicals, detoxifying the skin and aiding in overall protection of the skin barrier.
Tatcha Luminous Dewy Skin Mist, $82, available at Sephora
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Cle Lifting Mist
If you’re constantly on the lookout for products that are cruelty-free, vegan and free from toxins, then this is for you. With Cle Cosmetics’s Lifting Mist, it doubles up as a toner that hydrates and lifts the skin. A formulation that feels extremely lightweight on the skin’s surface, it is concocted with a powerful moisturising ingredient, the snow mushroom, which instantly tightens your complexion for a plumped-up appearance too.
Cle Lifting Mist, $57, available at Ksisters
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Laneige Cream Skin Refiner Mist
Plump up well with this baby from Laneige—one that will give you a radiant glow after spritzing it on. Highly-raved by beauty aficionados everywhere, this fragrance-free pick is a long-lasting formulation that will keep your skin moist and hydrated all throughout the day. Whilst it has a milky base, it breaks into a fine, barely-there mist once sprayed on and quenches the skin’s depleted moisture levels, especially midday when your skin is feeling weary and tired from external pollutants. Whilst it is a cream base, it does not feel greasy and is hence suitable for various skin types.
Laneige Cream Skin Refiner Mist, $35, available at Sephora
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Mario Badescu Facial Spray
It’s a cult classic for good reason. This aloe-infused spray is an infusion of calming botanicals such as chamomile, lavender, cucumber or rosewater, all of which are meant to soothe the skin provide a spot of lightweight hydration on any given day. After a spritz, it leaves the skin with a slight dewy finish, and settles down into the skin layer. With its affordable price point, many also use this as a means of keeping tresses moist and easy to style.
Mario Badescu Facial Spray, $14, available at Sephora
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Holika Holika Good Cera Super Ceramide Mist
We’re talking lots of protection from the world’s environmental stressors and pollutants. In addition to the ceramides it contains as part of the brand’s Ceramides line, its ingredient list also features centella asiatica, which is highly-lauded to tackle skin redness, bring balance to skin pH levels, improve elasticity and soothe inflamed or acne-plagued skin. There’s also the inclusion of the ilmus avidiana root extract, a herbal plant that is a protective active against UV-induced radiation. Add to that, its lightweight, watery texture has earned it its lauded status in South Korea.
Holika Holika Good Cera Super Ceramide Mist, $27, available at Lookfantastic
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Caudalie Beauty Elixir Face Mist
For a luxurious, silky finish on your skin, this Caudalie number will work wonders. With one spritz, a spa-like sensation will take over—making this the one to count on every time you’re in need of some momentary self care. It’s also reliable for prepping skin just before you apply your make-up, acting as a priming alternative before you go in with your base. For the fragrance-inclined, not only will you be left with a definitive glow, but you’ll also be ensconced in a meld of natural scents such as mint and rosemary, considering its inclusion of botanical essential oils.
Caudalie Beauty Elixir Face Mist, $75, available at Sephora