6 Ways to Use a Face Mist (& Why You Really Need One)

6 Ways to Use a Face Mist (& Why You Really Need One)

Face mists remind me of the days when I was new to the beauty game. Everyone was talking about how, like sheet masks, frequent use was necessary because it was very important to keep skin hydrated at all times. Whole Reddit threads were dedicated to which face mists were best, where to get them, and useful hacks like how to decant them into smaller mist bottles to make them purse-friendly. They’re a versatile product that can be used anytime and anywhere.

They’re kinda like the Chapsticks of skin care—you can buy multiples to store in your home, car, work desk, etc. They come in different configurations too. While the general idea is to boost hydration, formulations can be even more specific to target the needs of the consumer. I myself carry a bi-phase oil mist for the times when my face feels like it needs a refresh, as well as an SPF mist to ensure that I’m reapplying sun protection at appropriate intervals.

The allure of face mists doesn’t seem to have declined at all. If anything, more and more people are realizing just how vital they are, and the many ways they can be used for maximum benefit. To help you figure out how to fit one into your routine, here are six ways you can incorporate a face mist into your lifestyle, and how each method will bring you one step closer to healthier skin.

The allure of face mists doesn’t seem to have declined at all. If anything, more and more people are realizing just how vital they are.

 

As a Hydrating Pick-Me-Up

Picture this: It’s 2 PM, hours since your AM skincare routine, and a few more until you can wash your face and reapply your serums and moisturizers. Your face is feeling a little dry, but you can’t exactly reapply moisturizer. A face mist is the perfect way to infuse your skin with a dose of moisture without compromising any makeup or skin care you may have on. You don’t need a mirror either. Just aim the nozzle toward your face at a safe distance, and spray. You’ll be feeling refreshed in no time.

Look for one with ingredients like rosewater and hyaluronic acid for their hydrating properties.

 

 

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To De-Slick

Just as a hydrating mist can help infuse dry or dehydrated skin with much-needed moisture, it can work for oily skin types too, preventing the overproduction of sebum due to improved moisture balance.

Stay away from alcohol-laden face mists because they can dry out your skin and make matters worse. Choose one with safe, naturally-derived ingredients like the Caudalie Grape Water Mist.

 

 

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To Cool Off on a Hot Day

Summer is officially here, and depending on where you live, temps can soar, leaving you hot and uncomfortable. While a mist isn’t a shower in a bottle (side note: why hasn’t anyone created dry body wash?), a quick spritz on your face and neck will cool you down and offer a brief respite from the heat and humidity.

Reach for a face mist with cucumber, calendula, or green tea extracts for a splash of invigoration. Store one in areas where you’re most likely to need it, like in a gym bag for a post-shower refresh, in your car’s glove compartment, or in your beach bag.

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To Prep Skin for Makeup

It’s common knowledge that face primer is the pre-makeup step that gets your skin ready for base products like foundation and concealer. But what if I told you that using a mist before you applied primer could improve the adherence and longevity of your makeup even more. Products generally seem to absorb better when skin is damp, and primer is no exception. Using a mist will also create a more hydrated canvas on which to layer products for a smoother finish.

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Innisfree Green Tea Mineral Mist

 

To Fix Your Face

Ever look in the mirror after a few hours of wearing a full face of makeup and think your beat might look a little cakey? You can’t exactly start all over again, but the good news is that you can fix the issue with a good hydrating mist. It’ll soften the powdery look that stems from skin dehydrated by environmental effects and exacerbated by layers of makeup.

Another way to use a face mist to fix your makeup is to spritz lightly before a setting spray to tone down any possible cakiness that might result from setting any cream or liquid products with powder. It also works a treat when applied right before foundation, to help it blend better.

 

 

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Relax Before Bed

Some natural ingredients like chamomile and lavender have been proven to help with relaxation and improve sleep. Just like melatonin supplements, products like pillow sprays and aromatherapy oils are sleep aids created to be used externally to help you drift off to dreamland and get some restful sleep. By that logic, it makes sense that using a mist with the above-named botanicals can make it easy to get to and stay asleep. Try a product like Jurlique’s Lavender Hydrating Mist to finish off your bedtime routine and see if it helps you catch some major ZZZs.

 

 

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