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When it comes to getting dewy, glowing, noticeably clearer skin in seconds, nothing beats a face mist. My love affair with face sprays has been long and unwavering. On my first day at GRAZIA, I lined up my essential mists on my desk before I even turned on my computer (ICYWW, the line-up included the facial-in-a-bottle La Mer The Mist, the classic Jurlique Rosewater Balancing Mist, and TonyMoly Pocket Bunny because: cute.) This mild obsession was validated on a recent trip to Seoul on Korean Air; there was mini hydrating spray in the in-flight amenity kit. So essential is a mist to the beauty-obsessed Koreans that their national airline has rated it as vital as a toothbrush. These were my people.
“In the morning a mist will keep your skin evenly hydrated and stop those unpleasant dry, flaky patches you can get, which are even more obvious under foundation,” says Emma Hobson from The Dermal Skin Institute. Beyond the AM, however, go for a supercharged formula to target your different skin concerns. Counteract hours in skin-killing AC with a hydrating blend. Refresh makeup with a floral formula. Feel a breakout coming on? Opt for something with antibacterial qualities. Citrus is uplifting when a deadline is looming but when it comes to warding off wrinkles, it has to be all about antioxidants.
From anti-ageing and brightening to redness reducing or makeup setting, here are seven ways to updates your face mist arsenal, no matter your specific skin issue.
Rich in antioxidants to fight free radicals and collagen boosting compounds for an instant firming effect
DERMALOGICA, ANTIOXIDANT HYDRAMIST, $58. SHOP NOW
Light and hydrating
With coconut water, argan oil and vitamin B5 to deeply quench dehydrated skin.
JOSIE MARAN COSMETICS NIRVANA HYDRATING TREATMENT MIST, $60. SHOP NOW
Tea tree clarifies, decongests and controls shine.
LUSH, TEA TREE WATER, $19.95. SHOP NOW
Eight hours of sleep in a bottle
Spiked with plumping hyaluronic acid and brightening vitamin C, this stuff is the easiest way to fake a full night’s sleep.
TATA HARPER, HYDRATING FLORAL ESSENCE MOISTURISING TONER, $138. SHOP NOW
The cult buy
Ask any makeup artist or model what they use to revive overworked skin during fashion week and it will most likely be this classic French pharmacy face spray. Loved for its blend of soothing essential oils and tightening extracts.
CAUDALIE, BEAUTY ELIXIR, $67. SHOP NOW
The makeup saviour
Loaded with electrolytes, this creates a radiant, hydrated, smooth base for your makeup, setting it for staying power. Go again at lunchtime to refresh your foundation.
SMASHBOX, PHOTO FINISH PRIMER WATER, $50. SHOP NOW
The redness reducer
Calendula is genius at calming irritation and de-flushing sensitive skin. A saviour in the cold weather too.
JURLIQUE, CALENDULA REDNESS RESCUE CALMING MIST, $55. SHOP NOW