Even if you’re not a beauty junkie, you’re hard pressed not to notice that facial mists are totally having a moment right now.
What’s not to like about them? They serve a myriad of purposes; conveniently, they can be used on the go; and they’re just plain fun.
So, if you’ve already updated your skin care regimen for summer and didn’t add facial mists, consider doing so now.
Facial mists can be used for extra skin hydration, to keep your makeup intact, protect your skin from the sun and, even, as a pick-me-up.
If you’re a facial mist newbie and don’t know where to start, you’ve come to the right place. Here are our favorites, organized by function:
If you’re spending time in an atmosphere that tends to be super dry, like say, an airplane, spritzing yourself with a luxuriously hydrating mist can work wonders on your skin.
Glow Recipe Watermelon Glow Ultra-Fine Mist contains a blend of 84 percent watermelon, hyaluronic acid and hibiscus AHAs to provide a dewy glow. $28
Tata Harper Hydrating Hyaluronic Acid Floral Essence contains hyaluronic acid to hydrate and visibly plump skin; floral hydrosol trio, which calms and soothes the skin; and Australian coastal flower blend, which is a natural source of antioxidants to protect skin from environmental stressors. $72
Herbivore Rose Hibiscus Hydrating Face Mist is made with coconut water and infused with hibiscus and rose, providing cooling hydration and toning the skin after cleansing. $16
Purpose: Makeup Setting
No one likes it when the New England humidity makes it feel like your makeup is melting off your face. Keep your foundation, concealer and blush in place with a makeup setting mist that controls oil production while simultaneously preventing over-dryness of the skin.
Cover FX Mattifying Setting Spray is a quick-drying, alcohol-free setting mist that provides shine control and sets makeup for all-day wear. Plus, it’s made without parabens and sulfates. $31
Coola Makeup Setting Spray SPF 30 is a multitasking setting spray made with 70 percent organic ingredients and includes UV protection. $36
Using a patented Temperature Control Technology Urban Decay De-Slick Oil-Control Makeup Setting Spray actually lowers the temperature of your makeup to help it stay put. $33
Purpose: Sun Protection
Applying SPF on a regular basis is a must, but who wants to lather heavy sunscreens onto their face every two hours? Facial mists formulated with SPF help you stay cool and protected under the sun.
With SPF 50, Kate Somerville’s UncompliKated SPF 50 Soft Focus Makeup Setting Spray provides broad spectrum sun protection and a matte finish for your makeup. $38
Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Sheer Mineral Sun Spray SPF 50 is an ultra-sheer physical sunscreen with broad-spectrum protection that is water-resistant and leaves no residue. $42
With convenient and easy application, Shiseido Ultimate Sun Protection Spray Broad Spectrum SPF 50+ For Face/Body provides SPF 50 protection for both face and body. Perfect for continuous application on a beach day. $36
Purpose: Mood Booster
Similar to how aromatherapy works, certain facial mist ingredients can be either calming or awakening on those suffocatingly hot days at the office.
Made with antioxidant-rich botanical ingredients such as reishi and ashwagandha, Youth To The People Adaptogen Activated Mist with Reishi + Ashwagandha soothes inflamed skin, protects from environmental stressors and maintains hydration. $42
Formulated with a calming blend of essential oils, Ren Clean Skincare And Now to Sleep Pillow Spray can be incorporated into your nighttime routine and spritzed around your pillow and face to relieve stress and aid healthy sleep. $25
Vegan Farmaesthetics Cool Aloe Mist is formulated with natural ingredients such as aloe vera, witch hazel and lavender essential oil. It can be used to cool down, detoxify skin and bring on a soothing effect. $26