The best skincare step – in my humble opinion.
It seems that about four or five years ago, facial mists, sprays, what have you, exploded on the market. Every brand from tiny apothecaries to massive beauty corporations have put out their own version – oftentimes multiple iterations. In all honesty, I was on board with the facial spray from the beginning. I mean what is not to love about a cool, refreshing spritz to the face? Typically it’s accompanied by an effervescent, light scent that might make me think I am lounging seaside in a small Italian village rather than sweating it out on the metro at 5pm on a Monday afternoon. However, for many, the face mist might rightfully seem like just another unjustifiable step in a laundry list of over the top skincare. I can completely understand that sentiment as it seems a little extravagant to be spending so much money on something that you don’t necessarily know the benefits of or when/how to apply. Yet, after a few years of research – aka trying out loads and loads of these tinctures I have found a couple holy grail products. Post application, my skin looks and feels healthier – dare I say dewy. Read on ahead for some recommendations, tips, and tricks when it comes to facial mists.
My love for Josh Rosebrook skincare is well documented here and here. And while my adoration for his other products still holds very true, it is actually his Hydrating Accelerator face mist that I don’t think I could be without. Of all the sprays I have tried, and trust me, that is quite a few – the JR version is superior. It distributes finely and evenly; one bottle lasts forever; and it smells like a light, whimsical dream. Chock full of organic, high quality ingredients such as aloe vera, evening primrose oil, turmeric, and sea buckthorn oil – every time I use it, my face simply drinks it up. It even seems to help calm down any redness/irritation that I might be dealing with that day. Whereas with other face mists I have tried, I squeeze my eyes shut tight and dread the intense deluge of water that is sure to end up directly in my eyeball or just soaking my entire visage not to mention sink – this one applies, lightly and evenly. I use it right after I’m finished toning, pre-serum every morning and evening. For those of us still curious about the point of this type of product, the spray actually helps the serums, lotions, and potions that you apply afterwards fully absorb into the skin. The slight dampness mixing with the active ingredients allows everything to penetrate better and ensures that you are getting the full value out of the serum that you shelled out for. But of course, you can always apply at the end of your routine as well; at 4pm when you feel like you are going to fall asleep at your desk; or my personal favorite, while traveling – they are lifesavers. I really don’t think you can go wrong when investing in the Josh Rosebrook mist – but if you are a little hesitant, then definitely check out the travel size first, less cash and less commitment 🙂
I have to give an honorable mention to the May Lindstrom Jasmine Garden mist as well. It is absolutely lovely, smells like a rich woman’s home, and looks beautiful on any vanity, sink, or nightstand with its chic and sturdy minimalist black packaging. It is certainly up there in terms of performance with the JR version as my skin just drinks it up and is instantly soothed post application. However, the price tag on the May Lindstrom is a bit exorbitant, especially for a spray. Thus, I have a hard time saying that this a ride or die product. But if you are a lover of an elegant looking bottle sitting on your vanity, then you certainly can’t go wrong here in terms of looks and performance.
Finally, as a last little bonus round – Andrew asked me to give a shout out to the Ursa Major 4-in-1 Essential face tonic. This is his potion of choice and he keeps mentioning the refreshing scent. (For someone who hardly uses any products – this is high praise). Apparently it is pretty light and he tends to use it first thing in the morning to essentially wake up himself up, post shower – pre walking out the door. After a little research it looks like the ingredients are pretty top notch as well – organic aloe vera juice, witch hazel, and willow bark extract to name a few. Most likely a great option for those with oily/acne prone skin. As I’m writing this, I’m thinking I may need to go snag a spray 🙂
Let me know in the comments below if you have tried any of these or have any other face mist recommendations as I would love to hear them. I imagine that as we approach the last weeks of summer, we could all do with a bit of refreshment to cut through the heat and humidity. Although, I also find that the mist is a standby come cooler weather as well when your face feels like it might peel right off due to the freezing cold wind and heaters on full blast. (In the meantime let’s just hope those frigid temps remain far, far away) 🙂