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#BeautyMustHave: All the reasons you need a face mist in your beauty kit

Looking for a refreshing beauty pick-me-up for your tired, dull skin? Of course drinking gallons of water always helps but it’s important to hydrate your skin from the outside too. So say hello to facial mists – the go-to skin quenchers when you’re a greasy mess in the summers or if your skin is dry and dehydrated on a daily basis. These vitamin and mineral-packed formulas prevent makeup meltdowns and cool the skin in a flash when used regularly. They’re also typically infused with essential oils and skin-saving toning agents that provide a luminous, refreshed glow within minutes. Available conveniently in a spray form, face mists restore the skin’s pH balance and boost hydration levels when followed by an effective serum or a moisturizer. Now you just need to know which are the best face mists to buy—and use correctly—for best results.

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Thermal water

Sourced from springs deep under the ground, thermal water is chock-full of trace elements and minerals, and is especially used to soothe sensitive, irritated skin. For instance, Avene Thermal Spring Water  is rich in silicates and is clinically proven by over 300 studies to calm, soothe, and soften, and treat serious dermatological conditions such as dermatitis, psoriasis and eczema.  

Distilled water

Distilled water is well known for its hydrating properties but when it’s infused with nourishing botanical extracts, essential oils, and hydration boosters – you get twice the benefits. The Forest Essentials Facial Mist in Bela is a game changer and one of the best face mists to buy. It’s made from steam-distilled water from the exquisite Bela flowers from Madurai in South India, which are then infused into pure spring water. They help improve the skin’s elasticity and replenish moisture levels.

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Hydrosols

Basically any herbal or floral water is a hydrosol. These are made by steam-distilling plants or flowers to extract their essence, and are more effective than infusions. Rose water, distilled from rose petals, is the skin-softening base of the antiseptic and acne-fighting Forest Essentials Facial Tonic Mist Pure Rosewater.  It’s also a natural moisturizer that fights wrinkles, tightens pores, and soothes skin. Kama Ayurveda Pure Vetiver Water, distilled from the roots of perennial Vetiver grass, is cooling, earthy and refreshing, and the natural astringent.

Fruit-based

Fruit-based face mists are more than a couple of citrus chunks thrown into water. For instance, Body shop Vitamin C and The Body Shop Strawberry Smoothing Face Mist are soothing, moisturising formulas enriched with antioxidants and Vitamin C to brighten and lighten skin and repair sun damage. These are made from water extracted from organic fruit via osmosis.

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Is there a RIGHT way to use face mists?

The best way to make your face mist work for you is to spritz it on right after you cleanse your face. Then, while your skin is still damp, apply serum or moisturizer. If you don’t want to apply moisturizer, wait a few seconds and pat off the excess.

Some of the best face mists to buy:

What to buy:

Natio Rosewater Hydration Drench Mineral Face Mist

L’Occitane Aqua Moisturizing Mist

Shiseido Ibuki Quick Fix Mist

LANEIGE Water Bank Hydro Mist

Plum Green Tea Revitalizing Face Mist

ENN Breathe – Lavender Facial Mist

Forest Essentials Facial Tonic Mist Panchpushp

Maruva Naturals Tri-Doshic Marula Face Mist – Cucumber

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