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I know face mists aren't the most critical pillar of an effective skincare routine, but what can I say? I like them! Particularly during the summer, they're just nice. Today I'm talking through some of my favourites right now that go above and beyond mere hydration...
You know when you specifically put something to one side and then you completely forget where? Well, that's what happened to my bottle of Sunday Riley's Pink Drink Essence* | £42 | when I went to have a photography session (it's since been recovered - phew), so please just pretend this is my half-empty full-sized product rather than a mini from a set! This is a spray essence, inspired by the Korean skincare step of using something with fermented ingredients in a formula that's slightly heavier than a toner but lighter than a serum. The fermentation process can increase the effectiveness and penetration of the ingredients into the skin, so you're getting some great antioxidant benefits (protecting the skin from environmental damage) with this mist. It's also formulated with various peptides to hydrate and plump the skin. It's actually really quite active when compared to your typical mist that you're applying in place of a hydrating toner. At the same time, it does feel refreshing and provides lasting hydration as well as giving my skin this lovely, fresh, juicy glow.
Next, my beloved Zelens Provitamin D3 Fortifying Face Mist* | £48. This isn't cheap, but the ingredients sounded so good and I was enjoying several other products from Zelens, that I decided to take the plunge. It's been a firm favourite ever since and I was kindly sent this over too so I have a backup and don't need to ration it! This is a fragrance-free, luxury mist, packed with amazing stuff. Kind of a unicorn. We have several molecular weights of hyaluronic acid in here to draw water into the skin, so I mist this on right after cleansing. We have yeast, for soothing the skin, amino acids to hydrate and replenish, soothing and hydrating Sodium PCA and panthenol (this can also help retain water in the skin) - of course - Vitamin D3 to promote a healthy skin barrier. It not only provides that instant hydration boost but is sooooo soothing! If my skin is inflamed or irritated, this brings it instant calm and I also love pairing it with stronger actives to kind of counteract them and balance things back out.
Moving on, we have an amazing product if you want to cut down the number of steps in your routine: the Allies of Skin Molecular Saviour Probiotics Repair Mist | £57. Yes, my bottle has seen better days. The packaging and name have been tweaked recently, so I will repurchase it once this one is done. This is a slightly heavier mist that can act as a one-step hydrating serum-mist. My dry skin loves it! It's formulated with amino acids, probiotics (live skin-friendly bacteria that helps maintain a healthy skin barrier), zinc for its anti-inflammatory benefits, peptides and niacinamide (this can help with inflammation and also to regulate excess oiliness in the skin). I'm also pretty sure this has rosewater in it based off the scent, but I can't seem to find it on the INCI list, so I'm not sure if this has been removed from the formula with the packaging update. This is just an amazing skin pick-me-up that provides lasting hydration.
Let's round things off with something a little more affordable: the Honest Beauty Calm & Go Face Mist* | £20. This is a really nice, simple hydrating mist I can trust to give my skin hydration without that just evaporating off my skin. It's calming and refreshing with ingredients like phospholipids, panthenol, a hyaluronic acid derivative, shea butter extract (which is very nourishing) and squalane (a skin-similar plant oil). This balance of water-based and oil-based ingredients is really what makes this a winner for me. It's not heavy or sticky but I can feel that extra layer of hydration and my skin likes it!
Do you enjoy a face mist?