When temperatures climb, a beauty lover's best kept secret for beating the heat may just be a facial mist. These versatile sprays refresh the complexion throughout the day, as well as calm, hydrate, and tone depending on the formula. I like keeping mine in the fridge for an extra-refreshing spritz—perfect on a sweltering day. Here are 3 types I've tried and liked.
1. Sensitive skin sufferers swear by the calming, soothing benefits of Avene thermal spring water ($18.99 at London Drugs), and its packaging suggests a bevy of uses: to calm red, irritated, or sunburnt skin; as a toner after cleansing or makeup removal; to soothe diaper rash. The spray bottle dispenses the product in a lovely cloud of ultra-fine mist, and because it's pure French thermal spring water and doesn't have any hydrating ingredients mixed in, it doesn't feel filmy on the skin. I like using this to before I re-apply sunscreen; it counteracts the stickiness of sweat and the old sunscreen application wonderfully.
2. An oldie but a goodie: I first reviewed Tata Harper Hydrating Floral Essence ($73 at BeautyMark) in 2012 and I still haven't forgotten its intoxicating floral scent or cooling, refreshing effect. This luxe all-natural formula has hydrating, anti-inflammatory, and calming benefits thanks to sodium hyaluronate, witch hazel, and white willow extract.
3. The Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs & Rosewater ($9 at BeautyMark) is pretty much self-explanatory. I've been using this as a toner post-cleansing to calm any redness, but it can also be used as a refreshing re-hydrating spray and to set makeup. At less than $10, it's also the most budget-friendly option of the bunch.
Are you a fan of facial mists? Which ones have you tried?