Face mists don’t really rank high on the beauty totem pole. You don’t need to use them. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t. In fact, beauty editors love their face mists, and they love them for a reason (or two, or three, or four). As underrated as they are, they can do miracles for your skin. Here’s why you need to get on board.
Hydrate: Its most basic and important purpose is to hydrate. Face mists (like sheet masks) are a life saver after long flights that suck the moisture right out of your skin. I also use it is as the last step in my nightly beauty routine.
Refresh: They freshen up your skin and your makeup. Here at Glow, we have a mid-afternoon ritual that involves coffees and face mists. Just after 3 p.m., you can either hear someone spritzing or smell whatever concoction they sprayed wafting in the air. Some of them smell amazing so it’s a guaranteed pick-me-up. In the summer months, you can even pop one into the fridge for a cooling effect when you spray it.
Calm: Some formulas (like Vichy and Avène) are made with thermal water and are specifically formulated to calm skin. That means they’re safe to use for sensitive and redness-prone types.
Prep: Before putting on my makeup, I’ll usually spritz a face mist like Evian and then apply my liquid foundation. It helps makeup go on more smoothly and makes your complexion look dewier. On that same note, I’ve heard makeup artists say that they’ll use it to touch up their clients’ already done-up face. The mist helps to loosen up the makeup before they go in for the fix.
Tone: Some face mists double up as toners and do everything from brightening up your skin to tightening up pores.