What do face mists actually do?
Just pretty-smelling water, or something more? Here’s what you need to know about face and body mists.
All the K-Beauty devotees swear by them. And beauty editors always seem to insist you need one too. But are face and body mists just nice-smelling fancy water, or are there some actual skin care benefits? Well actually, they’re both – nice smelling and good for your skin, mind and body. Here’s why you should add a face and body mist to your everyday routine.
What is a face mist?
First, let’s rewind for a second and talk about what face mists actually are. Face mists are a liquid water in a pump spray bottle (aka: atomiser) which include different ingredients to hydrate, plump and revitalise the skin. There are many different variants all with different key ingredients that will serve different purposes, like soothing or oil absorbing or toning, just to name a few. Generally they are also infused with either essential oils to enhance the effects, or will include something hydrating and anti-inflammatory like rosewater.
They can be used throughout the day, multiple times a day as a little refresher, or as part of your daily skincare routine. They’re also an essential long-haul flight companion, as flying at altitude dehydrates the skin, and these help reinvigorate and hydrate.
What is a body mist?
In a similar vein to a face mist, a body mist is an atomised water spray infused with ingredients (usually essential oils) that all serve a different purpose depending on what is used. Some are used as a pre-sleep ritual, others for energy or calm. Some people choose to use a body mist in place of a traditional fragrance as it’s lighter on the skin and others use them as a room refresher, proving they’re the ultimate all-rounder.
Face mists hydrate
It’s the most obvious point but also the most true: face mists can help moisturise your skin. If your skin is prone to dryness this can be especially helpful. Ingredients like plant oils, shea butter, cocoa butter, argan oil, jojoba oil are all known to be moisturising as they work to trap the moisture into your skin so it stays supple and hydrated.
Face mists help your products absorb better
There is a reason facialists spritz you with a mist after cleansing: turns out this simple trick helps the serums and moisturisers penetrate better into the skin. This is because damp skin absorbs product better than dry skin, and then help it to seal in the moisture, so layering a spritz of mist between each skincare step is ideal.
Face mists revive tired skin
If your face is sensitised and looking puffy, hot or red, a spritz of face mist will cool it down and help reduce the inflammation (especially with ingredients like rosewater). On especially hot days, pop it in the fridge and try it cool for a proper wake-me-up. Face mists can also be used over end-of-day makeup to give it a dewier, fresher look, and make it easier to touch up (without re-doing the entire face).
Body mists can boost, clear and calm energy
Body mists harness the powers of essential oils and distill them into an easy atomiser so you can use anywhere, anytime. Essential oils have natural botanical chemical compounds that all have different therapeutic benefits depending on which one you choose. This is because our noses have receptors that connect us to the part of the brain that controls heart rates, stress and hormone balances, just to name a few. The beauty of body mists is that you can spray around yourself and inhale the aromas, or wear directly on the skin where they can penetrate a little deeper. Just choose the one with the right essential oils for your needs.
Body mists revive a scent – and a space
If your regular scent is coming to the end of its daily life, a spritz of body mist is ideal as a refresher as it’s perfect for layering. Have someone coming over for dinner? You can use the mist as a room spray too so that they’ll walk in to the waft of something delicious. Again, choose your mist according to what your (or your space’s) energy needs whether it be calm, clarity or energy.
Body mists can double as a linen refresher
Clothes smelling a little stale? Just changed the sheets? Give them a little bit of extra love by spritzing your mist over them. Just make sure you don’t spray direct (hold at a distance) so they won’t stain clothes.
So there you have it. Face and body mists are far more than just fancy water. They have benefits for your skin, your mind and your space too. Keen to give them a try? Here are some of our favorites: