Face mists may seem like the ultimate indulgence in skincare, but just because something is fun and feels good doesn’t dismiss its other positive attributes. Acting as a light and comforting mini facial, these face mists are quick and easy to use, convenient, leave your skin hydrated and dewy, and feel absolutely amazing.
Face mists are travel-friendly and easy to keep around for a quick refresher whenever the need may strike, whether you’re arriving at work in a sweaty puddle from your commute or want to freshen up when going from the yoga class to the bar. Stash one in your gym bag for an apres sweat session spritz, have one in your office desk drawer to keep skin hydrated throughout the day, and take one on a flight to keep dry skin at bay. They even work great on your nightstand for a quick grab in case the air in your bedroom is especially dry.
Not only do face mists provide a refreshing spray to rejuvenate your skin, they often contain ingredients that leave your skin looking and feeling hydrated. Many styles also include added features, like sunscreen. If you’re ready to give your face a mini spa day, check out these relaxing face mists. SPY tip: Store these in your fridge for the ultimate refreshing feeling.
1. Mario Badescu Facial Spray Duo
Mario Badescu’s Facial Spray is one of our favorite mists. A refreshing and hydrating mist, Mario Badescu acts as a luxe pick-me-up for dehydrated, tight and uncomfortable skin. This gentle, non-irritating spray contains ingredients such as soothing and hydrating aloe vera, Bladderwrack seaweed, which has been revered for its nourishing properties, gardenia and rose for an antioxidant boost, and thyme, which boasts natural clarifying properties. These ingredients work together to create a gentle, non-irritating mist that can be used to add moisture to your day/night creams, set your makeup, or spray on dry hair throughout the day.
Pros: The duo includes two nutrient-rich sprays, including Rosewater and Green Tea.
Cons: Each bottle is four ounces, which makes them cumbersome to take on the go and too large to travel with when using carry-on luggage.
2. Thayers Alcohol-Free Rose Petal Witch Hazel Facial Mist Toner
For a spray that does more than hydrate, try the Thayers Alcohol-Free Rose Petal Witch Hazel Facial Mist Toner. The eight-ounce mist uses natural botanical ingredients like rosewater, witch hazel extract, and filet of aloe vera which may help tighten pores, reduce oil production and treat and prevent future acne outbreaks. Thayers is alcohol-free, which means it won’t dry skin out, and it includes mild antioxidant properties that may help to reduce redness and inflammation and balance the skin’s pH.
Pros: Thayers is available in Rose Petal, Cucumber, Coconut Water and Lavender scent as well as unscented for those with sensitivities to smell.
Cons: Like the Mario Badescu, the Thayers mist is also packaged in a large bottle that may be heavy to carry around.
3. Eau Thermale Avene Thermal Spring Water
Soothe your skin with a simple spray using Eau Thermale Avene Thermal Spring Water. Antioxidant water and a low mineral content help to hydrate and refresh skin, providing relief from irritation of common skin issues and environmental factors. Safe for use by adults and children, Avene can be used to hydrate, help set makeup, provide relief after sun exposure, and can even be used on diaper rash and itchy skin.
Pros: Avene is made with lipopolysaccharides, amino acids and sugars and recommends using their spray to calm skin that is irritated by shaving, psoriasis, eczema and other skin irritants.
Cons: The nozzle on the Avene can easily become blocked, making it difficult to spray.
4. Face Mist by Olay
Give your face some TLC with the Face Mist by Olay. Absorbing quickly and cleanly, the mist includes vitamin C, a natural antioxidant that helps skin cells regenerate and replace older, dead cells. Olay’s mist can help hydrate skin, replenishing up to 60 percent of the moisture that is lost during a typical day. Similarly, vitamin B3 is also used for its moisturizing properties and because of its ability to increase keratin, which may make skin appear smoother and reduce fine lines and wrinkles.
Pros: Olay uses bergamot in their mist, a natural cleanser that may help to remove dirt, bacteria and excess oil from pores.
Cons: Olay uses fragrance in their mist, which is a broad category that may include added ingredients that are detrimental to your skin.
5. Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Face Mist Sunscreen Spray
If the thought of putting sunscreen on your face makes you want to stay inside all day, we get it. Sunscreen can feel oily and slimy and leave a shiny, sweaty look that no one can pull off. That’s why we recommend the Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Face Mist Sunscreen Spray, which goes on clean and weightless. Keep your face looking young by protecting it with a sunscreen that is formulated with Helioplex technology and the active ingredient Avobenzone, which protects against UVA and UVB rays. Take the 3.4-ounce Neutrogena mist on the go, thanks to its travel-friendly size.
Pros: The Neutrogena mist is oil-free and non-comedogenic, which means it shouldn’t clog pores or aggravate users who are prone to breakouts.
Cons: Although Neutrogena advertises the product as a face mist, they recommend users spray the mist onto their hands and then rub it into their skin.