Face mist is the skincare product you didn’t know you needed

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Jacqueline Kilikita
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Want smooth, plump, radiant skin? Incorporating a face mist into your beauty routine is the answer. 

Cleansers, toners, serums, moisturisers… it’s safe to say our beauty arsenals are expanding by the second. But there’s one product in particular your current AM-PM routine might be missing: a face mist.

We know what you’re thinking: face mists are more or less just water, right? But actually, that’s not the case at all. All manner of beauty brands, from La Roche-Posay to La Mer, are packing facial mists with complexion-perfecting ingredients like hyaluronic acid, antioxidants and SPF, which means they’re pretty much essential for those on a quest for great skin.

It’s little wonder, then, that Pinterest saves for ‘face mist’ increased by an enormous 217% in 2017 - and two years later, it’s still growing. Spritzes work wonders to prep and prime the skin to receive any products you apply on top, making your skincare work much harder – and that’s before we’ve touched on their ability to refresh and revitalise in seconds.

These are the face mists we recommend investing in now…

Best for combination skin

Jurlique Rosewater Balancing Mist

One of Jurlique’s beauty editor-approved rosewater face mists is sold every two minutes around the globe – and for good reason. Not only is it a total treat for the senses but it harnesses the power of marshmallow root to balance and hydrate skin, and aloe vera to calm any redness and irritation. Stockpile it.

Best for oily/acne-prone skin

La Roche-Posay Serozinc Face Toner Mist

Calling all those with excessively shiny or acne prone skin. A trio of purified water, zinc sulphate and astringent sodium chloride keeps both oil slicks and spots at bay. It’ll leave skin feeling matte and fresh for hours on end. 

Simply spritz after cleansing and before applying make-up. It sinks in instantly, so won’t leave your face sopping wet.

Best for dry skin 

Omorovicza Magic Moisture Mist 

This Omorovicza facial mist has the muscle to provide the same amount of hydration as a luxurious moisturiser, all without leaving skin greasy or sticky. The two-phase formula combines an army of nourishing oils, from avocado to rosehip, with a hit of vitamin E, which works as a shield against UV and pollution. 

Best for dehydrated skin 

Tata Harper Hydrating Floral Essence 

If your face feels like it might crack after cleansing, treat it to a spritz of this stuff. The 100% natural formula boasts a dose of hyaluronic acid to banish tightness and dehydration lines, vitamin C to protect against free radicals and to brighten skin over time, and pink clay to neutralise excess sebum. Goodbye, 3pm shine.

Best with SPF

Coola Makeup Setting Spray SPF 30


If you shy away from SPF because of how it feels on your skin, pick up this ultra-fine but powerful mist. Formulated with hyaluronic acid, it dries to a semi-matte finish that isn’t at all chalky or ashy. 

The best part? It’s compatible with make-up and the addition of cucumber and aloe extracts soothes and refreshes the skin.

Best for sensitive skin 

Mario Badescu Facial Spray With Aloe, Chamomile And Lavender

Beauty influencers and editors alike rate Mario Badescu’s facial sprays for both their amazing scents and brilliant skincare benefits. Our pick? The aloe, chamomile and lavender. It soothes and softens dry, irritated skin like no other.

Best for luxury 

La Mer The Mist

La Mer’s mist is very clever. It has a ‘live internal magnet’ to stop the ingredients from losing their potency so that every spray delivers a powerful surge of hydration to the areas of your skin that need it the most. Our skin looked and felt considerably more refined after a week.

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