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Face Mist, does it really make a difference?

Cosmetics and skincare are in continuous evolution and every now and then a new type of product appears and becomes very popular. One of these products is the face mist. You can get a face mist with a variety of ingredients and characteristics. Does face mist really work? Does it improve and make a difference in your skincare routine?

What is a face mist?

A face mist is a skincare product that you spray on your face. As simple as that. In fact, if you spray simple water on your face that is a face mist.

Originally, the face mist had the function of hydrating the skin. Nowadays, however, they can have different properties depending on the ingredients, though they should also hydrate the skin.


Benefits of using a face mist

One of the reasons why face mists are popular is because they are a very handy product. Normally, they come in small bottles and the spray delivery system avoids having a mess in the handbag. You can carry it with you all the time.

You can get face mists with almost any ingredient type, and this, together with the fact that they produce an immediate effect on the skin, has raised the popularity of this type of product.

The main benefits of face mists are:

  • Instantly refresh the skin on the go, wherever you are, even without needing a mirror.
  • Deliver quick hydration.
  • Soothe sensitive skin
  • Improve the absorption of other skincare products.
  • Fix makeup and extent its wear time.

Can you use face mists as a toner?

As you can see, face mists have lots of benefits. However, I didn’t mention that you can use them as toners. A very frequent misconception is that you can use a face mist instead of using the toner. This is a big mistake.

The main function of the toners is to prepare the skin for the application of the rest of the skincare routine products whereas face mists refresh and revive the skin during the day. Also, toners allow an additional cleansing that face mists will never allow. They are not, therefore, interchangeable.

Keep in mind that they can come in the same type of packaging, but they are not the same type of products.


Type of face mist

I already mentioned that, depending on the ingredients, you can get a different types of face mists. Let’s see the most popular types:


They are the first type of face mist that came to the market. They give your skin an extra amount of water and avoid water loss at the same time. This type of mist may contain plant extract. However, the main ingredients you will find are glycerin, squalene and hyaluronic acid.

You can get hydrating face mist made only with water, like the Avene Spring thermal water.


They give a dewy finish to your skin. The main ingredient on these face mists is vitamin C.


This type of mist is ideal for people with sensitive skin. They soothe the skin and produce some relief in people with dermatitis and rosacea. People with oily skin can use this type of mist, but they should look for oil and silicon-free products.

The main ingredients you can find on these mists are thermal water and aloe vera, coconut water or vitamin B5.


These mists have sun filters among other ingredients. They fight oxidative stress and prevent ageing. Their main ingredient is, in addition to sun filters, vitamin E, olive oil and hemp seed oil.


These mists are appropriate for you if you live in a big city or a highly polluted area. The main function of this type of mist is anti-oxidant. Typical ingredients on these mists are lavender, chamomile and water.

Makeup fixing Spray

They extend the time your makeup will last on your skin and normally produce a mattifying finish on your skin and the main ingredients are alcohol and silicon. They may contain tea tree oil.


When shall I apply the face mist?

First of all, I should say that face mists are complementary to other cosmetic products and will never substitute any of them. Having said that, when to apply a face mist will depend on the type of mist you intend to apply.

  • Before any skincare treatment. You can use a face mist after the toner and before the application of serums and creams.
  • After applying the makeup if you want to fix it better and extend the wear time.
  • As a primer, after the application of sunscreen. You can even apply it using a makeup sponge.
  • When your skin needs. If you feel your skin dry, tight or tired you can apply a face mist.

To apply a face mist, close your eyes and mouth and spray 15’20 cm apart from your face. Spray drawing an “X” or a “Z” pressing the spray 2-3 times. Do not spray ion circles or in a fixed position. Let the mist get absorbed.

Which face mist shall I use if my skin is……

….. Dry?

If your skin is dry you should look for face mists capable of delivering deep hydration without leaving your skin oily or heavy. Your objective should be to boost hydration levels and support your skin barrier.

Look for moisturising and hydrating ingredients like hyaluronic acid, squalene, or aloe vera.

….. Oily or acne-prone skin?

In this case, it is very important to use astringent and non-comedogenic ingredients. The best ingredients for people with oily or acne-prone skin are witch hazel, rose water, or green tea, which balance the oily skin and reduce breakouts.

….. Normal or Combination skin?

These types of skin tolerate most of the ingredients. They can get extra benefits from anti-oxidant face mists, which protect the skin barrier by fighting against free radicals.

….. Sensitive skin?

People with sensitive skin should avoid products containing alcohols, synthetic dyes and fragrances. Look for gentle ingredients like lavender, chamomile or hyaluronic acid.

….. Mature skin?

Mature skin type needs mainly hydrating and plumping ingredients. The best ingredients for mature skin are, therefore, hyaluronic acid, rose water, cucumber and vitamins. In general, look for ingredients which promote collagen production.

My favourite face mists


Avene Thermal Spring Water Spray

Avène’s Thermal Spring Water Spray is a soothing face mist for sensitive skin.

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PIXI Glow Mist

Nourish skin with the PIXI Glow Mist, a lightweight dewy spray that protects and hydrates the complexion.

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Revolution Niacinamide Essence Spray

Treat your complexion to the quenching benefits of the Revolution Skincare Niacinamide Essence Spray. This vegan face mist gives blemish-prone skin an instant refresh, releasing a host of clarifying properties

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How to make face mist at home

Sometimes you finish your favourite face mist and you need urgently some and it is not available. Or simply you like to prepare your cosmetics at home. I am going to share with you an easy way to make DIY face mists, at home and using very common ingredients that most people have in their kitchen.

You will only need some water, preferably spring water, and some extra ingredients depending on your skin needs.

  • Soothing mist: Chamomile tea
  • Astringent mist: Cucumber juice or aloe vera
  • Anti-oxidant mist: Green tea or tea tree oil
  • Illuminating mist: Lavender essential oil
  • Hydrating mist: Chamomile, aloe vera or glycerin
Medicine. Aloe vera on a white background. Aloe photo created by Racool_studio – www.freepik.com

To make the face mist, first, boil 500 mL of water and let it cool to ambient temperature. Second, add the selected ingredients and mix well. Finally, pour the resulting mixture into a spray bottle and store it in the fridge. You have a ready-to-use DIY face mist.

In summary, the use of face mist brings different benefits to the skin. You may think that applying water will get the same effect. However, it is not like that. Water may be good for refreshing the skin but it is not giving any other benefit.

You can apply water and then a face mist to lock hydration. If you apply only water, that will evaporate quickly and will not penetrate your skin. In addition, you will not benefit from the extra ingredients face mists have.

Are you a face mist lover? Let me know in the comments.


Bear in mind that some of the links in this post are affiliate links and if you go through them to make a purchase I will earn a commission. Keep in mind that I link these companies and their products because of their quality and not because of the commission I receive from your purchases. The decision is yours, and whether or not you decide to buy something is completely up to you.

I love beauty and skincare, try new products, and share my opinion with you. All my knowledge comes from years of experience and reading articles. I have dry skin, Fitzpatrick type IV, warm undertone, and my main concern is hyperpigmentation. Keep in mind that what works for me may not work for you. We are all different and products can have different results on your skin. Want to talk? Email me at contact@irenebeautyandmore.com

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