If you’ve been beauty-product shopping recently, you may have spotted beauty mists next to your favorite moisturizers and serums and wrote them off as “just another product.” Think again, my friend. These power-packed misters can work hand-in-hand with other skincare products to moisturize dry skin, soothe irritation and deliver stellar anti-aging benefits—if, that is, you choose wisely. We’ve spritzed and sampled a number of beauty mists suited for a variety of everyday skincare needs; here are our five winners.
Glominerals Revive Hydration Mist, $18, gloprofessional.com
Benefits: With a potent blend of peppermint, lavender and rosemary essential oils, this beauty mist is every busy woman’s new must-have. Not only does it hydrate your skin—great for winter or a dry climate—it stimulates the senses and gives you an instant wake-up jolt whenever you need it. Use it as often as you’d like, but be forewarned that you might get addicted! The mini 2-ounce size makes it easy to pop in your handbag, so it’s great for on-the-go hydration.
Tester approved: “The mist is fuller and stronger than some of the other mists I’ve tried, as is its peppermint burst. The pick-me-up scent dies down after a few minutes so it’s not too much to handle. It’s going in my purse immediately.”
Tops For Travelers:
Air Repair Complexion Quenching Facial Mist, $10, 3floz.com
Benefits: If you’re a frequent flyer, you are probably no stranger to parched skin. This ultra-light gel facial spritzer is designed specifically to combat the environmental effects of air travel, such as parched skin, with moisturizing aloe leaf juice, hyaluronic acid and sodium PCA. Soothing plant extracts—like lavender and calendula—calm irritated, red skin. Plus, the nondescript bottle fits right into your airline-approved plastic baggie so there’s no issue taking it on the plane.
Tester approved: “I’ve been traveling a lot lately and can’t stand the feeling flaky look of dry skin. I have to say that this does the trick. The people next to me always look at me a little oddly as I spritz away throughout the flight, but I don’t care—I even use it on my hands!”
Veria Innerdosha Kapha Tighten Up Refining Toner, $20, veriaid.com
Benefits: You were born to shine—just not on your nose. This 100-percent natural toner strikes a happy balance between managing oil and tightening pores—with a gentle astringent of neem, coleus and vitex oils—and providing lightweight hydration with glycerin, aloe and hyaluronic acid. Use it after you’ve cleansed your face and before any serums or moisturizers.
Tester approved: “When a product says it ‘manages oil,’ it usually means that it’s drying, but this didn’t dehydrate my skin. It did make it feel instantly tighter and look matte instead of shiny. I also love the light orange-citrusy smell as it goes on.”
Kaplan MD Clarifying Toner, $50, bergdorfgoodman.com
Benefits: Infused with rosewater, ginger root and 22 certified organic botanical extracts , this yummy rose-scented spray does double duty. Use it as a finishing spray after makeup application and instant makeup refresher throughout the day, or as a toner after cleansing your face morning and night. The water-based salicylic acid and eucalyptus extracts helps to breakdown any leftover oily residue from your foundation and concealer.
Tester approved: “First of all, I love the luxe glass bottle that looks like it could be a perfume—perfect packaging, check. It gave my makeup a fresh, dewy look. It’s not something I’d bring to the office, though, because of its size and weight.”
Younger in a Spritz:
Rodial Dragon’s Blood Hyaluronic Tonic, $35, nordstrom.com
Benefits: This instant skin brightener uses vitamin B3 to give you a refreshed and even complexion. The hyaluronic formula locks in moisture, making your face look firmer and plumper (in a good way!) with its deep hydration. Best of all, you can reap its benefits 24/7—after washing your face, before applying makeup, a mid-day pick-me-up, you name it.
Tester approved: “Only time will tell on the anti-aging front—it’s a little hard to believe that a mist itself will have any real effects in that department—but my skin felt toned and moisturized. And it smells absolutely divine. Part rosewater, part something else yummy that made me think of the ocean.”