The Face Mists That Actually Do Something

Hydration is at the heart of any good face spritz, but today, the best sprays go above and beyond extra moisturizing benefits. From pollution protectors and sleep enhancers to pigmentation busters, these formulas work overtime to offer impressive results – whatever your skin goals. By MALENA HARBERS


For antioxidant protection: Royal Fern Radiance Protection Mist

Royal Fern founder Dr. Timm Golueke says there’s no magic formula for protecting against blue light – it’s simply down to a great cocktail of antioxidants. And this blend of butterfly ginger, polyglutamic acid and hyaluronic acid is just that. Of course, the real magic comes from the sunlight-resistant fern plant that anchors the Royal Fern range. Cue potent extracts that work to defend skin against the daily onslaught of environmental aggressors, including light and urban pollution.

For skin plumping: Dr. Barbara Sturm Hydrating Face Mist

This ultra-fine emulsion from Dr. Barbara Sturm is the crème de la crème of facial spritzes, comprising moisturizers that double as antioxidants (purslane and prickly pear), plus standout humectants (hyaluronic acid) that leave skin truly rehydrated. The result is immaculately smooth, dewy, bouncy skin – meaning you’ll want to keep this mist to hand at all times, in all seasons.

To reset your microbiome: Zelens Microbiota P3 Balancing Mist

Research has proven just how important our skin’s microbiome is for a healthy, happy complexion, so formulas that restore it are key. Zelens’ biome-friendly mist packs prebiotics, probiotics and postbiotics together with fermented botanicals to soothe, hydrate and heal, while omega 3s trap in moisture to help rebuild the delicate skin barrier at the same time. If your complexion is inflamed, angry and red, this mist is a must.

The pillow spray: Omorovicza Queen of Hungary Evening Mist

The ingredients of this dreamy overnight treatment from Omorovicza read like a list of luxury sleep aids. Melatonin, lavender and magnesium salts work to promote a restful sleep and balance skin’s circadian rhythm, while cannabidiol (CBD) calms the day’s inflammation. Use a few spritzes as the last step in your PM skincare regime for softer, smoother, calmer skin come morning – think of it as a good night’s beauty sleep, bottled.

For SPF top-ups: Decree Day Shield SPF30

Considering how important it is to reapply your sunscreen (spoiler: one application in the morning does not hold its weight all day), it’s about time there was a formula specifically made for easy top-ups. Decree’s spray-on mineral sunscreen is designed to be misted over (and under) makeup and is loaded with antioxidants for added protection. It also includes collagen-stimulating peptides and nourishing rose water for extra skin-smoothing benefits.

For calming and soothing: Chantecaille Orange Flower Water

So much more than a deliciously fragranced mist, Chantecaille’s Orange Flower Water relies on the botanical power of orange blossom to calm, balance and refresh skin. Hand-picked and steam-distilled for maximum potency, its uplifting floral scent offers mood-boosting aromatherapy benefits, too. It’s also perfect for vacations or if you live in a warmer climate, as it floods skin with moisture and resets a hot, stressed, clammy complexion in seconds.

For a radiant glow: Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare C+ Collagen Perfect Skin Set & Refresh Mist

Just like the rest of the brand’s C+ Collagen range, this setting spray from Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare works double duty to give dull, tired skin an instant boost of hydration and luminosity. Thanks to the pairing of a stable form of vitamin C (3-0-ethyl ascorbic acid) and collagen amino acids, it gives your skin the tools it needs to repair and eradicate lines, wrinkles and hyperpigmentation in the long term. Use it in between cleansing and applying serums, or whenever your face needs a subtle hit of radiance.


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