Today we talk about face mists, which are very popular cosmetic products. Face mists are convenient to use, practical to carry with you and are considered true beauty allies. But what exactly are they and what benefits do they bring? We talk about it today based, as always, on scientific research.
Face mists, what they are and what science says
Face mists are hydrating waters in spray format to be sprayed on the face after daily cleansing, but also at any time of the day when you feel the need for them most. Face mists come from Korean skincare and are based on hydrolates, such as rose or lavender water, or thermal water to which active ingredients are added to protect the skin, refresh it and hydrate it. Studies have shown that spraying water on your face helps maintain skin hydration, even when the air gets colder and the skin tends to feel tight (Nishimura et al, Skin Res Technol, 2019).
Then, in case of irritation and erythema, thermal water-based mists can come in handy (Sulimovic et al, Dermatol Surg, 2002). As mentioned, face mists are enriched with other ingredients, such as glycerin, betaine, hyaluronic acid or aloe vera, which improve the skin barrier, hydrate, soothe the skin and counteract irritation, even those caused by cleansing products (Nicander et al, Skin Res Technol, 2003 - Milano et al, Clin Cosmet Investig Dermatol, 2017). Added to these properties are the effects of the aromas of these facial mists when they are enriched with essential oils. For example, a relaxing mist can be obtained with lavender or lemon balm oil, or even a mosquito repellent product when, among the ingredients, we find geranium oil (Stojanovic et al, J Ethnopharmacol, 2023 - Yohana et al , Malar J, 2022).
Face mists, what to pay attention to
Since face mists are products to be left on the face without rinsing and are used several times a day, it is very important to read the label carefully and avoid, or at least limit, some ingredients, like alcohol. Alcohol, in fact, removes hydration from the skin, making it less elastic and favoring irritation and skin hypersensitivity (Chopin Doroteo et al, J Cosmet Dermatol, 2023 - Radis Baptista et al, J Xenobiot, 2023).
Therefore, the risk is that of obtaining exactly the opposite effect to what was wanted. To understand if a product contains alcohol, this is easily identifiable in the INCI, which is the label that indicates the ingredients contained in a cosmetic and is positioned on the external packaging or on the product itself, since it appears with the wording alcohol.
Face mists, where they are found and how to use them
Face mists can be found in specialized shops and online.
As for use, morning and evening, after cleansing your face with the specific products, you can nebulize a face mist of your choice.
Then proceed with your usual treatment. During the day, it is also possible to spray the mists on the face, to make the skin more toned and fresh.
Face mist, even DIY!
If you love DIY, you can also make face mists at home. For example, here is a face mist suitable for all skin types. Bring a glass of natural mineral water to the boil, remove from the heat and leave to cool down. Pour into a spray bottle, add a spoonful of aloe vera gel, 1 teaspoon of argan oil in case of dry or mature skin, and 2 drops of lavender essential oil. Shake before use. Another idea? Here it is. Blend a cucumber, then, using a gauze, filter the liquid. Add a spoonful of rose water and a teaspoon of aloe vera gel, pour into a spray bottle and shake before use. This facial spray is excellent for red, irritated, sunburnt, but also young, acne-prone skin. DIY sprays can be kept in the refrigerator for no more than a week.