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Does Face Mist REALLY Do Anything?

July 22, 2021

Does Face Mist REALLY Do Anything?

Face mists have been around for a minute, but there’s still some mist-ery (sorry, couldn’t resist!) when it comes to what they actually do for skin. What are the benefits? Are they worth the money? And do we really need them in our skincare routines?

Whether you’re already a mistaholic with a small army of mists at your disposal, or a skeptic who brushes them off as overpriced bottles of water — you might be surprised to learn about all the ways face mist can make any skincare routine more effective. 


Most facial mists are formulated to fight dryness and revitalize dull, tired skin. Depending on the ingredients, mists can boost hydration, aid the absorption of other skincare products, improve makeup application, and target all sorts of different skincare issues. 

As with all beauty and skincare products, it’s best to choose a facial mist according to your skin type and skincare goals. Below are some natural ingredient recommendations to compliment each skin type:

  • For Dry Skin: Look for hydrating ingredients like hyaluronic acid, aloe vera and squalane. These ingredients are known (and loved) for their ability to deliver deep, lasting hydration without feeling heavy or greasy. 

  • For Oily or Acne-Prone Skin: Caring for oily skin is all about preventing clogged pores and oil build up, so look for mists labeled “non-comedogenic” (i.e. won’t clog pores). Rose water helps remove excess oil from skin and its natural astringent properties also help maintain the skin’s natural pH balance. Witch hazel and green tea can also be good for balancing oily skin and soothing breakouts.

  • For Normal or Combination Skin: These skin types can generally tolerate most skincare ingredients, but they can’t escape daily aggressors like free radicals and other pollutants. Look for mists that contain antioxidants like Vitamin C and green tea to provide photoprotection and shield your skin from free radical damage

  • For Sensitive Skin: Gentle ingredients like lavender and  organic chamomile extract are great for sensitive skin. The key is to find a basic formula that’s gentle on your skin. Hyaluronic acid is a very gentle and well-tolerated humectant that is good for all skin types, including sensitive. Avoid mists with alcohol, synthetic dyes and added synthetic fragrances to minimize potential irritation.

  • For Anti-Aging Benefits: No anti-aging skincare routine is complete without hydration. Face mists focused on plumping skin are ideal here, with ingredients like hyaluronic acid, rose, vitamins and also cucumber. Look for face mists with cucumber to tighten, brighten, firm, and promote collagen growth. 

  • For Setting Makeup: Multitasking mists are becoming more and more popular, with benefits like prepping skin for serums and creams, setting makeup, and refreshing skin throughout the day. Formulas with a high concentration of hyaluronic acid are sure to hydrate and plump while prolonging makeup wear for a long-lasting, flawless finish.

  • Psst: Check out these natural face mists for a collection of herbal hydrators powered by botanically sourced ingredients! 


    Facial mists are one of the most versatile beauty products on the planet. There is truly a mist for everything — hydrating, calming, toning, soothing, moisturizing, mattifying, and so much more! 

    It may not be an essential step (like cleansing or applying sunscreen), but mists are definitely a convenient way to instantly refresh your skin. Plus, adding a facial mist to your daily routine is quick, easy, and affordable (this Rose Water Calming Face Toner is only $12). 


    Facial mists are all about 24/7 hydration. Most are packed with hydrating and soothing ingredients that can be used any time of day and at any point in your skincare routine. 

    TO APPLY: Great news! There’s really no wrong way to apply face mist. Simply spritz directly onto your face with your eyes closed throughout the day as needed. Mists can also be used like toners with cotton pads or sprayed onto a makeup blender to smooth makeup.

    Face mists can be applied over makeup or directly on freshly cleansed skin. The latter will actually give you the best results, as the ingredients will be able to better penetrate your skin. 


    We can all agree that facial mists are great as on-the-go hydrators. But they can do so much more than that! Here are 5 reasons to start using one right away:

  • Instantly refreshes skin: Face mists are THE go to product to revive skin quickly — whether you’re in front of the bathroom mirror, stuck in traffic on a hot day, or finishing a sweaty spin class session. Mist always feels amazing. 

  • Delivers a quick hit of hydration: One major purpose of facial mists is to keep skin hydrated and refreshed. If you choose a mist with extra hydrating ingredients, it can help lock in moisture for balanced, beautiful skin. 

  • Soothes sensitive skin: A well-formulated face mist can help calm, soothe, and heal sensitive skin. People with this easily-aggravated skin type should avoid potential irritants like alcohol and fragrance. Instead, opt for a gentle formula with soothing ingredients like aloe vera, green tea and rose water

  • Improves absorption of other products: If you want to maximize the effectiveness of your face oils, creams, and serums, try using them on top of a layer of face mist. When your skin is dampened by mist (not dry), your other skincare products can penetrate deeper and deliver more of their beneficial ingredients. 

  • Extends the hold of makeup: Setting mists are specially formulated to hydrate and retain moisture while helping makeup last longer. They can be used on top of or instead of setting powders to give skin a fresh, dewy glow — and improve your makeup game! 

  • Try Herbal Dynamics Beauty Clean & Calm Rose Water Toner