It has become a latest fashion trend to spray a mist on to one’s face while shopping or traveling or post-gym and the trend is catching on like wild fire. With monsoon underway and humidity approaching we thought it’s a good idea to explain and guide people about this.
So the obvious first question of everybody would be- should you use a facial mist?
Well then let me tell you that using facial mist is not a bad habit, in fact it can be a boon for most people during our hot Indian summers, sticky monsoons & humid conditions of Aug to early Oct. Also the concept of using facial mists is not new it is the advanced formulations that are new age; where facial mists have evolved from containing mere water to a complete beauty package having beneficial ingredients. And apart from providing a refreshing feeling these have multiple uses. These may seem too gentle to make a difference; but mind you; only once you start using them you will realize what you have been missing out on.
BUT the important thing is to choose the right facial mist which has ingredients that can help re-hydrate, protect & rejuvenate your skin from within.
- Refreshing and hydrating the skin: It hydrates your skin. After a jog, or a heavy workout session at the gym, your skin loses most of the moisture due to sweating. At such times, hydrating face mist is just what you need. It will restore the moisture as well as prevent dehydration of your skin.
- Maintaining the moisture balance of the skin: Face mists help the regular moisturizer lock the hydration in the top most layer of the skin. Use it before or after applying moisturizer and it will ensure your skin remains supple all day long.
- Prepping the face before applying makeup or setting makeup perfectly: These are particularly helpful in setting your makeup firmly without making it crack and at the same time providing your skin a glowing natural look.
- Soothing irritated skin: It also soothes dry, irritated or sun burned skin. Since the face mist is made of purified water and moisturizers, it’s a really good remedy for dry or sun burned skin.
TYPES OF FACIAL MISTS:
There are numerous variants available in the market each having different set combinations or infusions. You can pick and choose depending on the intended purpose of use.
Usually facial mists are classified broadly on the basis of:
- The type of water used for the base eg mineral water (fortified with essential minerals) or thermal spring water, distilled water, heavy water, ocean water etc.
- Thermal or mineral water: Sourced from thermal spring’s deep underground, naturally rich in minerals and trace elements. Specifics vary depending on the spring the water comes from. Thermal Spring Water soothes, softens and restores skin’s natural balance.
- Deep Water, Heavy Water or D2O: Deep water is 10 percent heavier than normal water, so it will sink into the skin instead of evaporate. Therefore it is helpful in delivering beneficial ingredients deep into the skin.
- The added beneficial ingredients it contains eg essential oils, botanical extracts, antioxidants, moisturizing agents, peptides.
- Hydrosols: This refers to herbal or floral water. Made by steam-distilling plants or flowers to extract their “essence. Eg Rose water, distilled from rose petals. These can further be mixed with other beneficial ingredients.
- Fruit-based: is water infused with fruit extracts. Like water extracted from organic grapes via osmosis or by crushing orange or apple or adding coconut water.
WHAT SHOULD YOU LOOK FOR WHILE BUYING A FACIAL MIST:
When looking for a mist, you want a product that packs an antioxidant punch as well as one that offers hydration.
- Antioxidant properties
- Anti-inflammatory properties
- Maintains the pH balance of the skin
- Provides intense hydration and moisture to the skin
- Improves the radiance of your skin.
Additionally you can also choose these depending upon your skin type or skin requirements like:
- If you have oily skin, choose a facial mist that can help balance out your oil production and keep your skin feeling fresh.
- If you have fine lines or wrinkles then choose one having antioxidants and anti-aging properties.
- If your skin is prone to irritation then choose one having skin soothing & calming properties.
- If you have dry, flaky skin then choose one having deep moisturizing properties.
- If you want to have a relaxing, reviving, spa effect then choose one having therapeutic aroma oils.
CORRECT WAY TO APPLY/SPRAY A FACIAL MIST:
- Hold the can about 5-6 inches away from your face and spritz.
- Let it sit for about a minute.
- To enhance the effects apply a moisturizer within 5 mins of spraying the mist so that moisture and nutrients get locked in the skin.
- If you are using thermal or mineral mists without essentials oils, moisturizing agents then don’t let it dry on your face instead blot it off with a tissue or cotton pad unless you’re applying moisturizer immediately afterward.
- Remember not to hold the spray too close or it’ll make your makeup smear.
- Khadi Face Freshner Mint and Cucumber (Price: Rs 95 for 100ml)
- Fab India Lemongrass Facial Spray (Price: Rs 190 for 50 ml)
- Innisfree Green Tea Mineral Mist (Price: Rs 300 for 100 ml)
- Vichy Eau Thermale Thermal Spa Water (Price: Rs 650 for 150 ml)
- Forest Essentials Panchpushp Facial Tonic Mist (Price: Rs 650 for 100 ml)
- Avene Thermal Spring Water (Price: Rs 600 for 50 ml)
- La Roche-Posay Soothing & Protective Thermal Spring Water (Price: Rs 550 for 50 ml)
- Clinique Moisture Surge Face Spray Thirsty Skin Relief (Price: Rs 1800 for 125 ml)
- Dermalogica UltraCalming Mist (Price 975 for 50 ml)
- MAC Mineralize Charged Water Skin Hydrating Mist (Price: Rs 1250 for 100 ml). This should not be used for ultra sensitive skin type.
HOW TO MAKE YOUR OWN LOW COST BASIC FACIAL MIST AT HOME:
Ingredients required: Green tea or pomegranate tea, Mint leaves, Pure Rosewater, Jajoba oil/ almond oil, Aloe vera extract, Cucumber juice and Coconut water.
- Take a pan, add 1 cup of RO purified water and keep it on the flame for boiling.
- Add 2 teabags or 2 tablespoons of green tea/pomegranate tea and 5-7 mint leaves to this water. Further you can also add pure rosewater, jajoba oil/almond oil (use jajoba oil if you have acne prone skin), aloe vera extract, cucumber juice and coconut water. Note: The quantity of these ingredients can vary according to your choice.
- When water is boiling, simmer it for a few seconds, depending on how strong you want the tea or mint action.
- After it has boiled, strain it with a strainer into an open bowl/ another pan.
- Let it cool down.
- When it become cool, add it to a spray bottle and your facial mist is ready.
- You can store it in the fridge if you are using it in the summers or monsoons.