Misty Mornings

By Julie Jacobs

There are a lot of hydrating ‘mists’ on the market right now.  So in this Misty Morning article, I’ve tried to highlight the difference between a spritzing toner and an ‘all day, every way’ hydrating mist. A little spray of simple joy can lift your spirits.

Photography Jason Yates

I never used to enjoy ‘spritzing’ my face.  I didn’t like the anticipation of holding my breath; squeezing my eyes shut and sucking my lips in. Only to then be hit in the face by what felt like a bucket of water – as if I was in an internet challenge. 

But funnily enough, I love them now because of one small change. The nozzle.  It’s as simple as that!  Now, a genteel mist caresses my facial features instead of a liquid ‘spurting’ at me.  Using a mist now brings a smile to my face instead of a grimace. Here are a few (plus brand heroes) of my ‘Misty Morning’ favourites.

Ark Skincare Hydrating Beauty Mist is an ‘all day every way’, (ADEW) treatment, this was my first venture into misting.  And now living in my fridge (sorry Ark if that’s not recommended) it feels so good during hot days or hot flushes.  Wild Water Mint, Aloe Vera and Allantoin soothe and calm skin. Biossance Squalane and Hyalorinic Toning Mist are also an ‘ADEW’. Their squalane is derived from sugarcane which mimics the skin’s natural oils to give weightless and seamless hydration. Irene Forte encourages you to use their Helichrsum Toner in your daily routine as you would a conventional toner.  Hyaluronic Acid and Saccharide Isomerate deliver superior hydration, while Helichrysum Water, White Wine and Amino Acids condition and protect. 

Neal’s Yard Reviving White Tea Facial Mist is discerningly different from its toners — which target different skin conditions.  An ‘ADEW’ mist with antioxidant-rich white tea helps counteract the effects of pollutants. Plus cooling organic aloe vera is refreshing on the go. Espa Hydrating Floral Spa-Fresh Mist is a hybrid between a toner and an ‘ADEW’ mist. Enriched with essential oils and flower waters to refresh your bare skin or made-up face. Rose Damascena hydrates and Honeysuckle Flower Extract soothes and protects.

The 100% natural hybrid Evolve Daily Defense Moisture Mist is a protective facial mist. It includes prebiotics that helps strengthen and balance the skin’s microbiota protecting it against pollution.  Elemis Soothing Apricot Toner was my first spray toner.  Initially, I used it traditionally by spraying it onto cotton wool and then wiping it across my face. But suddenly I realised how much the cotton wool absorbed. That’s when I started to spritz it directly on my face to absorb its undiluted strength.  Now I can’t remember the last time I applied toner on a cotton pad. 

Elemis Super food Kefir Tea Mist feeds your skin a boost of hydration with this ultimate 4-in-1 treatment mist. The soothing formula tones, primes, sets makeup and refreshes skin. A definite ‘ADEW’.  Oskia City Life Facial Mist contains Niacinamide & Vitamin B3 & C brighten, Neroli & Basil oil, all aid to help relieve tension associated with city living, an ‘ADEW’/toner hybrid.  Pharmaceris Capillary Strengthening Gentle Mist Toner is a specific treatment for sensitive skin. It aids in reducing redness by restoring the skin’s natural pH level. 

Fresh Rose Instant Hydration Mist is enriched with damask rose extract and rosewater, this multi-purpose face mist is an ‘ADEW’.  Use to prime, set and refresh makeup throughout the day.  Bioeffect Osa Water Mist is a refreshing, rehydrating, and rebalancing mist. Formulated with pure Icelandic water, Hyaluronic Acid, and OSA (Orthosilicic Acid), a geothermal extract that helps support the skin’s structural integrity. ‘ADEW’.  This adorable Glow Recipe Watermelon Glow Ultra-Fine Mist is ideal for restoring moisture during the summer, on holiday or on a mid-long-haul flight an ‘ADEW’. I may have to keep this one in the fridge.  Eve Lom’s Radiance Face Mist is an effective skin care treatment that combines the powers of a serum and moisturiser. This intensely hydrating formula is an ‘ADEW’ handbag keeper.

And let’s not forget hair sprays. The organic Innersense Hair Love Prep Spray primes and prepares hair with love. Not only focusing on the outer appearance but also on our inner well-being. Vitamin B and rice protein restore strength and shine while plumping hair from roots to ends. Baobab and angelica root provide care for thermal UV and environmental exposure. 

Refresh and hydrate curls in between wash days with Bouclème Curl Cream mixed with water delivered by Bouclème’s Flairosol Mist Spray Bottle. This spray bottle delivers an ultra-fine, continuous mist – splatter free – coating hair evenly without soaking it. 

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