Two of our favorite things about #resortlife: refreshing drinks delivered poolside and the ubiquity of misting machines, which spit out
just the right amount of coolness without making us wet. The only thing standing in the way of enjoying these perks 24/7? A little thing called work. While corporate America may not have caught onto the benefits of offering both amenities in the workplace, that doesn’t mean we can’t take matters into our own hands.
We’re starting with face mists: There’s no better way to refresh tired skin and lifts spirits than with a few spritzes of, say, pure rosewater or coconut water delightfully spiked with botanical extracts. Did your coworker just help herself to your La Croix,
again? Is your skin looking blotchy after a few too many last night? Take a few deep breaths while spraying your face with these beautifully-scented blends and — boom! — feel everyday bullshit dissipate in seconds.
The latest crop of mists come with some additional hidden tricks up their sleeves. One can deliver a dewy highlight to the skin and another packs gradual self-tanner. Some prime skin for makeup; others set it. One was used by Coco Chanel herself (and just so happens to be a drugstore steal). With so many options, there’s a mist for every purpose and budget.
The Natural Multitasker
Rosewater may be one of the oldest multitasking beauty products in the book. It can be used as a refreshing face mist (a must during festival season); a tool to help attract and trap moisture into the skin when spritzed on the face before applying hydrating creams and serums; a luxe way to transform powder face cleansers or masks; a way to take the sting out of mosquito bites; and a spot treatment for acne.
Kahina Giving Beauty Moroccan Rose Water, $38, available at Kahina Giving Beauty. More
The Best For Dewy Makeup
Whether you skip highlighter altogether because it can impart too strong a sheen or are looking for a strobe that not even your highest-wattage highlighter can provide, this mist may be your new go to. The alcohol-free formula sets makeup, but also contains a bit of mica to deliver a dewy glow to your skin, either elevating a highlighter’s strobe or adding a wee bit of glow to bare skin.
Cover FX Illuminating Setting Spray, $31, available at Sephora. More
The Pollution Fighter
Research has shown that algae can protect against UV light, which is why it’s included in this spray designed to shield skin from the effects of UV light, along with environmental pollutants, like cigarette smoke, exhaust, and other free-radical emitters in the air. REN Skincare Flash Defence Anti-Pollution Mist, $38, available at Bluemercury. More
The Instant Beach Breeze
Nothing gives us the sads like peering out our office window to see a perfectly sunny day just out of reach. And nothing wipes away those blues faster than a hit or two of this mist. It smells like clean, beachy air — thanks to a blend of coconut, vanilla bean, chamomile, seaweed and lavender extracts — but contains witch hazel to help tighten pores.
Kopari Beauty Coconut Rose Toner, $24, available at Kopari Beauty. More Read More
The Makeup Fixer
Kat Von D’s Lock It foundations and concealers have a stellar reputation for staying put, which is why we were so excited to try this new makeup setting mist, designed to keep makeup from fading all day. It doesn’t disappoint.
KAt Von D Makeup Setting Mist, $26, available at Sephora. More
The Sun In A Bottle
There used to be an art form to using self-tanning products on the face; streaks, orange tint, and over-developed color were just a few of the common perils. Now, this bottle lets us get our gradual tan on, just by spritzing a fine-grain mist.
James Read H2O Tan Mist, $31, available at Space NK. More
The Vegan Skin Refresher
This toner is made to hydrate skin with an all-natural and vegan roster of ingredients (like moringa seed oil, aloe and hibiscus flower).
True Moringa Balancing Toner, $22, available at True Moringa. More
The Serum Booster
Coco Chanel used this mineral-rich water sourced from volcanos in France to give her skin a refreshing boost (it
does feel like sitting under a mister poolside ). We spray it all over our body right before applying face and body serums to help optimize the absorption of active ingredients. Vichy Eau Thermale Mineralizing Thermal Water, $14, available at Vichy USA. More
The Featherweight Primer
If layering a cream primer atop lotions and serums makes your face feel too goopy (particularly in warmer months), this spray primer with SPF 18 may be your new BFF.
Physicians Formula #Instaready Face Primer, $13, available at Ulta Beauty. More
The Crowd Favorite
Nearly 300 people have raved about this lavender-laced spray on the Lush website, and credit it for for reducing blotchiness, softening skin, and reducing frizz when spritzed in hair.
Lush Eau Roma Toner Water, $11, available at Lush USA. More
The Mist That Thinks It’s A Serum
The probiotics and antioxidants in this mist are made to cozy up to your skin cells rather than evaporate in the air, allowing it to act more like a serum than a simple mist. Also awesome: It smells like a freshly-picked bouquet.
Allies of Skin Molecular Savior Mist, $55, available at Anthropologie. More
The Travel Companion
This mini mist bottle is not only perfectly-sized for staying refreshed on the go, it packs a super-clean ingredient list that includes witch hazel and aloe vera (in addition to coconut water), which helps de-gunk skin when sweating the day (and night) away.
Cocovit Coconut Water Hydro-Mist, $16, available at Cocovit. More
The Post-Workout Redness Reducer
Biodynamic mist is made to help skin calm the eff down, thanks to hawthorn, marjoram and chamomile, which helps cut irritation and balance pH.
Eminence Organic Skin Care Hawthorne Tonique, $48, available at Eminence Organics. More
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