If you thought face mists were just for the ladies, think again. You might be surprised to know that they do wonders for any and all types of skin, especially when used over time. While the idea of simply spraying something on your face might seem redundant, there are so many more uses and benefits to facial mists that you may not have considered.
Face mists are a great addition to your gym bag as a quick solution to cool down after an intense workout, and you can even double the mist up to get over that post-lunch slump at the office and energise your afternoon.
Being so versatile, they can be used at any time throughout the day, and for almost anything you can think of, whether that’s directly after cleansing in the morning, as a make-up setter, to freshen up in between meetings or before a hot date, or even right before going to bed to support your skin’s hydration throughout the night.
Help tackle the drying effects of central heating and air conditioning with ease: just a quick spray will leave your skin feeling refreshed and hydrated. If you travel on planes a lot or spend your workdays in a low-humidity environment, your face could benefit from a refreshing spritz every now and then, and your skin will thank you in the long run.
What Do Face Mists Even Do?
Besides the obvious advantage of providing a quick and easy solution for hydration, they’re packed with antioxidants and essential fatty acids that feed, nourish, and uplift the skin. Facial mists can be great mood enhancers to brighten up, refresh, or relax: start your day with an invigorating wake-up mist to hydrate your skin in the morning or wind down with a relaxing mist in the evening before sleeping.
You can use facial mists to address specific skin needs or issues such as dryness, irritation, breakouts, and ageing. For instance, mists with vitamin C or turmeric can help reduce redness and brighten skin that is dull or tired, ingredients like aloe vera help soothe irritated skin, while tea tree can aid acne-prone skin.
Many mists also have anti-ageing properties, thanks again to antioxidants. Where we spend so much time behind screens, the blue light they emit can be harmful as it penetrates the skin deeply. This can accelerate the skin’s ageing process, but antioxidants help neutralise the effects of blue light by boosting and hydrating your skin as well as encouraging its natural repair and regeneration cycle.
What Is The Difference Between Face Mist & Toner?
You’re probably asking yourself why you need a face mist if you already have a toner or vice versa. While the two products do provide similar benefits in helping the skin along its hydration journey and are applied after cleansing, they differ in terms of the role they play in your skincare routine.
Even their application is different: unlike a no-hassle face mist that you can whip out and spritz at your leisure, toners are usually applied on and massaged into the skin with a cotton pad. This is because toners are designed to deep clean the skin further after an initial cleanse, so they need a vehicle (the cotton pad) to really get under your skin and remove that dirt.
Toners are also astringents, which means they tighten the pores and bring the pH level of your skin back to normal after cleansing. In a nutshell, toners prepare your skin for moisturisation, whereas a facial mist is there to keep your skin hydrated, or to boost it and freshen up every now and then. However, face mists do not take effect on your pores like toners do, which is why we wouldn’t recommend replacing your toner with them – use it in between cleansing and moisturising instead to really treat your skin.
Our Top Picks Of Face Mists For Men
With so many great products to choose from, we thought we’d do the research for you so you can narrow down your choice based on your skincare needs. Let’s face it, there’s a mist out there for everyone…
1. D'ALCHÉMY The Iconic Face Mist
Key Ingredients: Shea Butter, Damask Rose, Gluconolactone, Hydrolysed Algae Extract
Price: £38.90 for 50ml | Subscribe & Save 15%
2. Five Dot Botanics Brighten Up Face Mist
Key Ingredients: Rose Water, Pomegranate Extract, Glycerin
Price: £28.00 for 50ml (order now to receive a FREE face cleanser. Offer valid until 31st March 2022) | Subscribe & Save 10%
3. Saltee Hydrating Face Mist
Key Ingredients: Red Algae, Aloe Vera, Vitamin C, Hyaluronic Acid
Price: £20.00 for 75ml
4. Humanity Cosmetics Face Mist Active
Key Ingredients: Roman Chamomile Water, Essential Oils, Tropical Reed, Poria Cocos
Price: £30.00 for 130ml | Subscribe & Save 10%
5. Frances Prescott Tri-Spritz
Key Ingredients: Coconut Water, Chuffa Milk, White Tea, Orange Blossom Water, Verbena, Witch Hazel, Macadamia Oil
Price: £40.00 for 100ml | Subscribe & Save 10%