Compared to moisturizers, serums, and toners, facial sprays are relatively new to the beauty scene. Take a stroll down the beauty aisle (or leisurely browse an online retailer) and you’ll notice a number of products that promise moisture with a splash or two. Like pimple patches, essences, and so many other cosmetics, they were popular in Korea for years before they found their place in the western beauty market. But do facial mists work?

How do facial sprays work?

Facial sprays look very similar to another nebulizable beauty product – fixing sprays. But while setting sprays hold your makeup in place, quenching your skin is the main goal of the face mist. Some mists can be formulated with some additional benefits, such as: B. Ingredients that soothe stressed skin or fight acne.

While skin care is usually set in the morning and night routines, you can use facial sprays if you feel like your skin needs an extra boost of moisture. A little cooling splash in the middle of the day can feel refreshing, especially in the hot summer months.

Do Facial Sprays Really Work?

The question of the hour: are facial mists worth the price? Or do we just throw our money away? Kelly Dobos, cosmetic chemist with over 15 years of industry experience, says they do. But it depends on the ingredients.

“Facial mists are mostly made up of water and humectants, so they’re thin and sprayable,” she says. “They quickly moisturize the surface of the skin.” She adds that they can be used at any time of the day for a refreshing boost of hydration and she personally keeps one at her desk. (Top tip: keep one in the refrigerator to weather sticky moisture during the summer months.)

To be effective, facial sprays must be formulated with humectants. As a moisturizing substance, humectants sit on your skin and draw moisture from your surroundings, be it at home, in the office, or outdoors.

According to SkinKraft Laboratories, humectants form hydrogen bonds with water, which slows evaporation. (And this helps keep your skin soft.) There are several types of humectants. Dobos recommends looking out for some: “Humectants like glycerin and propanediol, a less sticky alternative, are good ingredients to look out for. Sodium hyaluronate is another. “

Hyaluronic acid, found in all types of skin care products, from sunscreens to moisturizers, is also a humectant.

Dobos adds, “Some facial sprays are very thin emulsions that contain oils and other lipids that help replenish the skin barrier.”

This is because humectants alone won’t do the job. You have to work with a family of ingredients called occlusive, an active ingredient that creates a protective barrier on the skin and locks in moisture. Without occlusion, your facial mist can have the opposite effect. This is especially true if you are in an environment with low humidity, as the humectant cannot remove moisture. (This is why moisturizers infused with hyaluronic acid can make your skin feel dry.)

Ingredients with occlusive properties include petroleum jelly, silicones, waxes, vitamin E and other oils, most butters, and even certain algae extracts.

7 cruel facial sprays that actually work

From sprays for dry and sensitive skin to sprays for acne, dullness, redness, and dark spots, here are our top picks for cruelty-free facial sprays that can do the job.

Use InnBeauty Facial Spray for a quick moisturizing splash or as a setting spray or toner. | InnBeauty

InnBeauty Project Power Up Dual-Phase Face Mist

This 3-in-1 mist can be used as a makeup setting spray, moisturizing toner, or a quick pick-me-up for your skin throughout the day. Dobos explains that this mist “has two phases, an oily / lipid phase that is shaken to combine just before use”. These lipids then help replenish the skin.

This combination of moringa seed and ginger root oil helps nourish and soothe the skin, while witch hazel, aloe, and electrolytes hydrate and clear. It is also fortified by turmeric, pine bark, and Boerhavia diffusa – a flowering plant used in herbal medicine for its anti-inflammatory properties – to help smooth out your complexion.

The face spray from Honest Beauty is enriched with watermelon extract. | Honest beauty

Honest Beauty Elevated Hydration Mist

Owned by Jessica Alba, this brand’s facial spray provides a boost of moisture thanks to watermelon extract and two types of hyaluronic acid (that attract moisture). It also contains celery seed extract, an antioxidant-rich ingredient that contains vitamins A, C, and K, which can help slow photoaging (i.e., fine lines and dark spots from exposure to sunlight) and reduce redness and the appearance of your pores . It also has a lovely botanical scent, courtesy of lavender.

Split picture: two bottles of True Botanicals are confronted with fogYou can also use the True Botanicals face spray as a makeup setting spray. | Real botanicals

True Botanicals nutrient mist

Described as a “daily multivitamin for your skin”, the main role of this facial spray is hydration. But you can also use it as a makeup setting spray. It contains a wide range of antioxidant ingredients including green and white tea extracts, kombucha, two types of algae extracts (remember, algae are occlusive ingredients, which means they lock in moisture), and milk thistle oil. It smells so subtle of jasmine, neroli and rose that even sensitive skin can benefit from its advantages.

Split image: a face mist against a green background and the face mist with other Elf products on a bathroom shelf. Coconut water and argan oil are two main ingredients in this moisturizing face spray. | Eleven

ELF Glow Dewy Mist

For the low price of $ 8, this budget-friendly favorite ELF mist hydrates your skin with an infusion of coconut water, hyaluronic acid, and antioxidant argan oil, which is rich in antioxidants that protect the skin from environmental damage, such as polyphenols and vitamin E. It is also rich in fatty acids that provide moisture and nutrients. (In particular, it contains oleic and linoleic fatty acids, which have anti-inflammatory properties)

Split image: A woman sprays her face with Tower 28 facial spray and a bottle of facial spray against a blue background.This face spray has been specially developed for people with inflamed skin. | Tower 28

Tower 28 SOS Daily rescue

Tower 28’s SOS Daily Rescue was developed for all skin types, but especially for inflamed skin.

The product contains hypochlorous acid, which has antimicrobial properties to help inhibit acne causing bacteria.

Its main ingredient is hypochlorous acid, a naturally occurring molecule that is produced by your white blood cells to fight infections, bacteria and skin lesions. Dobos explains that this skin-friendly acid has antimicrobial properties that inhibit acne-causing bacteria. It also contains electrolyzed water and sodium chloride (also known as salt), which is widely used in skin care products for its binding and preservative properties.

This gentle mist has earned the National Eczema Association’s seal of approval, meaning it is safe for sensitive skin.

Vertly Face Mists against a pink background of flowers shared with a bottle of Vertly Face Mists next to the box. This CBD face spray contains a skin-nourishing blend of vitamins and fatty acids. | Vertly

Vertly CBD Infused Soothing Face Spray

The Vertly CBD Infused Soothing Face Mist is formulated for all skin types – dry, mature, sensitive, acne prone combination, whatever – the Vertly CBD Infused Face Mist is a 3-in-1 Toney, makeup-setting spray and a moisturizing mist. One bottle contains 100 mg of full-spectrum CBD, which it turns out to be more than just a wellness supplement. In skin care, CBD acts as an antioxidant that helps reduce inflammation. And no, it won’t sink into your skin and get you high. Unlike other cannabinoids THC, CBD is not psychoactive.

This cruelty-free face spray also contains the skin-caring vitamins A, D and E as well as essential omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. And it gets an added boost of benefits from marigold flowers that combat redness. It also contains aloe vera (which seals moisture) and rose (which tones, moisturizes and gives a natural floral scent).

two bottles of Herbivore Face Fog, one against a plain white background, one with flowers. The Herbivore facial spray contains skin-soothing organic rose hydrosol. | Herbivores

Herbivore Rose Hibiscus Moisturizing Face Spray

The cruelty-free and vegan skin care brand Herbivore’s Rose Hibiscus Hydrating Face Mist targets dullness and dryness with a gentle cloud of hyaluronic acid, organic rose hydrosol (also known as rose water, a moisturizing and soothing ingredient), coconut water and hibiscus extract contains skin-softening malic acid.

You can use it on freshly cleansed skin or over makeup for a moisturizing refreshment throughout the day. It’s also free of synthetic fragrances, preservatives, and colorings – this baby pink color is all natural.

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