The Truth About Facial Mists

Facial Mists — an often overlooked implement in any skin care routine, are gaining a lot of traction recently as an instant pick-me-up for dull, lack luster skin.

So, what are facial mists exactly? Facial mists (also referred to as skin or beauty mists) are liquids, usually containing hydrating and or botanical ingredients that are sprayed or ”misted” onto your skin. Unlike stripping astringents and toners — as we may remember from our middle school sea breeze and oxy-pad days — a good skin mist will nourish your skin and leave you with a dewy complexion.

Besides nourishing the skin, facial mists can be used for a multitude of concerns and used during any part of your routine. Feeling dry after travel? Apply a facial mist. Skin looking dull? Facial mist. Need to set makeup? Facial mist. With that being said, If you are looking to add a facial mist into your routine, it is important to choose ingredients that benefit your skin type or skin concern.


When looking for a quick “pick me up” search for ingredients that contain antioxidants and brightening ingredients like green tea, vitamin C and caffeine. However, if you have dry or sensitive skin, hyaluronic acid, B5 and aloe are all good ingredients to look for. There are even skin mists to balance oily/acneic skin types. If you fall into that category, instead of looking for hydrating ingredients, look for ones with mild acids to clarify the skin. Lactic, salicylic and willow bark extracts are all good ingredients to see in a clarifying facial mist.


If you are on the go like me and want a great all-inclusive facial mist for an everyday pick me up, look for one that is suitable for all skin types. My go-to skin mist is the Ultra Balancing Skin Mist by Ultraceuticals. It hydrates the skin with provitamin B5 and bisabolol, clarifies with lactic and salicylic and is packed with antioxidants and soothing ingredients like green tea, cucumber and aloe. Whichever skin mist you decide to go with, avoid those with a high alcohol content, as they will dry out your skin and reverse all that nourishing goodness skin mists were meant to do!

If you’re looking for that extra-something to keep your skin feeling hydrated and radiant throughout the day — it might be time to consider adding a facial mist to your regimen. However, it’s best to to leave it up to guess-work. Reserve your complimentary skin care consultation with one of our skin care experts. We’ll find what ingredients best suit your skin and its needs!


Licensed Aesthetician, SKN BAR Rx