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Editor’s Picks: 15 of the Best Face Mists to Refresh, Hydrate, Calm or Mattify Your Skin

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Whatever’s going on with your skin—whether it’s dullness, dryness, sensitivity or a shiny T-zone—there’s a face mist out there for you.

Contrary to popular opinion, face mists aren’t just water in fancy packaging. As I explained in this tutorial, they’re lightweight liquids packed with skin-friendly ingredients that hydrate, soothe, control oil and even brighten.

That means face mists aren’t just a great way to refresh your skin throughout a long day at work or after a sweaty gym session. You can also use them to pack in more moisture in between layers of other products, take down redness, mattify your makeup and more.

Here are the best face mists I’ve found, why I chose them, and what you need to know about each one.

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The Best Face Mists of 2021 (At a Glance)

  1. Dermalogica Clear Start Micro-Pore Mist
  2. Caudalie Grape Water
  3. Tower 28 SOS (Save.Our.Skin) Daily Rescue Facial Spray
  4. BIOeffect OSA Water Mist
  5. Pai Century Flower Lotus & Orange Blossom Soothing Tonic
  6. Allies of Skin Molecular Saviour Probiotics Repair Mist
  7. Tata Harper Hydrating Floral Essence
  8. Odacité Mint + Green Tea Hydra-Purifying Treatment Mist
  9. Herbivore Rose Hibiscus Coconut Water Hydrating Face Mist
  10. Éminence Stone Crop Hydrating Mist
  11. Agent Nateur (Holi) Water
  12. OSEA Sea Minerals Mist
  13. Omorovicza Queen of Hungary Mist
  14. Biossance Squalane + Hyaluronic Toning Mist
  15. Avène Thermal Spring Water

What to Look for in a Face Mist

Since face mist is a leave-on product that can be applied on bare skin as well as on top of skincare and makeup, it’s important that it doesn’t irritate, clog pores or increase photosensitivity.

I look for face mists that meet the following criteria:

  • Low in fragrance: Whether natural or synthetic, fragrance is the number one cause of skin reactions. Keep in mind that citrus oils can make your skin more sun-sensitive, too, so they should not be present in high amounts.
  • High in humectants: Ingredients like aloe, glycerin and hyaluronic acid are lightweight and non-greasy, and work to draw moisture into your skin.
  • Low in PUFAs: You don’t have to use a mist that contains oils (most don’t!), but if you do, make sure they are stable. Oils high in polyunsaturated fatty acids, a.k.a. PUFAs, will oxidize quickly and generate free radicals.
  • Low in silicones: Not only do they cause pilling when layering products, silicones can also trap debris in your pores, leading to clogging and breakouts.
  • Low in alcohol: Drying alcohols don’t belong in face mists, especially if you already have dry or sensitive skin.
  • Low in witch hazel: Not everyone reacts to it, but witch hazel can cause irritation if you are sensitive.
  • Has a preservative: All water-based products must have a preservative to prevent bacterial growth.

The Best Face Mists of 2021 (Reviews)

Dermalogica Clear Start Micro-Pore Mist
Caudalie Grape Water
Tower 28 SOS Save.Our.Skin Daily Rescue Facial Spray
BIOeffect OSA Water Mist
Pai Century Flower Lotus Orange Blossom Soothing Tonic
Allies of Skin Molecular Saviour Probiotics Repair Mist
Tata Harper Hydrating Floral Essence
Odacite Mint Green Tea Hydra-Purifying Treatment Mist
Herbivore Rose Hibiscus Coconut Water Hydrating Face Mist
Eminence Stone Crop Hydrating Mist
Agent Nateur Holi Water
OSEA Sea Minerals Mist
Omorovicza Queen of Hungary Mist
Biossance Squalane Hyaluronic Toning Mist
Avene Thermal Spring Water

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