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It’s going to be a scorcher this weekend, enough to make anyone in Los Angeles or New York (and everywhere in between, really) plunge like Wim Hof into a sub-zero tub of water. And if you dare to emerge in the heat, some of the best face mists can be a skin-boosting upgrade to your basic H2O spray, as they contain ingredients that can hydrate and protect your visage and even keep a full face of makeup from melting.
We’ve rounded up the best facial sprays for every skin type and climate. Also on this list are the top hydrating face mists loved by Hollywood makeup artists for giving their clients glowy skin on and off the red carpet, as well microbiome-friendly options.
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Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe, Adaptogens and Coconut Water
Mario Badescu’s facial sprays are cult favorites for a reason, which is why the brand listened to the people for its newest launch: a new facial spray containing aloe, hyaluronic acid and coconut water. The vegan and cruelty-free face mist is the result of feedback from customers who wanted a formula without fragrances, dyes, parabens, pthalates, silicone, sulfates and mineral oil (yes, it’s free of all of those things.) The brand says its product’s adaptogens protect against free radicals and dark spots while supporting skin elasticity, while aloe and coconut hydrates and nourishes the skin. (Lili Reinhart, Kylie Jenner and Ashley Graham have all sung praises for the brand’s products.)
Avene Eeau Thermale Face Spray
BEST FOR POST-SHAVE
It’s no secret that Avene’s cult-favorite facial mist comes from the renowned St. Odile natural thermal spring in France, known for its skin-healing minerals and a unique microorganism that scientists found to be effective in treating conditions such as atopic dermatitis and other skin conditions. (Gwyneth Paltrow, Rita Ora and Eva Green are among stars who use it.) That’s why it’s great for those with sensitive skin, and especially for soothing the visage after shaving.
True Botanicals Calm Nutrient Mist
BEST FOR IRRITATED SKIN
Snowpiercer costume designer Cynthia Summers revealed to Hollywood Reporter that she always keeps True Botanicals’ Calm Nutrient Mist in her skincare kit. It’s one of the best face mists for sensitive skin, as it contains anti-inflammatory ingredients (including neroli flower and blue chamomile) and algae extract that hydrates and nourishes.
Tower 28 S.O.S. Daily Rescue Facial Spray
BEST FOR ECZEMA-PRONE SKIN
Founder Amy Liu founded her clean skincare brand after struggling with eczema, which is why 28’s S.O.S. Daily Rescue Facial Spray is formulated without potentially irritating ingredients such as synthetic fragrances, essential oils and other known allergens. (No wonder it has earned the National Eczema Association’s Seal of Acceptance.) This hypo-allergenic, non-comodogenic and dermatologist-tested formula helps reduce redness and irritation as well as evening out texture and soothing skin.
Honest Beauty Elevated Hydration Mist
BEST FOR SETTING MAKEUP
Reviewers rave about this Honest Beauty Elevated Hydration Mist‘s ability to set makeup while moisturizing and soothing the skin. The non-toxic formula doesn’t contain synthetic fragrances, pthalates, dyes, parabens or formaldehyde donors.
Happy 2nd Birthday Pre+Probiotic Facial Mist
Launched this year by two siblings as a way to create safe skincare plfor their cancer survivor father, Korean label Happy 2nd Birthday’s lineup includes this pre-and probiotic facial mist. This cruelty-free and vegan spray hydrates the skin while balancing the skin’s microbiome, and the brand says it’s also great for boosting absorption of other skin and makeup products.
Florence by Mills Zero Chill Face Mist
BEST FOR TWEENS
Enola Holmes star Millie Bobby Brown’s Gen Z-focused skincare brand, Florence by Mills, includes this Zero Chill Face Mist. It’s formulated with extracts of seaweed, thyme, rose and lavender, which all work together to soothe, hydrate, and protect the skin. It’s also PETA-approved, vegan and doesn’t contain parabens.
Coola Organic Refreshing Water Mist with SPF 18
BEST SUNSCREEN FACE MIST
You’d be hard-pressed to find a Hollywood dermatologist, facialist, makeup artist, costume designer or skincare-obsessed movie star who doesn’t recommend using sunscreen, which can help protect your skin from sunburns and potentially cancer-causing damage from UV rays. Coola’s Refreshing Water Mist with broad spectrum SPF 18 is perfect for layering on top of other sunscreen products, and the mineral formula is alcohol-free and contains antioxidants that are clinically shown to help prevent damage from blue light and air pollution.
Kora Organics Minty Mineral Hydration Mist
BEST FOR REENERGIZING
In addition to being one of the best hydrating face mists for all skin types, Miranda Kerr-founded brand Kora Organics’ Minty Mineral Hydration Mist will help give you a little energy boost. The clean and cruelty-free beauty label uses microalgae, aloe vera and sea water in its vegan formula to soothe skin, while peppermint and palo santo help “energize your senses.”
Fresh Rose Floral Toner
BEST FOR FLIGHTS
Touted for its redness-reducing, anti-aging benefits, rosewater is the key ingredient in Fresh’s cooling floral toner. (Starry facialist Joanna Vargas tells her clients to use a rosewater facial spray on flights, which tend to have dry air.) This facial spray is safe for all skin types and leaves a dewy, refreshed look for 24 hours.
Dr. Barbara Sturm Hydrating Face Mist
BEST FOR LOOKING CAMERA-READY
Hollywood-favored facialist Dr. Barbara Sturm recommends her own hydrating face mist for anyone who wants to look radiant for the cameras. This glow-giving concoction contains antioxidants for protecting against free radicals and environmental damage, as well as skin-soothing and moisturizing extracts from lemon, broccoli, aloe vera and prickly pear.
Herbivore Jasmine Green Tea Oil Control Toner
BEST FOR OILY SKIN
Suitable for oily, combination and sensitive skin, Herbivore’s Jasmine Green Tea Oil Control Toner is infused with green tea, willow bark and witch hazel, all of which combine to hydrate, balance and clarify the skin. This is also one of the best face sprays for blemishes, dullness and uneven texture, thanks to the willow bark’s naturally occurring salicylic acid that gently helps the visage to shed dead skin cells and prevent acne.
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