Ok, so you’re at your favorite makeup store and you’re loading up the little basket you have just gotten from the door attendant who has a pierced lip, black hair and what looks like a pack of ammo around her waist, although, on closer inspection, it seems to be makeup tools. After you are assured that no violence is about to erupt, you hit the aisles. You load up your little basket with about $100 worth of merchandise, the whole of which takes up no more than a fraction of your purse. Then, as you approach the counter, you see it: a bottle of facial spray. Sure, you think you don’t need a $20 bottle of water after you’ve blown your money on everything else. But think again. With essential oils, herbal extracts and antioxidants, that little addition may be the most valuable thing in your basket.
“But what can this product do for me?” you ask. Well, more than you might think. Facial sprays can be used in combination with your moisturizer to help lock in hydration and prevent evaporation. Skin get dry on airplanes? Just pack your misting spray in your carry on and rejuvenate! However, if you are using the mists and sprays to retain moisture, make sure to use a moisturizing face spray with botanical extracts, saccharides or hyaluronic acid, all of which aid in moisture retention. If you chose to use one without these ingredients, it may end up having the opposite effect. According to Amanda Matcham, Skin Therapist at the International Dermal Institute, “Don’t let it (facial product without above-mentioned ingredients) dry on your face. As the water dries on the skin, it evaporates and draws some of the skin’s existing moisture out with it.”
And who among us hasn’t been here? You go to the restroom in the middle of your day only to find you have just attended a meeting with your boss or had a hot date with lipstick on your teeth or mascara under your eyes. Well, assuming that is not your desired effect, it can be avoided with just a little spritz of facial spray. It will help to set your makeup and make sure you look relaxed, fresh and confident. For this, a regular water spray is best, according to Eddie Malter, official L’Oreal Paris makeup artist. It will help to set your makeup and make sure you look relaxed, fresh and confident all day.
So, what else should you know about facial sprays? A thermal water spray, rich in calcium and antioxidants, is the best for anti-irritation and sensitive skin. Distilled water is good for basic hydration, but those that contain botanical extracts and essential oils like aloe and lavender will do a better job. Hydrosal, a.k.a. herbal water, is best for softening skin and will make you smell yummy too! For mature skin, fruit based mists are best. Look for products infused with orange and apple slices.
So, the takeaway? Next time you’re in your makeup store, splurge. That little bottle may be the best investment you make. And maybe you should smile at the door attendant on the way out.