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We’ll admit that face mists might not be the most essential step in your daily regimen (sunscreen, on the other hand, is a must to avoid long-term skin damage), but that doesn’t mean we don’t love them any less. They’re a miracle product for hot summer commutes, and the perfect pick-me-up for those 4pm productivity slumps: And while skeptics will say it’s nothing but atomized H2O, think again: The good ones (a.k.a. all the ones you’ll see here) are packed with skin-loving herbs, soothing rosewater, and yes, French thermal water from the Alps — all things that help provide an instant soothing and cooling effect on your complexion.
Having also accumulated a rather unexpected (yet extremely dedicated) following, face mists are among the most “viral” beauty categories, and populate many a Reddit thread where users can wax poetic on their favorites. Can't say we blame them.
For this installment of Hype Machine, we’ve done a deep dive into the best refreshing products that online shoppers simply can’t live without. Hey, when you know, you know.
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Dermalogica Antioxidant Hydramist
The Supercharged Face Mist
Like a mini-facial in a bottle, Dermalogica's Hydramist acts more like a potent moisturizer than your basic skin spray. It contains white tea, licorice and vitamin E to ward off free radical damage, and a patented polypeptide complex hydrates like a champ.
The Hype: 4.5 out of 5 stars and 930 reviews on Ulta Beauty
Hydration Nation Says: "I'm not normally a fan of spray toners. Typically I like a toner I can apply with a cotton pad, but this one has changed my mind. Very hydrating without being heavy, or leaving a greasy feel. I drench myself in this every time I cleanse, and just love it. Have already purchased two back ups" – Bargedyl, Ulta Beauty Reviewer
Dermalogica Antioxidant HydraMist, $45, available at Ulta Beauty
Caudalie Beauty Elixir
The French Girl Face Mist
We would love this one for the fragrance alone (it's an instant wake-me-up in a bottle), but the benefits go way beyond sensorial: Caudalie's Beauty Elixir tones, hydrates, and soothes skin like nothing else we've tried.
The Hype: 4.3 out of 5 stars and 3,112 reviews on Sephora
Hydration Nation Says: "I'm a flight attendant and this is my little bottle of magic! I spritz my way across the Atlantic, and the essential oils really penetrate, hydrate and quench my tired dried out skin. I've also found that it's an excellent hang-over pick me up after a boozy night out. It really is a miracle product. Expensive but well worth it. ADORE this!" – misslaurc, Sephora Reviewer
Caudalie Beauty Elixir, $49, available at Sephora
Mario Badescu Facial Spray With Aloe, Herbs and Rosewater
The Garden Party Face Mist
There's a lot of folks out there who can't get enough of Mario Badescu's gentle rosewater mist, which is infused with botanicals to hydrate and tone a tired complexion.
The Hype: 4.7 out of 5 stars and 7,557 reviews on Ulta Beauty
Hydration Nation Says: "Great for hydration without leaving your face sticky or oily. I have combination skin which gets very dehydrated but if I moisturize too much I get super oily and break out. This is exactly what I need before putting on my makeup!" — Sensitive Linds, Ulta Beauty Reviewer
Mario Badescu Facial Spray With Aloe, Herbs and Rosewater, $7, available at Ulta Beauty
Teddie Organics Rose Water Facial Toner Spray
The Organic Face Mist
Another sleeper hit is Teddie Organics' organic rosewater mist, which nixes redness and dry patches while giving you an aromatherapy treat — no wonder it's an Amazon bestseller.
The Hype: 4.7 out of 5 stars and 4,684 reviews on Amazon
Hydration Nation Says: " I can't rave enough about this product! I have rosacea, and the prescription I had did nothing but dry out my skin and irritate my rosacea further. I read the reviews and decided to give it a try. It's amazing! I saw results in two days. It tightened my pores, reduced the redness/flareups and didn't dry me out. Your skin will feel and smell great! I threw out my prescription and will definitely buy this again." — JT, Amazon Reviewer
Teddie Organics Rose Water Facial Toner Spray, $10, available at Amazon
Kerstin Florian Rehydrating Neroli Water
The Spa Face Mist
It's not quite the same as a spa day, but it's as close as you can get from the comfort of your desk. Kerstin Florian's neroli-infused water smells like a dream, and doesn't cause a foundation disappearing act.
The Hype: 5 out of 5 stars and 225 reviews on Dermstore
Hydration Nation Says: "I became obsessed with this product after experiencing it during a facial. Perfect for refreshing skin when you travel or for setting your makeup. Light, fresh scent and a perfect misting spray that doesn’t clog, ever." – Anonymous Dermstore Reviewer
Kerstin Florian Rehydrating Neroli Water , $36, available at DermStore
Garnier SkinActive Facial Mist
The Drugstore Face Mist
We love an affordable buy, and Garnier's rosewater mist has won over the hearts of online reviewers everywhere for its soothing (and makeup setting) properties.
The Hype: 4.0 out of 5 stars and 395 reviews on Amazon
Hydration Nation Says: "Have nothing but great things to say about this product! I use it multiple times daily. Both before and after applying makeup, as well as a mid day refresher. The mist is delicate yet effective and the scent is the best part of this entire product! Highly recommend to any and everyone." — Laura R, Amazon Reviewer
Garnier SkinActive Facial Mist Spray with Rose Water, $6.43, available at Amazon
Tatcha Luminous Dewy Skin Mist
The Fancy Face Mist
It's a luxurious product in every way, and yet, over one thousand people have taken the time to review Tatcha's fan-favorite face mist. It doesn't get more legit than that.
The Hype: 4.0 out of 5 stars and 1,334 reviews on Sephora
Hydration Nation Says: "This stuff is a miracle worker!!! I’m an RN and work in a hospital where the air is very drying. My makeup was looking caked and greasy after the end of a 12 hour shift. I bought this and used it at the end of my makeup application and not only did it make my skin look healthy and glowing, it kept my makeup on for the whole 12 hours with minimal creasing!! I noticed my skin even feels smoother and more plump. Would 100% recommend to anyone with oily t-zone/combo skin. Will be repurchasing!" — Anmcgary, Sephora Reviewer
Tatcha Luminous Dewy Skin Mist, $20, available at Sephora
Eau Thermale Avène Thermal Spring Water
The I Can't Believe It's Just Water Face Mist
We know — it's hard to think that a fancy bottle of water has the ability to change your skin, but Avène has us eating our words big time. Reviewers consider it a holy grail product to address everything from keratosis pilaris, rosacea, and eczema.
The Hype: 4.3 out of 5 stars and 1,299 reviews on Amazon
Hydration Nation Says: "I know this seems ridiculous, but I promise, it is not. It seems to calm and refresh my skin and it also feels amazing as a toner. First, I wash my face using an Avène cleanser (the blue one), I spray this on and let it dry, and then I use the Embryolisse lait-creme concentre moisturizer. It's a perfect skin care routine that works, and is actually a lot less expensive than most other alternatives. Try it. I bet you will be pleasantly surprised." — Anonymous Amazon Reviewer
Eau Thermale Avène Thermal Spring Water, $18.5, available at Amazon
Neutrogena Hydro Boost City Shield Facial Mist Gel
The Cooling Face Mist
Nothing feels better than a refreshing mist of cool water on a scorching summer day, and Neutrogena's fits the bill — and then some. The hyaluronic acid- and antioxidant-rich formula won't clog pores and is like a tall glass of H20 for stressed-out skin.
The Hype: 4.3 out of 5 stars and 204 reviews on Walmart
Hydration Nation Says: "This gel mist was very refreshing each time I used it. I love how refreshing it made my face look after a long day. I found myself wanting to use it more often when the temperature was warmer. It definitely helped to cool my face down as well as help me face to feel more hydrated." – millie1, Walmart Reviewer
Neutrogena Hydro Boost City Shield Facial Mist Gel, $19.97, available at Walmart
Olay Ultimate Hydration Essence With Vitamin C And Bergamot
The Morning Person Face Mist
Olay's new face mists are among our new favorite drugstore finds, and it's easy to see why: The mist is super fine — just like walking through a citrus-y cloud — and the hydrating benefits last longer than, well, a couple seconds.
The Hype: 4.5 out of 5 stars and 645 reviews on Target
Hydration Nation Says: "I’m not generally a fan of facial sprays but I wasn’t mad about this. The smell is energizing and wakes me up after a good night's sleep. It’s gentle on my sensitive skin and it’s a fine mist type of spray. If you’re looking for a pick me up for your tired skin, then this is for you. It’s a light spray and absorbs into the skin pretty fast." – kayleighs3, Target Reviewer
Olay Ultimate Hydration Essence With Vitamin C And Bergamot, $9.99, available at Target.com
St. Ives Lavender Scent Face Mist
The Calming Face Mist
Stress? Never heard of her. St. Ives's lavender mist is a must for instant relaxation, and we love that it doubles as a nighttime pillow spray to help you get the most out of your beauty sleep.
The Hype: 4.4 out of 5 stars and 136 reviews on Target
Hydration Nation Says: "This face mist is great! The lavender scent is subtle and very relaxing. I even spray it on my pillow on nights when I am having trouble falling asleep!" – a_girl_named_ryan, Target Reviewer
St. Ives Lavender Scent Face Mist, $5.99, available at Target.com
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