Do face mists really do anything? Ask for the kit

“It’s the summer heat wave and I don’t have air conditioning. To cope, I sprayed my face all day with whatever I could get my hands on. There are currently nearly a dozen bottles spread between my nightstand and my desk, even one over the kitchen sink. Do I have a problem? And do they do anything? — Overheating in Hamilton, Ont.

There’s a meme that keeps giving, where people insert the phrase “just to feel something” next to an action verb. For me, just like you, it’s fogging my face with fancy sprays – just to feel something. I’ve always been an avid fan of face mists, starting with the classic Evian mineral water spray and expanding from there. In France, pharmacies usually have a wall full of various posh brand thermal water mists. I’m sure part of the appeal of face misting comes from our constant adoration of French pharmacies.

In the back of my head is a vague memory of a line in an article about how constant misting isn’t good for your skin. Fortunately, The Kit’s Director of Beauty and Lifestyle, Katherine Lalancette, has an encyclopedic reminder. A 2017 story in Into the Gloss said that if you don’t dry your face or apply moisturizer after applying thermal water sprays, they can actually dry out your skin.

But I spray a lot of this stuff on it, and it doesn’t seem like it. To be sure, I consulted an expert. Fortunately, Dr. Lisa Kellett, medical director of DLK on Avenue in Toronto, told me not to worry about drying out my skin with water mists. “We think of skin as an aesthetic thing, but in fact it’s a defense organ, meant to protect us from the environment. It’s not particularly permeable,” she says. outer layer, the stratum corneum, with product. But reaching the dermis, the inner layer, is very difficult. You would have to use a laser to drill channels to get there.

In fact, Kellett says that when you put moisturizer on after a face spray, its effectiveness is boosted. “You can increase permeability if the skin is moist.”

I ask her if other ingredients in a face spray can be harmful, like alcohol, which seems to be drying. “Actually, that’s also a myth,” she says. “There are, for example, many alcohol-based sunscreens. I don’t have a problem with that as long as it’s a safe formulation. By that, she means Health Canada — approved. “Almost everything at Shoppers Drug Mart or Rexall will be approved by Health Canada,” she says. “Look for the NPN (Natural Product Number) or DIN (Drug Identification Number).”

Looking at my collection of face sprays on my desk while talking to Kellett, I realize that I’ve purchased a bunch of mists from random health food stores entirely because they smell good. “This stuff makes me nervous,” she said. “Essential oils can irritate your skin, causing contact dermatitis.”

But when face mists aren’t just water and are infused with active ingredients proven to benefit skin, a mist is just as effective as a cream, Kellett says. . “It’s just a different delivery system.”

One such spray that has been my constant companion lately is SkinCeuticals Phyto Corrective Essence Mist, a new item from the brand often found in display cases at medi-spas and dermatology offices. I don’t use it as indiscriminately as my other sprays because it’s a splurge at $88.

This is because it contains powerful ingredients. On the one hand, it has a calming effect on redness. “It contains a blend of phyto-botanical extracts intended to soothe, calm and hydrate sensitive skin, and has been shown to immediately reduce visible redness by 31%,” spokesperson Dr. Samuel Herz explained. brand medical. There’s also hydrating hyaluronic acid in the formula, which Herz says absorbs best on slightly damp skin.

This mist is best applied in the morning, “after cleansing and toning but before a vitamin C serum and moisturizer,” he says. “I like to suggest patients reapply it throughout the day as well, to provide additional lightweight hydration. One of the nicest features is that this mist can be reapplied on bare skin or over makeup as needed.

See, now we’re speaking my love language. I definitely get a little dopamine rush from the act of spraying my face – guys, it feels good! It is refreshing ! I totally feel something! And if it moisturizes and soothes my skin at the same time, so much the better.

Shop tips: Beautiful face mists for a hydration boost

Graydon Face Food Mineral Mist, $49, SHOP HERE

This is the hero vegan product from Graydon Skincare, a Toronto-based natural skin care line. Both a toner and a hydrating mist, it contains white tea, zinc, magnesium, copper and malachite to protect against environmental damage. Prime!

Caudalie Beauty Elixir, $59, SHOP HERE

Caudalie beauty elixir, $59,

With its intoxicating scent, this all-natural French Grape Extract Spray is a classic favorite always found in international fashion handbags.

Evian Mist Facial Spray, $24, SHOP HERE

Evian Mist Facial Spray, $24,

A quick swipe of this classic mineral water mist can refresh a sweaty face, set or revive makeup, and is a pleasurable experience in every way.

SkinCeuticals Phyto Corrective Essence Mist, $88, SHOP HERE

SkinCeuticals Phyto Corrective Essence Mist, $88,

Hydration via hyaluronic acid in a mist delivery system, with botanicals to calm redness.

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