Cactus Flower Mist, £18, Kiehl’s (kiehls.co.uk), above
They say A cooling, refreshing formula that purifies and hydrates your skin, breathing new life into your complexion with every spritz.
We say A hydrating mist may sound like something you’d need around the summer solstice instead of the countdown to Christmas, but do your skin a favour and give it a try. The delightfully green formula from Kiehl’s combines the soothing scents of lavender, geranium and rosemary with cactus flowers and ginseng to pump the skin with moisture. A few sprays will quickly turn into a perfumed mist instead of a stream of droplets and leave the skin feeling smooth and plump to the touch. It works well over make-up so keep a bottle handy when you’re Christmas shopping (you’ll thank us when you’re scrambling for the last Buster at John Lewis).
Set + Refresh Perfecting Makeup Mist, £20, Estée Lauder (esteelauder.co.uk)
They say Instantly hydrate, revive and soothe skin wherever you go.
We say Unlike some facial mists, Estée Lauder suggests you apply its spray before make-up to help it set. It’s packed with electrolytes and caffeine to boost the skin’s radiance and will turn the surface velvety smooth, so the time to use it is pre-foundation. Going in and out of central heating dries out skin and can leave it looking dull and lacklustre (not what you want for Christmas party season). This mist is great for a pick-me-up — seriously, try it when you’re hungover — and will revive dull skin in a few spritzes.
In Transit Spray-on Moisture, £14.40, This Works (lookfantastic.com)
They say A daily replenishing, moisturising spray to calm and hydrate all skin types. It will boost skin protection at any time of day with this easy-to-use skin shield — for instant relief from pollution, fatigue and the skincare stresses of life on the go.
We say Compared with other facial mists, This Works is more heavy-duty. The formula contains the brand’s signature repairing plant oils made of a blend of aloe vera water and sea minerals, which offers a soothing and calming effect to stressed-out skin. This spray can be used in your regular morning beauty routine between serum and moisturiser to provide an extra layer of hydration. You can also spray on throughout the day before re-applying make-up: this delivers a hit of hydration, gets rid of any dryness caused by central heating or foundation and gives your skin a dewy glow. The packaging comes in a sturdy metal container and is the ideal size for hand luggage restrictions, making it a smart addition to your “on the go” make-up kit.
The Mist, £55, La Mer (cremedelamer.co.uk)
They say This refreshing mist helps hydrate and rebalance even the driest complexions to energise and revive the skin.
We sayThis facial spray promises to hydrate and soothe dehydrated skin with its world famous The Miracle Broth made of marine botanical extracts. To reap the benefits, spray all over in the morning before applying make-up to revive a dull complexion. The product can also be used to specific dryness-prone areas such as dehydration lines around the eyes. For maximum effect, spray the product directly on to cotton pads and hold over closed eyes to soothe and repair. The ingredients also boast calming effects for men post-shave but don’t let them in on that secret unless you’re happy to share.
GinZing Energy-Boosting Treatment Lotion Mist, £18, Origins (origins.co.uk)
They say Instantly helps infuse skin with vital radiance and energy, while gently sweeps away dulling flakes to smooth skin. Delivering a fine mist of comforting hydration.
We say The first thing that hits when you spray it is the zingy scent: a deliciously refreshing blend of lemon, grapefruit and spearmint that will shake awake the senses on a dull winter morning. Using caffeine as an active ingredient, it works best when used post-cleanse, delivering a last-minute boost to your morning routine. Other active ingredients include pomegranate (containing lovely antioxidants) and witch hazel to purify the skin with its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. A great all-rounder to cover various skin concerns such as dull or dry patches and is just the thing when your triple espresso with a side of Berocca doesn’t cut it.