I know exactly when my love affair with facial mists began. In middle school, my BFF Martha got an Evian Facial Water Spray in her Christmas stocking. Her mother was—and still is—one of those timeless beauties who do elegant things like buy holiday gifts at Neiman Marcus. The original face spray was a revelation. It felt so FRENCH to spritz our faces with spring water. In the 1990s, when toners were all the rage thanks to Sea Breeze and Clinique’s three-step programs, I went to work for Aveda and became fanatical about the Botanical Kinetics Toning Mist. It moisturized, smelled like the Kurt Cobain generation (in a good way), and looked so cool on my bathroom shelf.
When I became a magazine editor, a whole world of beauty products opened up to me, including a new generation of face sprays. Makeup artists were using these heavenly, hydrating things to give models’ skin a dewy finish and spas were spritzing throughout facials to soothe and calm complexions (Jurlique Rosewater Balancing Mist is the bomb for this). I kept a chic-looking bottle of Caudalie Beauty Elixir at my desk to combat the dry cubicle air and to use for a quick skin pick-me-up in lieu of layering on more makeup before I headed out to happy hour. So smitten was I with the ritual that when I got the opportunity to create my own skincare line, the first product I made was a Face Spray. Mist away anytime your skin—or your mood—needs a boost. It won’t disrupt makeup; it actually reinvigorates it. Likewise, you can spritz it on to keep powder or foundation from looking too cakey. Distilled with organic essential oils of bergamot, sweet orange, and lemon balm, it smells as juicy as it feels. And juicy skin is hydrated skin.
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