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Why This Face Mist Is a Game-Changer for Sensitive Skin

Discover Phyto Corrective Essence Hydrating Mist by SkinCeuticals.

Learn why one of our best face mists is perfect for adding hydration to sensitive skin.

In the world of skincare, face mist can be easily dismissed as overpriced water in a spray bottle. Originally, face mists were meant to be used between cleansing and moisturizing to quickly rebalance skin’s pH after being washed with alkaline soap. Today, face mists are generally used to prep the skin for subsequently applied products like serums and moisturizers. But that’s far from being their only benefit. Here, we’re breaking down everything you need to know about refreshing face mists, like SkinCeuticals Phyto Corrective Essence Mist

What do face mists do?

Face mist is like a serum’s second cousin. It’s more liquid-like in formula but just as beneficial and even more versatile. It’s a great way to hydrate your skin when you’ve been sitting at a computer all day or during a transatlantic flight. Given that you have to close your eyes when you spritz it, it forces you to stop and take a self-care moment. Or it can be a much-needed blast of refreshment on a sticky, hot-as-hell day, whether you are outside in the sweltering heat or underground on an oppressive subway platform where air conditioning is non-existent. Face mists can also help set your makeup while adding a dewy glow. And they can be used by all skin types and at any time of the year. And a face mist always feels refreshing and pleasant.

How do you use a face mist?

It depends on what you want to achieve. As stated earlier, they can simply refresh your skin during an afternoon slump or in the morning to wake yourself up. You can also spritz yourself with a face mist after washing your face for a layer of hydration before applying any additional skincare like serum, moisturizer or even between primer and foundation. And depending on what additional ingredients the face mist has, it can even be used to absorb excess oil (anything with silica) or control breakouts (look for mild acid exfoliants). Hold the bottle about six inches above your face and spray a few times, allowing the droplets to fall. You can also use a face mist to dilute other products. A quick mist into a pump of foundation will sheer it out; a spritz into a dollop of cream will transform it into a lotion. It can also smooth out cakey makeup. As for how often it can be used, the choice is yours. Spritz as often and as generously as possible to get the most out of your refreshing face mist.

Can those with sensitive skin use a face mist?

Absolutely! In fact, it can be useful in soothing and calming irritation and taking down redness. This is because sensitive skin is unable to tolerate certain chemicals, environments and harsh conditions and can be triggered by everything from the weather to hormones. The skin’s weakened barrier means that the nerve endings in the top layer are easily inflamed; so if you have this condition, you need to tread lightly—avoid anything with alcohol and fragrance and look for mists with ingredients tailored to the your skin’s issues. A face mist that can help alleviate these issues—especially one like SkinCeuticals Phyto Corrective Essence Mist—will be a game-changing addition to your regimen.

What makes this face mist great for sensitive skin?

SkinCeuticals Phyto Corrective Essence Mist is a soothing, lightweight and non-sticky botanical face mist that contains 0.2% hyaluronic acid and 6% glycerine—both revered for drawing in and retaining water. Hyaluronic acid holds water molecules at the skin’s surface, while glycerine draws water from the air and deep within the skin to retain it at the outermost layer. They’re excellent for sensitive skin, which often includes a weakened skin barrier, as they help strengthen the barrier to keep irritants out and provide lasting moisture. Beyond these two ingredients, the face mist also features boldus leaf, cucumber, thyme, olive leaf and rosemary extracts. The cucumber benefits for skin are widely known: It has soothing, cooling and anti-inflammatory properties. Thyme also has soothing properties, making it ideal for anyone suffering from irritation and inflammation, while olive leaf reduces redness and hydrates. And rosemary extract is a powerful anti-inflammatory. This tailored, synergistic blend of botanicals is an efficacious tool to managing sensitive skin—and it leaves you feeling cool and refreshed to boot!

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