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Open the refrigerator in my kitchen at any given time and you will find at least two bottles of facial mist hanging out amongst the condiments, ready for spraying on my face every time I open the door to grab something.
The cool mists, which often smell of cucumber or rosewater, are one of my guilty pleasures: Nothing feels better than a light spritz of chilled mist in the middle of the work-from-home day, or first thing in the morning while I wait for my coffee to brew.
I also keep face mists in my mini skin care fridge — a small refrigerator where I keep skin care products that perform best when cold. And, have created a monster in my tween daughter, who hoards facial mists in her room, as well.
So I chatted with cosmetic dermatologist Paul Jarrod Frank about facial mists and asked him if there's more to the magic than just fancy smells and cooling liquid.
What are the benefits of facial mist?
"Face mists are great for a boost of hydration after cleansing or at the end of your skin care regimen," Dr. Frank told Shop TODAY. "They also prime the skin for makeup, giving the face a healthy glow."
Frank says while some mists claim to brighten the skin, he recommends them for hydration and setting makeup. For those looking to treat acne, he recommends products that contain salicylic acid.
"It is essential for those with acne-prone skin to avoid any facial mists that contain oil," said Frank, adding that he prefers mists that contain antioxidants and avoids ones that contain alcohol.
When should you use facial mist?
When it comes to how and when to use facial mists, Frank says it's up to you.
"You can use them anytime throughout the day to refresh dry skin or cool the skin," he said, "especially while traveling or during the hot summer months."
We've rounded up 20 great options for hydrating facial mists, from ones that prime and set makeup to others that illuminate the skin.