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8 Best Facial Mists That Hydrate, Soothe, and Protect

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Once upon a time, I didn’t get the big deal with facial sprays. But as I got older and my combination skin started to lean more and more towards the drier side, I realized that these products are actually lifesavers. Not only do they help quickly refresh and rehydrate skin, but wetting the skin’s surface with the powerhouse ingredients found in facial sprays can actually help your skincare products and makeup absorb better and evenly on the skin’s surface. The one thing all facial sprays have in common? They’ll seriously quench your skin—and fast. 

Not sure which facial mist is right for you? There are endless options, depending on what your skin goals are. There are sprays that help you get a quick and simple refresh, those that help lock in and mattify your makeup, and even sprays that can help protect your skin against environmental stressors. Read on for eight of the best face mists to set your makeup, illuminate your skin, and refresh your complexion with every spritz.

HERBIVORE BOTANICALS Rose Hibiscus Hydrating Face Mist

This facial spray from HERBIVORE is packed with hydrating ingredients like vegan hyaluronic acid to lock moisture into the skin’s surface. We love that it gets its natural scent from organic rose hydrosol and coconut water, so you can refresh your senses and skin at the same time.

2. Best Vitamin-Packed Formula:

CLARITYRX Take Your Vitamins

CLARITYRX Take Your Vitamins

Vitamins are literally in the name of  this facial spray by CLARITYRX. We love that it’s completely plant-based, so you can spray as you wish, guilt-free. Stand-out ingredients like ginseng berry extract helps to fight fine lines and wrinkles each time you spray it. We love a spray that does double duty!

3. Best for Resetting Foundation:

TATCHA Dewy Skin Mist

TATCHA Dewy Skin Mist

There’s a reason this moisturizing mist is a staple in makeup artists’ kits—it’s packed with 20% botanical oils and humectants that give skin an allover glow that’s (to put it simply) pure magic. It’s made with Okinawa red algae and hyaluronic acid that lock in moisture, and green tea, rice, and algae to nourish your skin from the inside out. And this one wins on feel-factor, too. The super-fine spray cap disperses mist evenly into tiny, hydrating droplets that absorb quickly and won’t smudge your makeup one bit.  

4. Best Mattifying Setting Spray:

KOKIE COSMETICS Mini Fix It Up Setting Spray

KOKIE COSMETICS Mini Fix It Up Setting Spray

If you’re like us, when you spend time and effort creating a makeup look you love, you’ll do anything to keep it from fading. And since we’ve been wearing masks everywhere for the past few months, it’s been especially hard to keep our makeup in place, and prevent it from smudging. That’s why we’re obsessed with this makeup setting spray that will lock in your look, prevent it from transferring, and keep you looking fresh. The weightless formula helps your foundation, concealer, blush, bronzer, eyeshadows, and more last for up to 12 hours, while being so light you barely feel it on your skin. Bonus: The oil-free formula helps nix shine and mattify makeup (a plus if your skin’s on the oily side).

5. Best for Blocking Blue Light:

ITEM BEAUTY Screen Break Blue Light + Anti-Pollution Face Mist

 ITEM BEAUTY Screen Break Blue Light + Anti-Pollution Face Mist

This facial spray from TikTok star Addison Rae’s brand ITEM BEAUTY is a clinically proven botanical blend to help hydrate and protect skin from HEV blue light emissions. If you’re a work-from-home girlie, you need this spray deskside for bursts of hydration (and protection!) throughout the day. Trust us, it’ll keep you awake after the 2 p.m. slump. 

6. Best to Spray Pre-Makeup Application:

PIXI BY PETRA Glow Mist

PIXI BY PETRA Glow Mist

When it comes to our skin, there’s one thing we want 24/7: a gorgeous, dewy glow. And we know no matter how many highlighters we apply, nothing can beat the look of healthy skin that’s lit from within. That’s why we love this nourishing mist that’s enriched with 13 natural oils, soothing aloe vera, and antioxidant-rich fruit extracts to perfect and protect while setting your makeup for all-day wear. It’s also made with acne-fighting propolis, known for its antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties, which makes this a go-to hydrator if you’re prone to breakouts.

7. Best Skin Plumping Formula:

LAURA GELLER Spackle Mist Restore with Coconut Water

LAURA GELLER Spackle Mist Restore with Coconut Water

We love coconut water to revive us after a long night out—and it turns out our skin loves its reenergizing benefits, too. On days where your complexion needs a quick pick-me-up, reach for this coconut water hydrating mist. A few spritzes will set your makeup up for the long haul—no smudging, fading, or splotchy areas—and it's infused with healthy minerals that help bring your dull tired, dull-looking skin back to life.

8. Best for Red, Irritated Skin:

TOWER28 SOS Daily Rescue Facial Spray

TOWER28 SOS Daily Rescue Facial Spray

Here’s a little makeup hack from us to you: spray your beauty blender with this SOS facial spray from TOWER 8 and pat it into your skin after you’ve done a full face of makeup. The result is a Hailey Bieber-esque glow that actually lasts. Plus, since it’s packed with antibacterial hypochlorous acid, it’ll help soothe redness and protect against future breakouts as you wear it. 

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Brittany Leitner
Brittany is an award winning beauty, health, and lifestyle writer and author of the poetry book "23 Emotions." She has eight years of experience writing for brands like Elite Daily, The. Dr. Oz Show, Shape, Stylecaster, Bustle, and more.
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Article Last Updated February 27, 2024 12:00 AM