Continuing with this week’s topic of “radiant skin”, today we’ll be talking about water. To achieve radiant skin, It’s essential to keep the skin hydrated inside and out – and the easiest way of course, is water.
Yes, another zoolander reference. 😛
Yes, drinking water is good for starters – but beyond drinking 8 glasses of water blah blah blah, water in the form of facial mists can be used on your skin before, during and after applying skincare and makeup:
• Before: I spray a hydrating mist on my skin just before I apply my hyaluronic acid serum so that the hyaluronic acid has moisture to bind to.
• During: I will sometimes spray water onto my foundation brush to make my foundation more dewy. If using a Beauty Blender type sponge, I use water to soak the sponge to make the application flawless.
• After: I spray a setting spray to reduce the powdery appearance of finishing powder, and also sometimes during the day I will mist my face with a spray to refresh my makeup
Here are 3 sprays I routinely use to help keep my skin hydrated and supple looking:
Sukin Hydrating Mist Toner – $9 for 125ml (Rexall, health food shops)
One of my favourite misting toners. It contains chamomile and rosewater which soothes the skin and preps it for the application of a hydrating serum. I’ve only started doing this extra pre-serum step about a year ago and have definitely noticed that my serums work better with it; since all of my serums contain hyaluronic acid, which requires moisture to bind to in order to maximize its effectiveness. My skin looks more plump and stays hydrated throughout the day.
Creations Garden pH Water Spray – $10 for 177ml (Rexall)
I like using this to spray onto my foundation / buffer brushes if I’m applying a heavier foundation that I want to sheer out. It can also provide a hydrating mist on top of powder foundation to leave the skin dewy rather than flat / powdery. You can substitute any of the Avene / Vichy / Evian canned water for this – they’re a similar concept.
Rodial Dragon’s Blood Hyaluronic Tonic – $42 for 100ml (Murale, select Shoppers Drug Mart Beauty Boutique, online)
Ouch, the price of this is outrageous. I do not recommend this simply for that fact alone. Sure, it’s a nice facial mist but none of the ingredients (rosewater, glycerin, niacinamide, hyaluronic acid) in this justifies the price tag. To add insult to injury, the spray nozzle on the original bottle is complete rubbish (also, the bottle is a heavy glass), so I had to decant it into a better spray bottle. Regardless, the concept of this spray is that it can be used as a mist to refresh makeup, or to take away a powdery look from foundation. It does the job just fine, and it smells quite nice (citrus) and feels refreshing. After I’m finished with this one, I’ll likely buy the Body Shop Vitamin E Face Mist ($18 for 100ml) or Clinique Moisture Surge Face Spray Thirsty Skin Relief ($27 for 125ml).
Do you use facial mists?