7 hydrating travel mists that will keep you on the go

Stay fresh and keep your skin clear and moisturised on trips

1. Mario Badescu’s Facial Spray with Aloe, Cucumber and Green Tea contains antioxidants and nutrient-rich botanicals that help protect and invigorate dull, tired and travel-weary skin — the mood-lifting scent is instant aromatherapy (595 for 118ml); available at Rustan’s The Beauty Source at Rustan’s Makati and Shangri-La Plaza and Beauty Bar Philippines, beautybar.com.ph

2. Evian’s Brumisateur Facial Spray, made with pH-neutral, natural mineral water, satiates parched skin — perfect for long hikes and plane rides (349 for 150ml; also available in 50ml for P199 and 300ml for 545); available at Rustan’s supermarkets and most drugstores

3. L’Occitane’s Shea Face Comforting Mist, enriched with moisturizing shea extract and a subtle and soothing powdery scent, hydrates and helps refresh your makeup (850 for 50ml); available at L’Occitane boutiques, ph.loccitane.com

4. Nature Republic’s Bee Venom Mist Essence, featuring the brand’s Bee Venom complex, is a lightly scented mist ideal for skin that’s prone to redness, irritation and acne — goes great with and dries quickly over makeup (425 for 50ml); available at Nature Republic boutiques, naturerepublic.com.ph

5. Human Nature’s RoseDew Mist, formulated with beetroot extract, offers the anti-inflammatory properties of rose water and doubles as a skin toner for a healthy and glowing complexion (275 for 50ml); humanheartnature.com

6. Happy Skin Beauty’s Sakura Bloom Hydrating Skin Booster, which doubles as skincare essential and travel first aid, features cherry blossom extracts and thrice-purified galactomyces that brighten and increase resilience and moisture in the skin (799 for 150ml); happyskincosmetics.com

7. Avène Thermal Spring Water, an unscented, silicate-rich solution, boasts an ideal calcium-to-magnesium ratio that helps improve skin texture, and calms, soothes and softens skin (585 for 50ml; also available in 150ml for 750); watsons.com.ph

How useful are facial mists?

Facial mists have become travel essentials for frequent travelers because of their skincare benefits — and also because they feel like a spa in a small bottle. Here’s why you should add one to your carry-on, according to lifestyle writer Chonx Tibajia:

  • Unlike water, which can strip the skin of moisture, good mists with herbal and essential oil ingredients can hydrate and refresh the skin.
  • Facial mists, when used correctly, can help replace unwieldy things like face masks. Simply look for one that has no alcohol content — alcohol can irritate tired and sensitive skin — and is non-comedogenic and non-acnegenic.
  • For a step up, look for essence-in-mist products that offer the benefits of both mists and nourishing facial essences. They soothe and hydrate the skin and help it to acclimatize to micro-climates (such as when you go from a cold airport to a dry airplane, and then to a tropical destination).
  • In the absence of a facial mist, you can find a replacement solution in the form of herbal, alcohol-free toners. Transfer the liquid to a spritz bottle (with a wide and even spray radius) and you have a refreshing mist.

This article first appeared in the July 2019 issue of Smile magazine.

Written by

Pierra Calasanz Labrador

Photographed by

Toto Labrador

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