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.