The great British summer has finally arrived and with it comes the risk of sweating off the skincare products we slather on each morning – deeming the hydrators, antioxidants and anti-ageing ingredients we’ve invested in almost useless.
But don’t panic, because there is a very refreshing way to beat the heat and ensure that our skin is always topped up with actives: misting.
Designed to be used on the go, there are a whole host of clever, lightweight spritzes packed with hard working ingredients that promise to top up and super-charge any skincare regime, making them the perfect desk-side companion or handbag hero.
Available for almost every skincare need, there is a mist to achieve everything from a faux-glow to a clearer complexion, and here are the best of the bunch.
THE CULT HERO
A long-time favourite of beauty editors worldwide, the Caudalie Beauty Elixir, £32, is a no-brainer. Inspired by the 16th century queen of Hungary’s infamous Youth Elixir, it’s enriched with moisturising green grape extract, toning peppermint essential oil and shine-battling rose essential oil to revive complexions at any time of day. Plus, it sets makeup like a dream, making toasty summer days an absolute breeze.
THE BLUE LIGHT BUSTER
Office based beauties, listen up, because the One Ocean Blue Light Protection and Hydration Mist, £46, is a must have for those sat in front of a computer all day. Formulated with bio fermented marine organisms that enable the skin to thrive in the same way that marine life does in inhospitable environments, this triggers the skin’s own protective shield against blue-light induced ageing and utilises red algae extracts to ensure tip-top hydration all day.
The average sun protection only works at full capacity for around two hours and topping up can feel like an impossible task when wearing makeup. No matter what you’re wearing, the Decree Day Shield SPF30, £75, glides on film-free to provide a layer of excellent protection from sun damage, a dose of refreshing rose water and a mix of punchy free-radical fighting antioxidants.
Feeling a little pasty? Douse yourself in the Isle Of Paradise Day Dew Self-Tan Face Mist, £11.96, for a natural looking, buildable, streak-free tan. Also enriched with hydrating hyaluronic acid, moisture-locking glycerin, and invigorating lemon, rosemary, and sage oils, it’s the perfect antidote to a stressful day at the office.
THE MASKNE MAVERICK
The sweat, friction and bacteria caused by mask wearing can create a breeding ground for breakouts. The cooling Skindinavia Maskne Control Spray, £24, not only feels great on a stuffy day, but is concocted with bacteria-battling zinc, excess oil-stifling blackberry and raspberry extract and anti-inflammatory willow bark extract to halt burgeoning blemishes in their tracks.
THE ANTI-REDNESS WARRIOR
Created with inflammation in mind, the very clever Niod Superoxide Dismutase Saccharide Mist, £33.90, is formulated with a stabilized form of yeast-derived superoxide dismutase which counteracts cell damaging oxidation processes and reduces the look of redness when exposed to UVB rays. For an added bonus Marine Exopolysaccharides lock in maximum hydration, for moisturised skin at all times.
THE BRIGHTENING BOOST
A superfine haze of brightening brilliance, the Fresh Vitamin Nectar Antioxidant Face Mist, £36, packs the skin with a mix of antioxidant rich vitamins C, E and B5 to ward-off dullness caused by free-radical damage, encourages maximum hydration with glycerin and leaves the skin with a gloriously dewy sheen.
Air conditioning can zap the moisture out of skin in no time, so it’s always a good idea to keep the Chanel Hydra Beauty Essence Mist, £50, to hand all year round. Packed with a patented camellia flower extract proven to maintain optimum moisture levels and hyaluronic acid that pumps the face full of hydration, this quenches thirsty skin and reduces the appearance of fine lines all at once.