Caudalie Beauty Elixir, $49: This is my facial mist gold standard. It’s inspired by Queen Isabelle of Hungary, who apparently had a “youth elixir.” It contains mint, which makes it cooling, as well as witch hazel which will zap all your oil on contact. Its pick-me-up scent is also key on a summer afternoon when you’re feeling a bit physically and mentally wilted in the afternoon.
Tata Harper Hydrating Floral Essence, $65: If Caudalie’s mist is my daily work horse, this is the one I bring out and use when things get really bad. It is luxurious, smells divine, and sets/perks up your makeup instantly–plus it’s all natural. I hoard this one.
Fresh Rose Floral Toner, $38: Fresh is known for its delicious-smelling products, and this one is no exception. It’s made from floral water sourced in Grasse, France, which is the country’s most famous perfume-producing region.
Ole Henriksen Pick Me Up Face Mist, $21: This is a relatively reasonably priced option (face mists are pricey for some reason), and if you know Ole Henriksen products at all, it has the line’s signature citrus-y scent.
Josie Maran Rosey Mist, $24: Former model Josie Maran has positioned herself as the queen of natural beauty products. This one is a relatively simple, straightforward rose oil water spray which hydrates and is a great pick-me-up.
Jurlique Rosewater Balancing Mist, $34: Are you seeing the theme here? Rose water is very calming and soothing. Jurlique is another brand known for its natural offerings. Yesterday while killing time between appointments during the hottest part of the day, I popped into a Sephora and ‘tested’ this one out–several times. It’s delish.
Dr. Dennis Gross Hydra-Pure Smart Spray, $18: Another reasonably priced option, this one has anti-aging ingredients, as well as a hefty dose of tingling peppermint oil and tea tree oil, which will help get all the gunk out of your pores.
Omorovicza Queen of Hungary Mist, $86: This one is pricey, and it’s inspired by yet another Queen of Hungary, Queen Elisabeth, who had a famous perfume back in the 14th century. Yes, it smells good, and it contains rose and sage waters, which add to the refreshing sensation.
Last week, it almost hit 100 degrees in New York. We repeat: ONE HUNDRED DEGREES. Short of running through an open fire hydrant or walking really close to stores in the hopes that someone will open the door and blast you with some AC at the exact moment you walk by, it's hard to stay cool in a heat wave like the one that just plagued the East Coast.
Luckily the beauty industry has a cure for your overheated, red, stressed out, sweaty face: Face mists. We've long been fans of these refreshing spritzes, and if you haven't yet tried one, now is definitely the time.
These little wonders are more than just fancy water spritzes–they often contain witch hazel (which gives you that pore tightening feeling and is known to calm irritated skin) as well as hydrating agents and anti-oxidants. Think of it as skin care in a really refreshing delivery system. You can also store it in the refrigerator for an added cooling bonus. And important application technique: Don't wipe it off after you spritz. Let it sit and evaporate–it will cool you off and leave all the good ingredients on your skin, as well as help to set your makeup.
Click through for our 10 favorite mists (and check out a DIY version right this way). (Now if only the beauty industry could work on something to combat that famous NYC summer sidewalk stench and to neutralize the weird stuff that randomly drips on your head when you walk near buildings.)