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What Are Face Mists—and Why Should You Use Them?

Skin Care Essentials

What Are Face Mists—and Why Should You Use Them? What Are Face Mists—and Why Should You Use Them? What Are Face Mists—and Why Should You Use Them?

Have you been hearing a lot about face mists and setting sprays, and wondering what all the hype is about? Many women swear by spritzing their faces with these types of products for a variety of reasons. Depending on which one you use, a facial spray can help perk up tired-looking skin, prep your skin for face makeup, set your makeup, or provide an additional boost of hydration—which can be particularly helpful if you have dry skin. We’re here to talk about face mist sprays in particular. Generally, all skin types can reap the benefits of a face mist. Ready to add one to your beauty routine? Keep reading to find out more about what they can do!


Face mists can have myriad benefits, but they’re typically known for their moisturizing abilities. This type of face spray is meant to give you a quick pick-me-up whenever you need one, thanks to their soothing, hydrating formulas. These hydrating face mists may be formulated with nourishing ingredients like coconut water, rose water, or aloe.

There are also face mists that do more than help hydrate. There are sunscreen sprays for your face that apply just like a regular face mist, but also offer sun protection. There are face mist sprays with shimmer to give your skin a glow boost, and self-tanning waters that can be spritzed onto your face for bronzed skin. Really, the options out there are always expanding!


Wondering what exactly the difference is between all the types of face mists or sprays and setting sprays? As we said, face mists are generally designed to help provide skin with a little boost of hydration, giving you an instantly refreshed feeling. Toss one in your purse or leave one at your desk—a hydrating face mist is about to become your skin’s new BFF! On the other hand, setting sprays are typically used to help makeup last longer and pull your look together. Sick of your makeup always sliding off halfway through the day? It’s time to invest in a setting spray! While there are some sprays that do both, they’re also often totally separate products.


A face mist spray is the perfect addition to your daily routine when you need a midday pick-me-up! In movies, you often see people splashing water on their faces to help jolt them awake. But that doesn’t sound too enjoyable, now does it? Instead, reach for a mist with a refreshing formula (we love using a rose water spray for the face) and spritz it on anytime you need a wakeup call throughout the day.

Even if you’re feeling totally fresh-faced and well-rested, a facial spray can also come in handy when your skin is feeling a little dry. A quick misting can give dry skin the extra boost it needs. This is particularly helpful during cold winter months when skin tends to get dull.


We promise: It’s so easy! Give the bottle a quick shake and spray your face mist onto clean skin morning and night. Should you use facial mist before or after moisturizer? We recommend spritzing it on beforehand, and your moisturizer can help trap the hydration you’ve just misted your skin with. Of course, you can also spray your face as needed during the day (typically, face mists shouldn’t interfere with your makeup), and you don’t have to follow with any other products.


Now that you know about the different types of face sprays and how to use them, it’s time to add one to your routine! Our very best face mist? The L’Oréal Paris True Match™ Lumi Shake and Glow Dew Mist. This facial spray checks more boxes than one. It primes, sets, and refreshes makeup for a natural, healthy-looking glow in just one spritz.

The hydrating face mist is formulated with coconut water and vitamin C for a formula that awakens skin, revives your complexion, and refreshes your makeup by providing a boost of healthy hydration. It can also be used to prep your skin for makeup or to finish off a makeup look by locking in a natural, dewy glow. To get that dewy look, shake the bottle before spraying it onto your makeup brush or makeup blender. Then, use your beauty tool to blend your foundation or concealer.

Editor’s tip: For a refreshing indulgence, store the bottle in your refrigerator for a cool, reviving treat throughout the day.

Next up: Just like there is more than one type of face spray, there’s also more than one type of sunscreen—and we’re here to fill you in. From sunscreen spray for your face to sunscreen powders, here are 10 Types of Sunscreen You Might Not Consider.