Is Your Skin Demanding a Refresh Midday?
I don’t know if it’s my age beginning show in my thirties or the yo-yo weather of the Midwest, but come midday my skin is thirsty!! It’s like 5 o’clock on a Friday when I worked in a high-stress level corporate career (I shared about how I quit to blog full time a few years ago here) and all I could think about was having a glass wine with husband and not waking up to an alarm the next morning. Can you relate?
Luckily, I figured out a quick fix that’s easy to make and doesn’t ruin your makeup!
In fact, this little beauty DIY can work double-time for your skin addressing several needs at once, like a stellar personal assistant. What is it? A DIY face mist.
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What is the use of a face mist? Made with a base of natural hydrosols like chamomile, lavender, or rose, nourishing aloe vera juice, and blended with moisture-locking vegetable glycerin. It refreshes and calms the skin while adding softness. Basically, face mists hydrate the skin by sealing in extra moisture.
What’s the difference between a face mist and toner? Aren’t they the same?
Although a misconception by many, a face mist is not the same as a face toner. Toners don’t contain any moisturizing properties, and many are alcohol-based which can dry and irritate the skin.
Can a toner be used as a facial mist? Toners are designed to be a part of the cleansing process of your skin care routine. I make my facial toner with an alcohol-free witch hazel base to clear impurities and remove any lingering makeup without over-drying.
A face mist, on the other hand, is never drying as it contains moisturizing ingredients and instead of removing makeup, it helps to keep it in place!
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How can you use a facial mist over makeup?
When your face needs a drink during the day, don’t splash it with water or apply lotion. Instead, use a face mist – it’s literally designed to give your skin a boost of hydration without messing up your appearance.
I recommend building a hydrating face mist into your daily beauty routine. Try my DIY face mist recipe below with chamomile hydrosol, great for all skin types. Have you taken our Skin Type Quiz? Did you know you can make your own hydrosol too? Grab my tips on how to make hydrosols here.
DIY FACE MIST INGREDIENTS:
- 2 tablespoons aloe vera juice
- 2 ounces chamomile hydrosol
- 1 tablespoon vegetable glycerin
- 4 ounces distilled water
- 1 8-ounce fine mist glass bottle
HOW TO MAKE AN HERBAL HYDRATING FACE MIST:
In a small glass measuring cup combine 2 tablespoons of aloe vera juice, 2 ounces of chamomile hydrosol, 1 tablespoon of vegetable glycerin, and 4 ounces of distilled water.
Whisk to blend. Then carefully pour into an eight-ounce glass spray bottle using a funnel. Shake well before each use.
Wanna make an essential oil face mist? No problem, remove the hydrosol and replace it with 2 more ounces of distilled water. Then add 3 to 8 drops of essential oil. Some of my favorites to include a face mist are hyssop, chamomile, and lavender.
How do you use a hydrating face mist?
I know I mentioned earlier that a face mist works double time, so let me show you how with six everyday face mist uses.
6 Ways To Use A Face Mist
1. Layer It
If your skin is typically on the dry side, be it your skin type or the weather, layer a face mist under your moisturizer. It will dampen the skin and allow for better absorption of your face cream or lotion.
2. Arise and Hydrate
Speaking of dry skin, applying a face mist when you first wake up can be life-altering for dry and mature skin types. On the other hand, if you have oily or combination skin a face toner is usually the best first thing in the morning.
3. Avoid Cake Face
I’m not talking about your brother’s wedding… A cakey makeup finish is not pleasing to wear or look at in the mirror. If you went overboard with your makeup application try applying a face mist. You can even use your fingertips to blend it where it’s the cakeiest.
4. Planes, Trains, and Automobiles
So maybe it was or wasn’t John Candy’s best movie, but they’re all a great place to use a face mist! Keep a small bottle in your carry-on to keep your skin from getting super dehydrated while you travel.
5. Stale Makeup – No More
I can attest that life can be busy at times, causing you to go from the office or school straight to another event. And the only thing worse than applying makeup over more makeup is stale makeup. Use a face mist right after applying makeup at the start of your day to lock it in. Then apply a face mist again with a swipe of lipstick and mascara in between events for a stale-free finish.
6.Hot Shower Addicts Anonymous
A common addiction in the States, hot showers can wreak havoc on your skin! When a bath soak is out of the question and you like to keep things hot, apply a face mist right out the shower to replenish your skin quickly.
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If you’ve been hearing about DIY face mists but were unsure what the hype was all about, or better yet how exactly you would use them? Now you know they are a whole lot more than a splash of water in your face!
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