Beauty waters or 'facial mists' have exploded in popularity over the past few years. They are one of those products that doesn't 'do' a very specific task, yet something about them (or the good ones, at least!) makes a lovely addition to your skincare routine, and one which I am very reluctant to give up.
They aren't cheap, they aren't essential, but they are lovely. Here are three of my favourite's:
1. Caudalie's 'Eau de Beaute' Beauty Elixir
I think it all started with Caudalie's Beauty Elixir. This little bottle of goodness has become something of a cult beauty product over the last two years. Caudalie hail it as 'a treatment that smooths away fine lines, tightens pores and gives the complexion an instant boost of radiance.' It contains grape, rosemary and peppermint oil, that help fight acne and have anti-ageing properties. The scent is really lovely; herbal and slightly minty, it is very calming and has a slight cooling effect on the skin. £28.80 for 100ml (£29p per ml)
2. Balance Me's Skin Bright Hydrating Face Mist
My second favourite is Balance Me's brand new Skin Bright Hydrating Face Mist. This has more of a focus on hydration and radiance rather than anti-ageing and acne prevention, with hylauronic acid, pineapple water and rose flower water. The scent is much more fruity and fresh than the Caudalie, with the rose and pineapple really coming through. What makes this beauty water stand out from others is the spray. Caudalie's Beauty Elixir has a nice, fine mist but this spray is better than any other I've tried. It produces a super fine, light mist. Oh, and it's 99% natural too. Always a bonus! £20 for 60ml (33p per ml)
3. Ren's Tonic Moisture Mist
This was an impulse airport-buy before I got on a flight to LA last year. I had forgotten my beloved Caudalie Elixir, and spotted this in duty free. I love Ren skincare, they are yet to disappoint me with any product that I've tried to date so I had high hopes for this formula. I think this is a better choice for those with sensitive skin, as it isn't so highly perfumed. I find it to be the most moisturising out of the bunch, also containing hylauronic acid. It is also formulated with Fig extracts to help cool and refresh the skin, and Ginseng to help boost energy and decongest your skin. The only problem with this product is the spray. Unlike the beautifully fine mist that Balance Me emits, this spray is a lot less gentle than the others. You have to spray it from a little further away to avoid squirting yourself in the eye! £18 for 50ml (36p per ml)
Top Tips for using your beauty water:
- Keep it in the fridge to keep it cool and extra refreshing!
- Take it on flights with you to fight the effects of drying air-conditioning and keep your skin looking fresh
- Use it as a moisturising toner in the morning and evening
- Spray over makeup in place of powder if you have dry skin
- Spray throughout the day to refresh your face and makeup
Overall, I think Caudalie remains my favourite (and actually the cheapest per ml when you buy the bigger size!) and a product which I have purchased (and will continue to repurchase) over and over again
Do you use a facial mist? What's your favourite?