Ask Jean: Does Face
Mist Do Anything, Really?
We want to answer your most pressing questions—or, you know, just the things that you’re curious about. Please keep them coming to: [email protected] Below, a q for our beauty director, Jean Godfrey-June.Dear Jean, Do I really need a face mist? Is it about moisturizing your face more or opening up pores? Or just feeling nice? —Barbara T.
Dear Barbara, There’s mist—and then there’s this gorgeously luxe, nourishing elixir made of jasmine, vanilla, cocoa bean, rose, colloidal silver, and witch hazel.
The sensation practically any face mist leaves you with is undeniably pleasurable, whether you’re in your bathroom in front of the mirror, at your desk toiling furiously, or stuck in the middle seat of a crammed 767. A spritz of mist on your skin brings you instantly into the moment and reminds you that where you might physically be is never the entirety of any moment.
Spritzing plain water does the trick, for sure, though it’s not much benefit to the skin unless you put something on over it: Pores do not open and close, and water on the top of your skin simply evaporates, though wetting your face does help anything you put on your skin while it’s wet to penetrate a bit deeper.
The concept of most face mists involves mixing skin-friendly ingredients with the water; some add a bit of scent to up the sensory pleasure. This one, however, involves an order of magnitude more pleasure. It smells and feels like absolute heaven—a soft, silky jasmine heaven with the faintest touch of cocoa bean. Really, it is so luxe and so original, it almost doesn’t belong with the other mists. The ingredients are all designed to calm, soothe, and nourish any type of skin—even people prone to breakouts can use it, yet at the same time, it’s delightful when my skin is at its driest, instantly comforting it with precious oils. It leaves an instant glow and a feeling of suppleness—and lifts my mood with the scent, every time I spritz it on.
I mix it with my vitamin C powder, smooth it on before moisturizer or oil, and have even used it to take off makeup (this feels sacrilegious somehow, but it works, and my skin loves it). There’s nothing even vaguely like this mist—it’s its own thing, and everybody should have one. Winter or summer, oily or dry, it makes any skin-care routine more effective and significantly more pleasurable.