Over the past 12 months, Covid has shifted the focus on so many things in our lives. One of those things is a bigger focus on skincare over make-up. Long gone are the days of full coverage foundation paired with a metallic cut crease. Now, life is about fresh, healthy and dewy looking skin. The no make-up, make-up trend has taken the world by storm and people are starting to understand that taking care of your skin is way more important than covering it up. Along with a new trend, comes lots of new concepts and buzz words that we need to learn. Between the countless searches about Vitamin C and figuring out how to spell Hyaluronic Acid came a common question around ‘What actually IS a face mist’ and how is it different to a toner?
Believe it or not, these two seemingly similar products are actually very different.
You may have heard about the double cleansing ritual: washing your face once with an oil-based cleanser and then again with a water-based one to eliminate different types of dirt from your skin. Well, then consider toner your third cleanse. Toners assist with cleaning up any dirt or oil that may be left on the skin after cleansing. You may notice that when you wipe your toner-soaked cotton pad over your face, it may still come off slightly dirty – this shows the important role toner plays in your skincare routine. Toners can also be responsible for assisting with the reduction of pores as it helps clean out the deepest level of dirt, reducing the penetration of impurities into your skin. Skincare specialists recommend that you use a toner twice a day, with your morning and evening skincare ritual to keep your skin squeaky clean and looking fresh.
Enter face mist; the newest little hydration superstar that deserves a home in everyone’s handbag. Whilst toners work to clean the skin and reduce pore size, a face mist is simply the drink of water your skin craves. Face mists may not necessarily have any skin-clearing benefits, but they are lifesavers when it comes to retaining moisture and freshness. A face mist is perfect to use multiple times a day for a long list of reasons including instantly hydrate your skin, refresh your makeup, soothing sensitive skin, absorb excess oil and it’s also a handy way to cool yourself down if you’re feeling a bit hot under the collar. Another great use of a face mist is to incorporate it into your make up routine. Besides it being able to prime your face for makeup as well as help set your make up once done, you can use a face mist to help get that flawless foundation blend or even spray it onto your eyeliner brush before inserting it into the product to get a more fluid and precise application.
So, while these two skincare must-haves may seem similar, they serve two very different functions. If you are one to get excited about multifunctional products, the cardinal rule would be that you’re able to use a toner as a face mist but not the other way around – so if you’re going to only buy one, make sure that it’s a great, super hydrating toner.