Hydrosols: The Best Kept Secret To A Healthy Flush

What’s the quickest way to get that just-had-sex or just-worked-out face flush? It’s not through NARS Orgasm or SoulCycle — it’s by spritzing on a hydrosol or face mist. In addition to giving your skin a dewy glow within seconds, the sprays’ micron-fine blasts also cool the face the face and neck, delivering an essential reprieve on sweltering summer days.
But, face mists aren’t just for looks: They boast actual skin benefits, too. “Any washing will temporarily strip your skin of its natural oils whether you use something that’s supposed to be non drying, like Cetaphil, or something harsh, like benzoyl peroxide,” Dr. Vicki Rapaport, a Beverly Hills-based dermatologist says. “The mist is a nice way to bring moisture back to the skin without clogging your pores.”
Rapaport notes that the most effective way to harness a hydrosol’s hydrating benefits is to apply the mist before moisturizing to help lock in your moisturizer and optimize its dew-bestowing abilities. “Dermatologists love the idea of putting moisture on the skin and locking it in with lotions, oils or serums,” Rapaport says. She also notes that the same principles apply when misting after putting on makeup — a light spray of moisture helps set silicone-based products, driving moisture into the skin.
Those with sensitive skin can refresh, revive, and punch up hydration with a thermal spring water, like Avene Eau Thermale. Rapaport points out that cooling water has long been used as treatment for eczema. Want to do all of the above with aromatherapy, antioxidant, and botanical-infused formulas? Read on for six of our favorite H20 plus complexion boosters.
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The spray nozzle on this elegantly-packaged mist is so fine, it feels like a cool blast of oxygen, not water, is hitting your skin. It also contains squalene, a natural ingredient, which Rapaport calls “super hydrating and non-irritating.”

Tatcha Luminous Dewy Skin Mist, $48, available at Tatcha.
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Modeled after a 14th century beauty potion ordered by a Hungarian Queen, this formula contains a heady aromatic blend of grape, orange blossom, rose, balm mint, and rosemary, which can help soothe and calm skin while simultaneously evoking that “just got some” look.

Caudalie Beauty Elixir, $18, available at Sephora.
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This facial mist’s flaçon not only looks like it was sprung from the perfume counter, but packs precious perfumer-approved ingredients to boot — like the natural oils sourced from Damask rose petals, an ingredient that Rapaport cites as complexion-calming.

Elemental Herbology Flower Harmonising Mist, $36, available at SpaceNK.
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The strong botanical scent and ultra-cool sensation of Sponge’s antioxidant-spiked mist seems to awaken your senses and skin, pore by pore, leaving behind a dewy complexion.

Sponge Aromatotherapia Basiliko Sweet Basil Aromatherapy Mist, $45, available at Barneys New York.
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Boscia’s formula drives at clear skin by using willow bark extract, a natural salicylic acid that not only helps achieve an acne-free complexion, but according to Rapaport, can help give the look of tightened pores.

Boscia Clear Complexion Tonic, $24, available at Sephora.
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This mist, packed with a healthy blend citrus oils, pomegranate, and red and white teas, provides the awakening effect of splashing cold water on your face without a trip to the sink (or the shiver-inducing body shock).

Ole Henricksen African Red Tea Face Mist, $28, available at Ole Henricksen.
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