Standing in front of the freezer case at your local grocery is ONE way to keep cool, but might we suggest a more glamorous way to beat the heat? Like say… a facial mist? Crucial to our list of summer essentials, these purse-friendly spritzes offer a quick midday pick-me-up or on-the-go blast of cool. But beyond the refresh factor, facial mists boast a number of skincare benefits, too—balancing the complexion, setting makeup, offering SPF protection, and more. Here, our favorite tried-and-true sprays, and what they do:
The mist to keep in your purse:
According to our dermatologists, we’re supposed to reapply sunscreen every two hours, but…what about our makeup!? Formulated with SPF 50, this mist is one-third setting spray, one-third oil controller, one-third sun protection, and—yep, you guessed it—100% awesome. The shine-controlling spritz delivers super light, broad spectrum sun protection that actually refreshes our makeup instead of ruining it. What’s more, the cooling formula is infused with rosemary and mint, offering the perfect afternoon pick-me-up. It feels and smells so good, we actually look forward to reapplying it—something we never thought we’d say about a sunscreen.
The mist that helps you maintain balance (and moisture!)
Loaded with natural botanicals and flower extracts, this sweet-smelling mist both balances pH levels and refreshes skin. Naturally calming rose extracts ease irritation, soothe redness, and regulate sebum production, while glycerin, aloe and marshmallow root add a layer of weightless hydration. Oh, and did we mention the smell? It’s made with the extracts of over 10,000 rose petals from 5 kinds of roses, and smells just as sweet as that description sounds.
Pro-tip: On extra hot days, try putting this mist in the fridge. Not only does it feel extra refreshing, but it instantly takes the redness out of our faces.
The spray that will replace your setting powder
Summer heat and full-coverage makeup go together like peanut butter and jelly…said no one, ever. This setting spray is a summertime game changer, preventing makeup meltdowns for a whopping 16 hours. Sound too good to be true? Consider the science—this next gen spray actually regulates the temperature of your makeup, drawing heat away from the skin as it slowly evaporates throughout the day. Translation: your eyeshadow, foundation, and lipstick will stay put no matter the weather. And unlike most setting sprays, the super lightweight formula won’t leave your skin feeling sticky or tight.
The spritz that brightens your skin—and your spirits
According to Caudalie, twenty-two bottles of the brand’s Beauty Elixir are sold every hour in the United States, and we totally get why. This cult-favorite is infused with extracts of grape, rosemary, orange blossom, rose, myrrh and organic mint balm to both minimize your pores and bring an instant burst of radiance to your complexion. A favorite of A-listers and MUAs, the elixir also helps set and refresh makeup, giving it that slightly un-perfect, model-off-duty edge. Between its fresh, cool feel, mood-boosting herbal scent and wealth of beauty benefits, this mist is our mid-afternoon pick-me-up of choice.