By Contributor: Roshni
To start off with, what ARE facial mists? They’re known by different names, thermal spring waters, spring water sprays, makeup sprays, thermal spray mists, tonic sprays, mineral water mists and what not. Basically, thermal spring water is just what the name suggests- pure mineral water sourced from the choicest thermal springs from all around the world. So as you can see, this is one skincare product that you NEED to incorporate into your regime ASAP! I’ve compiled a list of the best facial water mists that are available in India, along with a mini-review and price of each. Take your pick!
Steeped in naturally occurring trace elements and minerals, these premium facial mists are trending and how! Sure, they are a bit pricey, and you probably won’t get them at your local drugstore or beauty outlet, but most major shopping malls and large beauty houses store thermal mists. Besides they are readily available online. After all, anything for looking gorgeous, right girls? Dermatologists and skin-care specialists swear by them, Hollywood A-listers can’t do without them, and runway models always keep them handy for that fresh and dewy look. And truly, the beneficial properties of these waters are innumerable, with clinical studies to back up their worth. A few of the benefits of thermal spray water mists
The cult French skincare range that Hollywood swears by! The holy water for many a glam lady, this is one of the best that you can lay your hands on. Avéne Thermal Spring Water is sourced directly from the Cevennes Mountains in France, in its purest, unfiltered form. Avene Thermal Spring Water soothes, softens and restores skin’s natural balance. Its myriad benefits include a perfect balance of anions and actions at a pH of 7.5, low salt mineral content such that the skin does not dry out, hypoallergenic and non-comedogenic properties, and most importantly, freedom from any chemicals, parabens and toxins. Price in India: ₹ 1090 for 150 ml
La Roche-Posay TSW comes a close second to Avene, but it is almost as awesome! The French swear by it, and we all know how glamorous a French mademoiselle can be, don’t we? La Roche-Posay is a soothing, softening thermal spring water that soothes sensitive skin irritated by outside factors (sun, dermatological treatments, etc) and helps prevent skin aging. Besides being soothing and hydrating, it has been proven as an anti-irritation treatment for sensitive skin as well. Price in India: ₹ 550 for 50 ml
Like all MAC products, this one is a winner too! An aqua-spritz of vitamin and minerals, infused with a calm-the skin blend of green tea, chamomile, cucumber and topped with the fresh, natural, energising scent of Sugi. In one word, L-U-X-U-R-Y!!! Besides being alcohol-free, paraben-free, it is a cornucopia of antioxidants in the form of green tea and chamomile. Refreshing and soothing to the core, one spray of this wonder-mist and your skin just drinks it up! Perfect for all those hot summer days when your skin craves a little hydration.
As for the ‘Fix’ part of MAC Fix+ Spray, that job is done to perfection, for not only does it set your makeup, ensuring that it does not melt, or even budge from place for a good 7-8 hours, it also magically transforms any powdery effect of caked up makeup to provide a dewy, natural finish. Awesome stuff, I say! In the picture you can see Agnirupe wearing it. Price in India: ₹ 1150 for 100 ml
Aaah…Clinique! What more can I say? Clinique Moisture Surge Face Spray is hydration epitomized for all skin types, and it is even more amazing for those with dry, flaky and dehydrated skin, even though it works just fine on normal to oily skin too. It gives the right amount of moisture without overtly drying out the skin, and since most of Clinique’s stuff are hypoallergenic and non-comedogenic, no worries about getting pores clogged either. The best thing is that it’s sans any synthetic fragrance, parabens or mineral oil, which is a major yaay. Pricey, but worth it. Price in India: ₹ 1800 for 125 ml
VICHY’s Thermal Spa Water is yet another paisa-vasool product from the house of VICHY. VICHY Thermal Water is a soothing and fortifying mineral-rich water which is 100% pure and naturally rich with 15 rare minerals.(Whoa!) The light mist provides an immediate refreshing effect on skin, boosts skin comfort and helps fortify skin against irritation and sensitivity. It’s 100% pure and natural, preservative-free, paraben-free, alcohol-free, fragrance-free, non-comedogenic and allergy tested. So unique, it cannot be reproduced by science. So powerful, it can reset your skin’s health. Price in India: ₹ 650 for 150 ml
India’s very own facial mist! Kewda is an antioxidant and cools the system. Saffron gives the skin a warm glow. Fresh floral water of all these flowers is steam distilled for its essential oil and the hydrating floral water residue is infused with active spring water for the facial tonic mist. These are 100% natural and free from any Parabens, GMO, sulphates, formaldehyde, PEGS, artificial colour and synthetic fragrance. Panchpushp Facial Tonic Mist is perfect if you want the full benefits of the refreshing, rejuvenating, moisturizing and toning effects of Nature. Price in India: ₹ 750 for 150 ml
A quick skin pick-me-up and excellent for setting makeup. Spritz it on for instant refreshment, moisture and protection. It contains Vitamin E, a naturally powerful and one of the best antioxidants that help protect the against damaging environmental elements, such as the sun, pollution and cigarette smoke. It helps neutralise free radicals, which are destructive molecules that attack the cells. Light, non-greasy and with a pretty rosewater fragrance, it gives your face a healthy, dewy, hydrated look. Certainly a skin pick-me-up. Price in India: ₹595 for 100 ml
Developed by the The International Dermal Institute, Dermalogica UltraCalming Mist is a soothing, hydrating mist which helps calm redness and sensitivity. Applying it on your skin makes it feel instantly smooth and refreshing as it penetrates deep to provide an ultimate level of moisturizing. It also combats excess oil on the skin, preventing the build up of pimples, blackheads, whiteheads and other related blemishes. It is formulated without artificial fragrances and colours.
This refreshing facial mist from the hpuse of Za, instantly resolves dryness and stickiness of the skin, for resilient skin with less visible pores. With active ingredients like Amino Mineral Complex and Vitamin B Derivatives, the clarity and moisture balance of skin is restored, making it instantly smooth and supple. Spraying it on your face regularly imparts a healthy glow to the face as well, besides keeping you fresh and energized. The only con is that it contains parabens. Price in India: ₹ 549 for 80 ml
Since most of the aforementioned thermal water mists are exorbitantly priced and not readily available, here is a homemade facial mist you can try at home: Brew green tea in mineral water, with about 2 tea-bags for each cup of water. After it’s done, refrigerate it, and when it is cool enough, add pure rose water, a few muddled mint leaves(mint leaf paste works just as well), pomegranate juice and a few drops of jojoba oil. Mix well, put in a spray bottle and use! This concoction is steeped in the goodness of antioxidants and since it is 100% natural, you don’t have to worry about getting chemicals and toxins on your face.
There you have, the best of thermal spring water facial mists in India. There is so much more you can do with it than just give your skin some extra hydration: use it as a makeup primer, to set your makeup and get rid of that powdery finish, as a pore-tightener (yes! Most of them do that!), to soothe rashes and redness post-hair removal(works like magic), and even on babies to soothe nappy rashes! Truly, a multi-use miracle product!
How you use your thermal mist is equally important, for getting it wrong would just make you lose out on all the benefits. Just spraying it liberally all over your face isn’t enough, for without any hydrating ingredients to bind the moisture to your skin, the water just evaporates, making your skin dry and dull, which is just a major NO-NO. Even if you have oily skin, this isn’t the right way, so here is the proper way to use a face mist:
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