If it’s warm out and you’re feeling worn down, there’s no quicker fix than a moisturizing face spray. Not only does it feel instantly refreshing and revitalizing, it’s also like giving a little gift to your skin by providing some much-needed moisture. The same can be said for the dead of winter, when skin can get dry and dehydrated, cracked or chapped. A face spray can save the day, replenishing some of the water that evaporates from the skin. On top of that, it can improve the absorption of your regular moisturizer, and even aid in the application of your foundation. It’s a win-win-win when it comes to moisturizing spray.
A multitude of face mists are available these days, each with slightly different ingredients and formulas. For the most part, facial sprays contain water (whether orange blossom or rosewater, distilled or purified), humectants (like glycerin or hyaluronic acid), as well as extracts, and essential oils. If you haven’t heard of them before, humectants are one out of three classes of moisturizers. The chemical makeup of humectants is such that they can form strong hydrogen bonds with water, and make it harder for water to evaporate from your skin. This means more moisture stays right where you want it. As for the other ingredients, it depends a lot on your own personal preferences – whether you have a penchant for a particular aroma, or want to find something with anti-aging or anti-inflammatory properties, for example. There are so many good natural plants to choose from. Take for instance, a plant like Witch Hazel. Witch hazel is rich in tannins, a natural plant compound with powerful antioxidant properties. Picking the right combination of ingredients can be hard, but luckily you are not out there on your own.
While there are no shortage of options on the beauty shop shelves when it comes to moisturizing facial sprays, maybe you are someone who likes to experiment with your own DIY recipes until you get it just right.
First though, a few notes before moving on and perusing the list. It’s best to store your face mist in a cool place if you can, and always give it a little shake before you use it. Also, you should think about adding in your own preservatives, and even then, you might want to make a fresh batch every couple weeks. And lastly, to avoid spills and messes, it’s never a bad idea to have a funnel, to make sure all your elements are actually getting in that mist bottle!
Now that we’ve got those important points covered. Here are five ways to make your own homemade moisturizing facial mist.
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1. Crazy Cucumber Cool
No, TLC is not releasing a new cucumber-based album, but yes, we went meant to do that. While TLC warned us not to go chasing waterfalls, they never said anything about rosewater, so we can recommend this recipe without reservation. In addition to rosewater, grab a cucumber, a teaspoon of aloe vera, and a few drips of peppermint oil. To be entirely honest, while the peppermint has an added cooling effect, it’s not absolutely one hundred percent essential, as it were. But if you enjoy the smell of peppermint, then we recommend including it in this mix. So, to summarize, the ingredients for this facial mist are:
1 tsp aloe vera gel
½ cup rosewater
2-3 drops peppermint essential oil
To make this moisturizing mist, slice up a cucumber and toss it in a blender. Once it’s pureed, you’ll want to strain it through cheesecloth to just keep the juice and strain out the pulp. In the bowl that has the liquid from your cucumber you can add 1 teaspoon of aloe vera gel, and one half cup of rosewater. Since aloe vera is a natural humectant, it will draw moisture to the skin, and has the added bonus of being anti-inflammatory. The cucumber is cool and refreshing, and the rosewater can help reduce redness on skin that’s irritated.
If you have it, you can add in a few drips of your peppermint oil now. Mix it all together and pour it into a mist bottle. Adjust the proportions of the elements as you see fit, just as with any homemade DIY recipe. This face mist is perfect for perking up dry skin and soothing sunburns, and that’s just plain cool.
2. Tune up your skin with a mix of moisturizing oils
Just like cars, bikes, and the Tin Man, your skin sometimes needs oil, too! Though most of us don’t like to feel greasy, the right amount of oil can nourish the skin, and leave it soft and supple. For this homemade recipe you’ll need:
8 oz distilled water
1 tsp Coconut oil
3-4 drops Lavender essential oil
2-3 drops geranium essential oil
3-4 drops grapefruit seed extract (natural preservative)
Start with your purified water. I find it works well to combine the ingredients in a glass measuring cup, especially if you don’t have a funnel on hand. Then add a teaspoon of coconut. Since the coconut has fatty acids like lauric acid and linoleic acid it may be helpful in fighting breakouts. With the anti-microbial properties in lauric acid, it can decrease inflammation and fight acne-causing bacteria. The coconut is an emollient, which is great to have in a face mist, because you can spray it on an already moisturized or made-up face and it helps seal in the moisture and keep your skin hydrated. However, some people consider the coconut to be heavy and clogging, so you may want to test out a small patch of your skin to see how it reacts before adding it to any face mist you make. Generally, the small amount in a spray will be just enough to give your skin a boost without bogging it down.
Next you can add your essential oils to the mix. That’s 3-4 drips of lavender oil, and 2-3 drips of geranium oil. You can add more or less based on your preferences. As mentioned earlier, it’s a good idea to add in a natural preservative, to help prolong the life of your facial mist. That’s where the grapefruit seed extract comes in. Once you’ve added all the items together, pour into a spray bottle and shake. Now you have yourself a marvelous face mister to rev up your skin and get you going on your way again.
3. The Great Green-E facial spray
With green tea and vitamin E, this gentle formula hydrates and heals virtually every type of skin. One of the great things about green tea is that it’s high in antioxidants and is anti-inflammatory. This means it’s great for working against signs of aging as well as acne. Some studies have even shown that green tea can increase collagen and elastin content, which lessens the appearance of wrinkles.
All you’ll need to make this facial spray is a tea bag and a tiny bit of the oil. Simply start by steeping one tea bag in recently boiled water. After four or five minutes, remove the tea bag, and cool your cup of tea in the refrigerator. Once cooled, pour into a glass spray bottle and add a few drips of the oil. Vitamin E is both a humectant and an emollient, so it draws water to the uppermost layer of the skin (epidermis), while it softens and smooths it. Mixing it with the tea makes for an easy and light application.
Always be sure to shake it before you spray it, just to make sure it’s all mixed together well. Plus, shaking it is almost always good advice, whether it be shaking what your mama gave you, or your favorite face spray.
4. Peppermint Cooling Mist
This facial spray makes dry skin breathe a sigh of relief. The ingredients combine to cool, hydrate, and refresh that beautiful face of yours. And those ingredients are (drumroll, please):
75 ml (2.5 oz) distilled water
2 tsp almond oil
¼ teaspoon vitamin E oil
4-5 droplets peppermint oil
Whether you use distilled or otherwise purified water, it shouldn’t matter too much, as long as it is free of contaminants. If you keep it cool and toss it out after ten days, you shouldn’t have any issues.
Add 2 teaspoons of almond oil to your water. Almond has often been used to treat eczema and psoriasis as well as other dry skin conditions. As an emollient that also contains vitamins and fatty acids, it has a super smoothing and softening effect on the skin. Then you add that ¼ teaspoon (or 3-4 drips) of vitamin E oil, and you’re doubling down on the softening, and making sure you seal that moisture in. Last, but definitely not least, drop in 4-5 drips of peppermint oil. In addition to having a pleasant scent, the peppermint can soothe irritation and inflammation, thus also helping to calm and cool.
Luckily, this recipe comes with a tutorial, so you can follow along with each of the steps right here:
5. Calming Chamomile with Hydrating Jojoba
For this recipe, we thought it would be nice to plan ahead and recommend that you set aside a cup of tea to enjoy after you combine all the ingredients of your spray, so while you should boil enough water for 8 oz. or more, this recipe only requires 4 oz. (or half a cup). Here, below, are all the ingredients you’ll need:
One bag of chamomile tea
3 droplets of jojoba oil
2-3 droplets of vanilla oil
3 droplets of rosemary extract (natural preservative)
First, you’ll boil your water and drop in your chamomile tea bag. If you pour the water in a glass measuring cup, that will facilitate the process of putting it in the spray bottle later. Let the tea bag steep for 4-5 minutes, and then remove it. Set the water aside in the refrigerator to cool (but don’t forget to pour yourself that half cup of tea first!). Once the chamomile tea has cooled, you should add in the remaining items and stir. Then you can transfer to your spray bottle, and spritz yourself silly.
The jojoba is non-comedogenic, meaning it won’t clog your pores, and is an antioxidant, which enables it to fight oxidative damage caused by the environment. Jojoba is healing, soothing, and also it’s just kind of fun to say. (And yes, that j in jojoba is pronounced like an h, just like in jalapeño).
Using vanilla oil adds a sweet scent that’s warm and uplifting. It also contains certain acids and agents that fend off free radicals, which can damage and age the skin. The three drips of rosemary extract help to preserve the mixture, though you still want to make a fresh batch within 10 days or so.
If you’re someone who has extracts, essential oils, aloe vera gel, and a variety of teas on hand, then you might just be able to set up your own little facial spray station. It can be lots of fun to experiment with different combinations, mixing in different aromas and researching the benefits of various essential oils and elements on the skin.
But if all of the above seems like more work when all you really wanted was to relax and reach for a quick spritz to cool off, then you’re in luck. Viviane Woodard’s Hydra Moist Total Body Mist is moisture in a bottle, quite literally. If you suffer from flaky skin all over, then this is totally the right choice, and for more than just your mug. You can use this spray all over your body, including your hair! Face mists for days!!
The humectant doing the heavy lifting in this mix is hyaluronic acid, which hydrates and plumps up your skin. Spray on the Hydra Moist Total Body Mist in the middle of a hot summer day or whenever you need a beauty boost for skin that feels dull and dry. With a light cucumber scent it will send you to your happy place and help you reset (your makeup, and maybe even your mood). Whenever you use a Vivianne Woodard product, you can rest assured knowing that it’s cruelty-free, and part of a high-quality line of water-based skincare and makeup. So if you don’t want to make your own homemade facial mists, you’re definitely not settling. You’re all set!
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