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The 4-1-1 on Facial Mists & Essences

What is this intriguing new skincare step? Why do we need these and what do they really do? BWB breaks it down for you, along with our top picks.

Just when you figured out what a toner is and why you should use one, facial mists and facial essences made their debut. What is this intriguing new skincare step? Why do we need these and what do they really do? BWB is breaking it down for you, along with a few must-have essences and mists you won’t want to miss out on.

Facial essences have a more substantial, creamier texture than that of a toner. They contain a higher quantity of active ingredients, which are designed to boost your serums. They are able to penetrate deeper into the skin than a toner can, resulting in a more successful path of absorption for your serums. Essences also balance the skin’s pH and are ultra-hydrating. Some people even choose to use facial essences in place of toners.

Facial mists are designed to perk up tired or dehydrated skin, set makeup, and prime the face before makeup application. They can be used throughout the day to counteract the negative effects of the environment, forced heat, air conditioning, and even that 3 p.m. slump we all feel every day. Hello, awakened skin glow!

Here are BWB’s favorite essences and mists to add to your skincare routine today.

Facial essences…

LUZERN L’ESSENTIALS Hydrating Toning Essence perfectly preps your skin to better receive serums and moisturizers. Their Bio Suisse-certified organic plant extracts deliver minerals and trace elements to the skin. Other key ingredients, such as willow bark extract, lavender, aloe, thyme and echinacea provide antioxidants, hydration, healing and balance. If you want to combine your toner with an essence, this is a good choice.

AFRICAN BOTANICS Rose Treatment Essence is infused with rose water. It begins as a gel and transforms into a light liquid when applied. It hydrates, brightens, plumps, and reduces redness and inflammation. Fermented yeast, green coffee, caffeine and plant humectants detoxify cells, balance the skin’s pH and restore moisture. This essence works wonders for every skin type.

L’OCCITANE’s Essence D’Hydratation is the skin’s first step to moisture. The weightless gel absorbs directly into the skin and enriches the skin with calcium-rich Reotier Water from the Provence Mountains. Because hyaluronic acid specifically addresses the skin’s need for constant hydration, this product is ideal for those who are always fighting dehydration.

Facial mists…

EMMA HARDIE Plump & Glow Hydrating Facial Mist is a powerhouse for your skin in the morning and evening. Ingredients such as ribose and thallus extract strengthen the skin’s cell structures and energize tired skin. Water mint extract has powerful antioxidant properties, while velvet flower seed extract soothes and softens skin. Keep this in your bag for when your skin needs a midday pick-me-up.

TRUE BOTANICALS Renew Nutrient Mist is a perfect fit for mature and damaged skin. It is packed with essential fatty acids, antioxidants and vitamins to restore and repair the skin. One of the key ingredients, kombucha, balances the skin’s pH, heals and detoxifies. Other ingredients, such as green tea, algae and neroli, leave your skin glowing and set makeup beautifully.

KAT RUDU’s ability to combine botanicals for the skin is magical. We cannot get enough of her Dewy Botanical Flower Mist. It is a must-have for sensitive, acne-prone, and even sunburned skin. The mist is made with spring water from the mountains of Romania and ingredients like witch hazel, chamomile, rose and cantaloupe. Together, they work their magic to soothe and heal most sensitivities. This is a summer essential.

Quench your skin’s thirst with an essence and mist. Your skin won’t regret it.

Vanessa Baumann

Vanessa Baumann has been a licensed, medical aesthetician in New York for over twenty-three years, working with some of Manhattan’s top plastic surgeons. Choosing to change gears and express herself through her love of writing, she is now a freelance writer and beauty editor. Vanessa also may be found on Facebook and Instagram, sharing her knowledge of skincare products, advice, and the quest for glowing skin.

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