Can A Water Spray (Or Mist) Make You Pretty?

A new category of beauty products has quietly cropped up over the past few years: spritz-on beauty waters. The traditional gold standard is, of course, the Evian mineral water spray, beloved at fancy Caribbean resorts and by Lauren’s mom. Beauty companies seem to be moving away from more scientific sounding names for their potions in favor of calling them simply “water” or “mist.” Water conjures up images of rippling ponds and purity. (Well, at least it used to before the BP oil spill.) These products claim a variety of benefits, from refreshment and hydration to purifying and toning. They appear to be the gentle little sisters of traditional toners and astringents. I asked Dr. Elizabeth Hale, a dermatologist at the prestigious Laser and Skin Surgery Center of New York, for her professional opinion about this product category. She told me that traditionally, toners contain alcohol, water, and a humectant. more
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A new category of beauty products has quietly cropped up over the past few years: spritz-on beauty waters. The traditional gold standard is, of course, the Evian mineral water spray, beloved at fancy Caribbean resorts and by Lauren’s mom. Beauty companies seem to be moving away from more scientific sounding names for their potions in favor of calling them simply “water” or “mist.” Water conjures up images of rippling ponds and purity. (Well, at least it used to before the BP oil spill.) These products claim a variety of benefits, from refreshment and hydration to purifying and toning. They appear to be the gentle little sisters of traditional toners and astringents. I asked Dr. Elizabeth Hale, a dermatologist at the prestigious Laser and Skin Surgery Center of New York, for her professional opinion about this product category. She told me that traditionally, toners contain alcohol, water, and a humectant. more
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A new category of beauty products has quietly cropped up over the past few years: spritz-on beauty waters. The traditional gold standard is, of course, the Evian mineral water spray, beloved at fancy Caribbean resorts and by

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Skyn Iceland Arctic Face Mist. Great tingle, really refreshing, and a dose of those important antioxidant vitamins. $29/4 oz

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Fresh Rose Marigold Floral Water This brand is a Fashionista favorite, diminished slightly by its impending co-branding with the Eat Pray Love marketing juggernaut. Smells delicious and gave me a dewy complexion.

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Caudalie Grape Water. A posher version of the Evian spray. Pop it in the fridge and spray it on your tired legs. It was energizing and provided a little bit of moisture that wasn’t heavy or sticky. $13/3.4oz

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Jurlique Mist (Five varieties available). Comes in Purifying, Soothing, Balancing, Hydrating, and Herbal Recovery. They all smell scrumptious and left my skin soft. $21/1oz Jurlique.com