Short of running through an open fire hydrant or walking really close to stores in the hopes that someone will open the door and blast you with some AC at the exact moment you walk by, it's hard to stay cool in a heat wave like the one that's plaguing the East Coast now. Luckily the beauty industry has a cure for your overheated, red, stressed out, sweaty face: Face mists. We've long been fans of these refreshing spritzes, and if you haven't yet tried one, now is definitely the time.
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
I’m an organic freak. If anyone dared open my bathroom cabinet they'd be bombarded with Kiehl's, Aveda and bareMinerals. Sure, they’re easier on the