Style File: Beat the Heat With Summer Mists

Years ago I visited Disney’s Epcot Center in Orlando, FL, and one of the most memorable things was the gentle misters they had strategically placed around the park to help beat the heat. I know we’re in drought here in Santa Barbara, but a spritz of mist is still a great way to cool down on a hot day.

Here are a few facial mists to try:

Here are just a few of the many facial sprays available on the market, courtesy photo

Here are just a few of the many facial sprays available on the market, courtesy photo.

Activearoma Facial Oil, based in Santa Barbara, has an assortment of face oils that blend pure organic argan oil with the best essential and absolute oils; to restore, nourish, hydrate, moisturize & rejuvenate all types of skin.

Amarte Aqua Mist Toner  gives an instant complexion boost and can help set your makeup look. Plus, this hydrating spray has a brightening formula that uses botanical extracts to clarify and soften, all while toning and hydrating even the most sensitive skin.

Clinique Moisture Surge Face Spray Thirsty Skin Relief rapidly replenishes skin’s moisture level, restoring balance while softening and soothing in a flash, without a drop of oil.

Evian Natural Mineral Water Facial Spray is the original facial spritzer and still one of the best. Evian’s neutral 7.2 pH is suitable for most skin types, even the most sensitive. Propelled under high pressure by nitrogen (80% of the air we breathe is nitrogen), the ultra-fine pure, natural mist allows the skin to absorb a unique balance of beneficial minerals along with the water.

G.M. Collin Oxygen Puractive + Treating Mist, this purifying and soothing spray is both lightweight and free of pore-clogging additives, making it well suited for oily skin types. Mist it on for a matte finish and softer complexion.

The Grapeseed Company Room and Body Mist, manufactured locally, is a light, refreshing mist formulated with grapeseed extract, certified organic aloe juice and hydrating rose distillate. Pick your favorite essential oil blend (I like the pink grapefruit ginger) to scent your spray.

Jane Iredale Balance Hydration Spray has ingredients like orange essential oil, orange peel extract, grapefruit peel extract and algae extract that work to calm and nourish the skin. Plus, it smells terrific. Also try Jane Iredale POMMISST Hydration Spray, a facial spritz with pomegranate extract, which is a powerful antioxidant and UV protector that calms, soothes and aids in hydration.

Jurlique Rosewater Balancing Mist is made with flower extracts and antioxidants, so this rose-scented mist not only smells sweetly romantic, it also protects skin.

Laura Mercier Flawless Skin Perfecting Water Moisture Mist  is a nutrient-rich tonic mist that’s refreshing, hydrating and preps skin for serums and moisturizers by helping the absorption of key ingredients.

Murad’s Essential-C Toner gives you a surge of vitamin C, along with orange flower and cornflower extract mix to balance your PH levels and protect your skin.

Natura Culina Nourishing Facial Mist is a locally manufactured high quality Rose Water that is not only a fantastic toner for all skin types but also an excellent skin hydrating product, full of skin nourishing properties. It’s also made from 100% pure ingredients and certified organic without any additives.

Besides providing an instant surge of hydration, and cooling you down, these elixirs can also prime, protect and set makeup in place to keep you looking —and feeling— cool, calm and collected even when the heat is on!

—Leslie Dinaberg

Originally published on August 11, 2015 in Santa Barbara Seasons Magazine.