Moisturising, soothing, fixing, perfumed… Mist full of active ingredients offer their benefits in all lightness. Face, body and hair want more without moderation.
“Mister” is a recent word, dating back to the 1960s. Originally, these sprayers using compressed nitrogen as the propellant gas were intended to extend the benefits of hot springs to spa guests returning home. These devices produced sprays in the form of a very fine mist, an essential condition to benefit from the effectiveness of thermal water for dermatological use.
Nowadays, the virtues of the mists are not limited only to a refreshing gesture in summer.
Moisturisers, anti-aging, antioxidants, anti-UV, they have become the darlings of our beauty routine. A kind of pampering therapy for our skin and hair, they have proven to be indispensable in a short time.
Directed and high-tech floral waters
Like hot springs, the properties of floral waters or aromatic hydrosols have been exploited for a long time.
The latter, enriched with flower and plant extracts, refresh leaving a feeling of well-being on the skin. We like a few jets of these pleasantly scented waters, in the morning when waking up, at night for a perfect make-up removal, after a sports session or a swim in the sea or in the pool. In portable and easily transportable mini-formats, they relax and soothe the features during airplane travel, or other air-conditioned environments that dry out the skin and make it “uncomfortable”. For some seasons now, the mists have added to the virtues of plants the effectiveness of numerous high-performance water-soluble active ingredients that optimize their effectiveness. Amino acids, peptides, urea, glycerol, hyaluronic acid, niacinamide, sodium lactate… enrich these state-of-the-art mists that help improve the skin’s ability to absorb other products, such as serums and moisturizers.
They can also include high-tech active ingredients such as film-forming agents that, like a top coat, will stay on the surface and prevent makeup from fading too quickly during the day.
To each mist its indications
If all of them are refreshing, especially if the mist is placed in the refrigerator, each mist has its own qualities.
They are usually formulated with “functional waters” such as native plant waters, micellar waters or “mother waters” and generally contain active ingredients of the NMF (Natural Moisturing Factor = natural hydration factor), a set of compounds that allows the natural maintenance of the skin hydration. A natural component of connective tissue, hyaluronic acid has the property of attracting and retaining a large amount of water.
The mists that contain it especially improve the hydration of the skin while smoothing it. Another moisturizing active ingredient, vegetable glycerin, also called glycerol, obtained by a saponification process of certain vegetable oils (coconut, palm, rapeseed, sunflower, etc.). Its emollient action softens and smoothes the skin and hair.
Those that contain rose water or aloe vera soothe irritated or redness-prone skin thanks to their anti-inflammatory properties. Urea has intense moisturizing properties and promotes the removal of scales. Returns softness to dry, rough and flaky skin.
Derived from vitamin B3, niacinamide regulates sebum secretion, tightens pores and prevents pimples from appearing.
A star active ingredient for “zero defects” skin.
They have their origin in the Asian “layering” technique, which consists of superimposing several layers of care, finished with a micro-rain of mist that calls for anti-pollution and anti-UV action. Some have blue light protection. These “Detox” mists enhance the skin’s antioxidant defenses, thanks in particular to polyphenols and active ingredients well known to dermatologists: extracts of dandelion or green tea, which, in addition to acting as a shield against pollution, improve and refine the texture of the skin. the skin. UV protection (usually SPF 30, but
Once the moist and beneficial cloud settles on your face, wait. Do not rub to remove excess moisture and do not spread. Once the moisture has evaporated (it takes about 3 minutes) the face will be smooth and mattified.
Some mists show an SPF of 50) is guaranteed by hydrophilic filters, which is quite revolutionary as filters are traditionally lipophilic, hence the oilier side of sunscreens.
Its main active ingredient is hyaluronic acid with strong moisturizing power. But it can be associated with various vitamins.
Vitamin A (retinol) works wonders on tired skin, activating cell renewal. A treat for sensitive skin, vitamin B5 (D-Panthenol) soothes irritations. Vitamin C, an antioxidant, reduces the production of free radicals, strengthens collagen and makes the complexion brighter. Dry and “tight” skin appreciates the antiradical action of vitamin E (tocopherol), which helps maintain skin elasticity. And vitamin D that adds its anti-inflammatory properties to its antioxidant power.
Hair and body deserve their mists
Without leaving a greasy film or weighing hair down, hair mists protect tired, dehydrated hair from pollution. Some even add volume to flat hair. Like body mists, they are usually scented. Since hair is an effective sensor of smell, nothing is more refined than combining your mist with your perfume. The olfactory pyramids are identical, but the trail is less powerful, which makes these mists perfect for summer days. Between perfume and care, the moisturizing body mists are sprayed after the shower, once you have dried off. Since they are fragrant, we also like to absorb them before sleeping.
If you have very dry skin, keep in mind that a mist, no matter how hydrating, is not a substitute for a richer nourishing cream.
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