Skin Care 101: Best Face Mists for Every Moment

Misting has to be my favorite skin care step ever. It’s kind of crazy to think back to when to when I used to strip the moisture from my face with toners - belch!

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The beauty behind face mists (and the reason why I love them oh-so-much) is that they can be used for a multitude of reasons. Anywhere from removing leftover creamy cleanser residue, repairing the skin’s barrier and plumping it up with nutrients to most importantly - hydration! No need for the water boy when you got a face mist in your back pocket. Or bathroom cabinet. Or night stand. Or… Well, you got the picture.

Find the right mister and it can balance moisture and pH levels which means dewy skin until night fall.

I tend to lean towards products that contain aloe or rose water and try to stay as far away as possible from products that contain high levels of alcohol or fragrance.

Below, are a few of my all-time favorites that keep me sane, sexy, and succulent.

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Caudalíe’s Beauty Elixir
I broke my misting virginity with Caudalíe and never looked back. Even had a brief moment of feeling Parisian and cooler than my peers. It was pretty fun. I will call out that it’s heavily scented and probably not the best for those with sensitive skin. However, the heavenly scent of grape, bitter orange flower, and rose puts it on the “exception” list. Recommend using this mist in your AM skin care routine or as a quick pick-me-up.

Tatcha Luminous Dewy Skin Mist
Makeup by Mario (because I only know him by his Instagram handle) and his muse Kim Kardashian swear by this product. It’s hydrating, light, and the super-fine sprayer applies the formula evenly in two spritzes. It honestly keeps your skin dewy and luminous all day long. As for me, it’s a constant in my beauty bag and always a re-buy. The price is a little steep but I’ve been purchasing the travel size to make it hurt a little less. Recommend as a primer before makeup or to set makeup.

Avene Thermal Spring Water
This has to be the OG when it comes to a mist that will calm, soothe, and soften skin. It’s ideal for those that have sensitive skin as well (aka stock up on this guy!). As for me, I love using it especially after an intense workout to help minimize redness. Recommend for all routines, after workouts and during travel.

Juice Press Rose Water Mist
If you’re wondering what Juice Press is doing on this list, let me just say I was even more confused when they sent me a bottle to try. After all, they’ve never been one to play in the skin care space but it does make sense they would release a product using only the highest quality ingredients. As an FYI, rose water contains vitamins A, C, E, and B along with anti-inflammatory properties and is high in antioxidants. Recommend using this mist in your AM skin care routine or on-the-go (or both as the price point is great).

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Botanics Rosewater Toning Spritz
Botanics has a few standout stars within the drugstore aisle with this being one of them. The sprayer releases a lot of product so I’ve been using this after cleansing at night to remove the last traces of makeup. Pro-tip, spritz product generously allover your face and then use a cotton pad to swipe off the product/old makeup. Recommend using this in your PM skin care routine.

Pixi Skintreats Glow Mist
This mist would probably be best for those with dry skin or for use during the arid winter months. Shake well before use and mist all over for a dewy effect. Since this product contains Argan oil, along with 21 natural oils plus propolis and aloe vera, you consider skipping a serum or face oil - but to each their own. Recommend using this in your AM skin care routine and to set makeup.

Supergoop's Defense Refresh Setting Mist SPF 50
Ever since I entered my 30s my age has consistently been questioned, to which I always respond with, “sunscreen baby”. I’ll never understand why my friends choose to forgo it but Supergoop has honestly made it so EASY to incorporate it into any part of your skin care or make up routine. May I present you a setting mist that can be used before makeup application, provides UV defense, and keeps shine at bay. The formula is also water- and sweat-resistance. Recommend using this as a setting spray and throughout the day.

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Tata Harper’s Hydrating Floral Essence
This has to be another re-buy favorite! The lightweight formula contains hyaluronic acid and humectants to plump and hydrate skin. Their website states there’s “9 sources of plumping hydration, 6 sources to smooth and soften skin texture, and 7 sources to minimize the look of wrinkles.” The gorgeous bottle is an added bonus. Recommend using this as a mid-day spray.

Glossier Soothing Face Mist
Emily Weiss did good, real good, when she launched her face mist in Glossier’s initial skincare launch. I tried this when she first released this to the wide web and love the rosewater and aloe which keeps skin smooth and hydrated. Recommend using this for on the go, travel, or gym bag - the plastic bottle won’t break! Click here to get $10 off your purchase.

June Jacobs Neroli Hydrating Mist
This paraben and perservative free revitalizing mist contains neroli oil along with a few other noteworthy extracts. As an FYI, neroli oil has antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties means it’s amazing for oily and blemished skin. Recommend using this in your AM / PM skin care routine.

Herbivore Rose Hibiscus Hydrating Face Mist
This Instagram star has made waves in the skin care space. It has a natural base of organic coconut water and is infused with Hibiscus flower extracts and rose water. It’s also natural, vegan, and cruelty-free. It’s pretty expensive but find peace in knowing this brand will never use fillers in their products. Recommend using this in your AM skin care routine after cleansing.

Jurlique Rosewater Balancing Mist
Last but not least, Jurlique’s mist contains rose oil, marshmallow, and aloe which is designed to help improve skin tone, moisture levels, and skin balance. This does contain alcohol and fragrance so I wouldn’t recommend it to those with dry or sensitive skin. However, I really do love the strong scent of rose in it. Recommend using this in your AM / PM skin care routine.

Okay, so I tried to keep this list to 10 and under but like I said, I love face mists. If I didn’t convert you yet, know that they can used in the AM, as a primer, on-the-go hydration, and even help lull one to bed. Let me know what you think in the comments, below!

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Skin Care 101: Best Exfoliators for Your Routine

Exfoliation - there are so many things that can be said about this. It's definitely the most misunderstood and can potentially cause more harm than good, but with a little trial and error can bring brighten your face and add some much-needed balance to your routine.

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via Vogue.in

Unlike facial cleansers, most exfoliators should be done on a bi-weekly basis for smooth, glowing skin. (And in case you want to read up on cleansers, you can find that post here). 

Being the adult-acne-sufferer that I am, I absolutely love exfoliating. It's probably one of my favorite parts of the day because it sloughs off dead skin and (slowly) reveals the perfect skin I pine for. Now, exfoliants can either be physical (i.e. St. Ives Scrub) or chemical (these can be BHA or AHAs). They both have the same end goal, to reveal brighter, younger skin. This, in turn, helps your products like serums and moisturizers absorb better.

Personally, I lean towards chemical exfoliants since there's less of a risk of getting a micro-tear. Although, physical exfoliants help you achieve softer skin :).  

Here are a few I find myself going back to time & time again.

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Chemical

m-61 PowerBlast Facial Mask
I absolutely love this mask and everything it's able to accomplish within 60 seconds. It's a foaming mask so you can "feel" the bubbles working away to reveal brighter, calmer-looking skin. I usually reach for this during bad breakouts as it's the only thing that makes my angry skin slightly happy. It's still a staple in my cabinet and used twice weekly.

Vichy Idealia Night Peeling
This is incredibly gentle which is surprising for a glycolic product. Unlike most products listed this is for PM use only and be layered on top of. It slowly, keyword here, renews and evens out the skin. I would imagine it would do the same for wrinkles long-term but the only improvement I've seen is faded acne marks. Can be used daily.

Paula's Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Lotion
This exfoliator has made multiple appearances throughout skin-related blog posts and my Reddit posts for good reason. It's an OG on my shelf and if you had to pick one chemical exfoliator out of all listed here, I'd recommend this hands down. The gentle formula means I can swipe on during the AM and not have to worry about red, flaky skin later on. Another reason I prefer to apply this in the morning, it smooths skin for even makeup application. Can be used daily.

m-61 PowerGlow Peel
Although these individual pads don't immediately give results after swiping they are extremely effective in showing you good skin over time. Skin looks tighter, pores look smaller, and acne marks fade quicker. The formula is a little harsh, I mean it is called PowerGlow, so I wouldn't recommend to those with sensitive skin. Can be used daily or 3x a week.

Nip + Fab Glycolic Daily Cleansing Pads
These daily cleansing pads are a super easy and convenient way to introduce Glycolic into your skin care regiment. I prefer my Glycolic acids to come in a bottle but I would recommend Nip + Fab's jar for traveling. The pre-moistened pads make it easy to exfoliate nearly anywhere - just make sure you keep the jar completely closed otherwise you run the risk of drying out the product. If you can't afford the cost of these, a close second I'd recommend is Stridex's Daily Pads. Can be used 1x or 2x daily.

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Physical

Derma e Microdermabrasion Scrub
I find myself coming back to this scrub time and time again. The scrub has fine-textured crystals made of detoxifying dead sea salt and citrus essential oils that buffs away dullness and smooths out acne scars. I also love how soft my skin feels right after. Use twice a week for the best results.

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via www.instagram.com/dermae

Derma E Anti-Wrinkle Vitamin A Glycolic Scrub
This scrub reminds me of the iconic St. Ives scrub but better. I found myself using this for those moments when I crave a good deep buff. It's a little on the pricey side but I do love how there's vitamin A to help renew skin. Can be used daily but prefer twice a week.

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via willworkforlipstick.com

e.l.f. Exfoliating Scrub
This affordable scrub works to buff skin for a brighter appearance. I absolutely love that it contains no parabens, sulfates, or phthalates. My skin doesn't feel dry after use but instead moisturized. You can use this daily.

Biore Charcoal Acne Scrub
The brand is known for its iconic pore strips but they released a slew of scrubs earlier this year too! This scrub, in particular, has a tingly sensation that feels amazing. The formula contains salicylic acid which keeps acne at bay but doesn't dry out skin. Pro-tip: use this stuff in the shower for easy clean up. You can use this daily.

What are your favorite exfoliators? Drop me a comment down below!

Skin Care 101: Best Makeup Removing Wipes to Start Using

As I hit publish on my first Skincare 101 post, I realized that I completely missed a step. Essentially, not everyone needs to start their skincare routine with makeup removing wipes but I do find it helpful for those "heavy on the smoky eye" days.

Besides becoming a staple on my bathroom shelves, makeup wipes have found a permanent home inside my gym bag. Good for fellow class takers, because leaving spin class with raccoon eyes can be scary.

In the end, it's up to you on whether you'd like to use wipes as a precursor to the first step of skincare layering or add to your gym bag. I've tried SO MANY face wipes over the last few years - some hits, some misses - but the ones below are the few that keep me coming back.

Dickinson's Refreshingly Clean Cleansing Cloths
For those days leading up to Aunt Flo's arrival (TMI?) I'll take all the help I can get on preventing clogged pores and minimizing hormonal breakouts. Dickinson's Cleansing Cloths helps soothe my skin and gets the gunk off my face pre- and post-sweat. I do tend to use these wipes more in the summertime since the witch hazel feels refreshing on a humid day and is known to heal sunburnt skin. 

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Clean & Clear® Makeup Dissolving Wipes
These wipes bring me back to high school and thankfully they've improved with age. The soft wipes are able to take off the entire day, leaving skin cleansed. On days that I've fallen lazy, I rely on these instead of washing my face. Bad habit, I know. For those of you that wear waterproof mascara, I recommend gently pressing the wipes to your lids for a few seconds before wiping. It'll make the process easier. They're also super affordable and practically free when combined with coupons.

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via Simple

Simple Micellar Makeup Remover Wipes
I discovered Simple at a pop-up inside Flywheel. They encouraged me to wipe off the day's grime before class - which I did - and loved how easily it took everything off. It uses micellar water, a new cleansing technology. They've also expanded their line to offer different focuses such as exfoliating, cleansing, radiance, the list goes on. My personal favorite is the original Micellar wipes. Highly recommend this brand to anyone with super sensitive skin as they keep their ingredients simple.

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via Garnier

Garnier SkinActive Micellar Makeup Removing Towelettes
Garnier also has a selection of products that use Micellar technology. I'm a huge fan of Micellar technology because the micelle molecules cluster together to lift dirt, oil, makeup, and impurities on contact. This eliminates the need to rinse and rub your skin providing a gentle way to cleanse your skin. Garnier's towelettes come in a smaller packaging compared to the Simple wipes which is great for gals on the go and gym bags across the nation. Another thing I love, the super soft wipes - incredibly gentle on the eyes.

Skinn's Olive & Enzyme Makeup Wipes

These wipes fall on the more expensive side of the spectrum. Kind of a bummer since I would love to have my cabinets stocked with these wipes. So ladies with disposable incomes and skincare addicts willing to try anything once, these wipes are for you! These wipes smell so amazing, it turns my bathroom into a spa room. They also have this great texture that helps when taking everything off and in a way exfoliates your skin. The end result is clean, smooth skin.

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via e.l.f. Cosmetics

e.l.f. Makeup Remover Cleansing Cloths
Last but not least, these e.l.f. cleansing cloths are the best bang for your buck. They do a solid job at removing makeup and cleansing skin. Even better, is that each wipe is infused with Aloe Vera for deep hydration and moisture so your skin never feels stripped. The scent can be overpowering so I wouldn't recommend to those with fragrance allergies.

There are so many different wipes out but these are my top contenders when it comes to getting rid of the grime. Did I call out any of your favorites? Or are you going to try any of the above? Drop me a comment down below and tell me about it!

Now that we’re on this magical skincare journey together, let me know if you decide to give any of these a go and how you loved it. AND, if there are any cleansers you think I need to try, drop me a comment down below.