This Holiday, I am Misting.

After Thanksgiving, two things predictably happen: One, my stress levels spike, thanks to the breakneck pace of “holiday,” a time full of non-stop consuming, partying, and traveling. Two, my skin freaks out, thanks to the aforementioned activities.

Exhausted, bloated, anxious, and pimply, too? You’ve come to the right place! Sort of.

Sadly, I am not going to make your shopping lists any shorter, your family Christmas gathering any less awkward, or your latke-stuffed waistline any smaller (if only!). And I don’t have a miracle cream that will make you look like the photo-brushed version of yourself even after you’ve spent the prior night swigging eggnog and karaoke-ing to “Pony” by Ginuwine at your office holiday party. (Bless you/own it.)

I do, however, recommend you look into misting. You’re tilting your head in confusion. Face mists: The easy, fragrant, do-it-all products that magically improve everything. Tell me more, you’re saying. I will! But I’ll give you the bad news first.

A lot of the face mists on the market are garbage. Like, they’re just water, alcohol, and fragrance. And maybe a natural ingredient or a preservative tossed in, too. So while they smell lovely and feel “refreshing,” they offer very little in the realm of benefits. You’re basically spraying artificially flavored water on your face – water that can actually end up irritating and drying out your poor, karaoke-weary skin. What’s worse is many beauty companies are selling these products – which are alternatively marketed as “essences,” “sprays,” and “mists” – at a pretty penny, heralding their skin rejuvenating benefits. They’re betting on the fact that you’re too busy wrapping presents to look at ingredients, which is sort of Scrooge-like.

But face mists can do a world of good for both your skin and your state of mind, granted you select high-quality products known as a distillates or hydrosols. Here’s the deal: In steam distillation – the most common practice to make a pure essential oil – a fresh plant is suspended over a vat of boiling water. The steam produced by the process is then captured in a vessel where condensation happens. Not one, but two byproducts emerge: An essential oil and a water. Just like that oil isn’t any old oil, that water isn’t just plain old water. It has been infused with plant material in the production process, which means it contains many of the plant’s potent, innate, healing benefits.

Our Rosewater Spray and Lavender Hydrosol are two such mists that contain only 100% pure steam-distilled plant water. They’ll alleviate inflammation, hydrate your skin, kill bacteria, and – thanks to their active botanical properties – can even help your brain calm down, too. This means a little “me” time – punctuated with a mist (an activity that is always italicized, mind you) – can result in some instant brightening for both your skin and for your mood.

Does that count as a holiday miracle?  

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2 comments

  • Greta December 5, 2016   Reply →

    Whoop! I recently bought both of those mists and use them all the time. My skin loves the rose spray! Question: is the lavender one *supposed* to smell like lavender? Mine definitely doesn’t – it’s a herby, earthy smell which is fine. I was just surprised that I couldn’t detect any lavender scent in it.

    • Lizzy December 14, 2016   Reply →

      Hi Greta! Our Lavender Hydrosol has a bit different aroma from a fresh lavender or a lavender essential oil. The smell comes from the distillation of the flower, which creates a lightly acidic, antibacterial environment. The earthiness you’re smelling is totally normal 🙂

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