By Manna Zel
Hydration always seemed like it should come in the form of a morning or evening moisturizer until four years ago, when my roommate introduced me to the first mist I’d ever love. It smelled like roses and fit perfectly in the zippered pocket of my favorite canvas tote bag and I quickly became the friend who offered spritzes of hydration to everyone around me. For good reason, too—think of mists as your entry point into the world of 24/7 hydration. Mists are a versatile step in any routine, so keep reading for all the reasons to give your face the love it deserves.
Prime your skin for the rest of your routine
Laura Cline, Youth To The People’s Director of Education, is a big advocate of using Youth To The People’s Adaptogen Soothe + Hydrate Activated Mist to boost the rest of your routine. What makes this mist so good, Cline explains, is the hyaluronic acid, which hydrates your skin by attracting water from the surrounding environment. She suggests misting skin before applying a serum and moisturizer that also have hyaluronic acid—a mega dose of hydration. By applying a hyaluronic acid serum after misting, your skin is able to draw in all that water.
Refresh serum and moisturizer mid-day
A hydrating mist is an on-the-go refresher for your serum and moisturizer, so stash a mini-mist in your bag to give your skin a mid-afternoon wake up. Mists with humectants, like hyaluronic acid, hydrate by attracting water from the environment to the outer layer of your skin. Hyaluronic acid loves water, so you’ll get even better results when you mist on damp skin.
Set or refresh makeup
Try a matte or dewy mist to set your makeup accordingly, or use it to refresh your makeup mid-day. Because mists mean skincare without touching your face, they’re an ideal way to bring your skin (and your makeup look) back to life throughout the day.
Soothe stressed, dehydrated or irritated skin
The pentapeptides and adaptogen blend—ashwagandha, Rhodiola, and reishi—in the Adaptogen Soothe + Hydrate Activated Mist work together long after the first mist hits your skin to continue soothing. Adaptogens calm stress, redness, dehydration, and the more pentapeptides are used, the more they calm sensitive and reactive skin.