I’ve been avoiding the sun like a potentially awkward encounter with an ex these past few weeks by basically never leaving the office. I get my lunch delivered, think twice before leaving midday for a work event, and if I do, I slather myself in sunscreen. But sometimes, by the time I get to the car, beads of sweat have already bubbled near my temples and on my upper lip.
When this happens, I like to blot the perspiration and douse my face with a facial mist. But did you know that letting the mist air-dry after spraying on your face could be the reason why it feels dry after?
It’s a lesson that I learned three years ago on The Beauty Editor, and one that I’ve never forgotten. If your favorite facial mist is comprised purely of thermal or mineral water, letting the mist evaporate from your skin will dehydrate it. To prevent this, blot one minute after spraying. You can also lock in moisture by layering a serum, essence, or moisturizer after you mist.
However, if you use a hydrating spray that contains essential oils, botanical extracts, or glycerin, you can just mist all day without a care in the world. Unless it’s sunny out, in which case, you better reapply that sunscreen.