Gentle hydrating sprays have been a beauty secret of many for years, lingering under the radar and developing hardcore fans thanks to Caudalie’s cult classic. Inspired by an ‘elixir of youth’ used by Queen Isabelle of Hungary many decades ago, the Caudalie Beauty Elixir (£11.50) claims to smooth features, tighten pores and give the complexion a burst of radiance – in only a few sprays. Not only is it a great base for moisturisers and makeup, but it helps to revive the skin throughout the day and reawaken your makeup to leave it looking fresh. It’s a desk essential and a product that works brilliantly in summer, even if it’s just the revitalising scent that lifts the spirits and cools away the stresses of London’s humid public transport system. However, this concept seems to be gaining pace once again and re-imagined in various formats – including these new refreshing mists from Melvita and L’Occitane.
L’Occitane’s Hydra Vital Face Mist (£12.00) instantly hydrates and refreshes skin, making it perfect for travelling and great for applying after a long-haul flight. The inclusion of Angelica, an astonishing plant with an exceptional capacity of self-hydration, ensures as much moisture is delivered as possible without you looking like you’ve dipped your face in a bucket. Similarly, Melvita’s Organic Rose Beauty Mist (£10.00) is enriched with antioxidant Wild Rose fruit to bring freshness and comfort to the skin, while helping prevent the signs of ageing. Rose water hydrates the skin whilst Cynorrhodon Fruit helps to protect, making it a great all-round product that’s perfect to pop in your bag; the addition of rose ensures it smells delightful.
These face mists and elixirs may be a new concept to get your head around initially, but once you start using them they become an essential summer handbag addition. They can not only lift the senses, hydrate the skin and provide relief from hot and humid weather, but they can also help to refresh makeup and ensure it looks like it’s only just been applied – perfect for an afternoon pick-me-up that will just be our little secret. I love them for many reasons, but as the weather gets a little warmer (and the public transport system feels like you’re in the Australian outback,) they’re more than just another beauty product.
Would you be tempted to add one to your routine and carry one in your bag?