“Arms length” is a phrase that could have been created purely for the application of face mists. Too close and you’ll find you look like you’ve been in a one-sided water fight, too far away and you might as well be spritzing the contents of your bank account into thin air.
Or at least that used to be the case. These days you can get far more that just rose-scented toners in spray form – and advances in nozzle technology mean they are much bettertargeted in their distribution.
If you want sun protection but hate sun creams, a whole host of SPF-packed sprays designed for you are arriving in stores this summer.
First up is La Roche-Posay Anthelios Anti-Shine Invisible Fresh Mist (£14; 0345 070 8090, boots.co.uk) which has the benefit of being able to be worn over or under make-up, making regular top ups more simple and ensures your carefully applied cosmetics don’t start to slide down your face.
The molecule airlicium (previously used by NASA in “space science”…yes, I know that’s vague), is included as it is anti-sweat, anti-shine and super lightweight. Providing super-high protection of SPF50, best of all this doesn’t need to be patted or rubbed in as it sinks in quickly and easily.
Similarly, Garnier Ambre Solaire Sensitive Advanced Protecting and Hydrating Face Mist (£10; 0345 070 8090, boots.co.uk) is a non-greasy formula that needs no rubbing in.
Super-hydrating, it is alcohol-free so great for sensitive skins and comes with anti-pollution benefits, too.
Fighting the ageing effects of urban life, REN Flash Defence Anti-Pollution Mist (£24; 020 7734 1234, libertylondon.com) uses a non-sticky gum, derived from sugar and yeast, to form a barrier against micro particles of pollution and prevent free radical formation, while antioxidant quercetin boosts the skin’s ability to repair itself.
You can spritz it on over your make-up to leave skin looking refreshed and help banish the greying effect of spending five days a week in the city.