Anti-Bacterial Face Mists To Keep Your Skin Fresh & Glowing

Facial mists now come with a raft of added benefits – and offer so much more than a hit of hydration. Not only do they boost glow, they can also protect against bacteria, with some dermatologists arguing germs are less likely to multiply in moist environments. Interested? Here are the ones worth trying…

Alaffia Neem Turmeric Toner Mist, £16.81

An Amazon bestseller, this receives rave reviews for its antibacterial properties – and notably its inclusion of turmeric, tea tree oil and soothing yarrow. A few spritzes will instantly refresh and tighten the skin, while penetrating deep into the dermis for extra hydration. It's ideal for getting rid of built-up humidity underneath your face covering, but also for keeping irritation and sore, dry patches at bay. We love the earthy, eucalyptus scent too, which feels both comforting and satisfyingly medicinal.  

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Dr. Jart+ Cicapair Tiger Grass Calming Mist, £13

This gentle mist offers instant relief to tight, troubled skin, while balancing probiotics help keep breakouts at bay. You’ll find it evens out redness, too, while also rebuilding damaged skin. Designed to lock out the harmful effects caused by pollution, it’s great for city slickers, or anyone returning to their regular commute. Keep one in your bag and one in your desk drawer to hit refresh throughout the day. 

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Mario Badescu Facial Spray With Aloe, Cucumber and Green Tea, £7.75 (was £11)

Rich in antioxidants and botanical extracts, this affordable spray will give skin that fresh-from-the-spa glow. It also sets your make-up and leaves your complexion feeling fresh and radiant for hours, while also keeping it free of excess oil. No wonder it’s regularly spied in make-up artists’ kits backstage. 

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Tower 28 SOS Daily Rescue Facial Spray, £26

Brimming with water, salt and hypochlorous acid, this healing spray might be hard to get hold of, but it’s worth tracking down. The latter ingredient is one naturally produced by the body to help fight off infections, so a few spritzes offers huge health benefits. It gets to work improving blood flow, reducing inflammation and speeding up your skin’s healing process, too. Try spritzing some into your face covering before you wear it, and directly onto the skin after you take it off – you’ll notice a visible improvement within days to broken or uneven skin. Use it on your neck and chest, too, or any areas where you might be suffering from irritation. 

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Herbivore Rose Hibiscus, £14

Make-up artists frequently use rose water as a setting spray, and that’s exactly what Herbivore’s mist does. Made with plant-based ingredients and antioxidant-rich rose, it keeps skin hydrated and make-up firmly in place, while witch hazel works to take down inflammation and dispel humidity. 

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Kiehl’s Cactus Flower & Tibetan Ginseng Hydrating Mist, £18.50

If you’re in the market for a multi-tasking face mist, this one ticks all the boxes. Formulated with cactus flower, lavender and geranium, it detoxifies and gets rid of any bacteria, dirt and germs that may have built up throughout the day. A few spritzes will refresh make-up, too, maintaining both moisture levels and hydration. It’s specifically designed for those with sensitive or stressed skin, but anyone is bound to enjoy the soothing benefits.

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Mother Dirt AO+ Mist Skin Probiotic Spray, £49.99

This innovative spray is formulated with a live ‘peacekeeper’ bacteria, which aims to keep your complexion healthy and free from irritation. Great for eczema or psoriasis-prone skin, it instantly calms and soothes – be it on the face or body – while targeting excess oiliness, too. Spray it directly onto areas that become sweaty or clammy – you’ll feel and see instant relief to inflamed areas right away.  

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La Roche-Posay Toleriane Ultra 8 Face Mist, £19.50

Free from alcohol and fragrance, this gentle mist never feels too harsh or astringent, instead using thermal water to deliver instant hydration. A quick fix to rebalance and refresh, it also works to strengthen and firm your complexion over time. The mist itself is also incredibly fine, so it won't interfere with your make-up, or any other products in your skincare regime. 

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Balance Me PHA Clarifying Mist, £18

If your skin is looking dull, or you're suffering from breakouts as a result of your facial covering, try this new mist. Formulated with PHAs (gentle exfoliators), a few spritzes will help get rid of dirt and bacteria for brighter, smoother-looking skin. Added zinc also helps keep skin balanced by tackling irritation and minimising shine. Use it post-cleanse or spritz a little on throughout the day. A true multi-tasker.

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