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

Facial mists now come with a raft of added benefits, offering so much more than an instant hit of hydration. Some dermatologists argue the latest formulas even protect against bacteria, with germs less likely to multiply in moist environments – good news as long as face coverings remain mandatory. Intrigued? Here are the ones worth a try…
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Alaffia Neem Turmeric Toner Mist, £8.97

BEST FOR: Maintaining Hydration Levels

WHY WE RATE IT: 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 also 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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Balance Me PHA Clarifying Mist, £18

BEST FOR: Boosting Radiance

WHY WE RATE IT: 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 after cleansing or spritz a little on throughout the day. A true multi-tasker.

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Clinisept+ Aftercare Facial Spray, £14.99

BEST FOR: Spot-Prone Skin 

WHY WE RATE IT: This may look quite unassuming, but it has many loyal fans. Recommended by a range of skincare pros, it’s a cleansing, anti-microbial mist that keeps your skin clean and hygienic, without the use of any alcohol – so it’s gentle and kind to sensitive skin. Designed to kill 99.9% of bacteria, it tackles fungi and spores, too, so it keeps any humidity-born germs well and truly at bay. A must-try for those suffering pandemic-induced breakouts, it’s also pH compatible – which means it adapts to your individual skin needs. The key ingredient is hypochlorus, which is something our bodies make naturally in response to infection. Thought of as an effective ‘self-cleaner’ it’s easy to see why this formula is deemed so effective.

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Mario Badescu Facial Spray With Aloe, Cucumber and Green Tea, £9.70

BEST FOR: Oily Skin Types 

WHY WE RATE IT: 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, £24

BEST FOR: Keeping Infections At Bay

WHY WE RATE IT: Brimming with water, salt and hypochlorous acid, this healing spray might be hard to get hold of, but it’s worth tracking down. The final ingredient is naturally produced by the body to help fight off infections, so a few spritzes offers any number of healthy benefits – including 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. Use it on your neck and chest, too, or any areas where you might be suffering. 

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Mother Dirt AO+ Mist Skin Probiotic Spray, £34.75

BEST FOR: Calming Inflammation

WHY WE RATE IT: This innovative spray is formulated with live ‘peacekeeper’ bacteria, which aim 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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