Paula's Choice Skincare

Refreshing Moisture Mist

3.00 fl. oz. for $ 25.00
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Note: this product has been discontinued.

Refreshing Moisture Mist presents a quick, easy way to refresh skin and supply its surface with an impressive mix of hydrating ingredients. The caveat is that you don't spray it directly over sunscreen (which is true for ALL refreshing mists—we explain more below).

Although it's not the ideal way to deliver great ingredients to skin (at least not when sprayed over makeup), this mist's gentle, alcohol-free formula is impressive and suitable for all skin types, including extra sensitive and acne-prone.

Packaged in an opaque bottle topped with a spray applicator and plastic cap, Refreshing Moisture Mist is easy to use: Just hold at arm's length and mist the face and neck. It sets to a smooth, weightless, non-sticky finish. And of course, the packaging helps keep its light- and air-sensitive ingredients stable during use.

We do have some application tips: Depressing the pump all the way emits more of a wet-feeling spray than a mist, and can be a problem to use over makeup (too much Moisture Mist can cause makeup to streak and hinder its longevity, not to mention making hair and clothes feel damp, so spray carefully); depressing the pump halfway and then releasing delivers a finer mist that's more suitable for applying over makeup without disturbing its appearance.

In terms of using this as a toner, Moisture Mist is a well-done formula. From a formulary perspective, it's not quite top-of-the-line, but it's super hydrating, gentle and (considering most other toners lack an array of beneficial ingredients) makes for an impressive option.

The concern about spraying any moisture mist when you are just wearing sunscreen (which you should be doing everyday) is because any liquid or lotion applied over a sunscreen causes it to breakdown, and that's not a good thing. The best use of any moisture mist during the day is to apply it over your foundation; at night, it doesn't matter and you can spray with abandon, which can be great for refreshing skin prior to long evenings out.

  • Contains proven hydrating ingredients.
  • Feels light and refreshing on skin.
  • Good mix of antioxidants and replenishing ingredients.
  • Best used as a leave-on toner.
  • Gentle, alcohol- and fragrance-free formula.
  • Spraying this over makeup can lead to streaking and reduced wear time.
  • A fully pushed pump casts a wide dispersion of the spray which gets on hair and clothing.
Jar Packaging: No
Tested on animals: No

Refreshing Moisture Mist blends water-loving humectants with plant-based antioxidants and water-binding collagen amino acids to revive and revitalize your complexion. Works instantly on all skin types, and can even be used over makeup.

Water (Aqua), Butylene Glycol (hydration), Hydroxyethyl Urea (hydration), Glycerin (skin replenishing), Dipotassium Phosphate (pH adjuster), Punica Granatum Extract (antioxidant), Collagen Amino Acids (skin replenishing), Palmitoyl Tripeptide-8 (skin restoring), Sodium Hyaluronate (skin replenishing), Euterpe Oleracea Fruit Extract (antioxidant), Tripleurospermum Maritimum Extract (skin soothing), Adenosine (skin restoring), Panthenol (hydration), Ethylhexylglycerin (hydration), Disodium EDTA (chelating agent), Propylene Glycol (hydration), Phosphoric Acid (pH adjuster), Dextran (texture enhancer), Sodium Hydroxide (pH adjuster), Phenoxyethanol (preservative), Potassium Sorbate (preservative).

Paula's Choice Skincare At-A-Glance


Paula's Choice Skincare was established in 1995 when best-selling beauty author and consumer advocate Paula Begoun (known as The Cosmetics Cop) decided to develop her own products.

As a natural evolution of Paula's personal mission to help consumers find the best products for their skin, the line has grown into an extensive range of skincare and makeup products that are formulated to meet the needs of almost every skin type and skin concern imaginable, from acne to wrinkles.

Paulas Choice Skincare relies on published research where available to discover the best ingredients for skin. Stable packaging is another feature of the brand, using innovative, opaque, and air-tight or air-restrictive components that keep antioxidants and other light- and air-sensitive ingredients from breaking down. The line is also 100% fragrance-free.

Disclosure: Paula Begoun is the creator of Beautypedia and founder of Paula's Choice Skincare products. Reviewing thousands of skincare and makeup products over the past 30 years, both on this site and in her best-selling books, Paula's mission has always been to help consumers find the best products possible for their skin. The Beautypedia Team proudly and unequivocally maintains this commitment. In addition, The Beautypedia Team reviews all products using the same rating standards and criteria, whether it is a Paula's Choice product or another brand.

Why are Paula's Choice Skincare products rated highly? The Paula's Choice Skincare Team would not launch a product unless it was worthy of a high rating from The Beautypedia Team. Paula and The Beautypedia Team were researching and reviewing products long before Paula's Choice Skincare ever existed and consumers were constantly requesting a skincare brand that met all of Beautypedias criteria. As a result, The Paula's Choice Skincare Team was created and uses the same research and criteria to formulate Paula's Choice products as The Beautypedia Team uses to review products.

For more information about Paula's Choice, call (800) 831-4088 or visit www.paulaschoice.com.

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