Soothing Face Mist
Glossier’s Soothing Face Mist seems like a convenient way to rejuvenate skin, but in the end just doesn’t do much other than make it feel temporarily fresher.
Housed in a plastic bottle, this facial spray’s misting action is good; the spray is fine and evenly distributed as opposed to being large droplets. Skin feels immediately refreshed and lightly hydrated, thanks to the inclusion of glycerin and aloe. There’s also antioxidant apple and skin-soothing honeysuckle.
But the good ends there, as the bulk of this formula is rose flower water, which smells nice, but isn’t doing your skin any favors. Though not as bad as rose oil, rose flower water is still fragrant, and fragrance ingredients, whether natural or synthetic, pose a risk of irritating skin (see More Info for details).
Then there’s the fact that compared to other face mists, this doesn’t offer much in the way of beneficial ingredients. Considering that most well-formulated toners can double as face mists (and vice versa), your skin could (and should) be getting a lot more if you opt to add this step!
- Mist sprays evenly.
- Skin feels immediately refreshed and hydrated.
- Including hydrating glycerin and aloe, plus soothing honeysuckle.
- Contains fragrant rose flower water, which isn’t the best for skin.
- Formula is relatively ho-hum compared to other face mists and toners.
Why Fragrance Is a Problem for Skin: Daily use of products that contain a high amount of fragrance, whether the fragrant ingredients are synthetic or natural, causes a chronic sensitizing reaction on skin.
This reaction in turn leads to all kinds of problems, including disrupting skin’s barrier, worsening dryness, increasing or triggering redness, depleting vital substances in skin’s surface, and generally preventing skin from looking healthy, smooth, and hydrated. Fragrance free is always the best way to go for all skin types.
A surprising fact: Even though you can’t always see or feel the negative effects of fragrant ingredients on skin, the damage will still be taking place, even if it’s not evident on the surface. Research has demonstrated that you don’t need to see or feel the effects of irritation for your skin to be suffering. Much like the effects from cumulative sun damage, the negative impact and the visible damage from fragrance may not become apparent for a long time.
References for this information:
Biochimica and Biophysica Acta, May 2012, pages 1410–1419
Aging, March 2012, pages 166–175
Chemical Immunology and Allergy, March 2012, pages 77–80
Experimental Dermatology, October 2009, pages 821–832
Skin Pharmacology and Physiology, 2008, pages 191–202
International Journal of Toxicology, Volume 27, 2008, Supplement, pages 1–43
Food and Chemical Toxicology, February 2008, pages 446–475
American Journal of Clinical Dermatology, 2003, pages 789–798
Soothes stressed skin (and stressed humans), with rosewater and aloe to hydrate and leave you feeling fresh and awake. Excellent in the morning, after exercising, while stuck in traffic, or as a whenever-you-need-it pick-me-up. Fits anywhere in your skin/life routine—there’s no wrong time or place to mist.
Glossier is the brainchild of Emily Weiss, whose successful beauty blog IntoTheGloss.com inspired the spinoff skin care/makeup line launched in 2014. Weiss describes the concept behind Glossier as a lifestyle beauty brand with a highly edited selection of streamlined skin care and makeup products.
We consider Glossier's makeup the strong suit of the brand. Their tagline of uncomplicated makeup staples that live with you, not on you, rings true with their simple yet impressive lineup of color products. Each is intentionally designed as a low maintenance option to enhance your appearance but not overpower it, allowing your natural beauty to shine through. By and large, the makeup products perform well, and while the shade options aren't vast, we're impressed by the flattering, attractive colors they've curated.
Glossier's skin care fares a little lower on the rating scale. While the majority of formulas are decent, they tend to be lackluster in terms of a well-researched cocktail of beneficial ingredients. Not bad, but not great either. Aesthetically-speaking, the skincare products stick to their reoccurring promise of dewy, glowy looking skin.
We're happy to report the majority of Glossier's skin care and makeup products are fragrance free, which is a rarity in the cosmetics industry and better overall for the health of your skin.
To sum it up: Skin care-wise there's room for improvement, but if you like the minimalist approach and cool girl vibe, Glossier makeup delivers. We're intrigued to see what they come up with next!
For more information on Glossier, visit glossier.com.
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