Of all the skincare products on the market, it’s the facial spritz I think people struggle with the most. Spraying expensive water on your face? It sounds like a swizz. I was certainly in that camp for many years, believing cans of spritz-on water only to be useful when needing to cool down poolside or during childbirth (pro tip: they actually are amazing during childbirth). In terms of actual skincare though? Had to be a swizz.
hese days, though, I’m a true fan of a facial spray, and it all comes down to one person — skin expert Jennifer Rock aka The Skin Nerd.
When it comes to skincare, there are few people I trust more. Jennifer has made a career out of cutting through the BS that surrounds a lot of skincare messaging and helping people get their skin into incredible shape. Jennifer loves a spritz — or Spritz O’Clock as she calls it. In fact, she recommends people spritz as often as possible — she generally does it 14 times a day.
Says Rock: “Spritzes can add superficial hydration throughout the day and can be applied over makeup or SPF. A lot is asked of our skin each day and constantly switching between dry, warm and humid environments impacts the water levels and hydration of the skin. Central heating, radiators, pollution, proximity to a fan or heat source and even a blustery beach walk can cause the skin to be deprived of water. In these circumstances, a spritz is your on-the-go hero, providing instant relief to thirsty skin.” She also points out that a spritz can be helpful to oily skin as well, as often oil is secreted in an attempt to overcompensate for a lack of water.
Aside from that, Rock is also a proponent of using a spritz as part of your skincare routine, between cleansing and applying serum. Damp skin is easier to permeate and will therefore soak up serum and other skincare products more effectively. Lord knows many of us are spending a fortune on serums, so we might as well get the most out of them.
So, which spritzes are worth spritzing?
For basic hydration, a spray like (1) Avene’s Eau Thermale (€9 via millies.ie) or (2) La Roche-Posay’s Thermal Spring Water (€9.45 via mccabespharmacy.com). If you want your spritz to have a little more bass in its walk, (3) Yon-Ka’s Lotion Yon-Ka includes calming essential oils.
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(4) Drunk Elephant’s Sweet Biome Fermented Sake Spray (€40 via boots.ie) includes amino acids, electrolytes and ceramides for an extra boost of replenishment for the skin biome (the ecosystem of bacteria on the skin’s surface… I know, I love to think about ecosystems of bacteria living on my face too).
(5) Biossance Squalane and Hyaluronic Toning Mist (€28.25 via cultbeauty.com) includes two types of hyaluronic acid in addition to squalane (a moisturising ingredient), leaving your skin extra juicy post-application.
Look, I’m not saying you necessarily need a facial spray, but there’s no doubt they have their benefits. As Rock says, “Hydrated skin is healthy skin, and a spritz is the ideal ‘top up’ when top and tailing skincare in the morning and evening isn’t sufficient.” Aside from anything else, taking a moment to spritz throughout the work day helps me to feel like a fancy lady and glimpsing a beautiful product on my desk helps too. Let’s be honest, who doesn’t need every single lift they can possibly get on their desk this January?
Irish woman Amy Cahill, having travelled extensively and trained in holistic therapies, combined that knowledge with organic botanicals to create Oxmantown Skincare. Based in Stoneybatter, Dublin, the range includes products for the face and body, all of which are made fresh in small batches, and none of which are tested on animals. Beautifully packaged, and scented with pure essential oils, these products are a pleasure to use. I particularly like the Papaya Fruit Hydrating Facial Cleansing Balm (€24 via oxmantownskincare.ie).
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