Made in: Canada
What is it?: A Lightweight Mist that helps protect the skin against inflammation + oxidative damage. (So it pairs well under an SPF to enhance skin protection).
What does it do: Protects against Oxidative Stress (damage to the skin caused by free radicals i.e. from sunlight), Water Loss + Inflammation (each one + all together can lead to premature skin ageing).
Brand Description: This is a Skin-treatment mist – it’s meant to help prevent trans-epidermal water loss, protect the skin against oxidative stress + help reduce inflammation (or prevent inflammation) of the skin. So it basically aims to keep the skin looking nice and healthy.
Note: This contains a potent amount of Superoxide Dismutase (comes from yeast on grape skin) + Malachite (A mineral) both of these help scavenge the free radical superoxide (which causes skin inflammation + ageing). So as you can see this is a protective mist that also has additional humectant ingredients to help with hydration and Castor oil to help with water loss (however the castor oil means that oily skins may not love this mist).
Supposedly Good for: All Skin Types
What I think: I personally have found this fine when my skin is oily or dry, but I have heard people with oily skin complain about this (I’m guessing it’s due to the castor oil). I think sensitive skins can and probably should use this to aid in skin protection, and sensitised skins could use this to try and calm down the skin (but it will sting initially upon application, especially if this is tapped into the skin after spraying).
Cruelty Free?: Yes
Packaging: Plastic bottle with a black cap + spray nozzle
How is the Spray?: This doesn’t attack my face. It’s not super fine (Like the Vichy Mist which is in a can) however, but it doesn’t feel like I’m being slapped (more similar to the Dear Klairs Mist). And I think it disperses the product quite far (probably why there’s a lot of ml to make up for any potential loss of product to the air/hair/clothes etc).
pH?: 6-7 (So this doesn’t feel acidic/stingy on the skin)
Directions: Apply in the morning + evening to the face + neck before applying serums. Can also be used on the body.
How I use it: I used this sometimes in the AM (under SPF to provide the skin with antioxidant benefits) and in the PM (After toning, to retain moisture). It takes 1 spray for the neck and 2 sprays for the face. It doesn’t take long for this to dry down/absorb so I’m not left waiting and waiting for too long. I use this when the skin is sensitised to try and calm it down and help repair my skin’s barrier.
Key Ingredients: Antioxidants: Superoxide Dismutase, Malachite Extract (also gives the product its blue colour) + Polypodium Vulgare Rhizome Extract. Antioxidants help prevent skin damage due to free radicals. Arginine + Glycerin (Moisturising Factors).
- Also contains Chlorphenesin = Antimicrobial/Antibacterial – helps protect against skin-disrupting microbes + helps with inflammation (also acts as a preservative to prevent microbial contamination).
- Pseudoalteromonas Exopolysaccharides (sugars are good at attracting/pulling water in), Polypodium Vulgare Rhizome Extract, Cetraria Islandica Thallus Extract, Propanediol, Glycerin, Pentylene Glycol, Butylene Glycol are Moisturising/Humectants (help hydrate the skin).
Full Ingredients: Aqua (Water), Superoxide Dismutase, Malachite Extract, Pseudoalteromonas Exopolysaccharides, Mirabilis Jalapa Extract, Polypodium Vulgare Rhizome Extract, Cetraria Islandica Thallus Extract, Sphagnum Magellanicum Extract, Arginine, Propanediol, Glycerin, Pentylene Glycol, Butylene Glycol, Sodium Salicylate, Gellan Gum, Sodium Chloride, PPG-26-Buteth-26, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Citric Acid, Tromethamine, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin.
Interestingly, Malachite Extract is also in the Wishful Skin Clean Genie Cleansing Balm HERE
NOTE: The Incidecoder have a full ingredient breakdown HERE
Texture: A lightweight mist/spray – it feels slightly thicker than water on the skin (due to the castor oil so it has a very slightly feeling of oil on the skin). This doesn’t attack my face when I spritz. The castor oil does give a little bit of weight to this mist and means that it doesn’t immediately/instantly absorb into the skin. As you can see from the swatch video below, it doesn’t take many sprays to cover the skin which is good. It’s not incredibly hard but isn’t incredibly light and dispersed very thinly over the skin.
This will get absorbed better/quicker when tapped into the skin. I think this feels refreshing when applying onto the skin.
Summer or Winter?: I’ve used this in both seasons and have found it fine and lightweight (I have Normal-Combo Skin).
Stings the eyes?: No, but of course don’t aim for the eyes or over-spray around the eyes and keep the eyes closed.
Does this sting if the skin is SENSITISED?: Yes. I find this stings if the skin is sensitised (not sensitive). HOWEVER, that is only if you’re patting this into the skin after application. the stinging sensation does disappear as this product then works to try and soothe the inflammation. I would also recommend putting the I’m from Mugwort Essence into a Mist bottle and spritising the skin if the skin is sensitised, Review HERE
Fragrance?: No added fragrance and/or essential oils (doesn’t smell of anything either)
Good Under Makeup?: Yes it’s fine
How long have I been using this?: For about 3 months and STILL am only half way? And I’ve used this almost every PM.
The Effect?: Skin that has some antioxidative protection + a bit of hydration. It doesn’t drastically change the skin condition, but hasn’t made it worse. It’s more of a protective mist.
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What I like:
- The Mist doesn’t attack my face
- No added fragrance and/or essential oils
- We know Superoxide Dismutase is an antioxidant that works
- Sturdy + easy to travel with packaging
What I don’t like:
- If it was in a can I’m sure the mist would feel even finer and lighter/gentler on the skin
- Niod is expensive
- Stings if the skin is sensitised (however that’s if I pat this into the skin after spraying)
- Not ridiculously hydrating to me
Overall Rating and Conclusion: 3.9 (almost a 4)/5 – This is one of the better mists I’ve tried. I do wish it was slightly lighter/fine when spraying on the skin. I do think this is great to add in a preventative routine i.e. to prevent inflammation + slow down skin ageing. It’s a good supplement, but not strictly necessary if you have a good Vitamin C Serum.
Would I repurchase?: Yes I would! In fact, I have repurchased.
Dupe?: The only dupe I’ve found is the Freshly Cosmetics Superoxide Dismutase Face Mist HERE and you can see the ingredient list for that product HERE – Or if you simply want to focus on hydration/skin moisturisation, then the Dear Klairs Fundamental Mist is better HERE
My Skin Type: I am acne prone and have slightly dehydrated combo skin. My skin is usually tight where the cheeks and eye area is and the outer parts of my face. My T zone is oily. My skin isn’t a fan of thick/heavy formulas so I opt for lightweight formulas to prevent it from clogging up. My skin doesn’t like essential oils either and I try to avoid fragrance when I can.
Disclaimer: I am a skincare enthusiast and not a skin expert. I am not qualified to give out dermatological advice. This type of advice should only be given by a medical practitioner. Upon trying / using any of the reviewed products on the blog, please follow the manufacturer’s instructions and warnings and please seek medical advice if needed.
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