One of my favorite discoveries during my stays in Japan was the skincare. Any beauty store, from the glitzy establishments like Mitsukoshi and Takashimaya to the emporia like Matsumoto Kiyoshi and Ainz & Tulpe, has knowledgeable staff that not only can help you select the right products, but also diagnose your skin type and choose the right regimen. This is how I discovered the versatility and usefulness of face toners and mists. In my new column, Putting on the spritz: face mists, I cover some of my favorite products, both naturally scented and fragrance-free, as well as ways to incorporate them into a skincare routine.
Although my face toner schooling took place in Japan, most of the products I use are made by the American and European brands that offer well-formulated and interesting choices in all price ranges. I mention all of my top favorites in the article: Clinique, Tata Harper, May Lindstrom, Omorovicza, pure rosewater and more.
My favourite mists are hydrating and refreshing. They can also function as an aromatherapy session on the go. The latter is the reason why a bottle of rosewater is always in my bag. I usually buy natural distillate from a Middle-Eastern grocery store or pharmacy, making sure that the ingredients list includes nothing but distilled rosewater, and decant it into a portable spray container. One of the best rosewaters (£6.50 for 26cl) is made by Mymouné. Its scent is velvety and rich, and one spritz is all it takes for everything to come up roses – and to soothe the skin. To continue, please click here.
I didn’t include Hada Labo Gokujyun Clear Lotion, because it can be hard to find in the UK, but it’s an excellent hydrating toner from a well-known Japanese brand. It costs around $10 for 170ml, and it can be used right after washing one’s face, or decanted in a spray vial, as a mist throughout the day.
What face toners or mists are you using?
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