Saturday, December 4, 2010

Can Facial Mists Dry Your Skin?

Facial mists for skin 
It depends on how often you use a facial spritz.

Facial mists help to hydrate the skin slightly as the water keeps it moist. However, due to a lack of binding agents, the excess water dissipates quickly so a facial mist will not offer a prolonged moisturising effect .

This rapid evaporation also helps to cool down overheated skin, making such sprays great perk-me-ups in humid weather. If you have sensitive skin, try facial mists made with water from thermal springs to soothe any inflammation or itch.

These mists are recommended for patients who have sensitive skin or eczema. The concentration and balance of naturally occuring minerals and trace elements make thermal water soothing and non-irritating to the skin. They also contain anti-bacterial properties. Such spritzes are also good if you are sunburnt or have just undergone treatments such as chemical peels and laser.

Some reputable brands that offer such spritzes include Avene ($20.30), La Roche-Posay ($20.90) and Uriage ($20.90), which are sold at personal care stores such as Watsons and Guardian.

However, despite its manifold benefits and ease of use, one should refrain from using facial mist more than 3 to 5 times a day. If you use it too frequently, for an extended period of time, you may paradoxically weaken your skin's protective barrier function, as water will weaken the bonds holding your skin's cells together. This results in greater water loss from your skin and dries it out in the long run.