Spritzable serums (think of them as skincare in mist form) are suddenly everywhere – according to beauty trend forecaster Pretty Analytics, searches for ‘hydrating face mist’ are up 50 per cent in the UK. I like to use mine just after cleansing for an extra layer of light moisture, before layering on another serum.
Anna-Marie Solowij, co-founder of cult online store Beautymart, thinks practicality is the key reason for their popularity. ‘I think it’s the ease of pressing a button and adding an extra layer of care for your skin,’ she says. ‘Life saps skin of moisture – air-conditioning, heating, alcohol, sugary drinks, coffee, salty foods, stress and anxiety can all lead to dehydration – so, along with sipping water during the day, the idea of hydrating from the outside, too, really appeals.’
Plus, these spritzes can be used throughout the day – because of their micro-fine delivery, it’s easier and quicker for skin to absorb, so there’s no need to pat it in and disturb your make-up.
4 of the best hydrating face mists
1 Révive Vitalité Energizing Hydration Mist (£45, spacenk.com) contains vitamins Cand E(an antioxidant and hydrator), aloe leaf juice to soothe and calm, along with a whole host of active ingredients to help the skin’s water levels.
2 It’s Skin Power 10 Formula VBSebum Mist (£18.95, beautybay.com) is a new offering from this Korean brand – from a range of formulas covering everything from brightening and sebum control to moisture boosting.
3 La Roche-Posay Toleriane Ultra 8 Daily Soothing Hydrating Concentrate (£19.50, boots.com) – an ultra-lightweight, glycerin-rich serum – not only hydrates but also helps to protect allergy-prone skin.
4 Bybi Mega Mist (£26, boots.com) is a bit of a buzz product from the natural skincare brand. Aquick mist of this super hyaluronic acid hydrator helps to keep skin looking plump and feeling good.
Get your hair on
I’ve been rethinking wigs recently. I grew up playing with my mother’s, who treated wigs as just another way to change her outfit, like a pair of shoes. But my generation turned their back on them and they’ve never quite made a comeback.
But now there’s Schitt’s Creek, the series on Netflix about a former millionaire family. In it is Moira Rose, played by 65-year-old Catherine O’Hara, who wanders around the small town in which they now live dressed in high fashion, mostly topped off with an outlandish wig (she has a wall of them hanging in her bedroom). They should be hilarious, and are, but they are also very stylish – enough for me to wonder about giving them a whirl.
If you’re also interested in getting wiggy with it, then the revamped Hershesons salon at Harvey Nichols offers a full wig service (as well as the usual salon services). It isn’t cheap: ready-to-wear starts from £1,750, bespoke from £3,700 – both use ethically sourced human hair. But perhaps it’s time to be a bit more Moira.
Column by Edwina Ings-Chambers. Beauty assistant: Alice Robertson