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Your Guide to Every Type of Beauty Water

Your Guide to Every Type of Beauty Water

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You have your moisturizer, sure. Your exfoliator, obviously. Your night cream, non-negotiable. But when it comes to a beauty water, are you more of a toner girl or do you prefer an essence? What about a face mist? If the preceding sentences gave you just a touch of anxiety, relax, we're here to break down the world of beauty waters and help you figure out just which one is right for you.

The scoop: First off. What is beauty water? Well, beauty water is a generic term for a hydrating, liquid-form skincare product that is usually used in the second step of the skincare routine. The basic purpose of a beauty water is to hydrate, however, based on which type you opt for, the added benefits vary. Toners and essences typically are more treatment based and contain stronger, more potent ingredients, where as face mists or facial waters might be a little more delicate and supplementary. All are usually alcohol free, as well.

Why they're necessary: Unlike oil-based cleansers or micellar waters, which strictly cleanse skin and remove impurities, beauty waters add an extra hydrating step into the mix and even plump, brighten, tone, or refresh skin. 

How to apply: Application can differ based on if your water's form. For toners and face mists, you usually spray them onto your face, while essences are often applied via a cotton swab or ball. Although all are usually applied after cleansing and before a serum, you can also apply product pre-makeup for a bit of refreshment or even during the day for a boost. (This is probably best left to face mists, though!)

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Ole Henriksen Facial Water Trio: This set of three mini face sprays are great for tossing in your bag, storing at your desk, or keeping by your bedside With three different formulas to energize, nuture, and refresh, these sprays are ideal for mid-day pickups.

Jurlique Activating Water Essence: This essence is chalk full of good-for-you plant-based ingredients, including organically grown marshmallow to calm skin. Designed to be used in tandem with a toning mist, this essence is ideal for a pre-serum application.

Lagom Cellus Mist Toner: This toner comes in mist form and aids in maintaining skin's pH as well as hydrating and protecting against environmental aggressors. Moisture is key with this product, thanks to DermaFlux, an ingredient used to inject hydration directly into cells.

Peter Thomas Roth Cucumber De-Tox Balancing Essence Water Mist: This mist can be used as a treatment essence or a daily mist refresher. Formulated with cucumber extract to calm and cool skin, this is a good find for anyone with sensitive or troubled skin. 

Too Cool For School Xakziuza Cleansing Water: Not quite a micellar water, this cleansing water from Too Cool For School is a cleanser and toner in one. This cleansing liquid removes makeup, balances skin's pH, and reduces the appearance of hyperpigmentation.

What's your favorite beauty water? Share with us in the comments below!

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