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This Facial Mist Might Be Bullshit But I Can’t Get Enough of It

It wakes me up better than coffee does.

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I’ve always viewed “facial mists” with a degree of skepticism. Do you really need to spray that Evian on your face instead of drinking it? Is that doing something for you? Probably not.

But after being gifted the Glow Getter set ($136) from Singapore-based beauty company Allies of Skin — which comes with the brand’s Bright Future Overnight Facial and this Molecular Savior Mist Toner — I’m a total convert.

The idea is you spray yourself with the mist after washing your face and then immediately apply the overnight facial, which is really a gel with all kinds of stuff aimed at exfoliating, brightening, and hydrating dry skin. I used the set as directed for a few weeks, and while my skin was a little extra fresh-looking after two or three days a week of the combo, I could honestly take or leave the overnight facial. The mist, though... that stuff has me hooked.

First of all, it smells amazing. Like, not just normal-beauty-product good, but amazing — so fresh and clean, probably thanks to the aloe, rose water, and mix of essential oils (Damask rose, juniper berry, cucumber seed, and palmarosa) inside. I’ve gotten in the habit of spritzing it all over my face and neck right after I get out of the shower in the morning, and at this point I’m not sure how I ever woke up without it.

I’m pretty sure this stuff is actually moisturizing, too, which isn’t something I’d expect from a facial mist. After a month of using the Molecular Savior Mist as the first step in the morning skin routine I’ve followed forever (second step: moisturizer with a few drops of facial oil mixed in), I’ve seen a noticeable difference. Major bonuses: It feels refreshing rather than sticky, and it seems to calm my sensitive skin.

According to the brand, the moisturizing and soothing effects are thanks to a cocktail of active ingredients: lactobacillus ferment to reduce redness and help with acne, silk amino acids to moisturize, ergothioneine to prevent sun damage, colloidal silver to reduce inflammation and promote “healing,” acai berry to reduce inflammation, the aforementioned rose water (made with a heavier molecular weight to cling to skin) and oils for their antibiotic properties and to reduce redness and inflammation, and something called CXA-6 Panacea Complex to increase collagen production and protect against environmental damage.

I can’t tell you if all those things are proven to do what the company says they do (though there is research to back much of it up). But I can tell you that this this stuff really works for me. I’ve already bought my second bottle, fearful I’d be out even for a few days.

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