If you're like me, you can't help but flinch when it's time for the final spritz of setting spray to lock your makeup in place.
To be fair, that's the normal human reaction when something is being sprayed directly to your face from an arm's length away, but it raises an interesting question: do we even know what's in our facial mists and setting sprays?
Many of us are pretty conscious of what beauty products we're using and the impacts it can have on our hair, body or skin, but I wouldn't blame you for not knowing that one of the most commonly used main ingredients in setting sprays is polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP). PVP is a water-soluble polymer that helps the makeup we apply stick to our faces.
Facial mists and setting sprays also contain humectants, which are substances that reduce the loss of moisture and can keep your skin's hydration levels stable and high to help makeup stay bonded. They work especially well on powdered products, but if it sounds a little strange, think of it like naturally occurring humectants like glycerin, aloe vera, lactic acid or honey.
With such unique ranges of skin types out in the world, it’s important to find the best facial or setting spray that works for your skin.
With that being said, a couple of ingredients have the potential to trigger allergies. Tea trees, eucalyptus and lavender oils are more prone to cause problems for sensitive skin, and avoiding them might be a good call.
Some formulas — especially facial mists that are marketed as "refreshing" or "cooling" — will use only thermal and mineral waters in their sprays. Water is deceptively dehydrating (crazy, right?) because once it evaporates, it not only leaves your skin, but it takes some of the natural oils and hydration along with it.
Especially for those suffering from chronically dry skin, those ingredients can be detrimental and will not be worth the risk.
If you're hoping to get natural and glowing skin, keep an eye out for vitamin C. As one of the most effective antioxidants, vitamin C is a great ingredient to keep your skin healthy and glowing. It also helps combat dull complexion and evens out your skin tone.
Keeping your skin nourished is key to a crystal clear complexion, and the right nutrients (just like the ones used for Paradox's 2-in-1 Probiotic Facial Mist) will help you get the dewy skin of your dreams!
Our multipurpose mist — which can be used to prep, set and refresh your skin with or without makeup — is loaded with gentle setting ingredients that’ll lock in moisture and keep your skin hydrated all day. Using only the best ingredients like probiotics, flower extract and vitamin C, the 2-in-1 facial mist ensures to restore and protect the skin from debris while leaving a natural glow.
Any good facial spray will hydrate and refresh your skin, but the best facial spray is the one your skin loves right back!
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