While most women won’t admit it, we all make a beeline for the restroom when we get off a flight to fix our hair and makeup; baggage collection will just have to wait!
You would assume that a hoard of paparazzi was waiting outside the airport to snap-up our pictures and make them front-page news the next morning. Well, in the case of celebrities, our imaginary scenario is their reality, and arriving for the Oscars only adds that much pressure.
This brings us to a key point celebrity facialist Joanna Vargas made in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter: “I will give advice for plane travel if I know I won’t be seeing them before a red carpet. Usually, I send a mask to them, and a hydrating rose water spray for the plane ride.”
In this case, the ‘them’ Vargas is referring to are her celebrity clients—the likes of Julianne Moore, Sofia Coppola, and Naomi Watts. As for us, we are fixated on the face mist aspect—a simple yet humble solution that can make a world of a difference.
Depending on the contents of your face mist, you can reduce inflammation, create an instant plumping effect, cool down skin sores, and also hydrate your pores to maintain the natural balance of water in your skin. Of course, Vargas’ rose water spray is a great save, but here are a few others you can concoct and bottle in a spray can to suit your specific needs.
1Aloe Vera Face Mist
Combine 3/4 cup aloe vera juice, 20 drops lavender essential oil, 5 drops peppermint essential oil, and 5 drops eucalyptus essential oil in a spray bottle. Keep the solution in your refrigerator to cool and shake well before use. This mix is anti-bacterial and will instantly hydrate your skin.
2Apple Face Mist
Take one part apple cider vinegar with one part water; you can also add 2-3 drops of tea tree oil. Spray it on your face for refreshed and plumper looking skin. The contents strengthen skin cells, and brighten and balance uneven skin tone.
3Green Tea Face Mist
Take 3 oz green tea leaves and stir it in half a liter of water. Let it rest for 30-40 minutes; strain and store in the fridge until you’re heading out the door. Green tea is packed with antioxidants—the kind that prevents fine lines and wrinkles, reduce inflammation drastically and also repair damaged skin and scar tissue.
4Rosewater Face Mist
Vargas’ recommended fix requires you to place a funnel over the opening of a spray can, and pour in 1 cup rosewater. Next, add 2 tbsp witch hazel, 1 tbsp alcohol, 1 tbsp aloe vera, and finally 5 drops rosehip oil. Give it a gentle shake and you’re good to go. This face mist will help maintain the skin’s pH balance, reduce stress-induced lines, and moisturize your skin simultaneously.
5Saffron Face Mist
Combine 1/2 cup saffron beauty base with 1/4 cup soyabean oil in a spray bottle. Shake vigorously for 10 to 30 seconds for the oil and water to come together. This ingredient is an age-old fix that’s credited with healing properties, skin brightening components, and an invigorating effect on skin cells.
PS: A face mist should be used once every four hours, and shouldn’t be wiped down or dried in any way. It is intended for the mist to sit on your skin, so use a spray can with a small nozzle and tightly-set indents.