A DIY Hydrating Facial Mist Customized for Your Skin

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Hydrating Facial Mist

A hydrating facial mist is a simple and effective way to add moisture to your face. They are non-greasy, don’t affect makeup, and customized for your skin.

A Simple Way to Moisturize Dry Winter Skin

Winter can be rough on your skin. Buildings are heated and the air is dry. And in winter air humidity is much lower than in the summer and I feel it in my face the most.

Hydrating facial mists are a simple way to add more moisture to your face that’s not greasy, and it won’t affect your make up.

Note: check out these other solutions we have for DIY facial moisturizers.

Why Hydrate with a Facial Mist?

While it would seem that your face would get plenty of moisture just from washing it, most people pat their face dry after their cleaning routine. A hydrating facial mist will moisturize and add benefits plain water cannot.

Most people use tap water to cleanse their face and that can have chlorine, minerals, and bacteria that you don’t want on your skin. Another benefit of a DIY facial mist is that you can customize it to benefit your particular skin type.

Anatomy of a Facial Mist


The first thing you want to start with is water. You can use distilled water, filtered water, reverse osmosis water, or even rain water. The important thing is to start with water that is free of contaminants. Then you can add whatever you want.


Herbs are a great way to add nutrients to your facial skin. Mints can be reviving, chamomile and lavender can be calming, while tea tree is beneficial for acne. See the list below to choose whatever works best for your face.

Essential Oils

Adding essential oils is another way to customize your facial mists. There is a large array of essential oils that can be used for almost any skin condition. (Additional information below.)


Other ingredients you can use are oat milk, salts, aloe vera, or even things like cucumber. Some mists will need to be stored in the refrigerator, depending on the ingredients.

How to Make a Hydrating Facial Mist

Here’s what you need for a basic facial mist:

Pour water into the spray bottle using the funnel. Secure the top and use this as a facial mist. Yes, it can be as simple as adding fresh water and letting it soak into your face before bed and before putting on your makeup.

However, if you want to add more benefits to your mist, below are some great ideas to use.

Customize Your Mist with Beneficial Herbs

You can use just about any kind of herb that can be used on skin.

Fresh or dried herbs can be used. You can use a single herb or a combination of two or more. You’ll want to make a tea from the herbs, steeping them for at least 10 minutes. After straining the herbs out, allow the water to cool before using it.

Note: Most botanical liquids made like this will keep a few days on the shelf, but to avoid mold or bacteria growth, store in the refrigerator.

  • Roses can help soften skin and aid in elasticity.
  • Calendula can help heal skin abrasions and reduce redness.
  • Lemon Balm is calming and can help with acne.
  • Pine and Fir are antibacterial and contain Vitamin C, which is thought to aid in cell function.
  • Mint is reviving and refreshing to the skin.
  • Green Tea and Black Tea contain antioxidants which can help reduce signs of aging.
  • Lavender is calming and speeds healing.
  • Chamomile is calming and soothing.
  • Comfrey is also known to aid healing.
  • Citrus Peels contain Vitamin C and are antibacterial.
  • Rosemary is antibacterial.
  • Rosehips are loaded with Vitamin C.
  • Hibiscus Flowers also contain Vitamin C.
  • Frankincense is an astringent, antiseptic, and disinfectant agent that has antimicrobial effects. You can purchase it as a resin, but since you need to dissolve the resin with alcohol, we recommend using an essential oil here.

NOTE: You can find high quality dried herbs and pure essential oils from our trusted source here.

Other Ideas for Facial Mists

Here are some other things that can support healthy skin. Keep in mind that most of these will require the mist to be refrigerated.

  • Aloe Vera helps speed healing and is also a humectant, meaning it draws moisture from the air and holds on to it.
  • Cucumber Juice is cooling and soothing.
  • Oat Milk can be very soothing. To make it, just soak oats in water for about 30 minutes and strain. Use this mixed 50/50 with water.
  • Apple Cider Vinegar is beneficial for many skin conditions.
  • Witch Hazel can help tighten pores and minimize their appearance.
  • Himalayan Pink Salt adds minerals to skin. Use a very small amount, about ⅛ teaspoon dissolved in the water. If you find it irritating, reduce the amount of salt.
  • Coconut Water is very hydrating. Use up to 50% in your water.
  • Coconut Milk contains many nutrients that are good for skin. Use a few tablespoons mixed in the water.
  • Honey can be antibacterial. Warm a teaspoon of honey and mix into the facial mist well. Honey is also a humectant.
  • Fruit juices can act as a mild chemical peel and help smooth skin. These are best used only a few times a week unless you use very little in your facial water. Try strawberry, apple, grapefruit or grape juice. Remember to use pure fruit juice and not varieties with added sugars or other ingredients.

Essential Oils for Your Facial Mist

Essential oils can also be used in your facial mists.

Most of the herbs listed above can also be found as essential oils. In essential oil form, they will have the same benefits and are simpler to add to your facial mists. You can find pure, organic essential oils here.

When adding essential oils you will need to either shake your bottle before each use or use an emulsifier.

Liquid lecithin acts as an emulsifier (bonding the water and oil to keep it in suspension) and thickening agent for body care products and improves a products’ shelf life by acting as a mild preservative.

Our source for liquid Lecithin is certified organic and is produced using a unique process which does not utilize solvent or alcohol extraction. Find organic liquid lecithin here.

In an 8-ounce spray bottle, use just a few drops and shake well.

A Note on Citrus Oils

If you are using citrus essential oils, keep in mind that some are phototoxic, meaning they increase your chance of sunburn. The chances are small, especially in winter, but I still prefer to use citrus oils at night to reduce the risk.

Facial mists can be fun as well as useful. Have you ever made a facial mist?


About Debra Maslowski

Debra is a master gardener, a certified herbalist, a natural living instructor, and more. She taught Matt and Betsy how to make soap so they decided to bring her on as a staff writer! Debra recently started an organic herb farm in the mountains of Western North Carolina. You can even purchase her handmade products on Amazon!

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