Sulwhasoo Hydro-Aid Moisturizing Soothing Mist Review
Hydrating mists have always seemed a bit gimmicky to me. If you’ve been keeping up with beauty news then you might’ve heard them saying mists actually dry out your skin. I tried misting while on a long haul flight to Asia many years back and I remember feeling extra parched at the end of it. Well, this time around I discovered a great mist and an even better way to use them. Say hello to Sulwhasoo’s Hydro-Aid Moisturizing Soothing Mist! This mist is part of the Hydro-Aid collection, which is used to address hydration concerns (review of the Moisturizing Soothing Cream is here).
What It Is
This is a hydrating facial mist formulated with birch sap to provide moisture and relieve tired skin. Sulwhasoo claims, “The refreshing scent will provide a sense of peace and serenity as if walking through a beautiful forest.” I’ll take one please.
This mist can be used in place of your toner after cleansing or as a setting spray after applying makeup. It comes packaged in a plastic bottle and you get 100ml for $45 usd or 42000 won.
WATER, ALCOHOL, BUTYLENE GLYCOL, GLYCERIN, NIACINAMIDE, DIMETHICONE, PHENOXYETHANOL, OPHIOPOGON JAPONICUS ROOT EXTRACT, GLYCYRRHIZA URALENSIS (LICORICE) ROOT EXTRACT, PEG-60 HYDROGENATED CASTOR OIL, PEG-5 RAPESEED STEROL, NELUMBO NUCIFERA FLOWER EXTRACT, POLYGONATUM OFFICINALE RHIZOME/ROOT EXTRACT, REHMANNIA GLUTINOSA ROOT EXTRACT, PAEONIA ALBIFLORA ROOT EXTRACT, LILIUM CANDIDUM BULB EXTRACT, HYDROGENATED POLY(C6-14 OLEFIN), HYDROGENATED LECITHIN, FRAGRANCE, BETAINE, PEG-75, ETHYLHEXYLGLYCERIN, HONEY, DISODIUM EDTA, BETULA PLATYPHYLLA JAPONICA JUICE, STEARIC ACID, PALMITIC ACID, BHT, TROMETHAMINE, PANAX GINSENG LEAF/STEM EXTRACT
Purslane and Adhesive Rehmannia have moisturizing and calming qualities. Birch sap soothes, cools, and hydrates the skin. To boost even more moisture in the skin we have Liriope muscari extracts and Ginseng Sprout.
I ran the list through COSDNA and 2 ingredients came up that may or may not concern you: Phenoxyethanol and BHT. Both ingredients were considered moderately safe and pose health problems when consumed orally. Since this is only used on the surface of the skin and the ingredients are in small quantities, it does not pose a risk. We don’t know exactly how much of each ingredient is used so really all this “analysis” isn’t THAT helpful, but having a general idea of what you’re putting on your skin is. All in all, I think this product is ok to use.
I found this mist to be really handy post cleanse. I don’t skip toner, but I use this right after washing my face while it’s still a little wet. I didn’t think adding this step would change anything, but surprisingly it did! Once you pat everything in, your skin absorbs your next product even better. I felt a significant difference when I started off with toner instead, which resulted in drier skin. I can see why it could be used in place of toner, but I think using it in conjunction is so much better. It boosted the effects of the rest of my skin care and I now have a consistent, lovely glow to my complexion.
Thankfully, Sulwhasoo kept the fragrance in this mist light and pleasant. It doesn’t irritate my skin and smells faintly of citrus. It’s actually quite refreshing and reminds me of my amazing spa experience with them.
By the way, the mist pump on this bottle is beautiful! One pump delivers a full, even, fine mist all over the face.
I’ve been using this routine as of late and it has given me excellent results (the key is to use the next products while your skin is still damp instead of waiting for them to fully absorb):
2. A few pumps of mist
3. Pat in Klairs toner- 2 layers
4. Pat in Purito essence- 2 layers
5. Pat in Purito serum- 1 layer
6. Pat in Klairs serum- 1 layer
I’ve really been enjoying this facial mist and would recommend it to anyone looking to boost his or her existing skin care routine. It’s not a must-have for everyone, but definitely a nice treat!
★★★★ Out of 5
Pros: Boosts skin care, refreshing, hydrating
Cons: A bit pricey