Coming out of what we hope is the tail-end of the eye of the pandemic, more of us than ever are taking better care of our skin. Whether it’s the time we’re saving commuting, the real need for sensorial experiences, or the tiny habits that keep us sane, it appears that skincare is back for good.

Things that were well out of our reach in an office, are suddenly intrinsic parts of our new-found working day, and even filter their way into our Married at First Sight nighttime binges. And one of the easiest, most effective things to fit in throughout our day (certainly easier than my Fitbit reminding me to get up and do 250 steps every hour), is the humble mist. 

Ahhh, do you remember your first? Mine was Caudalie, Beauty Elixir – something that is now a permanent member of my extensive skincare wardrobe. I first used it when I was 22 and experiencing breakouts that to me were huge, but to the normal eye, were just part and parcel of life. But you know when you just want to use something that convinces you it’s getting better? That was what the Beauty Elixir was to me. And my love of it was heavily compounded by my idol Victoria Beckham saying she loved it.

After a brief dalliance, whereby the rosemary essential oil – amongst other ingredients – really helped my inflamed skin, I forgot about mists. Gone from my brain. As if they didn’t exist. And then entered La Roche Posay’s Serozinc – entirely to blame for this purchase was the influencer sphere – or, as they were known then, blogs. I used Serozinc and didn’t really see the fuss. Until I didn’t use Serozinc. And then, I got it. Skin calm and health in a fine mist. Perfection in the most unassuming packaging – keeps the skin soothed and helps with inflammation. And now, a never-without for the collection.

At times I would want something more nourishing, and for this I tried Heritage Store’s Rosewater & Glycerin spray. Gorgeous in scent, gorgeous in feel – nourishing without being heavy, and not cloying on the skin. I have purchased countless bottles of this and will continue to do so. Perfect for spritzing throughout the day for an added boost of moisture.

And so, to the latest in my collection. The Keys Soulcare Reviving Aura Mist. A tiny bit of heaven in a mist, complete with its own affirmation “I am free as the air.” And, for a second, that spritz makes you feel weightless. It is stunning. Delicate rose-scented (rather than the old-fashioned rose), which really works to calm the mind – this is my choice of an evening, when I need to wind down.

A mist a day may keep the doctor away.