The Swisse Deep Sea Hydrating Mist Toner is a natural mist spray to hydrate and tone the skin.
Included at the highest concentration in the formulation is Aqueous Extract of Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf, a multi-purpose ingredient suited to all skin types, particularly that in need of hydration or repair. Helping to nourish the skin are vitamin B complex, folic acid, vitamin C and carotene. Polysaccharides create a protective barrier on the skin, delivering hydration and emollient properties. Antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory behaviours come from a high number of anthraquinones and phytosterols which help to soothe and moisturise skin while flavones protect from free-radical damage. Finally, glycosides promote healthy cell regeneration.
Sea Salt (Maris Sal) from Australia’s Murray-Darling Basin region is rich in minerals that mimic those found within our skin, assisting to regulate skin moisture, promote healing and smooth texture respectively. Niacinamide (Vitamin B3) is able to visibly reduce the appearance of large pores, uneven skin tone, dullness and fine lines.
Rosa Damescena Flower Oil works to soften, hydrate and calm the skin. Essential fatty acids and Vitamin E help to strengthen the skin barrier thus boosting moisture retention. The antibacterial properties of naturally occurring citronellol and geraniol in rose oil help prevent breakouts while an assortment of minerals treat inflammation-related conditions such as rosacea and eczema.
Finally, Glycerin is a commonly included humectant that both draws water from the air to the skin and also forms a protective layer to prevent moisture loss.
Aqueous Extract of Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf, Glycerin, Sea Salt (Maris Sal), Niacinamide, Rosa Damescena Flower Oil, Water (Aqua), Sodium Citrate, Citric Acid, Carrageenan, Citronellol*, Geraniol*, Nerol*, Linalool*, Octanol*, Nonanol*, Dehydroacetic Acid, Benzyl Alcohol [*allergens from essential oils]
The formulation is 98.81% naturally derived.
The mist comes in a plastic brown tint bottle with spray dispenser and clear cap.
The presence of fragrance and preservatives that may cause irritation or allergic reaction reduce the product’s safety rating. Both the CosDNA report and the EWG Skin Deep Cosmetic Database give the formulation a fair rating with warning against the fragrance allergens. Note too, Swisse responsibly declares that these are allergens from essential oils within their ingredient list.
Shake before use. Apply as required to face and neck. Close eyes and spray from a distance.
This mist has a light soapy scent.
The RRP for the 125ml bottle is AUD$9.99, however, you can often find it on sale.
It is widely sold online and in Australia in leading pharmacies, supermarkets and department stores. Buying it supports local business as it is Australian made.
Swisse recommend using the product within 12 months of opening.
In general, mists are very much a hit-and-miss type application. A lot of the product is essentially lost to the air. Thankfully with this one, the very affordable price tag means it really doesn’t matter. I actually picked my bottle up at Chemist Warehouse as an impulse buy, simply because they were offering 50% off the entire Swisse range. So, 125ml of mist cost me a measly AUD$5.00 (around US$3.70), definitely putting this into the budget friendly range.
The packaging is effective and highly portable, although the protective cap dislodged quite easily and as a result, I lost it early on. Nonetheless, I kept this spray in my handbag and used it whenever I felt the need for a burst of freshness. The bottle’s tinted brown finish provides protection against light degradation and the labeling is simple and very consistent with the brand.
The nozzle depresses easily to deliver a very light spray which is even and well angled to give you a good coverage (dispenses droplets within around a 90 degree range) without needing too many pumps. I don’t love the fragrance but it’s not offensive either. I don’t like ingredients to be included in a formulation simply to improve its smell. This just adds a layer of complexity and risk. There are a lot of fragrance ingredients included, derived from essential oils which are known sensitizers for some. As such, it is probably a good idea to swatch test on your arm perhaps before applying this to your face just to be sure.
The application is easy and the mist is highly absorbent, sinking in without a trace after only seconds. It feels refreshing, although a spray of water also delivers this effect. In order to test its ability to hydrate and soothe, I sprayed it continuously (reapplying every few minutes, probably 10 applications) onto the back of my left hand only and compared the difference in skin condition to my right. After the half hour mini trial, my left hand looked and felt significantly more hydrated than the right which in comparison now seemed dry. Although we don’t apply mist with this obsessive regularity, the occasion burst throughout the day will therefore ensure moisture loss is compensated a little at a time.
Furthermore, I was surprised by the improvement observed in both the appearance of pores and skin brightness. I had not noticed this during the two months I was using this product on my face as detecting it from a spray here and there, usually on the go, without a mirror in sight, is near impossible.
Looking at the image above, the left hand is clearly brighter and the pores enormously reduced in appearance. The skin looks fresher and healthier. This image alone is sufficiently convincing to conclude the product claims are definitely met. The aloe vera succeeds in achieving a burst of hydration making the skin feel refreshed and rejuvenated. The niacinamide in the formulation, clearly performs to give a brightening effect. As for skin firmness, I can’t say I honestly observed an improvement, but the sea salt and rose oil definitely made the skin feel softer and smoother after application. The effects are visible for a few hours so with 2-3 hourly applications should achieve the set goals throughout the day.
This AUD$10.00 mist is a clear winner. It’s cheap, it’s readily available and it’s efficacy is unquestionable.
|Over 98.81% natural, paraben free
|Includes fragrances derived from essential oils
|Readily available in Australia
|Great for all skin types
|Highly portable, great for on-the-go application
|Brightens skin tone
|Visibly reduces the appearance of pores
Swisse skincare website
Benefits of using aloe vera in your natural skincare products School of Natural Skincare
Dead Sea Salt From Nature With Love
How Niacinamide Helps Skin Paula’s Choice Skincare
Rose Oil Beauty Heroes
Is Glycerin Good of Bad for your skin Truth in Aging
Please read in context with my disclaimer.