Every day at approximately 3:15 p.m., I hit a slump. The caffeine I drank earlier has completely burned off, lunch has settled into lunch coma, and my brain is just not having any of it. So what do I do? I reach for a little glass bottle on my desk that is full of what is essentially glorified tap water, I close my eyes, and I spritz.
Without fail, this tiny, seemingly inconsequential act completely resets my energy and reboots my drive. Sometimes all I need is a once-over spray, but on longer days it can take up to eight spritzes for me to snap back to reality and re-sharpen my focus.
'With my eyes still closed, I take a few seconds to clear my thoughts, relax my shoulders, and just sit in that moment.'
Something about the combination of the cold water on my face and the various infused vitamins and minerals helps wake me up and, for a few seconds, find my zen. I take a deep breath (after I've sprayed, of course) and, with my eyes still closed, take a few seconds to clear my thoughts, relax my shoulders, and just sit in that moment.
Not only does the water help me feel refreshed, it also gives my tired face a healthy, dewy glow. I've hoarded quite a collection of face mists on my desk, and several even double as setting sprays, so my makeup gets a little reminder to stay put. One of my favorite parts of this daily ritual is reviewing my needs for the day, and choosing which spray I'm going to use based on that.
Which face mist is best for you? Close your eyes, think about what you need in this moment, and spritz away!
What's on Chantal's Desk
Avène Thermal Spring Water, $19, aveneusa.com.
This cult classic is my go-to when I have a lot on my mind and just need some straight up H20, no fancy additives needed. Ideal for sensitive skin.
Re(Cover) Perfecting Coconut Setting Mist, $39, marcjacobs.com.
This is what I reach for when I'm feeling extra stressed and need a mini mental vacation. Once I've closed my eyes, the smell of coconut instantly transports me to somewhere tropical where deadlines don't exist.
Skin Dew Hydrating Essence Mist and Setting Spray with Echinacea GreenEnvy, $44, farmacybeauty.com.
Part skin toner, part setting spray, part radiance booster, this bottle is a multitasking fiend.
Hydra Beauty Essence Mist, $90, chanel.com.
This was a gift from a friend a few years ago and it's still going strong. Due to the brand name (and that price tag...), I use it sparingly—but it's the closest thing to liquid velvet my face has ever felt.
Moisture Bound Skin Energy Hydration Delivery System, $35, us.amorepacific.com.
Hydrating Facial Mist, $16, oy-l.com.
Rose and Neroli Hydra-Vitalizing Treatment Mist, $39, odacite.com.
Rosewater Balancing Mist, $24, jurlique.com.