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We love the comfort of an air-conditioned office after braving the intense heat of the outdoors. The cool air also definitely has more benefits than a warm environment when it comes to job performance, but as you’ve probably discovered by now that extended length of time spent in an air-conditioned room can have adverse effects on your skin.

It might not be quite as bad as UV rays and heat, but air-conditioning can leave your skin feeling dehydrated and looking dull (it can also dry out contact lenses and lead to throat irritations but those are matters for other solutions).

It might not be something you find easy to implement, what with the idea of just pulling out a spray and spritzing yourself in front of colleagues being potentially awkward or embarrassing, but the fact is, the benefits far outweigh the embarrassment! Not only do facial mists hydrate your skin, but the sprays can also leave you feeling instantly refreshed and energised, ready to tackle your next big work project.

#1 Philosophy Renewed Hope in a Jar Micro-renewal Hydrating Mist, $42 for 117ml

Everyone’s favourite Hope in a Jar has renewed their hero product and introduced an entire line of companion products, including this hydrating mist. With ingredients that boast all-day hydration, visibly smoother skin, and the ability to improve skin micro-circulation, this one is a must-try.

Available from Sephora Singapore (August 20) and Philosophy counters (August 16).

#2 June Jacobs Neroli Hydrating Mist, $74 for 200ml

Though a bit pricier than the other two (and a fair bit larger), this one is great for those of you who prefer more natural ingredients. It boasts a formula that is free from parabens, preservatives, synthetic dyes, sulfates, and fragrances. The main component neroli oil, is an extract from blossoms of the bitter orange tree that is said to stimulate cell regeneration.

Available in September from Sephora Singapore.

#3 First Aid Beauty Vitamin Hydrating Mist, $25 for 59ml

This one is a great travel size and perfect for leaving in your handbag. It’s packed with vitamin C (brightens), E (hydrates), and B5 (reduces inflammation), as well as an energizing group of natural aroma extracts like grapefruit, basil, bergamot, rosemary, and sandalwood.

Available from Sephora Singapore.


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