Product Review: Face Mist

Photo: Trish Snyder
New spray bottle with purified water promises to boost the health of your skin

Item Tested: Infotone Face Mist
Company: AquaLiv
Available Online at Incleanhealth.com for $34.95 plus shipping.

The Claim

This palm-sized refillable face mister activates skin’s natural healing properties to help it hold moisture, fade wrinkles, even out skin tone and more. Yet it contains nothing but purified water and a 100% natural and nontoxic ceramic ball. Skeptical, we asked for the science behind this innocuous bottle and got a lesson in bioinformation, which is the “signature” — almost like a barcode — that biological systems detect and respond to. That small ceramic ball is coded with bioinformation that mimics natural skin-boosting compounds including squalene (for moisture) and phytoncide (an antibacterial). These healthy skin properties are transferred to the water by harmonic resonance, without adding any physical ingredients. When tested, women in Japan reported improved skin hydration, suppleness, firmness, texture and reduced dryness, oxidation, wrinkles, skin pigmentation and blemishes.

How does it work

After cleansing, you spray your entire face — even the eye area — until it drips. Wait a minute for the water to be absorbed, then pat dry. Follow with your usual moisturizer or lotion. Throughout the day, lightly mist right over makeup by holding the bottle further from your face. Can be used throughout the day to refresh and rejuvenate skin.

What’s great:

  • Ingredients 
    The list consists of one item: purified water, which means it contains no chemical irritants. That’s a relief, since many skincare products contain chemical ingredients that may affect your health, according to the U.S. Environmental Working Group. This includes fragrance, which often contains pthalates, or parabens: both are suspected hormone disruptors. 
  • Long-lasting
    Refill the bottle for up to one year; a bonus when many moisturizers now recommend replacing after 3 to 6 months. 
  • Multipurpose
    Besides the face, it can also be used on hands to strengthen nails and ease cuticle peeling and dryness. 
  • Gentle yet effective
    Our tester stopped using all other skincare products except a moisturizer at night and moisturizing sunscreen during the day, and reported less dryness immediately. No noticeable effect on blemishes yet, but apparently that takes about a month of regular use to see a difference. Our tester loved the refreshing feel of a mid-afternoon spritz at her desk (she works from home, so didn’t have to deal with dripping in the office!). 
  • Recyclable
    You can blue-bin the glass bottle after a year. 
  • Reduces the need for products.
    This is perhaps the biggest and best benefit: less shopping. This mist promises to replace many other skincare products that tighten, brighten and soften the skin, many of which contain harmful ingredients. To see how your favourites rate for toxicity, see the Environmental Working Group’s cosmetic safety database, Skin Deep.

What’s not so great:

  • Not much info
    The company vice president says the water is safe for those with allergies or irritated skin conditions, but that info is not readily found on the website. 
  • A little messy
    Waiting a minute with a dripping face may be inconvenient for folks in a rush. 
  • Refill with purified water only
    Since untreated tap water contains chlorine, fluoride, etc., you need to refill using a high-quality purified tap water or bottled natural spring water. A faucet-installed water purifier is fine, but Brita and Pur filters don’t remove enough impurities, says AquaLiv, which makes the face mist. Distilled or reverse-osmosis water are also not pure enough. Consult their approved list. For many reasons, we don’t believe in bottled water. But if your home doesn’t have a purifier installed, at least the face mist is small enough that a 1- or 1.5-litre bottle should last several months.
  • Price
    Imagine paying almost $50 for a miniature spray bottle of…water. Still, it lasts a year so that brings down the price, even after you add the cost of refilling.