There was a time where a facial spray offered pretty much just water – cooling, but with a slight tendency to dissolve your makeup and not much else to offer.

All that has changed now, and with our pick of the new breed of mists, you will be doing your face good as well as cooling it down.

Start the day with a moisturising cloud of sweetly scented mist as a toner or to set your makeup, calm hot and irritated skin with a cooling spritz when you are out and about, or keep in your desk for a mood-boosting aromatic spray at low points in the day – these mists can become a bit addictive. Here's our roundup of the best out there.

Aqua Réotier Fresh Moisturising Mist, 50ml: £14, L’Occitane

This cooling, soothing mist is ideal for thirsty skin, and our tester reported distinct moisturising benefits.

She had been afraid that spraying water on her face would be drying, but was delighted to discover that this product actually left her face feeling soft and moisturised, thanks to the hydrating hyaluronic acid.

The base of calcium-rich spring water from the Hautes-Alpes region of Provence has proved very effective for skin health. She loved the subtle fragrance and found that spritzing it on at any time gave her a refreshing boost.

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B-Comforted Camomile Facial Spritz, 75ml: £3.95, Superdrug

This no-nonsense cooling spray is a superbly portable product that more than lives up to its claims to be kind to stressed and irritated skin.

Our sensitive-skinned tester felt that she could trust the soothing camomile, and appreciated the softening and moisturising benefits, as well as the fact that  it is suitable for vegans.

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Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Miracle Hydrating Mist, 100ml: £21, John Lewis

This fine mist is designed to be used throughout the day, and our tester found it really refreshing to spritz on her face and neck whenever she felt in need – which has been pretty often during this particular summer.

Not only does it feel very refreshing, but its antioxidant and vitamin-rich formulation helps protect your skin against everything the environment throws at it.

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Institut Esthederm Cellular Water Mist 100ml: £18, Feel Unique

This is a super-fine spray that is as powerful as a serum with its hydration-boosting qualities, boasting ingredients with protective effects to shield against UV rays and general pollution.

Our tester found that it made her skin feel fresh and soft, with a silky feeling that lasted for hours after using. It didn't interfere with make up at all and left her skin looking very hydrated.

You can spray this one on face and body for cooling effects; it is suitable for all skin types, including sensitive, and for men and women. All can benefit from the finely tuned balance of mineral salts and trace elements it contains.

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Omorovicza Magic Moisture Mist 100ml: £65, Cult Beauty

The first thing our tester noticed about this was the delightful delicate perfume from the aromatic essential oils, including rose geranium, lavender, neroli and eucalyptus.

The mist seems wet when you spray a cooling blast but dries straight on to the skin.

It is designed with a two-phase formula, combining oil and water to hydrate and enrich your skin, with antioxidant tomato stem cells and vitamin E rich wheat germ oil to resist pollution, all without making it feel even remotely oily.

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TempleSpa Toning Essence Mist Tonic 150ml: £16,​

With a fragrance inspired by a Mediterranean summer salad, combining tomato, lemon, orange, melon rosemary, basil, mandarin, lime and ginger – this spray is a pretty appetising prospect.

Our tester finds it so refreshing and light that it is in regular daily use, squirrelled away in her desk drawer for a mood-lifting spritz.

The benefits that she has noticed are mainly calming and hydrating, it leaves your face feeling toned up and less prone to itchiness and discomfort.

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Bioderma Hydrabio Eau De Soin Moisturising Anti-UV Mist SPF 30, 50ml: £7.12, Boots

This mist is very fine and gentle, and our tester loved being able to spray a cooling cloud of moisture that settled delightfully on her face without any messing of makeup.

It gives an extra shot of SPF, which can’t be bad, and has noticeable moisturising benefits.

It left her face feeling cooler and definitely refreshed and she found it a real bonus to be able to boost her sun protection on a hot day, especially as it is sized to fit comfortably into a handbag.

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Seed to Skin the Alche’Mist Super Active Serum Spray, 100ml: £145, Liberty

This glorious cocktail of ingredients including bergamot, damask rose and sandalwood comes from Seed to Skin – a range devoted to a fusion of advanced science with natural ingredients sourced on and around the founder’s Tuscan estate.

The serum spray has a fragrance evocative of warm Italian days, yet feels pleasantly cooling when sprayed on to the skin.

It settles in and feels wonderfully moisturising and softening as it is absorbed. Think of it as a nutrient-rich drink for your skin whenever it needs a bit of a boost.

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Evolve Daily Defence Moisture Mist, 100ml, £20:

The organic ingredients in this vegan-friendly mist are designed to protect against pollution and blue light (thanks to African moringa peptides) and it also contains hyaluronic acid for hydration and prickly pear to calm irritated skin.

Our tester found it really refreshing and uplifting, it seems to protect your skin from the worst that an over-heated city could throw at it. The scent of orange flower water was nice but not overwhelming, and, indeed, this can double as a soothing after-shave mist.

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The Verdict: Best facial mists

L’Occitane Aqua Reotier Fresh Moisturising Mist is wonderfully soothing and moisturising, B Comforted Camomile Spritz is a no-nonsense, effective product at an unbeatable price, and Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Miracle Hydrating Mist is a dependable friend when the weather gets tough.

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