After using La Mer’s The Mist once, I was hooked. After three mornings of waking up to hydrated, glowing skin, I was sure that professional crooner, James Blake, wrote his inimitable banger ‘Waterfall’ about how refreshing it is. By the time I was half way through the bottle, I was starting to type things like “Can you marry one of your beauty products?” into Google. Spritzing my face with The Magical Mist (my appointed pet name) is akin to waking up with a merciless hangover, as if out of a coma, to a 2L bottle of ice-cold, filtered water. It has the same effect on my skin as going for a dip in a secluded spring after a 10km hike in Samoa might do one’s soul. I think you get the picture I’m trying to paint. It’s thoroughly hydrating, and I’m thoroughly in love.

How is it so hydrating, say, compared to any other face mist? I’m glad you asked! The Mist is created with botanical and marine extracts that soothe irritation and gently encourage dry lines to chill out, which in turn improves the skin’s appearance. The highly charged waters also help to heal, hydrate, and rebalance the skin, no matter how much likeness it previously had to the Sahara Desert. I know this because before I used The Mist, my skin kind of resembled this. I highly recommend you keep a bottle on hand at all times, and especially if you plan on spending an extended period of time on a plane. I also read that it’s a good alternative to aftershave for men, so I surprise attacked my boyfriend straight after he finished ridding his face of hair with tiny blades one morning (to very satisfying results on his end). Another happy customer!

If you can’t afford to buy your best gal pal a ticket to Samoa for a post-hike dip this Christmas, La Mer’s The Mist is the next best thing—and your man will love it if he wakes up on Christmas Day with a bottle in his stocking, too. You can purchase a bottle here.

Photography, Sarah Adamson.