When we discussed Zoom, Alicia Yoon, founder of Peach & Lily and licensed esthetician, pointed out that glass skin is not just about chasing away glare, but protecting your skin from environmental stressors, including blue light, UV rays and pollution, which means replenishing it with moisturizing and anti-inflammatory ingredients throughout the day.
At first glance, the ingredient list reads like that of a strong moisturizer. Cucumber water is the basic calming ingredient that Yoon, who has dealt with severe eczema in the past, can be sprayed often without irritating your skin. Another star ingredient is reishi mushroom, which draws water from the environment to your skin, Yoon explains. And its beta-glucans are “a type of natural sugar for hydration and anti-inflammatory properties,” says cosmetic chemist Ginger King. Seduce.
The mist is also loaded with antioxidant-rich peach extract, calming centella asiatica, brightening licorice and lotus root, skin-strengthening ceramides, and vitamin E. The prized ingredient, however, is an “alternative.” herbal silicone “derived from extracts of burdock root, bamboo stem and lotus root for a bouncy finish without clog pores, which silicones often do.
“These are water soluble extracts to hydrate and brighten the skin,” says King. Personally, I don’t like silicones in cosmetics (primers are a common example), and I can attest that this mist doesn’t have that slippery, film-like finish typically associated with silicones. In other words, after applying my skin still looks like skin.