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An interview with creator Annee de Mamiel
Dara: We love the Dewy Facial Mist — it hydrates like no other mist we’ve tried. Tell us how you developed it.
ANNEE: With this product, I asked myself, “If I was just using one product, what would I really want in terms of a water based product?”
It’s difficult to know if it’s oil or water that your skin needs. But water based products can be so helpful because they allow for a delivery of different types of ingredients to reset, rebalance, and hydrate the skin. So with the Dewy Facial Mist, I just put everything I could into it!
- It has prebiotics and probiotics, peptides, and two weights of hyaluronic acid so that there’s immediate hydration as well as a long term effect. It’s not just a “right now” thing — it’s continuing to work to rebalance the skin.
- It also works on the emotional level to ground, clear, cool, and calm us. This also helps with hydration.
- And there’s bamboo water, which can help with osmotic stress: you might travel, for instance, or stay in someone else’e place, and the water’s different there. That’s another stress for the skin: it’s not used to it. And it could be something your skin struggles with at home, too. Where I live, in the countryside near London, there’s so much lime in the water that it is really harsh and drying for hair and skin.
Dara: The texture is astounding. It’s so lightweight that you might not think it’s doing much, and yet it’s such a hardworking product.
ANNEE: I’m a nutter for testing stuff like this. I knew the texture had to be light, it had to be a really fine mist, and it had to do all of these things for the skin otherwise it just wouldn’t make sense. It’s important to me that our products achieve multiple goals; it’s better to have fewer products that do more.
Dara: And tell us about the scent.
ANNEE: The smell of the mist is really about yin deficiency. In TCM, we think of the heart as fire and the kidneys as water. Through our lives, our water cools the fire and keeps us in balance. But that water naturally depletes over time.
And then we can get heart fire, which is that heat rising; some insomnia is also related to this. Basically, what we’re trying to do to counteract that is to nourish our yin and cool the blood.
This helps with hydration in general, and it's particularly helpful in menopause; you can sort of picture our fluids boiling during that time. By the way, we have also heard a lot of clients mention that the Restorative Cleansing Balm got them through menopause; along with the Dewy Skin Mist, it really helps with the dryness and dehydration that can be so difficult.
Dara: How do you like to use the Dewy Facial Mist personally?
ANNEE: It’s funny — of all our products, this is the one whose scent I don’t gravitate towards, which probably means that I need it! But instead of spraying it on (which would give me more of the scent), I pump it into my hand, mix it with a bit of Skin Recovery Blend, and press it into my skin. It’s absolute magic. That will generally get me through the summer. That, in the morning with the SPF (the Daily Hydrating Nectar) — that’s my day. It makes such a difference.
Want to learn more about de Mamiel?
Check out our Brand Spotlight here.
Find out how our esthetician, Sarah, uses the Restorative Cleansing Balm for facial massage here.
And to hear from Annee about how she treats stress in clinic — and tips she often gives clients to limit the effects of stress at home — in her interview with Dara here.
Any topic discussed in this article is not intended as medical advice. If you have a medical concern, please check with your doctor.