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Esther in transit
Esther in transit

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Travel is dehydrating. That dry air that blasts from the vents in planes, trains and automobiles (and ferries!) aims to suck all moisture out of the traveler's skin, leaving it dull and irritated. My trick to arriving impossibly fresh at my final destination is to drink lots of water (aisle seat, please!) and to spritz my face with a rosewater facial mist every hour or so. Doing the whole staycation thing this Summer? Try these sprays for those days when the office A/C (or heater) is coming on strong. A more balanced face now will mean less wrinkles and problems later.

The Jurlique Rosewater Balancing Mist, $22, is the reigning Queen of all rosewater facial sprays. Suitable for even the most sensitive skin, this product refreshes and hydrates, leaving skin looking naturally dewy and without any shine. The only downside is the high price for a small bottle, which means keeping a constant supply can get pricey.

The Josie Maran Rosey Mist, $24, offers a little more bang for your buck while also doing a fine job at hydrating. I like to set my make up with this spray and follow up throughout the day with a few sprays to avoid those dreaded make up cracks and creases. The spray's biggest bummer is its use of Red 40 (for the slightly pink hue). So avoid this product if your skin is very sensitive to color additives.

The value leader of the pack, Mario Badescu's Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs and Rosewater, $7, soothes and primes skin for optimal hydration. I often use this product as the intermediate step between my facial cleanser and my facial moisturizer. But with a heavier spray than a fine mist, I try to avoid spritzing with this one in close proximity to other people.
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