How to Make DIY Face Mist for Oily & Dry Skin: Easy Recipes + How to Use

Make your own hydrating and refreshing DIY face mist in only a few steps.

December 5, 2022 6 minutes read
Woman using a DIY face mist

In This Post

DIY face mist is a great way to treat your skin whenever it's screaming I'm thirsty. Central heating during winters and air conditioning during summers are a real glow kill, drawing all the moisture and life out of your skin.

Making your own facial mist will allow you to choose ingredients your skin loves and craves and tailor the formula according to your skin type and needs. You'll also get a versatile 4-in-1 skincare product, helping you hydrate and refresh your face as well as apply and set your makeup flawlessly.

In today's article, we'll share two easy, all-natural DIY face mist recipes, their skin benefits, as well as how you can use them in your daily beauty routine.

How to Make DIY Face Mist Spray at Home

You can use herbal teas or distilled water as a base for your DIY face mist. However, not every household has distilled water at hand, so herbal teas are always a good option, especially chamomile or green tea.

The one thing you might have to hassle a bit for is a spray bottle; both glass and plastic will do the trick – whatever you can find online. The rest of the ingredients you'll likely already own, and if not, you'll probably find them in your local health food store.

So, let's get into making this refreshing beaut:

DIY Face Mist for Oily Skin: Recipe

face mist with rice water for oily skin

Oily skin can also get dehydrated, giving you that excess shine and a tight skin feeling all at the same time. So, for the DIY face mist recipe for oily skin, we've carefully chosen the ingredients that will balance the oil production and hydrate your skin.

You'll need:

  • ½ cup green tea (or distilled water)
  • 6 tablespoons rice water (check our recipe for DIY rice water here)
  • 1 tablespoon witch hazel
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable glycerin
  • 2 teaspoons jojoba oil
  • 5 drops geranium essential oil


  1. Start by making the rice water if you don't already have it. Mix 1 cup of white rice with 3 cups of water, and boil it for about 15 minutes. The leftover water from boiling the rice is your rice water.
  2. Then, make green tea. Place two teabags of green tea into one cup of boiled water, and let it steep for about 8 to 10 minutes. Then, take the tea bags out and let the water cool to room temperature.
  3. Mix all the ingredients together and pour them into a clean spray bottle.
  4. Shake well before use to blend the oils and the water-based ingredients.
  5. Store it in a fridge for no longer than three months.

If you don't have or can't find geranium essential oil, alternatively, you can use lavender, peppermint, rosehip, or bergamot essential oil. However, if your oily skin is also sensitive, we'd suggest making your DIY face mist without any essential oil.

DIY Face Mist for Dry Skin: Recipe

face mist for dry skin with rose water

This hydrating and moisturizing DIY face mist is a true godsend for dry skin types. It will nourish your skin while giving it a great relief, especially if used right before applying your moisturizer.

You'll need:

  • ½ cup chamomile tea (or distilled water)
  • 6 tablespoons rose water (check our recipe for DIY rose water here)
  • 3 tablespoons aloe vera gel
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable glycerin
  • 2 teaspoons vitamin E oil
  • 5 drops lavender essential oil


  1. For this recipe, you'll need rose water. You can probably get it online or from your local organic food store. If not, then you can make your own by following our recipe.
  2. Continue by preparing the chamomile tea. Steep two chamomile tea bags in a cup of hot water for about 30 minutes. Then, remove the tea bags and let the tea cool.
  3. Blend all the ingredients together and transfer the mixture into a clean spray bottle.
  4. Again, you'll need to shake the bottle well before using the face mist, to get all the ingredients nicely blended.
  5. Store in a cool, dark place or a fridge for up to three months.

Other essential oils you can use in this recipe would be helichrysum essential oil or carrot seed essential oil, both options are excellent for dry skin types.

How to Use Your DIY Face Mist

Your DIY face mist is a versatile skincare product. Therefore, it's not only good for refreshing your face during summers, but also as a toner or a soothing spray – depending on which combination of herbs or oils you use.

Here are four ways you can use your homemade face mist:

#1: To Dampen Your Beauty Blender

beauty blender

If you like applying your foundation with a makeup sponge or a beauty blender, you can use your DIY face mist to dampen it. Of course, you can always wet it with plain water, but we'd recommend using a facial mist for extra skincare benefits.

Simply, spritz the side of a beauty blender you want to use enough to make it damp – don't make it soaking wet. Then blend your foundation by gently dabbing the blender across your face.

#2: As a Face Toner

woman using a face mist as a toner

Your homemade face mist is an excellent alternative to your face toner. It will soothe, nourish, and hydrate your skin while, at the same time, removing any last traces of makeup or dirt from your face.

After removing your makeup and cleansing your skin, use the face mist as a toner. First, spritz it lightly on your skin and use a cotton pad to swipe it over your face gently. Then respray it and let your skin absorb it before continuing with your serum. If you're using a moisturizer right after toner, you can apply it while your skin is still wet from the face mist.

#3: As a Setting Spray

woman using a face mist as a makeup setting spray

Besides helping you apply your makeup, your face mist can also serve as a setting spray, especially the one for oily skin that has rice water in it. This face mist will help your skin produce less oils, locking it in place and making it last longer.

In addition, finishing off your look with your DIY face mist will give you that beautiful and natural glow. If you plan to use your face mist exclusively for applying and setting makeup and are a fan of a glowy look, we'd suggest mixing in several drops of a liquid highlighter when making it.

#4: As a Refreshment

woman spraying her face with a face mist

If you feel like your face needs a bit of hydration and refreshment at any point in the day, you can get your face mist out of the fridge and cool off a bit. It's also perfect for freshening up your skin while on the road.

Skin Benefits of Your DIY Face Mist

woman using a DIY face mist

These two homemade facial mists are both excellent hydrating skincare products that can be used in various ways. Here's a summary of the skin benefits of the ingredients we used in today's recipes:


As you can see, you only need a couple of ingredients mixed together to make DIY face mist. It's no trouble, but the benefits are plenty, from hydrated, soft, and refreshed skin to makeup that blends with your skin perfectly.

Plus, the formula combinations are countless; for example, if you find witch hazel too harsh on your skin, you can use aloe vera extract or cucumber juice instead. So try it out and replenish your thirsty skin!


How long does DIY face mist last?

Your DIY face mist can last up to three months. However, make sure to keep it in a cool place or a fridge in an airtight spray bottle.

How do I make a moisturizing face mist?

To make a hydrating and moisturizing face mist for oily skin, you can mix chamomile tea, rose water, aloe vera gel, vegetable glycerin, vitamin E oil, and just a few drops of lavender essential oil, but the essential oil is optional.

How do you make homemade glowing mist?

You can make your homemade facial mist for glowing skin by blending all the ingredients your skin loves. For example, you can blend green tea and rose water and mix in some glycerin as well as a tsp of carrier oil and several drops of essential oil of your choice.

Is face mist just water?

The base of your DIY face mist should be water-based ingredients, like distilled water or herbal tea, like green tea, as well as humectants, like rice water, rose water, aloe vera gel or vegetable glycerin. For extra skincare benefits, you can add other ingredients, like essential oils.

Which is better, toner or face mist?

It will all depend on your preferences, but face mists can be used as toners, and they are much quicker and easier to apply. However, they both have similar formulas and serve the same purpose in skin care: hydrating your skin.

...Liked what you read?