When it comes to using product, every little bit counts, and good product comes at a price. So the question is, a dollup or a wallop? The amount of product to use can be a mystery to many people. The old adage of, “If a little is good a lot must be better” doesn’t necessarily apply to your skin care products. In the same vein, “less is more” isn’t always the best rule to follow either. Too much of your moisturizer can leave your skin feeling sticky or greasy, but too little of your cleanser and you’ll be leaving dirt and product on your face. Don’t forget, product is money! For every extra pump of whatever you’re using, that’s product you could have saved for the next application. What’s the happy medium? We let you know in this beauty blog on the right amount of product to use on your skin.
Step 1: Cleanse
Let’s begin with the first step in any beauty routine, cleansing. For foaming cleansers, we recommend two “puffs” of product.
For cleansing creams, a quarter sized amount should be enough.
Break down tougher makeup with a little more cleanser
When rinsing your cleanser off, be sure to get to any areas or corners you may have missed the first time
Estheticians recommend a second cleanse rather than using too much product on your first go-round.
Step 2: Toner/Astringent
For those in spray bottles, spray until your face is covered, but not dripping.
For toners/astringents with just an open mouthed bottle, soak a cotton ball and smooth over the face.
Step 2 ½: Masks/Exfoliators (2-3 times a week)
Start with a penny-sized amount and spread onto your whole face. The key is not to have your skin coming through.
You don’t need a thick layer – just enough to cover the skin.
Step 3: Serums
For serums, we recommend using a dropper full or one pump’s worth. Serums are generally more costly and also the most concentrated. However, the real secret is in the application method.
Apply serums to the fingertips in pea-sized amounts, and massage into your face as necessary, taking care to only use your fingertips – do not drip it into your hand!
You don’t want to apply this directly onto your palm because your palm has more surface area and will be absorbing all that product that should be being absorbed by your face!
Step 4: Eye Creams
For eye creams, less really is more. Typically the size of your pinkie fingernail is all you need for both eyes.
A lot of people use too much eye cream, which is a mistake because it can migrate into your eyes and create a burning sensation.
Step 5: Moisturizers/Anti Aging Creams
We recommend using a small plastic spoon or spatula to retrieve product from inside a moisturizer or anti-aging jar, as this keeps the cream hygienic over a longer period of time. Many Repéchage products packaged in jars, such as Vita Cura Triple Firming Cream, already contain this spoon. If your cream doesn’t come with a spoon, swipe an ice cream sample spoon from Ben & Jerry’s or Baskin Robbins! Just be sure to wash your spoon after each use.
If you have a pumping dispenser, apply product to the side of the thumb and then dip your fingertips into it.
As a general rule, amounts between nickel and penny-sized are perfect so that the product can absorb into the skin.
Don’t overdo your moisturizer, the same proportions of ingredients are in a dime-sized amount as are in a quarter-sized amount.
The secret to absorption is working the product into the skin with the fingertips, minimizing what’s absorbed by your palms and not leaving excess product sitting on your skin.
Step 5: Environmental Protection
As with moisturizers, for the face begin with a penny to nickel-sized amount. For the body, use a shot glass full.
Spread product to all parts of your face and be sure every bit is covered!
You don’t want to leave a white film on your face, but having a white film for a few minutes is better than not enough product and receiving sun damage.
Keep your hands clean! You will be applying with your fingertips, so you don’t want to be spreading dirt back on to the face.
It depends on the face size – up the portion a pea-size if you feel a step was not thorough enough for your liking.
Cover the area you’re working on enough to where you’re not pulling on dry skin, but you’re also not leaving excess product on your face by the end of massaging it in. With either one of these extremes, you’re trading off either the efficacy of the product or the damage to your wallet!
For all nutritive products, you it to penetrate into the skin, so work it in until it absorbs.
Apply product to your fingertips or directly on your face. Any product that touches your palms is being absorbed by your palms and not your face!