If you’ve managed to discover the products that work for you, the next question you may have about your skincare routine is how much of each of these products you should be using.
Skincare can be expensive, so you don’t want to be using more of it than you need to. Using too much of certain skincare products can also cause problems. For example, if you use too much moisturiser, it can sit too heavy on your skin and clog up your pores.
Here I take a look at how much of each skincare product you should ideally be using!
Cleansing is one of the most important parts of your skincare routine. Removing dirt, makeup and impurities helps to keep spots at bay, ensuring your skin stays clear. As such, you need to use enough cleanser to make sure your skin is properly cleaned.
However, it is also important not to use too much cleanser, as this can strip away the natural oils in your skin and cause it to be dried out.
You should use a dollop of cleanser, about the size of a 50 pence coin.
When it comes to how much exfoliator to use it will depend on what type of exfoliant you are using. Physical exfoliants, like scrubs will be thicker than a liquid chemical exfoliant, so you’ll need a bigger blob of scrub, similar to the amount of cleanser you use, compared to a few drops of chemical exfoliant.
Remember that you should only exfoliate once or twice a week.
Serums are usually made in a consistency that spreads across your face very easily, so you shouldn’t need more than a 5 pence coin size amount.
Serums are often quite potent and powerful products, so you only need a little to get great results.
Because serums tend to be stronger products, it is important to only use a small amount, as too much can cause irritation and sensitivity issues.
You will only need a very small amount of eye cream – a little tends to go a very long way! Eye cream only needs to be applied in the area of your face that would be covered by glasses – which is a fairly small area.
Only a small amount is needed as eye cream is usually made with a very concentrated formula, so all the benefits you need will be packed into a tiny blob! Make sure you don’t use too much to avoid irritation, as the eye area is very sensitive.
Moisturisers are another absolutely crucial part of your skincare routine. If you have dry skin, then you need a moisturiser to help hydrate your skin and stop flakiness. If you have oily skin, then moisturiser is important for hydrating skin to stop it from overcompensating with oil.
You should use around a one pound coin’s worth of moisturiser, which should be gently massaged into the face and neck.
It is important to not use too much moisturiser, as it can sit heavy on your face, clogging up pores and making you look and feel greasy.
Sunscreen should be a staple in your skincare routine year-round (yes, even in the winter!). While you might not see it now, the sun’s rays can cause a huge amount of damage to your skin, including premature ageing and cancer.
Most people don’t use enough SPF (that is, when they remember to put it on!), but it really is the most important element of your skincare routine. You should be using a two pound coin sized blob of sunscreen, which should be applied to both the face and neck.
The amount of face mask you need to apply will depend on the consistency of the mask and the amount that the packaging states you should use. You’ll need less gel mask than you would clay mask, for example.
Some masks should be applied thickly, whereas others will only require a thin coating. You should also consider where the mask is being applied – more will be needed for covering your whole face, whereas less will be needed if you are just doing a T-zone mask!
Have you been using the right amount of skincare products?