Do you need to go on Skincare products diet?
How much skincare or beauty products do you really need to use?
Does it really matter? According to skin care experts, it does!
Apply too little, and you run the risk of missing the benefits that the product promises. Apply too much, and you will be losing money, but also, you could be causing damage to your skin!
For instance, applying more than the recommended dosage of your moisturizer, won’t hydrates your skin, for longer nor better. The excess will only remain on the skin surface, doing nothing, more than making your skin looks oily and clog your pores!
On the other hand, if you don’t apply the proper amount of sunscreen to your face or body, you won’t get the level of skin protection marked on the label, in other words, red skin and sunburns.
To save you from a lifetime, of wasting money and skin care products, here it is, a guide with the needed serving size for Skincare Products.
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- Serving size: a hazelnut
- Most face washes go further than you think, especially cleansers that foam. Foam can cover a lot ground so a dollop about the size of a hazelnut is all you need. For cream cleansers you can up the serving size slightly because creams don’t go as far.
- Serving size: two raisins
- Start with an amount equal to about two raisins and begin the application in the areas you need moisture most. Add another raisin if two doesn’t cover it.
- Eye Cream
- Serving size: one pine nut per eye
- One pine nut per eye will cover the entire eye area. Pat about three-fourths of the cream under your bottom lashes from the outer corner to the inner corner. Pat the remaining cream from crease to brow bone.
- Night Cream
- Serving size: a blueberry
- If you’re applying a thick layer of cream every night, you're wasting product. A blueberry size amount is all you need, however, if you live, in a particularly dry climate, may need to use a little more during the winter. You could also be wasting product if you don't let it be absorbed by the skin.
- Retinol and Serum
- Serving size: a pea
- Retinols and Serums are not only liquids, they are highly concentrated too, therefore, just a small portion is needed to receive all the benefits. A pea size serving may seem puny, but it is sufficient. Using in excess a product with potent anti-aging ingredients may irritate the skin.
- Serving size: one grape per body part
- This is probably the only product that you’re not using enough of. More is better when it comes to sun protection. Use a grape-size serving, to cover your face and neck (don’t forget the ears!), a grape-size serving for your torso, and one grape-size serving per arm and leg.
Hair Care Products
- Serving Size: a blackberry for short hair; a strawberry for long hair
- It’s easy to go overboard with shampoo, but the truth is even if you have long hair you don’t need to lather from root to tip. Squeeze out a blackberry amount if you have short hair and a strawberry amount if you have long hair. Concentrate the suds on the roots and stop lathering about halfway down your hair.
- Serving size: a cherry for short hair; two raspberries for long hair
- Filling your palm with conditioner will weigh your hair down. Instead use just enough to coat strands from mid-shaft to ends. For short hair, that will be a dollop about the size of a cherry. For long hair, that means two raspberries. If you have especially coarse, dry hair you can add a little more.
- Serum and Oil
- Serving size: one or two macadamia nuts
- Overdoing it with hair oils and serums can mean greasy strands. Depending on hair length, an amount eqal to one or two macadamia nuts will suffice. Use your fingers to comb through hair and distribute the product evenly.
- Styling Cream
- Serving size: one or two pumpkin seeds
- Styling cream is best used sparingly as well. Avoid overloading your hair with product, by measuring out one or two pumpkin seeds worth of styling cream. Spread it evenly on your palms and apply to hair starting a couple of inches down from the roots.
- Serving size: a crabapple
- Mousse is light, but concentrated, and too much of it can cause the dreaded crunch effect. So use a ball the size of a crabapple (not a full-grown apple) to add little extra life to your tresses. Lightly pat between your palms and finger-comb the mousse from root to tip.
- Wax and Pomade
- Serving size: an almond
- Less is more when it comes to products that stick. Waxes and pomades are meant to be strong hold, so a little goes a long way. Using an almond-sized amount will usually get the job done. If you’re not happy with the look, you can always add more.
What Skincare or Hair Care products have you been using too much of? Let us know it in the comments.