Beauty is all around us. Feeling and looking good begins with taking care of yourself and your skin. But when it comes to your skincare routine, how much product is enough? We’ll go over adequate application of some basic personal care items to give you a better idea of how to best care for and nourish your skin.
More isn’t always better. Sometimes it’s just – more, especially when it comes to skin care.
Depending on the product, applying too much can do more harm than good. Using products in excess can clog pores or cause your skin to break out. And the faster you go through it, the more you need to buy. Those expenses add up.
On the other hand, using too little product is an issue as well. You might not get the results you’re after, and you may be exposing your skin to harmful energies and pollutants. Finding that middle ground can be tricky but not impossible.
You want to use enough cleanser to remove makeup, sweat, and toxins. Naturally, the amount needed to do this effectively will depend on how much makeup you wear – and even how hectic your day was. Try a dime-size dollop of a cleanser that’s specially formulated for your specific skin type. Cleanse twice a day for the most refreshing results.
Exfoliating removes dirt, debris, and dead skin cells. This process allows fresh cells to surface and provides a lively, healthy glow. Again, the proper amount will depend on your skin type. Those with dry skin should steer away from using certain exfoliants to prevent further drying of the skin. Deep-penetrating BHAs are oil-soluble and better for acne-prone skin, whereas water-soluble AHAs exfoliate skin with surface-level issues.
Moreover, manual exfoliants rely on force to scrub away dead skin cells. Chemical exfoliators dissolve or break down the bond between those cells. Start with a dime-sized amount of your chosen product and adjust as needed for application method and effectiveness.
Want to keep your skin looking young and healthy? We’ve got one word for you: Moisturize. Do so every day – from head to toe – to help skin maintain its softness and elasticity. Moisturize your face and neck area twice a day, along with your feet and hinge joint areas like the elbows and knees.
We recommend using a daily moisturizer, but you should select one that’s right for your skin type. Depending on the area of application, you’ll want to use an appropriate amount of product to spread and work a thin layer into the skin without feeling heavy or wasteful. Apply smaller portions to smaller areas of the body and slightly larger portions for larger or longer areas, such as the thighs or arms.
Keep your skin soft and well-hydrated by looking for moisturizers with hyaluronic acid or glycerin.
Facial serums can be used for different reasons. Some help combat the signs of aging while others illuminate the skin or lessen visual flaws. With serums, less is certainly more. The anti-aging ingredients like retinols and peptides are highly concentrated, so using a small amount is best to apply a thin layer. They’re also most effective when used after cleansing or applied under a moisturizer before heading to bed.
Distinct concerns such as dark circles or fine lines are often treated with eye cream. These products permeate the delicate skin around the eyes to promote the production of collagen, a protein that helps fight the signs of aging and keeps skin looking youthful.
Because it’s used in such a tender area and so close to the eyes, a small amount is the best idea. Go with lighter amounts during the day and a little more in the evening, to help the skin restore itself from the day.
Also, remember to apply products in order of their thickness, with the thinner or lighter items first.
As always, the beauty experts at Belladerm MedSpa are here to answer all your skincare questions. They’re also fully trained and qualified to discuss products, further explain how much product is enough, and recommend services to keep your skin looking and feeling its best. Contact us today to learn more or request an appointment.