Knowing how much of a skin care product you should be applying can be tricky. Different consistencies of products apply differently, which affects how much you should use.
First, it’s always best to start with a small amount. You can always add more if needed, but you don’t want to unnecessarily waste any either. Next, take into consideration where you are applying the product. Take for example, the cleanser versus the eye cream. Typically, you’re going to apply cleanser all over your face, whereas an eye cream is only applied around the eye area. Since you need to cover more surface area with the cleanser, you’re going to need to use more cleanser. Since the eye area is smaller, you’ll use less eye cream than you would cleanser. See how the amount of surface area can affect the amount you will use?
Another point to consider with skin care is the order of application. First, if you have makeup on, start by using a makeup remover. Think of the makeup remover as a pre-cleanse. Because any surface dirt (makeup, oils, dust, etc.) could potentially get pushed into your pores during the cleansing process, it’s important to remove as many of them as possible beforehand. This helps reduce breakouts and skin irritations. Next, you want to use your cleanser and wash your face. After you patted your face dry, you can apply a toner, such as rose water. Rose water helps remove any dirt or oils still on the skin, as well as any redness or inflammation. You can also use rose water in your hair, for sun burns, and much more (learn more about my secret beauty weapon here).
If you use a mask (recommended 1 – 3 per week based on your skin needs), you need to be applying it after the toner. Next you would apply a serum/oil textured product, and finish with your moisturizer.
Note: After cleansing and toning, apply your thinnest textured product first and your thickest textured product last. Therefore, you get the full benefit of each product you are using. It is difficult for a thin textured product to reach your skin when it has to go through a thick textured product first.
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