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Portion control: How much skincare product should you use?

Find out how to get the most out of your skincare treatment

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Most of us abide by a standard skincare regime involving cleansing, toning and moisturising. But have you ever thought about whether you are using the right amount of product? By using too much of each beauty treatment, not only could you be hurting your skin, but you could also be wasting money as well. Here's a guideline for balancing out the exact amount of each product.

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Find out how to get the most out of your skincare routine


If you use a gel or foaming cleanser, a pea-sized drop should be the optimal amount to cover the face and remove leftover make-up and other impurities. Well it may be tempting to use more cleanser, too much of the product could actually end up drying out the complexion. However, if you prefer to use a cream product, up the amount to a cranberry-sized drop, as creams don't extend as far as other cleansers.


In general, it's a good idea to use a gentle exfoliator once or twice a week depending on your skin type. Just be sure not to go overboard with a scrub! Roughly half a teaspoon or a raspberry-shaped dollop should do the trick.


The term less is more is certainly relevant when it comes to serum application. Serums are packed with intense skin-quenching, and highly concentrated, active ingredients. Check your product instructions before applying, but typically, a pea-sized drop is all that is required.

Eye cream

There's a reason why eye creams come in small containers – a lot goes a long way! Like serums, eye products are highly concentrated and richly emollient. When applying, a blob the size of a grain of rice should be adequate for use under both eyes. Anymore may cause redness or irritation.


Calm the urge to pile on the moisturiser next time your skin feels dry. The skin can only absorb so much at a time, and if you dab on too much it won't have a chance to sink in. Each moisturiser will have its own guidelines for use, though a pea-sized to almond-sized drop should be enough for use on the face, ears and neck.

Face masks

Sheet masks are formulated with the ideal about of serum, taking the guess work out. Depending on the consistency of your clay or gel face mask, a full teaspoon amount should be adequate to cover the face.

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