Using too much of any product leaves active ingredients sitting on your skin; and you'll go through your product way too quickly.
Saving money is good for you and using less product is good for the environment too. In theory, I agree, however what happens if you have really dry skin like me? And surely we are talking about product for your face only? Because I know I use a heap more moisturiser on my body too?!! Check out the recommended products in the image below. Do you use more than this? Read on...
When you buy new product do you a) read the product packaging usage amount that is recommended or b) do you go with your gut feeling? I use a combination of both. If I am using products with harsh active ingredients like glycolic acid, I start with less than the recommended amount and work up to using the recommended product amount. However once my skin has gotten used to a product I throw caution to the wind and use as much as I think my skin needs.
At the moment I have a pretty basic skincare routine and I like to keep it that way. In my introduction post Hello! Set to Glow? I mentioned that when I was a teenager I had pimples, I have also struggled with perioral dermatitis and now that I am older my skin needs different things. Currently I use a cleanser, moisturiser, serums & pigment blocker in the morning and a cleanser & glycolic lotion in the evening on my face. I obviously use shampoo and conditioner as well as hair dye on my head and my body needs copious amounts of plain moisturiser. You may notice I don't wear sunscreen. When I go outdoors, which is hardly ever, I wear a sunscreen for sensitive skin. However I don't wear one every day because they break me out, my skin doesn't like them. I work indoors. When I have to go outside I wear a hat and use an umbrella. If I am going on a picnic I always wear sunscreen, sit in the shade and wear a hat.
When I posted the recommended product amounts image on instagram, nearly everyone said they use more than the recommended amounts. In fact, a lot of people on instagram including me, double cleanse. Which means we automatically use more than the recommended amount of cleanser. Why do I double cleanse? First I use sorbelene cream to remove my makeup and wash in the shower ( I have sensitive skin) and then I cleanse again to treat. I can't tell you what I use because I use a number of things. My skincare regime changes when I have outbreaks of pimples, dermatitis and dryness as well as during summer and winter. Your skin needs different things at different times of the year. (Sounds like another blog post to me)... So apparently you should use one pump of cleanser or a mentos sized amount. I use more than that.
I don't tone, and apparently less people in Australia use a toner than in some other countries. I don't need a toner because I don't have really really oily skin and I use cleansers that I wash totally off. (Do you use one? Comment at the end of the post). Even the above photo doesn't include toner...
Moisturiser. Well this is where I fall down completely. And probably why I don't use expensive moisturisers. The above image suggests a Reese's Peanut Butter Cup sized amount or a Malteser amount. I know I use way more than that on my face. I sometimes have to double moisturise too. Dry skin here people!
I use a couple of serums on my eyes and I use a finger tip amount of those and have to wait for them to sink in. I feel like my eye areas are moisturised and ready for makeup when I do that. The pigment blocker I use suggests one pump so I only use that amount otherwise I can't apply makeup over the top of it... I wait about 45mins before I put my makeup on too so everything has a chance to soak on.
In the evening I double cleanse again and wait about 30mins before I put copious amounts of glycolic lotion on. I do this for a week on and a few days off. I do have sensitive skin but it tolerates laser, glycolic acid and tretinoin very well which is handy for me! I KNOW I put a lot more glycolic lotion on than it recommends on the bottle because I use it down my neck too and on my hands.
This then brings me to shampoo and conditioner. I wash my hair upside down in the shower, so the product doesn't go on my skin. This started when I had acne and my dermatologist recommended it. I do use lots of natural products because of my perioral dermatitis, however the less chance you give your pores to block up, the better right? I only use conditioner when I think my hair needs it, because my hair feels heavy otherwise. My hair dye is a whole new blog post I think...
And finally my body moisturiser. I use TONNES of sorbelene cream and another light moisturiser. I have to apply quite a bit straight after the shower otherwise I get tight and flaky during the day.
This is my summertime skincare routine. Since we are about to go into the winter here in Australia I can share my winter skincare routine soon. It involves stepping up my laser and changing my products to target my pigmentation. I can't do that in winter because it is far too hot here and the sun is way to strong.