How Much Product Should You Really Use?

Achieving an effective skincare routine involves not only selecting the right professional products, but also using them in the correct quantities. Knowing how much of each skincare product to apply is crucial to maximizing their benefits while avoiding wastage or potential irritation. 


From cleansers to serums, SPF to moisturizers, and the in-betweens, these easy tips will help you gauge the appropriate quantities for a well-balanced routine. 




A dime-sized amount (and even a little less for gel or foam cleansers) will be enough to do the trick. This is usually enough to create a lather, which you can then apply to your damp face in gentle, circular motions.


If you need a deep cleanse, instead of using more product, opt for a double-cleanse instead.




When it comes to serums, a few drops or a pea-sized amount–depending on the consistency and concentration of the serum–will be enough. 


You will have to adjust the amount needed depending on the consistency and concentration of the serum, but a good rule of thumb is one small drop on the forehead, on the chin, and per cheek.




Toner is trickier to measure and can be applied in a few different ways, depending on the product. 


If your toner is liquid, you can pour a small amount onto a cotton pad and should then have enough to dampen the skin without excessive saturation. Alternatively, you can pour a small amount of toner into the palm of your hand and gently press it into your skin, using your fingers to distribute it evenly.


Some toners come in spray form. In this case, you can spritz the toner once or twice directly onto your face and then gently press it into your skin with your hands.




Start with a nickel-sized amount of moisturizer on your fingertips. Gently dot the moisturizer onto your forehead, cheeks, chin, and neck. Using upward strokes, massage the moisturizer into your skin until it is fully absorbed and the whole face and neck are covered.


If you need to adjust the amount of hydration your skin needs, consider changing for a denser, creamier type of moisturizer (or a gel-like moisturizer if you tend to have oily skin). 




You can aim for about a nickel-sized amount of SPF for the face. You can squeeze in a bit more to cover the neck and chest in the seasons when your skin is more exposed. 


When applying to the whole body, you want to be applying (at least!) the amount of a shot glass.


While these are great general guidelines, remember to consider your skin type, the specific instructions provided by the product manufacturers, and the advice provided by your skincare specialist. With this advice and the best professional products on hand, you’ll be on the road to glowing skin in no time!


Until next time,


The BSE Team


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