Here we're going to discuss how to get the most out of your skincare products in both cost and effectiveness. Keep reading to find out our top 5 tips for making your products go a long way.
Use Less Product
Yes, that's right. You may not realize it, but you may be using too much product on your skin. One sign that you may be using too much product is if your skin creams or serums take a very long time to absorb into the skin or if they never fully absorb into the skin, leaving behind an unabsorbed layer of product sitting on top of the skin. If this is the case, try using less product and see how your skin reacts to the smaller amount.
We're often trained to use more product than we actually need. Using less product will not only help save you money, but it will also allow your skincare routine to be more effective.
If you notice that your skin looks dull or is not absorbing your prodcts very well, you may need to exfoliate more often. Exfoliating increases skin cell turnover and removes dead skin cells from the surface of the skin, increasing radiance. Dead skin cell buildup also creates a barrier between the skin and the products, making it difficult for the products to absorb into the skin and do they work they're designed to do. Therefore exfoliating 1-2 times per week will prevent dead skin cell build up and help ensure you're getting the most out of your products.
Use Toner Correctly
Toner is a necessary step in your skincare routine, although it's important to make sure you're using it correctly. The first step is to cut out cotton balls and opt for something like a thin, cotton cloth. Cotton balls are thick and absorb a lot of product. Making this switch will help to eliminate the amount of product wasted.
Second, follow up with your serum or moisturizer while your skin is still damp from the toner. Applying it this way will not only allow the skin to absorb your next product better (dry skin does not absorb as well as wet skin), but it will also allow you to use less of your serum or moisturizer because you will not be overcompensating for skin that is already dry.
Use the Dot Method
This is a method I have learned to apply my moisturizer that allows for just the right amount of product, while also eliminating greasy skin and wasted moisturizer. Many of us when applying our moisturizer, will scoop out an amount, rub it in our palms and then apply it to our face. There are two problems with this method. One, a lot of product is being absorbed into the palms of your hands, therefore wasted. And two, it becomes more difficult to evenly distribute the moisturizer or serum equally to each area of the skin.
With this method, you'll apply two dots to the forehead, one to two dots on each cheek, one of the nose and one on the chin. This method works to ensure each area of the face is proportionately treated without wasting additional product or using too much.
Layer your products
Believe it or not, there is a method to the madness of applying each skin care product to the skin. The rule of thumb is to apply your products thinnest to thickest to allow for maximum penetration and absorption.
This means that after your cleanse and toner, you'll want to apply your essences, serums and then creams. Applying your products in this order will make sure that each product is able to work into the skin without blockage.