We live in a "more is better" culture, but when it comes to skin care (especially skin care with active ingredients), you probably apply too much. There are negative consequences when you apply too much product to your skin, both physically and financially. Keep reading to learn how you can get the best results from your skin care.
At best, applying too much skin care product can be ineffective and at worst it can be harmful to your skin.
"Applying too much product can inhibit proper penetration, leading to less effective results." – Barbara Arnoux, Bioelements Educator and licensed medical esthetician
If the product is highly concentrated or has strong active ingredients, you can actually damage the skin by applying too much.
"If applied too heavy it can lead to an undesirable effect, like breakouts or irritation." –Barbara Arnoux
For example, if you use too much cleanser and don't rinse it off all the way it could lead to irritation. If you apply too much of a facial mask it can impair its performance (especially if it needs to dry completely).
Even if you're using a very mild formula that doesn't result in irritation, your skin will only absorb a certain amount of product. The excess skin care will sit on top of your skin without being absorbed and will eventually evaporate or rub off. This wastes product and money.
When you choose high quality, professional grade skin care, like Bioelements, you don't need to apply a heavy layer of product or use a large amount. See our guide and image below to see how much product your skin actually needs:
Two pumps of a high quality cleanser is all you need.
Apply 2-3 spritzes all over your face, neck, and v-area.
For physical exfoliators, apply the size of a pea and rinse off with water.
For chemical exfoliators, apply one pump in a thin layer to the face. Do not rinse off.
Apply the size of a chickpea to the face and leave on for 10-15 minutes depending on the mask. Rinse well.
Skin serums & treatment cremes
Apply an amount the size of a pea and spread a thin layer over your face.
For eye products, apply an amount half the size of a pea.
To avoid using too much moisturizer, apply the size of a chickpea to the face and neck.
Broad Spectrum Sunscreens
Apply a couple of pea-size amounts to the face and a shot glass-size amount on the entire body.
Nighttime anti-aging and brightening
For Sleepwear products, apply half the size of a pea.
For brightening LightPlex GigaWatt Dark Spot Corrector, apply a thin layer over the affected area.
For brightening LightPlex MegaWatt Skin Brightener, apply the size of a dime to the entire face.
The order in which you apply skin care products in make a difference too. Learn the correct order here.
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