We know you probably use a wide array of beauty products consisting of a large variety and types of liquids, creams and serums. There is no one-size fits all. But if you want to get the most out of your products, there are some skincare guidelines you can follow.
In our last post we talked about the right amount of product to use when you are using our line. Today we will address other types of products, focusing on frequency and quantity.
Cream or Oil cleansers are usually best for normal to dry skin and have gained in popularity as the first step in a double cleanse as they work so well to dissolve make up or any environmental pollutants. Whether you are using as a double or single cleanser, a good rule of thumb is to use about a nickel size amount. Work the cream or oil into your dry, dirty skin and rinse off with lukewarm to cool water. We LOVE our Be Clean Detoxifying Elixir oil as our 1st cleanse every PM, followed by Green Tea Soap.
Gel cleansers are best for normal/oily skin types and using a dime to nickel size amount usually works well.
Foam cleansers can be a great way to introduce AHAs into your routine and if your cleanser does contain AHAs its best to use at night. A dime to nickel size should be enough and if your skin is on the dryer side (or during Winter) probably best to use every other night. Make sure your foam cleanser does not contain any sulfates, as these are bad for the environment, your health, and may strip your skin unnecessarily.
As with any products, please make sure you read the ingredient list and focus on the top 5 to see what the main ingredients are and how they work for or against you. Take a look at this post [insert post] we wrote a while ago; as we go in depth about the kinds of ingredients that are best to avoid all together.
When using a toner with very active ingredients (such as a salicylic or glycolic -based toner) it’s best to use 1-3 times per week and preferably in the PM. Spray 3-5 times onto a (reusable!) cotton round and wipe your face. Make sure to hydrate well after!
For your more gentle, hydrating and pH balancing toners, you can use these daily before and after cleansing, both AM and PM. Tip: our Be Divine Age Defying Toner can be used as a beautiful pick me up and moisturizer throughout your day. If your skin is feeling dry or even taught due to a dry environment, winter season or traveling simply spritz 3-5 times whenever you feel the need.
For morning serums, a dime size works best. If you want to get the most out of your serum (or any product really) allow to sit on your skin for a few minutes before you apply another layer and or moisturizer/SPF.
If you are using a nighttime treatment serum that contains Hyaluronic Acid or Vit C, a nickel size amount is perfect, allow the serum to sink into your skin for a few minutes before you follow up with any other nighttime creams or serums. We recommend applying your “treatment” serum first, i.e. Vitamin C or Retinol, then Hyaluronic Acid or oil over.
Your skin heals while we sleep, so why not load it up with all our treatment serums and delicious creams before bedtime.
The core of your skincare: HYDRATION! From light gels to thick creams, the amount we should use to moisturize our skin depends a lot on the substance. In addition, how rich the cream is and how many active ingredients it contains.
Here’s a guideline per skin type:
Dryer and more mature skin; nickel size.
Normal/combination skin; a dime size.
Oily or acneic skin; best to only use a lightweight treatment serum or moisturizer at night. Use a light serum or anti-bacterial treatment in the AM.
SPF is a must use product. The amount is equally important to the frequency. If you are spending a lot of time outdoors you will need to re-apply your SPF every two hours. The amount of SPF depends on the product you are using. Nevertheless, as a general rule, we can state that the face, neck and décolletage need at least a nickel size amount. If you don't apply enough SPF, your skin won't be protected from the sun.