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How Much Hair Product and Skin Care Do You Really Need?

Do Beauty Product Portions Actually Make Sense?

It seems like every mousse, foundation, moisturizer, and exfoliator instructs you to use one of three amounts: a pea-size amount, a dime/quarter-size amount, or a golf ball-size amount. But with these products, especially when you're talking about hair care, it seems like these standard portion amounts leave a lot to be desired. Can all of these things really require the exact same amount of product? And what about someone with a bob versus someone with waist-length hair? To find out how to use product portions in the right amount for you, just keep reading.
In cases like these, it's best to remember that the recommendations on packaging are usually for the maximum amount that would be necessary, so instead of doubling up on mousse if your hair is long, you should be halving it if it's short. When it comes to skin care, never use more than your skin can absorb quickly and easily. As little as possible is best, usually about as much as will fit on the tip of your index finger. If you didn't use enough, you can always put on a little more, but too much can clog your pores. Most importantly, though, you should be finding the amount that works for you, not what's on the package. So experiment — start out using much less than you think you need, and then work your way up until you get the results you want.

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addictedreader addictedreader 5 years
start with less and add as needed. it's worth mentioning that often using toner and serum/treatment allows moisturizers to spread more evenly so you use less. healthier skin usually needs smaller amounts too so as time passes you may end up cutting back. exfoliated skin needs less additional product. also, higher end products that come in sets or value sizes can save over time because they are often more concentrated and effective than the drugstore ones. get bang for the buck by purchasing during gift periods for extras that are often worth more than what you've spent.
Advah Advah 5 years
Great article. I went from having shoulder length hair to a bob a couple of years ago, and was shocked at how little product that suddenly required! I find hair creams generally recommend using too much, and that "dipping a finger in and using what's on it" works better than a walnut-sized dollop. Before realising that though, I had to rince my slimey hair to get rid of product and reapply the correct amount. (Tigi, I'm looking at you)
Advah Advah 5 years
Great article. I went from having shoulder length hair to a bob a couple of years ago, and was shocked at how little product that suddenly required!I find hair creams generally recommend using too much, and that "dipping a finger in and using what's on it" works better than a walnut-sized dollop. Before realising that though, I had to rince my slimey hair to get rid of product and reapply the correct amount. (Tigi, I'm looking at you)
Miriam-Lacey Miriam-Lacey 5 years
Hi Shaima! That's a good question, and not stupid at all—this stuff confuses me too, which is why I ended up researching and writing the article. I use the fingertip amount for my whole face, and then if my skin still feels dry, dot a little on wherever necessary.
shaima shaima 5 years
"usually about as much as will fit on the tip of your index finger": is this amount necessary for the whole face or for each part of the face? It might sound stupid, but i never know if i'm using too much or too little moisturizer. Thanks
shaima shaima 5 years
"usually about as much as will fit on the tip of your index finger": is this amount necessary for the whole face or for each part of the face? It might sound stupid, but i never know if i'm using too much or too little moisturizer.Thanks
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