how much of each skincare product do you need

I was a huge Girls Aloud fan back in the day (Nadine was my fave).

My music taste is a little more grown up these days, but I still listen to them when I work out. Their uptempo tracks are just the thing to power me through that last set of squats.

As I was sweating it out the other day, I remembered the advice Kimberley Walsh would give whenever she was asked her beauty secrets:

“I put on lots and lots of moisturiser. When I wake up in the morning, my skin is super soft and smooth.”

*shakes head*

No, no, no, Kimba! Putting on lots and lots of moisturiser doesn’t make it work better. You’re just throwing money away.

There’s only so much moisturiser your skin can absorb. The rest stays on its surface and does nothing. Well, ok, it may make your skin a little softer, but you’re not getting the most out of it.

So, how much moisturiser should you use? And how much serum or cleanser for that matter? I’ve got all the answers below:

cerave hydrating cleanser

Cleanser: A Dime

A dime. Anything more will dry out your skin.

You know that squeaky feeling you sometimes get after cleansing? It’s not a sign the cleanser’s working. It’s a sign the cleanser has stripped your skin bare of all its natural oils. That leaves it all dry and flaky. Ouch!

Related: How To Choose The Right Cleanser For Your Skin Type

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eucerin dermopurifyer oil control toner

Toner: A Few Drops

I don’t think you need a toner. I haven’t used one in ages and my skin isn’t missing it one bit.

Your skin may be different and need the extra hydrating boost a toner provides. In that case, use a few drops. No point in using more.

Related: Is Toner Really Necessary?

first aid beauty ultra repair hydrating serum

Serum: A Pea

A pea.

Serums contain a higher concentration of actives than toners or moisturisers so you DON’T want to go overboard with them. In the best case scenario, you’re wasting all of those goodies. In the worst case scenario, they’ll irritate your skin.

Related: Why You Should Add A Serum To Your Skincare Routine

alpha h essential hydration cream

Moisturiser: A Quarter

A quarter.

You can cheat here a little bit. If your skin is feeling dry or it’s a very windy, cold day, then you can slather on a bit more.

But don’t overdo it! Your skin will absorb what it can and let the excess sit comfortably on its surface. If your skin is on the dry side, you may just be wasting product away. But if it’s oily, that’s a sure recipe for pimples. (Got it, Kimba?)

Related: Day VS Night Moisturizer: Is There A Difference?

boots ingredients caffeine eye

Eye Cream: A Pea

You don’t need an eye cream either. Most of the time, they’re facial moisturisers packaged in smaller jars. They’ll just charge you twice as much for them.

But if you’ve found one you can’t live without, use a pea-sized amount. The area is small and using more moisturiser than you need won’t do it any good. It may even give you milia seeds (those are a pain to remove!).

Related: Do You Really Need Eye Cream?

badger balm zinc oxide sunscreen cream spf 30

Sunscreen: 1/4 Of A Teaspoon

This is where getting it right really matters. If you’re using less than the recommended amount, you will leave your skin defenceless against sun damage.

Applying half the recommended amount, for example, drastically reduces sun protection!

So, what’s the recommended amount? 1/4 of a teaspoon for your face alone, a glass shot for your entire body.

If that leaves your skin greasy or white, change the sunscreen. Don’t apply less!

Related: How Much Sunscreen Should You Apply?

The Bottom Line

When it comes to applying your skincare products, more is not necessarily better. Go overboard and you may end up with dry patches, pimples and irritations.