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The Correct Amount of Product

Friends applying skin care products

If a little of something is good, then more must be better, right? Not so when it comes to beauty products. Use too little and you won’t get the full benefit of the products you’ve invested your hard-earned money in. Use too much and you can waste product, along with causing buildup and breakouts. Below is a cheat sheet for you to find out just how much of your most-used products to use.

Makeup Remover
If you’re looking for convenience, look no further than pre-soaked makeup remover wipes. Some wipes need to be dampened with water before use, others you take straight to your face. For those of you who prefer your makeup remover in a bottle, simply moisten a cotton pad with just enough product to saturate it, then gently remove your makeup.

Facial Cleanser
For regular liquid cleansers, a nickel-sized amount of product is enough to properly wash your face and neck. If you’re using a foam cleanser, one pump is all you need. Massaging the product into your skin first, before using a washcloth or other scrubbing device will ensure your skin is getting the benefit of the product!

Exfoliator
When using a physical exfoliator, like a facial scrub, a dime-sized amount is all you need. Chemical exfoliators (such as glycolic acid or lactic acid) can typically be used in smaller amounts; a pea-sized amount will do.

Mask
Depending on the face mask, a nickel-sized amount will be enough to cover your face and neck. Typically, masks call for a thin layer of product and using more doesn’t make the product work any better. Some masks, on the other hand, you won’t need to apply to your entire face, so start with a pea-sized amount and add more if needed.

Toner
For toners that come in a spray bottle, 2-3 spritzes across the face and neck are all you need. Regular liquid toners can be applied to a cotton pad and then wiped across the face and neck.

Serum
A serum is a concentrate of skin-loving ingredients, so a little goes a long way. Start with a pea-sized amount to apply to your face and neck and only use more if you need it.

Moisturizer
Whether you are using daytime or nighttime facial moisturizer, a dime-sized amount will suffice when applying it to your face and neck. Your skin should never feel greasy or dry after applying moisturizer, so if you find that your skin cannot absorb that much product, you may need a lighter formula, and if your skin is still dry— a richer formula.

Eye Cream
Apply your eye cream by gently dabbing a pea-sized amount of product around the corners and underneath of each eye with a pinky or forefinger to prevent tugging.

Sunscreen
This is one product most people don’t use enough of! For your face alone, use a nickel-sized amount for adequate protection. For covering the rest of your body, use the equivalent amount of a full shot glass.

Uses for Rose Water

Rosewater is one of the most versatile beauty products you can buy. Maria Barry, medical aesthetician at Union Square Laser Dermatology in New York City says that rosewater is an excellent natural ingredient with many skin-enhancing benefits. It can refresh, hydrate, cleanse and soothe your skin. Barry also notes that the benefits of rosewater don’t stop at your hair. He believes that adding rosewater to one’s shampoo can lead to soft and refreshed hair. Rosewater is an excellent ingredient in skincare, but you can do so much with this beauty powerhouse on its own. Find out some of the greatest uses for rose water below.

Rose water

Toner
A toner after cleansing can sweep away any makeup, oil, dirt and debris, but toners can also remove necessary moisture from your skin. Dry and sensitive skin types will love that rosewater adds an additional bit of cleansing power and refreshment to the skin without removing any moisture. Oily or acne-prone skin also benefits from using rose water as a toner. “I most commonly recommend products with rosewater or rosehip oil for acne and rosacea-prone patients, because it reduces bacteria on skin, decreases inflammation and simultaneously hydrates and soothes the skin,” says Jessica Weise, MD, dermatologist at New York City’s New York Dermatology Group. Simply saturate a cotton pad with rose water and swipe over your face after cleansing to see redness and irritation diminish.

Setting Spray
Misting rosewater over your makeup is a great way to set your makeup and give you a radiant, glowing finish. Setting sprays can be a bit drying on the face, but rosewater will keep your makeup looking fresh while your face remains hydrated which is particularly beneficial if you suffer from dry or sensitive skin. If you find that you were a bit heavy-handed with your makeup, spritzing rosewater over your face can help to add a bit of moisture and smooth out areas where makeup looks too heavy. To keep your makeup looking fresh and gorgeous all day, fill a small spray bottle with rosewater and keep it in your purse for a quick makeup refresher.

Treatment After Shaving
Even without sensitive skin, shaving can seriously irritate your skin leaving it red, bumpy and uncomfortable. To combat these undesired effects of shaving, apply rosewater after you shave to instantly soothe and calm irritated skin. “Rosewater’s benefits stem from natural anti-inflammatory properties, which make it ideal for topical application to calm red, irritated skin conditions,” notes Rachel Nazarian, MD, dermatologist with Schweiger Dermatology in New York City.

Hair Treatment
Rosewater is an incredible multi-tasker and your skin isn’t the sole beneficiary of the amazing powers of rosewater. Dry, dull hair can occur at any time, but it is definitely a concern during the cold weather months since the lack of moisture in the air wreaks havoc on your hair. There are two easy ways to use rosewater as a hair treatment: use it as your final rinse in the shower or add a bit to your shampoo. After shampooing, use rosewater as a hair rinse for intense conditioning or add a bit of rosewater to your shampoo before applying. Using rosewater on your hair results in soft, smooth and shiny hair and as a bonus, your hair will be left smelling fantastic.

Rosewater is a natural and gentle skincare ingredient that can be used for a number of beauty treatments and purposes. One of the greatest aspects of rosewater is how available it is and you can find rosewater at any price point. If you want to see glowing, radiant skin and hair, grab a bottle of rosewater and start using it today.