I love Stylist as much as the next girl – I really do!  However, an article about how much product you should use popped up on my Facebook feed yesterday which sort of made me cringe (sorry Stylist!). 

It is important to know how much product to use for two reasons.  One, so your product is as effective as you need it to be. Two, so you don’t wash it all down the plug hole or have a super moisturised and radiant pillow!

So I thought it would be helpful to provide you with a list of what I recommend and use myself.  So here goes…..

This depends on what type of cleanser you are using but, since I only recommend my clients use oil based balms that is what I’m going with!

First cleanse – 2 macadamia nut blobs
Second Cleanse – 1 macadamia nut blob

If you are going for a manual exfoliator (the scrubby type) then I would suggest no more than blueberry sized blob.

If you are using an acid exfoliator/toner then get that cotton pad soaked by about ¾ and use both sides of it.  One side for your up strokes and the other to work your way back down the face and neck.  I tend to use this on my décolletage as well.  Anything to avoid the crepe chest!

Facial mist
Ok so I have to confess that I am a bit of a mist junkie.  I use them ALL the time.  My skin can dehydrate if you look at it the wrong way.  If you are new to this I would suggest a good couple of pumps/spritz.  However, you can use these throughout the day, sitting at your desk, anytime you feel you need a little boost of moisture.  Mists are particularly useful when you are flying and want to avoid leather face when you land!

Eye Cream
There is a lot chat at the moment in beauty circles about the effectiveness of eye creams.  I have to confess it is certainly not something I use religiously but I do understand for those with concerns about this are it is an essential piece of kit.  Take it easy though, 1 pine nut for both eyes is more than enough.  I’ll pull together another post on eye cream and the alternatives you can use btw. 

Serums are the most treasured part of my own personal routine.  I LOVE them.  Without them I genuinely feel sad (I know….. first world problems.  I am aware.)  I tend to use 1 pump in the morning and 2 at night.

Most oil products come with a handy pipette.  I would suggest 4 drops.  This obviously depends on whether you have a big face… (which I do btw).  What you are looking for is good coverage with a little slip (certainly no drag) but not super slick!

I read the best ever analogy about moisturiser from the greatest beauty blogger I know (bow down to the legend that is Caroline Hirons!).  Oils and serums are like medicine when you are sick, moisturiser is like the duvet you wrap around yourself after you’ve taken the medicine!  I would suggest trying a 20p sized blob and see if that will cover your neck as well.  DON’T FORGET THE NECK LADIES.  If itsenough not add a 5p blob to cover your neck as well.