When it comes to applying skincare products, ensuring you use enough and applying it everywhere that’s necessary, is everything. A dime size amount of cleanser, a nickel size amount of facial sunscreen, a pea size amount of retinol, etc. There are times, however, when you may have a little bit of excess. To make the most of your products, and not waste them, you can find alternative uses for that bit of product that is leftover. You can turn your excess into doing something extra for your skin and reap even more benefits from your skin care products.
When it comes to excess serum, facial moisturizer or sunscreens, try applying it to your ears. Like our hands, our ears can reveal our age long before our face does. The ears are prone to sun exposure and the skin is very thin, like the skin of our nose and around our eyes. As such ears need care and protection too. SPF 30 is a must for your ears if you’re heading outdoors.
If you have excess eye cream, smooth some over your lips and around your mouth into your laugh lines. Our lips don’t produce oil so they are always in need of replenishment and moisture. Eye creams are great for helping smooth the fine lines and wrinkles on our lips and around our mouths. Even more so if your eye cream contains a retinol like Dermalogica’s Age Reversal Eye Complex. So the next time you have any extra, smile and apply to your laugh lines and smooth it over your pout.
If you have excess retinol, slather it on the backs of your hands. Our hands can really betray our age, or make us look even older. Dermatologists not only look at our faces but our hands as well, don’t neglect them. Retinols power of smoothing lines and wrinkles by increasing cellular turnover and collagen production works on our bodies too. So should you have any leftover, or you just want to give your hands some extra TLC, use a small amount (less than a pea size) of your retinol on your hands at night. For more on anti-aging care for your hands, read this.
Have you ever tried any of these tips? What do you do with excess product?