Make sure your skincare products don't run out too quickly - 6 tips
Posted on 03 December 2020
Reduce your amount of trips to the shop or online with our handy tips to make sure you are getting the most use out of your skincare and beauty products to avoid wastage.
1. Use the correct amount of your skincare
Before using a new product, make sure you read the label! You could be using too much product than you need to. Plus, you can also adjust the amount to cater for your skin type. If you have very dry skin, you may need more moisturiser than someone with an oily skin type. It's also worth noting that your skin needs change with the environment. So if you are at home for the day, you won't need to apply your full routine as you are less exposed to pollution and sun.
2. Apply with your hands
Apply as much of your skincare regimen as you can with your hands. You will end up using more product with a cotton pad for example since you'll need to soak it properly. If you need to use something to apply, opt for reusable pads which you can wash for the next use. Good for your wallet but also for the environment!
3. Use coin sized shampoo
Most of us make the mistake of adding more shampoo to our hair if we feel its not lathering enough. However top hairdressers advise that if we are adding more product, it actually means out hair wasn't wet enough in the first place. Short hair should apply a 5p coin of shampoo and focus on the scalp letting the suds run through the rest of the hair to wash it. Medium hair should be using the size of a 10p coin and long hair 50p.
4. Store correctly
If you use products with active ingredients such as retinol and Vitamin C, ensure they are kept out of direct sunlight. Vitamin C is a highly unstable molecule and can react with light and air leading it to oxidise. Most brands have packaging which allows you to store your products in all conditions, but its always good to check!
5. Cut off the tops of tubes
For maximum use of all your products, cut the top off of the tube to make sure you have used all of the product and it hasn't got caught in the corners!
6. Reuse your mascara wand
Once your favourite mascara has run out, wash it through the dishwasher and then use to tame your brows or to settle the small unruly hairs on your hairline with a spritz of hairspray.