Size Does Mat­ter

A lit­tle bit of prod­uct goes a long way for your skin and your pocket.

CLEO (Malaysia) - - NEWS - Dr Ja­son rec­om­mends reap­ply­ing prod­ucts at a min­i­mum of twice daily, but mul­ti­ple ap­pli­ca­tions are ad­vised when trav­el­ling to cold coun­tries or with pro­longed ex­po­sure to air­con­di­tioned en­vi­ron­ments.

Team CLEO is guilty, too! 85% of us use far too much hair con­di­tioner, while 25% use too lit­tle

sun­block.

It has prob­a­bly hap­pened to you be­fore – you’ve splurged on a re­ally pricey tub of mois­turiser, but you re­alise that you’re down to a quar­ter of the jar af­ter only a month. Your friend, on the other hand, has been us­ing the same tub for more than six months. Know­ing how much prod­uct to use can be con­fus­ing, but stick­ing to the right dosage is very im­por­tant. The amount used can af­fect the out­come for which it is in­tended. Us­ing too much or even too lit­tle could have less than the de­sired ef­fect on your face or body. Ac­cord­ing to Dr Ja­son Yip, a der­ma­tol­o­gist at the DrX Clinic, over-us­ing and un­der-us­ing not only leads to prod­uct wastage, but may po­ten­tially dis­rupt the phys­i­ol­ogy of the skin. This means that you could end up with clogged pores, slower ex­fo­li­a­tion of the skin, or even a greasier com­plex­ion. “A worst case sce­nario would be when over-us­ing could lead to nasty side ef­fects such as ir­ri­ta­tion, dry­ness, red­ness, or dis­com­fort,” he says. Un­der­us­ing, on the other hand, will have slower or no ef­fect af­ter ap­pli­ca­tion since the prod­uct ap­plied wouldn’t be enough to get a re­sponse from your skin. When it comes to your sk­in­care, the be­lief is that less is bet­ter. Mod­ern prod­ucts are op­ti­mised in terms of de­liv­ery, ab­sorp­tion, and ef­fec­tive­ness to the skin. The ad­vance­ment of re­search in the in­dus­try means that some prod­ucts nowa­days are able to be main­tain their ef­fi­cacy even with min­i­mal ap­pli­ca­tion. How­ever, Dr Ja­son cau­tions of the dan­gers of this, as there is a se­ri­ous chance of ex­treme un­der­usage, to the point that the prod­ucts have ab­so­lutely no ef­fect on the skin.

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