You’ve mastered the perfect order for applying your skincare products, and have a team of favourite products that make your skin all beautiful and glowy. But are you using them up too quickly…or not applying enough to get the intended results from your products? To get you on the right track, follow this guide for how much product you should be using every step of your skincare routine.


You don’t need a lot of cleanser. If you use too much you’ll end up with dry, tight-feeling skin. For a cream or gel cleanser, the size of a 5 cent coin is all you need. If you’re using a foam cleanser, one pump is enough. 

Face scrub

Pick between a physical or a chemical exfoliator - physical sloughs away at dead skin cells whereas chemical exfoliators dissolve them – and use an almond-size amount once or twice a week. Be careful not to over-exfoliate; you’ll strip your skin of its natural oils and moisture. 


Serums are usually the most expensive product in your routine, so the good news is you don’t need to apply much. Half a pump of product, the size of a coffee bean, will do the trick. Repeat twice a day. 


When it comes to moisturiser, there’s a bit of wiggle room to match how much you apply to what you like (thick and creamy or just a light smidge) and what your skin can handle as well as what it needs. If your skin is feeling dry, use as much as a full pump (the size of an almond). In summer when it’s hot and humid outside, half the quantity. For more active serums, start with a half pump and increase the application amount if your skin hasn’t had any nasty reactions. Just remember, in winter you’ll probably need more product so up your dose by about half. 

Eye cream

A light touch is all you need with an eye cream. Gently dab a pea size amount around the orbital socket with your pinky finger. Putting your eye cream in the fridge is great way to de-puff eye swiftly in the mornings and will feel even better when the warm weather sets in.


This is one time when more is better. Use at least half a teaspoon for your face (don’t forget your ears and all the way up to your hair line). Not only will a high SPF product save your skin from sun damage now, it will save you money on anti-ageing products and expensive salon treatments in the future.

Face mask

Be generous with your face mask product. A dollop about the size of a strawberry will do the trick. You should also avoid applying your face mask with your fingers. Using a makeup brush is not only more hygienic but you’ll actually end up needing less product.

Night cream

At night, your moisturiser can be applied on thicker. Opt for a $1 size coin amount of product, and don’t forget to spread it down your neck and onto your décolletage, too. The neck area has some of the thinnest skin on our bodies and as a result, is often the first place to show signs of ageing.