PHOENIX -- Chances are you're either over-using or under-using your beauty products.
If you're using a gentle cleanser then feel free to use what feels right, normally about a quarter size amount is appropriate. However if you use a cleanser that targets a specific skin condition like acne, then dosage really matters as overuse or under use can create irritating side effects. In this case, make sure you stick with the quarter size.
Product: I'm impressed by the Clearasil PerfectaWash, because it dispenses the exact amount of salicylic acid based cleanser. Using the right amount every time helps to balance your skins oils without over drying it, which is a common side effect for treating acne. It's available at CVS for $19.99 and comes in two scents.
Day Cream with SPF
Lather it on! You need about two peanuts worth. Make sure you're cream has an SPF of 15 or higher in it.
Product: A nice daytime moisturizer is First Aid Beauty's 5-in-1 Face Cream with SPF 30 because it does more than just moisturize. It helps to brighten your skin and fight the signs of aging while protecting you from UVA and UVB rays. It's $38 at firstaidbeauty.com.
You only need a pea-sized amount for both eyes. Pat it underneath your eyes from the inner corner outward to disperse with your ring finger. This is a product people tend to overuse, but unfortunately your fine lines won't go away any quicker with over use! Save your money and use sparingly!
Product: I found something that not only fights fine lines and wrinkles around your eyes, but it also helps to rid dark circles, which is something my readers ask me about all the time. The Hydroxatone Hydrolyze Intensive Under Eye Treatment is an anti-aging complex that uses ingredients and peptides to stimulate circulation, which brightens. It's $80 at HSN.com.
Everyone underuses sunscreen! If you underuse it, you're not giving yourself the number that's on the package. So for instance, if you bought an SPF 30, you really might be getting the protection of an SPF 15 if you're not applying enough. The trick is to divide your body in three halves and apply a grape sized dollop to each part. (feet and legs, then torso and back, then arms and hands) You can't use too much. If you're tall or have a bigger build, use more!
Product: You need three things in your SPF, number 15 or higher, broad spectrum and to make sure it's water resistant. Philosophy just came out with a new line of SPF products and I like their Here Comes The Sun Age-Defense Water-Resistant SPF 30. It's $26 at philosophy.com.
You know you've used too much hand cream when you're leaving greasy fingerprints behind on your iphone. Gross! Truth is, it's not harmful to use too much hand cream, but it's not healing your dry skin any quicker. Your skin can only absorb so much at a time. Only use a dollop the size of a raspberry. Apply it to the tops of your hands where your skin is most dry and then rub together.
Product: Right now I'm using Moroccanoil Hand Cream. It has super moisturizing ingredients in it like cocoa and avocado butter and strengthens my nails. It's $28 At moroccanoil.com.
Jeannine Morris is the founder of BeautySweetSpot.com.