Unfortunately, we can't stop our skincare from running out. We'll eventually have to repurchase our essentials, no matter how much we try to save them. The most we can do is to maximize them until the very last drop, spacing out your trips to the store (online and off) in the process. Need tips? Keep scrolling!
1. Find out how much product you actually need.
You could be running out of products faster because you're using more than you have to. To find out the exact amount you need, just read the product label, since it usually states how much you should be dispensing for it to work well. You can also adjust the amount you're using according to your skin type—for example, those with oily skin would need less moisturizer than those with dry skin.
2. Use reusable items.
Things like cotton pads and tissues are also part of your skincare routine, and if you think about it, they're probably some of things we repurchase the most. Unlike a face wash though, you can easily replace them with reusable items. Instead of drying your face with a tissue after cleansing, pat it dry with a face towel. Instead of applying products with a disposable cotton pad, consider making the switch to reusable cotton rounds that you can just wash after use.
3. Apply your skincare with your hands.
You don't actually need a cotton pad to apply products like toner and essence properly. Having a middleman actually makes you use more, since you'll need to soak the cotton properly to do its job. To make the most out of these liquids, apply them the K-beauty way and dispense a few drops on your palms so you can pat them directly onto your skin. Click play below for a quick tutorial!
4. Use bar soaps with a foaming net.
Tools like foaming nets are amazingly handy for using your bar soaps up to the last sud (don't throw out small bars!). Just rub the soap on the damp net instead of making the lather on your skin, and it'll create a generous amount of foam for you. If you don't have a foaming net at home, a loofah or a bath sponge can do the same thing!
5. Repurpose your face wash as an exfoliator/mask.
The active ingredients in your cleanser don't actually do much unless they stay on your skin long enough. So when you're washing your face, try your best to massage your face wash in for at least 60 seconds to get the full effect.
In fact, if your cleanser contains chemical exfoliants like salicylic acid and glycolic acid, you can even leave it on for longer and use it as a clarifying wash-off mask! You won't have to use another exfoliator or a mask after, because you basically just did three steps in one. Watch the video below to see how it works!
6. Fold your cleansing wipes to get more use out of them.
Whether you're removing your makeup or disinfecting your skin, it pays off to be more economical your cleansing wipes. Fold the tissue in half (or in fourths, if you can stretch it) so you can use each side for a different part of your face and body. This way, you'll get more use out of each wipe and will need to use less. Watch Bianca Umali's Barefaced Beauty episode below for a demo!