how many beauty products do you need

It’s not uncommon to become somewhat of a hoarder of beauty products, as you line up a selection of face wash, moisturizer, sunscreen, scrub, toner—all of which are usually used within the first hour of waking up, before you head out the door.

Through the day, you may reach out for wet wipes and lotions to contain your makeup and hydrate your skin. And then there’s the night ritual; the one that is dominated by serums, cleansers, under eye creams, and moisturizers again. Care to take stock of how many different products you’ve used on just your face?

Research suggests that women use an average of 12 different products on a daily basis. However, this includes the shampoo, conditioner, and hair serum/texturing spray/volumizer. Even if one were to keep a provision of five haircare solutions per day, that still means that you’re using about seven skincare products on a daily basis.

The Magic Number Is 3
The truth is that your skin can only absorb so much. Lapping up a variety of products will do you more harm than good. Try to minimize your daily quota to 3.

Paula Begoun, co-author of Don’t Go To The Cosmetics Counter Without Me, explains that all you really need is to cleanse, repair and protect your skin. One product for each is quite enough on a day-to-day basis. However, feel free to reapply the product at intervals if it is effective for a limited number of hours (typically, four to six hours).

  • Clean using a face wash/scrub/soap/foaming gel
  • Repair using a serum/toner/moisturizer/pore minimizer/face mask/wrinkle-lift cream
  • Protect using a sunscreen/sunblock/face oil/anti-aging cream

Take your pick, one from each category, to customize your daily skincare routine. Surely, adding a scrub to the mix every other day, or an under eye cream after a night out on the town won’t be detrimental. Just remember to use, not abuse.

PS: For solutions to suit your specific skin type, head to our Skincare Section.
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With a Masters in English literature, Trina Remedios has spent her recent years extensively writing about health and fitness, with a keen interest in the beauty segment as well. While her high calorific lunches are positively deceiving, her inner hippie takes to the city roads and can run circles around most marathoners. Follow her for beauty hacks, natural fixes, fitness fads, celebrity trends, and wellness tips.