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  • August 20, 2022 5 min read


    Consumers who keep up with their skincare routine, already know which types of skincare products to include in their daily routine: a facial cleanser, scrub, mask, serum, moisturizer, and eye cream.

     However, have you ever wondered exactly how much of each product you should be using? Instead of just scooping or squeezing out however much suits your fancy, there's a correct and a wrong amount to use. Also, you don't want to doubt that you get better results from your skincare products by using them the right way. While there may not be a universally perfect skincare routine, there are rules for the quantities you should use. For instance, apply a too-thin layer of SPF, and you've applied none at all, over-exfoliate, and redness and irritation will become a mainstay on your skin. How much of what is too much, and how much is too little? Keep reading for more detailed information on using just the right amount of skincare.

    What is CBD?

    If you’re planning to purchase CBD skincare, or you’ve already incorporated it in your skincare routine, you may be pondering about the correct CBD amounts your skin needs to reap the fruits of this progressively popular cannabinoid. So, how much CBD is the correct  amount, and how frequently you should use these hemp-sourced products. CBD, also known as cannabidiol, is a natural plant-based chemical compound extracted from the hemp plant of the cannabis plant. It's non-psychoactive and won't give you a buzz. Numerous studies have been linked to CBD that focuses on its benefits to humans, such as its positive impact on the human skin. Peyravian & Jimenez (2022) showed the anti-inflammatory effects of cannabidiol as a potential treatment for acne.

    CBD operates inside the body’s endocannabinoid system (ECS), a biological network system that regulates and maintains stability (homeostasis) in an individual’s body. It regulates major functions such as sleep, metabolism, inflammation, and pain to maintain the body at equilibrium. The skin has cannabinoid receptors, making CBD act as a control for the skin. According to Michael (2014), cannabinoids’ effects on the skin include management of pain sensation, management of skin appendages, management of skin inflammation, and control of epidermal homeostasis. Baral et al. (2020) noted that CBD has been associated with soothing and prevention of acne and calm irritation. CBD’s high levels of antioxidants help the skin resist free radical damage that causes fine lines and wrinkles while offering a more radiant glow.

    How Much CBD Do You Need In Skincare?

    The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) doesn't regulate the amount of CBD in skincare, so brands must educate their customers on how they formulate their products. However, a good rule to note is the bigger the product, say a body lotion, the higher the amount of CBD needed to make it effective. Moreover, not all CBD is equally created when it comes to skincare. CBD is most beneficial when combined with other cannabinoids, fatty acids, and terpenes, a phenomenon known as the entourage effect. To gain from the entourage effect, skin experts advise that consumers should look for full-spectrum CBD.

     How Often Should You Use CBD Skincare?

    While some people use CBD skincare daily to keep their skin healthy, glowy, and more even-looking, for others, a weekly treat with a CBD bath bomb is ultimate. Consumers are already doing well with their skin when choosing organic skincare with full-spectrum CBD. Try using it several times a week and work your way up as the skin acknowledges positively.


    Whether one chooses a cream or gel cleanser, a dime-sized amount is all you need. Skin experts suggest washing once in the morning and twice in the evening if you wear makeup, or only once at night if you don't wear makeup. Vora et al. (2018) reported that overusing anti-acne cleansers can leave the skin dry and irritated. Using more than a dime-sized amount of any cleanser will cause you to go through the product a lot faster, with no extra benefits. Also, not using enough cleanser leaves dirt, debris, and makeup on the skin, which can cause clogged pores and then breakouts.


    When using a toner, just a little spritz won't do. Use enough to saturate the skin and leave it damp before applying a serum. Let it thoroughly prep and prime the skin for the potent serums and moisturizers sending its way.


    Deciding how much of an exfoliate to use depends on the formula. It's advisable to stick with the manufacturer's directions to ensure one is not using too much and is at risk of over-exfoliating. If an individual is new to chemical exfoliates, start with a very small quantity, just enough to create a thin layer on the face, and use it twice a week. Whether you need more of the product, allow the skin to get accustomed to the acids before diving into the skin first.


    A pea-sized amount of serum is enough to give the skin a concentrated boost of ingredients that help with hydration, dull skin, exfoliation, or acne. Using too much of any product leaves active ingredients sitting on the skin. Others, such as exfoliating serum, can lead to stinging or peeling. If one uses too little serum, you'll not get the maximum effect.


    Begin with a dab of retinoid product for your face. Gradually work your way up to an amount your skin can tolerate. If the skin has problems adjusting to a retinoid, ease up. Mix it with a moisturizer before applying, and use it three times a week instead of five. Using too much can lead to dryness, redness, and peeling. A little bit of retinoid will improve your skin, but it takes longer to see results.


    A pea-sized amount for each eye is more than enough. Too much eye cream can leave one’s skin sensitive, clog the pores, and irritate the eyes. It can also make it challenging to apply makeup. However, using little can dehydrate that delicate skin and keep makeup from lying on the skin properly.


    When using a moisturizer that suits your skin type, a small amount should be enough for the face. Excess moisturizer can make your skin shiny and cause breakouts. It can also feel heavy on the skin and make it harder to put on makeup. Also, too little moisturizer will make your skin feel tight, flake, and look dull since it's dehydrated.


    Using too little sunscreen means you'll not get adequate protection from harmful UV rays. Extend the sunscreen to your neck to cover all exposed skin. Skin experts recommend reapplying your sunscreen as long as you're exposed to UV rays. So, there's no such thing as too much sunscreen as long it's designed for your skin type. Sunscreen is more beneficial if you use too much because sunscreen works are not the SPF number but rather how generously you apply it.


    Now that you know exactly how much of each skincare product to use, this should boost your skincare regime and give you glowing and radiant skin. As the saying goes, practice makes perfect. So, continue practicing and settle with what works for you. Different skin types and products may react differently to different skin types. You can always start small if you're in doubt and gradually work your way up. You can also seek professional guidance from a certified dermatologist if unsure. Otherwise, go forth and glow in your amazing skin.


    Baral, P., Bagul, V., & Gajbhiye, S. (2020). HEMP SEED OIL FOR SKIN CARE (NON-DRUG CANNABIS SATIVA L.): A REVIEW.

    Michael J. Caterina. (2014). TRP Channel Cannabinoid Receptors in Skin Sensation, Homeostasis, and Inflammation.

    Peyravian, N., Deo, S., Daunert, S., & Jimenez, J. J. (2022). The Anti-Inflammatory Effects of Cannabidiol (CBD) on Acne. Journal of Inflammation Research, 15, 2795.

    Vora, J., Srivastava, A., & Modi, H. (2018). Antibacterial and antioxidant strategies for acne treatment through plant extracts. Informatics in Medicine unlocked13, 128-132.