Portion control: It’s a challenge for beauty-lovers and impassioned foodies alike. But as you already know by now, more is not always better. In fact, the following highly concentrated formulas are designed to be used in small (read: smaller than you think) amounts. Make the most of your products with our tips on the correct dosages for each.
Dr. Lipp’s famous balm is packed with fast-absorbing natural lipids, which means that it spreads better than the softest triple-cream cheese (aaand now we’re hungry). Use it to prime and moisturize lips, dab onto unruly brows, or apply to lids and cheeks for a dewy gloss. Note: For actual triple-cream cheese, we recommend keeping your serving size generous.
With this powerful hair oil, one to three drops is all you’ll need—about the size of a pencil eraser (remember those?). Infused with Beauty Protector’s signature sweet scent, the argan oil formula defends hair from UV and heat damage while adding a gorgeous gloss. Warm it up between your palms before applying to ensure even distribution throughout your strands.
Just a pea-sized amount of this luscious cream works on staffer Amanda’s extralong locks, taming flyaways, smoothing frayed ends, and, of course, cranking up the shine. While it won’t harm your hair to use more, keep in mind that the formula is powered by time-release olive oil technology, which means that it dispenses more shine as the day goes on.
According to Dr. Brandt, three sessions with this scrub mimics the results of one in-office procedure. Small but mighty pharmaceutical-grade crystals buff away dead, dull, discolored cells, leaving velvety-smooth skin in their wake. Scrub gently, and dispense conservatively.
You only need one to two pumps’ worth of this face serum to get broad-spectrum SPF 30 coverage. Given our fondness for monetary analogies, we tested it out and found that two pumps is approximately the size of a penny.
This all-natural (one might even say “supernatural”) body butter hydrates and firms skin with the force of triple-antioxidants. Use one pump’s worth for each of your limbs, and spread a nickel-sized amount over the rest of your body. Bonus: The pump’s spout extends all the way to the bottom of the bottle, allowing you to reach every last luscious drop.
This is the buttercream frosting of hair treatments, so apply sparingly. (In the world of hair masks, a golf-ball-sized amount isn’t much.) This densely concentrated whip is enriched with shea butter, vegetable oil, and strengthening wheat protein—fantastic nutrition for damaged strands.
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