While the packaging on food products tells us just how much a serving is, there’s no such thing on health and beauty products. The Doctors share that we may be using way too much or too little of our everyday products. Knowing the right serving is good for your health and your wallet.
ER physician Dr. Travis Stork shares with viewers that a pine-nut-size amount of eye cream is all you need. Dr. Travis demonstrates putting eye cream on and explains you should start from the outside and work your way in using ¾ of it and then the last ¼ over the brows. Turns out Dr. Travis uses eye cream on a recommendation from The Doctor’s make-up artist!
Toothpaste is another common product that many of us may be using too much of. The proper amount is only that of a green pea. Dermatologist Dr. Sonia Batra shares that toothpaste is actually pretty abrasive and putting on too much actually wears the enamel. “If you keep putting more and more toothpaste on your teeth while brushing you’re wearing down the enamel… your teeth look less white so the instinct is to put more toothpaste on and keep brushing and you’re actually making the problem worse!” OB/GYN Dr. Nita Landry shares that she knew it was wasteful but didn’t realize it’s actually harmful!
Detergent too is a product many people are overusing. Dr. Nita shares that you only need half the amount the bottle suggests which is about two shot glasses of detergent. Using too much will actually trap dirt in hard to reach places, make clothes stain more, and create wear and tear on the washing machine. Trapped soap will attract more bacteria.
Lastly, The Doctors discuss a product which you’re likely not applying enough of, sunscreen! Plastic surgeon Dr. Andrew Ordon shares that the American Academy of Dermatology says people are only using 25 – 50% of what they should be using. Dr. Ordon says to use a grape-sized portion per body part. The total amount should be that of an egg. Dr. Ordon holds the egg up to the shot glasses and says “it’s about the same.”
Dr. Batra says you should reapply sunscreen every hour if you are in the water and every 2 – 3 hours if you are out in the sun. She adds that the biggest mistake people make is they keep using the same tube of sunscreen for multiple summers. When sunscreen is exposed to air it oxidizes and becomes less effective so toss that bottle of sunscreen at the end of summer!