A question that I’ve been asked many, many times is : “how much product should I use to make sure I’m taking care of my skin without wasting any (precious) product ?”

The answer to this question is, that this depends on the type of product. As a guideline :

  • Cleanser:take a 10-Eurocent piece (I suppose it would be “pence” in UK, or let’s say; two nuts) in your handpalms. One quick wipe to spread it onto both your handpalms en straight on the skin with flat hands. Massage for a few seconds, then rinse/take off. I always recommend using a washcloth (see my blog on washcloths).
  • Day/Nightcream:one nut size for face and neck. If you treat your décolletage too, take half a nut extra.
  • Sunblock:Difficult one, as dermatologists tell us to use it abundantly. But this often becomes sticky. Oil-free and “dry-touch” textures work well for this reason!
  • Serum:serums are concentrates, so use sparingly. One pea-size is ok.
  • Ampoules:are meant to be a single dosage, but in my experience this can be a bit too much. There’s no harm in using it in two times : morning and evening, for example. Make sure to use it up within 24 hours.
  • Eyecream:one pea-size for both eye contours is fine.
  • Facial oil:if you use one, use it very sparingly ! Less is certainly more here. Take two to three drops in your handpalms and “press” it into your skin.
  • Bodylotion:here you know best what works for you. Dry skins need more. Also depends on the texture (“richness”) of the product.


Bodylotion 10% Urea

Skin calming, fragrance-free.

Sometimes in life one has to make choices. When it comes to cosmetics, not all of us (myself included) can just spend eldless amounts of money on products. We all have a budget to respect.

So when it comes to body care, this might be the occasion to save some money. Don’t get me wrong now, I don’t mean you should NOT SPEND any money on your BODY care! I’m just saying that when you are ON A BUDGET, there might be a focus on face care. Body care still has to be good quality too, but does not necesarilly need to have the high-tech ingredients you want for your face! (and pay for, of course).

Isana is one of the brands of the German drugstore Rossmann, who’s “Serum for very Mature Skin” JI reviewed several weeks ago. The Bodylotion with 10% Urea caught my attention, as it is designed especially for people with very dry, sensitive skin.

Ingredients:Aqua, Urea, Helianthus Annuus Hybrid Oil, Ethylhexyl Stearate, Glycerin, Isopropyl Myristate, Polyglyceryl-4 Diisostearate/Polyhydroxystearate/Sebacate, Panthenol, Bisabolol, Tocopherol, Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Caprylhydroxamic Acid, Piroctone Olamine, Sodium Lactate, Magnesium Sulfate, Lactic Acid, Citric Acid.


The nice thing about this product is, that it does what it promises. It hydrates, nourishes and sooths very dry, rough skin. I’d even say atopic skins and skins which tend to develop  neurodermitis/eczema might benefit from this product. This is, by the way, what it says on the bottle too. It’s fragrance-free, very nourishing(some of you will say: greasy) texture is ideal for anyone who struggles with allergies and a very dry skin.The 10% Urea is what really does the trick : Urea is a skin-identical, natural moisture binding ingredient. It is naturally present in our body and helps our skin retain moisture. A 10 percent concentration is REALLY HIGH and is the reason this product works so well.

Other beneficial ingredients are Panthenol (vitamin B5) ; skin calming, Bisabolol, from Chamomile ; skin calming, Tocopherol ; Vitamin E, is an Anti-Oxidant.

Similar products/formulas can be found in phramacy brands, but these will cost you at least three to four times the price of this product….

Pro’s:price, no mineral oil (which is great for a product in this price category!! Congratulations Mr. Rossmann). Nourishing enough for even the driest skin types ; 10% urea helps very dry skin to hold its moisture better.

Contra’s:texture. Absorbs slowly (well, on my skin and I am realy dry on legs, arms and ellbows). You can’t just get dressed after one minute or so.

Isana Products can be obtained in Rossmann stores or through their website.