My skin isn’t particularly oily. Yes, I have an oily t-zone, but over the years I developed a skincare routine that keeps the extra sebum and shine under control. Until summer comes around. Then, my sebaceous glands go into overdrive, turning my face into a slick mess.
When that happened in winter, I just dusted a layer of powder on my t-zone, and I was good for hours. But in summer, that doesn’t work as well. I just have to apply so much powder throughout the day that, by the end of it, my skin resembles a cakey mask. Oil-absorbing primers usually work better, but they add an extra step in my skincare routine. And, unless it’s a special occasion, I just can’t be bothered with them. Astringents were out of the question. They dry out your skin, causing it to produce even more oil! No thank you!
I thought I had run out of options. Then I discovered them. Blotting sheets.
Yep, blotting sheets. Or papers. Call them whatever you want, these unassuming and underrated little pieces of paper are an oily-skinned gal’s best friends. They soak up all traces of oil and shine without bothering and removing your makeup. And they’re travel-friendly. They take so little space in your bag, so you can easily take them with you wherever you go, ready to use every time a bit of shine appears on your skin.
But which ones should you buy? Here are my favourites:
Best For Minimizing Shine On The Go: Paula’s Choice Skincare Oil-Blotting Papers (100 sheets, $8.00)
Paula’s Choice Skincare Oil-Blotting Papers are my favourite way to keep my face shine free in summer. They soak up excess oil and perspiration without ruining my makeup, ensuring that I look great all day along (and in photos too). Available at Paula’s Choice.
Best Environmentally-Friendly Option: Boscia Green Tea Blotting Linens (100 sheets, $10.00)
$10 is the most that I’m willing to pay for blotting linens (because, as awesome as they are, paying a lot for them is silly), but these are worth it. Powder and fragrance-free, they are made from a natural fiber derived from the abaca leaf (a plant that resembles a banana), a sustainable resource. The green tea in them doesn’t, sadly, do much, but it doesn’t hurt skin either. If you’re looking for an option that is good both for your skin and the environment, you should definitely pick these up. Availale at Sephora.
Best On A Budget: E.L.F. Shine Eraser (50 sheets, $1.00)
These really aren’t my favourite option, but if you’re on a budget and your skin isn’t very oily (if it is, you’ll have to use more than one), they’ll do quite well. They are quite small and flimsy, but they remove shine well and without disturbing your makuep. These too contain green tea, but again, it doesn’t do much. Still these blotting papers are great value for money. Available at Eyes Lips Face.
The Bottom Line
Blotting sheets are the most effective, convenient, and cheapest way to keep your skin shine-free. You may have to use them several times throughout the day, but at least they don’t make you look cakey!
Have you tried blotting papers? which ones are your favourites?