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. Unless it’s a special occasion, I just can’t be bothered with them.
Astringents are 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. Oil blotting sheets.
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.
They’re travel-friendly, too. 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 Environmentally-Friendly Option: Boscia Green Tea Blotting Linens (100 sheets, $10.00)
$10 may seem a lot for oil blotting sheets, but Boscia Green Tea Blotting Linens 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.
Available at: Dermstore, Revolve, Sephora, and Ulta
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Best On A Budget: E.L.F. Shine Eraser (50 sheets, $2.00)
E.L.F. Shine Eraser isn’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 small and flimsy, but they remove shine well and without disturbing your makeup. 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!