If you are someone who has oily skin then you know the drill. Then again, summer is that time of the year when every skin type is prone to becoming oily. Whether it is the heat that is giving you an oily T zone or it is the sunscreen that is making your skin greasy; either way you need help getting that oil off your face without doing your skin any harm.
And when it comes to oily skin, we at BeBeautiful strongly endorse blotting sheets. These paper sheets come in small packages and are extremely useful during summer. So without further ado, here is the full lowdown on everything that you need to know about blotting paper, including some blotting paper hacks for the skin.
What exactly is blotting paper?
Blotting paper has great benefits for the skin - it is made up of extremely absorbent material so any liquid that is in excess will be easily removed using this material, which is why it is so useful for getting rid of any of that oil or sebum that lingers on your skin. Blotting paper is often coated in salicylic acid, a substance that is known to stop the formation of acne and other blemishes. It helps to reduce the sheen that tends to appear on your face as the day goes by, making your face oil-free. They’re also super convenient –coming folded in little packs, they take up no space in your purse, making it easy for you to carry them wherever you go.
How to use blotting paper?
Once you have removed a single sheet from the pack, place it on an area which you feel is particularly shiny or oily –the main area which tends to collect oil is your T-zone (which comprises of the nose, forehead and chin). Leave the blotting paper in place for a few seconds, holding it the whole time to make sure that the sheet stays in one place and does not rub any of your makeup off. Once you feel you that it has been in the oily area for enough time, remove the sheet as swiftly as you can. You’ll be able to tell if you have done this right if you find that you face is immediately mattified, and also if you see that the sheet has become transparent – this means that it is full of oil. If you find that other areas of your face have that same unattractive shine, take out a new sheet from the pack and use it over there. Repeat this every few hours to ensure that you’re thoroughly removing all the oil off of your face and preventing any buildup. Make sure that you don’t accidentally use the same piece of blotting paper more than once as you will end up spreading the collected oil around your face and make your skin more prone to developing acne.
Why blotting paper is the best way to get oil off your face
There are a lot of people who seem to think that tissue or wet wipes work just as well for removing all the oil off of the face – however, this simply isn’t true. Blotting paper is great for oily skin because it is specifically designed to be absorbent, and will get rid of any excess oil a lot better than normal tissue. In addition to this, you’ll find that using a tissue or a wet wipe will mean that you have to redo your makeup, whereas using a sheet of this extremely thin material will leave all product completely intact on your face.
Let’s take a quick look at the reasons why blotting sheets are so crucial to your summer skin care regime…
- The sheets help set your makeup
- Blotting sheets help control shine on your face
- Easy makeup touch up
- A great substitute for dry shampoo
- The best blotting sheets that you need to try out
The sheets help set your makeup
After you have applied sunscreen, pat your face gently with a blotting sheet so it can absorb the excess oil that the product can generate on your skin. Also use blotting sheets to pat your face lightly after using cream-based or liquid makeup. This way you will allow your makeup to set in and it won’t keep melting away with the sweat very often.
They will mattify your lips
Use a blotting sheet on your lips after applying your lipstick. The sheet absorbs the excess oils and emollients on your lips and gives you a matte finish. Using blotting sheets on your lipstick also helps it last longer.
Blotting sheets help control shine on your face
There is a thin line between glowing skin and oily skin and it is important to know the difference. So every time you start getting the heavy oily feels on your face, resort to the blotting sheet.
For each time you need to rush into a meeting and look presentable but don’t have the time to redo your makeup, just pat your face with a blotting sheet. It will quickly absorb the excess oil on your forehead and nose without ruining your makeup and will also give you a matte finish.
Trust these blotting sheets to be the silent heroes that not only absorb excess oils off your face, but in the process also help prevent acne and pimples.
Easy makeup touch up
We mentioned before that blotting paper can be used to make sure that your makeup stays in place. But did you know that you can take it one step further, and actually use it as a quick fix for your makeup? If you find that your eye makeup is surely but slowly forming little trails along the bottom of your eyes, rather than go over it again with some concealer, all you have to do is dab a sheet of blotting paper over the area to instantly freshen up your makeup.
A great substitute for dry shampoo
If you’ve run out of dry shampoo and find yourself desperately pulling your hair into a messy bun before that morning meeting, stop and take a moment. With a pack of blotting paper handy in your work bag, all you have to do is place them at the roots of your hair and they will help to remove the grease that you’re have.
The best blotting sheets that you need to try out
With so many different blotting papers on the market, it may be hard for you to find one that works best for your skin. Don’t worry, we’re here to help you out by giving you some of our suggestions.
We recommend that you choose one that contains natural skin soothing materials. A few examples are blotting papers that contain chamomile or green tea – possessing anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties, these substances are great for reducing any aggravations and calming down your skin. However, that being said, some people like to go for one that is powder-free as, with less ingredients, there is also less potential for any materials to irritate the skin.