Back when I was in school, blotting papers were a huge hit and it wasn’t an uncommon occurrence to see used blotting papers getting swept around the canteen floor by the wind. It always drew a huge “ugh” each time any of us would spot one with a terrible oil smear on it and there was no doubt that it grossed us out. Today, I don’t see any difference when I spy a used blotting paper lingering sadly by the side of the trash can in the female toilet. But that is not to say, they should be binned as the trash of the world — just 5 minutes or 5 hours ago, it was a fresh piece of blotting paper ready to take on the world and swipe away any lingering presence of oil from our T-zone. In our most dire circumstances, these little superabsorbent paper will save us from the anguish of having excess oil coating our beautiful skin. Read on to discover why blotting papers are a necessity and please for the love of humanity, dispose of your used blotting papers properly in the bin.
What Are Blotting Papers?
It is hard to plot down when blotting papers were first founded as an invention. But its importance is understated. What blotting papers can do is to strip our skin from any excess oil without ruining our carefully applied makeup. These little pieces of super-absorbent paper will take away any lingering presence of oil from your skin and that is why it makes the perfect accompaniment in your makeup pouch. Especially for those with oily skin, blotting papers are your to-go product to keep an oil-free complexion throughout the day. While it doesn’t halt acne breakouts, they absorb all the sebum to keep your skin balanced and your makeup in its place.
Benefits Of Blotting Papers
A primary reason why people use blotting papers is to remove the excess sebum from your face to ensure it doesn’t make your forehead look like a lighthouse when light bounces off it before your important meeting. But another way blotting papers can be utilised well is in the setting of makeup. Because of how our makeup can easily be ruined by excess oil on our skin, you can pat your face down with a blotting paper after you set your foundation or liquid makeup down. A little lifehack that my friends have divulged is how blotting papers can also be used to set your lipstick. After applying your lipstick, you can pat blotting papers over it before applying a second layer of lip colour. What it does is to absorb all the oils and emollients found in the lipstick and this would ensure the pigments in your lip colour look stronger. From that, you would get a matte finish and it ensures your lipstick stays for a much longer time as well.
Which Blotting Papers To Use?
Because of how they are regarded as skincare essentials, there are bound to be many alternatives on the market for your choosing. The ones that you should pick should be soft and flexible instead of those that are rigid and hard. This would help you to reach around every nook and cranny especially at the hard-to-reach areas around your nose. For those who prefer eco-friendly options, there are blotting papers that resemble traditional Japanese paper in that they are made with natural botanical fibres to help remove any shine off our skin. One of my favourite blotting papers is the one that has been coated with hydroxyapatite (a strong oil-absorbing powder) and on top of taking the shine off my skin, it leaves a nice smooth texture to my skin. Another popular alternative is the ones that have been infused with black bamboo charcoal to clean out the oversized pores and get rid of any inkling of bacteria.
Looking Beyond Blotting Papers
If you utilise blotting papers on a daily basis, it is just as important to go deeper than just using them since they only paper the cracks and that might lead us to ignore the real reasons behind our oily skin. It begs the question of why these blotting papers have to be used in the first place. Are you enduring a hormonal imbalance that might lead to excess oil production? Or could it be your products that might be too damaging for your skin, causing your sebum glands to overcompensate? Or could it just be your natural skin type? If that is the case, you might have to look beyond just using blotting papers on your face to achieve a permanent solution that would help maintain a perfect and oil-free complexion.
The sebum that our skin produces is important in keeping our skin healthy and happy but when too much sebum is produced, it could easily lead to clogged pores and even acne which we should look out for. If you have oily skin, you would need to wash your skin regularly with a gentle soap that doesn’t dry out your skin. Some soaps have moisturisers or chemicals that actually would irritate and dry out your skin, causing your skin to overcompensate with even more sebum.