It's not unusual to be told that I'm lucky to have oily skin. As our skin gets older and drier, it generally shows fine lines, wrinkles and discoloration more prominently. So having oily skin can be a blessing as it slows down aging. However, at the same time, oily skin can be a major bummer. I'll be the first to say that people with oily skin are subject to more frequent breakouts, large pores (oh, dreadful blackheads) and—let's not forget—a shiny mug!
It can be quite a drag and, when you have oily skin, you test how oily it is in the weirdest possible ways. Perhaps it's an obsessive thing, but I am quite guilty for being one of those weirdos who (in the past) has pressed their cheeks up against a window to determine and lessen the extent of excessive oil. Gross, I know!
Well, apparently, there's a more productive way of going about this, and I have a new obsession: facial blotting papers. I particularly like Boscia Fresh Blotting Linens.
Boscia is a preservative-free, botanically based skincare line that I have enjoyed for years and probably one of the better brands carried at Sephora for its natural ingredients. The blotting linens are a miracle. It literally absorbs excess oils from the face without any damage. The linens are made from 100% natural leaf fibers from the Abaca tree plant (this tree has been around for more than 5,000 years!).
While there's several varieties available (including California Orange and the new Vanilla), my favorite is Green Tea. It's soothing and calming and as an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory, it's one of few ingredients I will actually blot on my face.
What I also like are the immediate results. Gentle blots across my cheeks, nose, forehead, T-zone, and I can see the oil on the paper, and not on my face.
The blotting linens are quite inexpensive ($10 for 100) and conveniently packaged. Looks like I won't be rubbing my face on glass anymore (not that it was anytime recently, I swear!)