My crazy skin is very undecided about what ‘type’ it is, but I’ll call it combination for arguments sake. One of my regular skin ‘irks’ is that no matter how dry and de-hydrated it otherwise feels it always manages to get shiny as the day progresses – especially on the nose and forehead area.
So ever since I was a teenager face powder has been an absolute staple for me – I’ve carried one in my bag for as long as I can remember and have even gone as far as buying a new one if I’m out and have forgotten it. That’s how much I hate having a shiny nose.
The downside of using powder is that it doesn’t remove the oil, although the powder does soak it up, it’s still on your face and can lead to more spots and clogged pores – generally not helping the situation. Don’t get me wrong, I still won’t be ditching the powder – it’s great for setting foundation and I love MAC mineralise skin finish (mattifying, without ending up looking flat and ‘dead’) for on the go touch-ups but I now have a new must-have for my on the go make-up bag.
And that is Boots Skin Clear Oil Absorbing Sheets. A small packet of sheets of miracle paper that are described as ‘impregnated with salicylic acid to help prevent spots’ – you simply press them to the shiny areas and they absorb the oil and remove it from skin. They do have a tiny amount of powder to help with mattifying, but it’s a little more hygienic than repeatedly applying powder. When done you just throw the used sheet away. When used you can see how the oil has been absorbed from the pores on the sheet – they turn transparent where oil is absorbed. I would show you a used sheet, but decided that would be a little gross and un-necessary – so you can just take my word for it.
I picked these up as part of a 2 for £4 deal from the Clear Skin range. Unfortunately the branch I bought them from only had one pack of the sheets left, so I also bought some face wipes (which are nice enough) but had they been in stock I would have bought two lots of the oil absorbing sheets.
The best thing about using these instead of powder is that my skin doesn’t feel as dirty by the end of the day. I will definitely be buying these again – if I can find them. They seem a bit hard to come by, as the few smaller stores have only a limited range of the Skin Clear range.
**The Small Print**
Bought by myself.