Currently loving: Boots Clear Skin Oil Absorbing Sheets

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.

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5 Comments

  1. September 8, 2010 / 4:10 pm

    I know what you mean… It’s really a headache having an oily skin =S I have to fight against one each day =P
    I’ve tried these sheets (not this brand) and for me they haven’t worked. Also tried mattifying with powder, neither worked it -what you’ve said, it adds dirtiness-.
    So I had to look for another solution, and it was moisturizer, moisturizer and moisturizer! Hehehe (I say this ’cause first I thought I have no hydrating problem, only oil-control problem).
    Since I keep my skin well hydrated, I don’t have shine skin anymore. Of course I use an oily skin cream, good cleanser and oil-free foundation! But that’s my trick =)
    PS. I love your blog, I read you from Spain =)

  2. 3ate4
    September 9, 2010 / 4:19 pm

    Going to have to get these! Great price, too.

  3. September 10, 2010 / 4:22 pm

    Oily T zones can be such a pain! I’m glad someone else has bought powder as well while on the go, thought it was just me 🙂 Oil blotting sheets are great, I bought a whole load from Sephora NYC a couple of years ago and I’m still going strong. They are very hygienic and stop that caked up, clogged up pores look. Great post!

  4. Black Crayon
    September 11, 2010 / 11:03 pm

    Oily skin is such a chore to work with, I’m currently on the hunt for some new skin products too.
    I think I might have to try Boots Oil absorbing sheets *sigh*

    Good post (Y)

  5. Grace Timothy
    September 12, 2010 / 12:58 pm

    Love these for soaking up t-zone muck without drying out or caking entire face in powder – haven’t tried these though, thanks for the heads up!

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