During the summer, increased temperatures lead to more sebum and sweat production. Oil blotting paper can be a convenient tool to remove excess oil from the face. However, using it incorrectly can have reverse effects. Let’s explore the correct usage of oil blotting paper.
Different Types of Oil Blotting Paper: Oil blotting paper comes in three main types: film-type, paper-type, and powder-type. Film-type blotting paper is made from chemically-treated polypropylene, derived from refined petroleum, which enhances absorption. Paper-type blotting paper absorbs a moderate amount of sebum and is composed of paper materials. Powder-type blotting paper is a combination of paper-type paper with added powder to improve sebum absorption. Among these, film-type blotting paper has the highest absorption capacity, leaving the face feeling dry after use.
Usage: 2-3 Times a Day It is recommended to use oil blotting paper 2-3 times a day. Using it too frequently can damage the skin’s natural oil barrier, leading to increased sebum production to compensate. Gently press the blotting paper on the T-zone areas (forehead, nose, and chin) where oil tends to accumulate. Rubbing the blotting paper vigorously stimulates the sebaceous glands, resulting in more oil production. Before using oil blotting paper, ensure your hands are clean, and avoid reusing a used sheet to maintain skin hygiene.
Adequate Hydration In addition to using oil blotting paper, maintaining proper hydration is crucial for balancing the skin’s oiliness. Insufficient hydration is one of the causes of excessive sebum production. The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends a daily water intake of 1.5-2 liters. Aim to drink around eight glasses of water per day, ensuring you hydrate in the morning, before and after meals, and before bedtime. Choosing skincare products with low oil content and high moisture levels can also help maintain the skin’s oil-moisture balance. Additionally, performing deep cleansing once a week can further aid in achieving balanced skin.