There’s a lot to be excited about summer—warmer weather, flowers blossoming, beaches, picnics, barbecues, and vacations–except for one thing: the return of oily and sweaty skin! Some of us naturally have more oily skin, and many of us suffer the side effects of summer sweat, which causes more clogged pores, and more moisture leads to more irritation or even acne.
Luckily, there’s rice paper from the East. Like traditional blotting tissues you’ve probably seen or used before, this product removes oil and shine from the skin’s oiliest spots — your forehead, nose, chin — without disturbing your make up. Blotting tissues made from rice paper, however, use natural ingredients to do so, and are softer and gentler on the skin than Western brands of blotting paper. Most brands are also fragrance-free, which is good news for those of us with sensitive skin or allergies. Not only are the tissues themselves made from rice, but also, one side of the tissue is matte, while the other side is covered in a fine layer of rice powder to help reduce shine and leave a silky finish that can last the rest of a warm summer day or a hot night of dancing. So, use the matte side first to remove moisture, and then use the powdered side to “finish” and “seal” the look.
Rice paper has been used for a long list of things for many centuries throughout East Asia – but we bet you never expected to find it in cosmetics! Happily, blotting tissues made from rice paper are easy to find. Plus, they are even available in a wide variety of different shades for different skin tones. Perhaps the most popular of oil blotting rice paper brands is Palladio, which can be purchased here, or any store that carries Sally Beauty Supplies. Palladio is affordable (only around $4!), and while each individual tissue is large enough to clean up your whole face, the package is small enough to fit in your handbag. There’s no reason men can’t use this product as well – just leave a package in your car’s glove box or your desk drawer at work for easy access, whenever you need it.
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