A Free Beauty Basic

Says SheKnows blogger Minsun Park, "It’s not every day that I come across a beauty product that is extremely effective, easily obtainable and free." How easily obtainable? Here's a hint: Just head to your nearest public restroom.

Take a seat

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For years, I've been wasting my money on tiny squares of oil blotting rice paper in elegant little packets. Since my complexion is the Exxon Valdez of oil slicks, I easily go through six of these itsy bitsy squares per blotting session.

The upside of such oily skin is having the complexion of a 16-year-old, although I'm now 36. The downside, is, well... having the complexion of a 16-year-old and all its acne-ridden glory.

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I was bemoaning my oily fate to my dermatologist one day when she suggested I try using the toilet seat covers in restrooms. They're made out of the same rice paper, she said, and they're big — so one seat cover should do the trick.

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Overcoming the ick factor

Initially, I was grossed out by the suggestion — having a toilet seat cover plastered to my face is not my idea of an elegant beauty treatment. It doesn't conjure the same nostalgia of watching a lady discreetly powder her nose with a lovely mirrored compact... although it is probably more effective than its intended use to protect my ass from touching other people's ass germs.

Most women will attest to the fact that women's restrooms are downright disgusting and the seat is never dry, so putting a paper seat cover on a wet toilet seat just creates a pee-pee papier mâché — not something you want to sit on, either.

toilet seat covers

Long ago, while backpacking through Europe and encountering unspeakable public toilet horror on Italian trains and Greek bus stations, I perfected my patented, no-contact, hover method of using the potty. By the end of my trip, I had quads of steel. Ten years later, my butt still hasn't touched a public toilet seat.

It worked!

I decided to give the seat cover trick a try in a mall bathroom after a hot afternoon of shopping left me greasy and sweaty.

Oh. My. God. Talk about results. My face was perfectly matte and flawless. Not even my $40 Shiseido face powder can produce those results.

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So I stole a bunch of seat covers to stuff in my purse for touch-ups, and just hope that I never drop my purse in public and expose my petty theft of toilet seat covers. I don't know what would be worse — being mistaken for an obsessive-compulsive, germophobic, klepto cheapskate... or exposed as someone who likes to use paper toilet seat covers to blot her oily face. It's the Sophie's Choice of beauty conundrums.


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Comments on "A cheap oil-blotting solution: Toilet seat covers"

Laura October 15, 2010 | 9:26 PM

I am so sorry for this ladies, LOL LOL LOL LOL LOL LOL LOL LOL LOL LOL LOL LOL LOL LOL LOL LOL After reading this hilarious article I laughed so hard, I had to pee, But wait!!!!! Now I am really gonna have problems cause I will NEVER forget this article lol lol, and I will always wonder,should I stand up??? Should I use one of those paper thing'eees, or what! I loved this article. Thumbs up to you Minsun Park!!

It works! September 22, 2010 | 3:15 PM

I've been using this trick for years after reading about it in a fashion magazine. They mentioned how celebrities really can't carry a lot of products with them when they're on the red carpet and it's a trick the industry has been using for quite some time. If you're worried about the grossness, just use the areas that are completely covered by the cardboard box. Yes, there is a mist that comes up when a toilet flushes, but I doubt it penetrates cardboard (or even the medal seat cover holders some restrooms use).

Nah ah! September 01, 2010 | 9:03 PM

You’d better zap those ill-gotten wanna-be blotters in the microwave before you smear them on your face. Flushing the toilet creates a misting effect spreading bacteria all over which then grows in a moist environment. You do know that’s why you are not supposed to leave your toothbrush out in the open, right? Ick and double ICK!

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