Skincare trends come and go, it seems, as quickly as your newsfeed updates. There's always a new trend or technique that promises to transform your complexion and make you the beauty queen (or king) that you deserve to look and feel like. Some of these trends do wonders for your skin, and because they work, they have staying power and stand the test of time. One such current trend that looks like it is here for good is skincare “Slugging." That is right – “Slugging.” Don’t get frighted by the name because those who swear by the practice are certainly not, as slugging continues to gain significant attention and praise. Here is what you need to know.
WHAT IS IT
Skincare Slugging has its roots in K-beauty routines and has been around for a very long time. In its basic form, it refers to a simple yet effective method that involves applying an occlusive agent on your skin, usually your face, via a petroleum-based product. Usually, Slugging is completed as the last step in your nighttime skincare routine. This results in sealing in your skincare products below the occlusive layer, creating a barrier that locks in moisture and ensures the active ingredients in your skincare products work their magic overnight.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS
Enhanced Moisture Retention: While you sleep, the occlusive layer acts as a protective barrier, preventing water loss from the skin and keeping it hydrated throughout the night. This extended hydration can help combat dryness, flakiness, and other skin concerns related to insufficient moisture.
Improved Absorption of Active Ingredients: By sealing in your skincare routine with an occlusive product, you create a microenvironment on your skin that enhances the absorption of active ingredients. This is particularly beneficial for products like serums or treatments that contain potent antioxidants, hydrating agents, or anti-aging compounds. The occlusive layer facilitates the penetration of these ingredients, allowing them to work more effectively and deliver better results.
Reduced Transepidermal Water Loss (TEWL): TEWL refers to the loss of water from the skin's surface into the surrounding environment. Skincare slugging creates a barrier that limits TEWL, minimizing moisture evaporation. This can be especially advantageous for individuals with dry or dehydrated skin, as it helps to restore the skin's natural moisture balance and prevent further moisture loss.
Soothing and Calming Effects: The occlusive layer created by skincare slugging can have a soothing and calming effect on the skin. It helps protect the skin from environmental irritants, reduces redness, and alleviates sensitivity. Additionally, this technique can be particularly beneficial for individuals with compromised skin barriers, such as those with eczema or rosacea, as it provides an extra layer of protection and aids in restoring the skin's protective functions.
Plumper, Glowing Complexion: The combined effects of enhanced hydration, improved absorption, and reduced moisture loss contribute to a plumper, more supple complexion. Skincare slugging helps to smooth out fine lines and wrinkles, resulting in a youthful glow. Furthermore, the occlusive layer can act as a barrier against pollutants, reducing the impact of environmental stressors and promoting a healthier-looking complexion.
As with anything in life, including with skincare products, not all things are created equal. Our skin is a living, breathing organism that needs TLC, just like any other part of our body. Dr. Marcelo Buzzi, who has over 25 years of experience researching human skin in both academia and industry, and currently has joined a collaboration in connection with the University of Florida’s UF Innovation Hub, recommends using natural alternatives to popularized occlusive products, many of which contain petroleum ingredients.
“Petroleum based products for the skin are not the ideal first choice to use as an occlusive layer in the Slugging process.” Dr. Buzzi further explains some of the potential dangers of petroleum-based products, being derived from petroleum, a byproduct of crude oil: “This semi-solid mixture of hydrophobic hydrocarbons serves to create a barrier on the skin, preventing moisture from evaporating. While these products are considered non-comedogenic by the American Academy of Dermatology, it’s crucial to understand that it can still contribute to acne by clogging pores. When excess oil and dead skin cells accumulate, inflammation and pimples can occur. Additionally, petroleum-based products can trap dirt, bacteria, and debris if not properly cleaned, which can lead to bacterial colonization and infection. Since petroleum products lack natural anti-microbial bio-actives to mitigate bacteria growth, it may not be the optimal choice for individuals with oily or acne-prone skin, as it could exacerbate breakouts. I recommend using a natural alternative, made for natural and organic ingredients.”
Using petroleum jelly or other heavy-duty moisturizers composed of, yes, that is right, actual PETROLEUM ….the stuff that goes in your car…..or other dyes, parabens, cheap fillers, and synthetic preservatives, which are just not good for your skin and overall health, should be avoided at all costs. Instead, try the natural, organic certified Sweet Bee Magic all-in-one balm in your slugging routine or as part of a healthy skincare regimen for you and your family. Made in the USA, in small batches from certified organic ingredients is a far superior choice.
Skincare slugging has emerged as a highly effective technique for enhancing your skincare routine, especially for those struggling with dryness, dehydration, and compromised skin barriers.* By incorporating an occlusive product as the final step in your regimen, you can maximize the benefits of your skincare products, lock in moisture, and promote a radiant, healthy complexion. So, why not give skincare slugging a try and unlock the potential for glowing, nourished skin? Go for it, Slug, and make sure you Slug naturally with Sweet Bee Magic.
* Note that this technique may not be suitable for everyone, especially those with acne-prone or oily skin so always be sure to consult with a dermatologist or skincare professional to provide you with personalized advice tailored to your specific concerns.