We're always intrigued with new beauty trends, especially when they involve hydrating the skin. Everyone is talking about Slugging.
What Is Slugging?
Slugging is the process of applying an occlusive product to your skin to lock in or seal moisture in the skin. Another trend similar to Slugging that hails from Korea is Moisture Sandwiching. While both trends promote using Vaseline as an occlusive, we say NO to Vaseline!!! Instead, we recommend layering with a nourishing occlusive oil serum, moisturizer or balm.
What Is An Occlusive?
An occlusive forms a protective layer or physical barrier on the skin that prevents water loss and keeps moisture locked in.
Occlusives are ideal for dry skin, especially in the winter months with harsh temperatures and drying winds.
Synthetic occlusives: Petrolatum (Vaseline), Silicones and Dimethicone.
Natural occlusives: Shea Butter, Cocoa Butter, Squalane, Carnauba wax, Beeswax, Castor Oil, plant oils and butters and vegetable waxes. Coconut Oil, which is a natural occlusive can be comedogenic (clog pores) so not ideal for the face.
How To Slug:
1.Cleanse the skin
2. Spritz the skin generously with toner/elixir/hydrosol
3. Apply an occlusive
While some believe that drinking water is sufficient to keep your skin hydrated, it's not. You need to hydrate your skin topically as well. When skin isn't properly hydrated, not only does it lack vitality and plumpness, it cannot function optimally.
When 'Slugging', we recommend applying 6-10 spritzes of toner onto your cleansed face, neck and chest to hydrate your skin. Compress it into the skin and follow with an oil serum. Massage and then apply your occlusive moisturizer.
If your skin is severely dehydrated, apply toner a second time before applying your moisturizer/balm.
Our Favourites Occlusives:
Living Libation Seabuckthorn BSE Balm