Skincare trends: Everything you need to know about ‘slugging’
Every now and again a skincare trend comes along that makes us think ‘that makes sense, why haven’t we always done that?’.
Mostly though, anything ‘faddy’ or worthy of a hashtag on popular social media sites usually fills us with dread. Not only are skincare trends often based in the need to sell products, they also remind us just how little is widely known about the function of the skin.
And the most recent trend to keep us awake at night is known as slugging.
Slugging involves applying petroleum jelly over the face as the last step in a skincare routine.
The non-scientific theory behind slugging is that the occlusive substance traps moisture and products into the pores to hydrate skin and give longer-lasting results.
Unfortunately, while this might make sense to the everyday consumer, here’s why there is almost nothing worse you can do for your cells!
While it might seem to make sense that slugging traps moisture into the cells to hydrate complexion, the process also traps bacteria and toxins deep within the dermal layers too which will inevitably lead to irritation and sensitised skin.
The skin is the body’s largest organ and needs air just like every other organ. When you add occlusive products to the pores, they become blocked with petroleum jelly and any other toxins and microparticles causing the skin to react with breakouts and redness.
While the theory of slugging is designed to hydrate skin, the skin is smart and has its own hydrating processes in place. When moisture is applied in too large quantities from the outside, the cells believe they’re already hydrated slowing the natural processes meaning that more artificial hydration is required. Slug once, slug for a lifetime.
Traps harmful synthetic ingredients
The thought of someone slugging after applying powerful actives such as retinoids and AHAs gives us nightmares! The potent combination isn’t the intended use and it can cause more damage than what the products are designed to repair.
Can lead to breakouts
If you have acne-prone skin, please be aware that petroleum jelly is comedogenic and is likely to make breakouts worse by blocking the skin rather than clearing pores required to reduce redness and breakouts.
Generalised skincare advice
Everyone’s skin type is unique based on genetics, hormones and stage of life. Applying a sweeping trend to your skin without asking for personalised advice is something we can’t ever get on board with. Always speak to a professional who knows your cells personally before beginning a new regime.
Alternatives to slugging
Rather than applying occlusive, synthetic products, we recommend you focus on removing toxins from the skincare routine and focus on building a healthy barrier function instead.
Strengthening the skin’s outer layer will minimise trans epidermal water loss to increase hydration while keeping toxins out of the skin to avoid irritation. Apply plant-based antioxidants and phytoactives to build the barrier function and protect and hydrate the skin naturally while repairing damaged cells for healthy, longer-lasting results.
Our recommended skincare routine is as follows:
- Wash face with a damp microfibre cloth
- Apply Biologi serum of choice
- Allow serums two to five minutes to absorb before applying sunscreen
- Apply makeup
- Double cleanse if wearing make-up – remove makeup with a microfibre cloth
- Cleanse using Bc Refresh Cleanser
- Apply Biologi serum of choice to the face and body as required
- (Optional) Apply Bl Nourish Lip Serum and Br Organic Rosehip Oil as a nightly deep conditioning treatment
- Combine Bx Reveal Exfoliant with two to three pumps of Bc Refresh Cleanser and gently apply to the face after removing makeup with a microfibre cloth
To find out more about slugging and any other skincare trends, contact us today.