Well, there are two things you need to know. Firstly this beauty trend has nothing to do with slimy slugs. Secondly it is not well-suited to people with oily or acne prone skin. It is however a potentially good idea for people that suffer from dry skin during the harsh winter months. So why does your skin become dry? Please note the operative word, ‘becomes’. If your skin is always dry, then this could be a chronic issue that needs to be addressed elsewhere. If your normally moist skin becomes tight and dry during the winter months then slugging could be good for you.
During the winter months the air becomes particularly dry. If you were to image the air as a dry brittle sponge, needing moisture to soften up, a moisture it takes from your skin, leaving it dry and often irritated. So the dryness that you are experiencing is a result of outside factors.. This can be remedied using slugging.
Slugging is a term used by the Korean beauty world to describe a thick application of a heavy emollient to your skin after you have concluded your evening beauty regime. The ointment, Vaseline / Egyptian Magic, or anything similar works as a sealant, ensuring that the dry, moisture-sucking air you are surrounded by doesn’t have a chance to dry your skin out. As you can imagine, you would need to ensure that you could wash your hair the next morning, and that you were using the right pillow, that you don’t mind soiling. The Korean beauty industry swears by this technique, for baby soft skin a few days later. Slugging works for two reasons; firstly, as mentioned, it protects your skin from the drying effects of the air. It also allows your creams and serums (the ones under the sealant) to work more effectively during the night. The third positive attribute to the skin by slugging is the prevention of the buildup of dry and dead skin cells that tend to block the skin’s pores from absorbing your creams and serums. This means that by slugging, you are creating the ideal landscape for your ingredients to be absorbed best.
So, what actually happens to all your night creams and serums when applied to your dry skin? Well, firstly they may not be as effective as you would like them to be. As mentioned, dry skin tends to have a thick buildup of dead skin cells, literally blocking the creams from penetrating the skin. Secondly, it almost feels like a tug of war between the dry air and the emollients you use to keep your skin soft and supple during the night. As your creams attempt to work, the air is actively sucking any moisture from the skin’s surface, so the creams and serums aren’t really given a chance to work properly.
Slugging will firstly, seal the skin, so the creams and serums have a chance to work, and secondly, it prevents further drying which means that the buildup will be reduced, therefore creating a more optimum environment for your skin to absorb product. Are you ready to try #slugslife ?