What is Slugging and Should You Be Doing It?

People have been talking and asking me about a new skin care trend called "Slugging."  If you don't know what it is, I would say it is worth knowing, though in many ways it's not new at all to those of us enamored with this particular organ.

Slugging refers to applying an occlusive layer (like Vaseline - UGH) over clean skin and night and sleeping with this thick layer of fat (or in the case of Vaseline and Aquaphor, petroleum!).  The idea behind slugging is that our skin loses hydration throughout the night as we sleep, and applying a layer of something heavy will prevent said water loss, leaving our skin baby soft and plump come morning.

Is it true?
Yes, it is true, and it works, particularly in dry climates, but also, realistically for all mature skin.  So how do we accomplish this feat without the use of not-so-skin-friendly compounds? 

Enter Fatty Oils
In particular, shea butter, macadamia nut oil, kukui and others. You see, if you are part of the Whipped Roses (or Whipped Water, or Balm of Verbenone) Revolution, you always had the power, my dear! While I normally would not recommend slathering so much of my moisture concentrates on your beautiful visage ad hoc (it will look and feel greasy), in this case it's exactly what the doctor ordered.

How To
Instead of emulsifying with H2O or hydrosol, on a clean, warm, moist face, take a double or triple dip of one of my concentrates and slather it on your face, neck, and decolletage.  This is not a moment for your silk pillowcase - use an old one that you don't mind getting a little permanently discolored. 

E Voila
In the morning, you may very well notice a distinct difference in the texture and tone of your skin. Some say it takes a couple of days to see results. I noticed an immediate improvement.