The Slug Life: Is It For You?

The Slug Life: Is It For You?

What is slugging and how does it benefit your skin?

The warmer weather of spring is just around the corner, but we’re still experiencing the tail end of winter in Canada, and the harsh temperature fluctuations can wreak havoc on our skin. So although it’s not the season for slugs, it is an excellent time for slugging.

No, I’m not referring to those slimy problematic garden creatures. Slugging is a K-Beauty trend taking over the social media channels and has everyone buzzing about their dewy skin. This skincare step is so on-trend that people share their joy of slugging on TikTok, Instagram, and YouTube.

However, there is nothing new about this process. It dates as far back as the invention of petroleum jelly when our ancestors kept this miracle salve in the medicine chest. It soon became a staple for cosmetic purposes and skincare.

When applied to the skin, the jelly provides a protective barrier by sealing in moisture and repairing the skin’s natural barrier. Slugging can be beneficial to most skin types, especially chapped and dehydrated skin, but those with oily and acne-prone skin should steer clear.

Up until two weeks ago, I had no idea that slugging was even a thing. My mother was a minimalist when it came to taking care of her skin, and her simplistic routine

was one that I adopted in my youth. She cleansed, toned, and moisturized twice a day, and petroleum jelly was what she used to prevent diaper rash on my baby brother.

I would later learn to use this same bum-salve to remove makeup, heal chapped skin, and prevent hair dye from staining my face. So, naturally, I wanted to see what the fuss was all about.

It was time to get slugged.

I cleansed my skin, exfoliated, applied serum, eye cream, moisturizer, face oil, and sealed it in with some salve. I laid my head down on a satin pillowcase and dreamed of the glowing skin I would have the next day.

Upon waking, my skin felt supple, soft and had that dewy look. Although, I didn’t care for the greasy feeling upon application and the tacky residue left on the skin’s surface afterward. A few days of slugging and my face began to break out with small pimples.

The petroleum product creates a barrier to protect the skin, but regular use can also clog pores and doesn’t fall into my clean skincare regimen. Albeit affordable, it’s not one that I can commit to. So, I was glad to learn that there are cleaner and healthier alternatives. I wanted results without the breakouts.

Aquafolia Protective Vegetal Jelly is anti-dehydrating, formulated with black tea extract, castor seed oil, beeswax, carnauba wax, jojoba oil, and 100% natural origin and 98% organic. It nourishes your skin by softening, repairing, healing, protective, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant properties.

A versatile addition to your medicine cabinet and cosmetic bag, it soothes and relieves dry skin and protects the skin’s moisture barrier on hair, scalp, skin, nails and all dry spots. You can use it on its own or as your favourite slugging partner.

With skincare products pure enough to eat, I’m well prepared for the Slug Life.

Good-bye, dehydrated skin. Hello, slugger!

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