How to Healthy Slug with Face Oil
Petroleum jelly slugging may have been popular in 2022 but, in 2023, we're turning to more sustainable options. Layering with natural plant-based face oils is our new go-to for healthy and hydrated skin.
Petroleum jelly, which was brought to the masses by Vaseline, has been used throughout history for its medicinal benefits. It was used by ancient Persians, 10th century Sumatrans, and European monarchies of the Middle Ages to relieve joint pain, preserve natural materials, and protect the skin. In the 19th century, the Native American Seneca tribe even used petroleum jelly to promote wound healing and maintain skin moisture.
However, there are options that don't require intense mining for oil. It's time to move away from petrolatum and toward plant-based alternatives.
What even is slugging?
Slugging is a long-standing practice of applying an occlusive moisturiser as the final step in a skincare routine to help nourish, heal, and protect the skin. By creating a seal, the occlusive keeps harmful external agents such as dirt and bacteria out while locking in moisture.
Petrolatum-based moisturisers have been the go-to products for slugging due to their occlusive properties. But there are numerous plant-derived options that offer the same benefits – and are even more gentle on the skin – compared to what is essentially reconstituted fossil-fuel in a bottle.
At Dársy, we hold a deep reverence for tradition, while also embracing positive change for the future. Our philosophy is reflected in our range of natural, plant-based face oils that provide a glossy effect equivalent to traditional slugging. What sets our products apart is that we never compromise on ingredient quality or sustainability, ensuring that they're not only effective but also environmentally responsible. We're confident that this approach represents the future of traditional beauty.
How to slug with face oil in five easy steps:
Whether you’re low maintenance or prefer to use many different products as part of your skincare routine, there are a few ways to slug with a face oil. It’s always nice to have options and we’ve mapped out a few for you below.
- Cleanse and tone your face as usual. Use a gentle cleanser that removes dirt, makeup, and impurities without stripping your skin of its natural oils. Follow with a hydrating toner that helps to balance your skin's pH and prep it for the next steps.
- If you use serums or essences as part of your routine, this is when to apply them to your face and neck to maximise results. Choose products that are suitable for your skin type and concerns, and layer them from the thinnest to the thickest consistency. This will ensure that each product can penetrate your skin and deliver its benefits effectively.
- Apply a few drops of the Sweet Facial Oil to your palms and warm it up by rubbing your hands together. Gently press the oil onto your face and neck, using upward and outward motions. Avoid rubbing or tugging your skin, as this can cause friction and irritation.
- Leave overnight to allow your skin to soak up all the magic. You can either leave it on as is, or cover with a thin cotton sheet to help prevent transfer to your pillow.
- In the morning, rinse your face with lukewarm water to remove any excess product. Follow up with your usual morning skincare routine, including more face oil if desired.
Why choose face oil over vaseline for slugging?
While Vaseline, a petroleum jelly-based product, can be effective in creating a barrier on the skin, it does not offer the same level of nourishment and skin-loving benefits as a high-quality face oil. Plant-based natural face oils, like the Sweet Facial Oil, are also more versatile, as they can be used for a range of skin types and concerns, from dryness to oily or acne-prone skin.
Additionally, these plant oils nourish and hydrate the skin without the use of harsh chemicals or unsustainable ingredients. These oils are packed with antioxidants, vitamins, and essential fatty acids that can provide a range of benefits for the skin, including reducing inflammation, improving texture and tone, and preventing signs of aging.
By choosing a natural face oil over Vaseline, you can take a step towards a more sustainable and eco-friendly skincare routine while still achieving the benefits of slugging.
Dársy is a Melbourne-based skincare company that is passionate about providing the highest quality products possible. We use only 100% natural and plant-based ingredients in our products, to ensure our oils are safe and effective. Our mission is to provide simple, affordable skincare solutions that help our customers feel more confident in their own skin.