Slugging sounds like a weird skincare technique, but it's actually pretty easy and surprisingly effective at moisturizing your skin!

Slugging sounds like a weird skincare technique, but it's actually pretty easy and surprisingly effective at moisturizing your skin!

“Slugging” is a well-known moisturizing technique that involves slathering the face with an occlusive product (a product that creates a physical barrier to keep moisture in) as the last step in your evening skincare routine. This skincare trend gets its name from the “slug-like” sheen it leaves on your skin after applying your slugging product of choice (sounds gross, right?).

Slugging is a term that has recently gained popularity in the world of skincare through social media. It refers to a unique and unconventional approach to moisturizing the skin. Unlike traditional methods that involve layering multiple products, slugging is a one-step process that involves coating the skin or lips with a thick layer of petroleum jelly or a similar occlusive product.

The idea behind slugging is that by creating a barrier on the skin, it helps to lock in moisture and prevent water loss. This results in a hydrated and plump complexion. The petroleum jelly creates a film over the skin that acts as a barrier, preventing evaporation and helping the skin to retain its moisture.

Slugging is typically recommended for those with dry skin, as it provides intense hydration that traditional moisturizers cannot match. However, it can also be used by those with oily skin, as it can help to regulate the skin's natural oil production. Living in cold or heavily polluted climates, using Retinol products, and the simple act of aging skin all contribute to dryness and the dreaded fine lines and wrinkles.  Slugging can help to soothe irritated skin, reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and improve the overall texture and appearance of the skin.

The process of slugging is simple. Simply cleanse your skin and apply a generous amount of petroleum jelly or a similar product all over the face. Some people prefer to use a light, unscented petroleum jelly, while others opt for a heavier, more nourishing product like a balm or salve. One of my favorites is the Calendula Balsam from Farmasi (see link in bio).  It has the consistency of Vaseline without the heavy, goopy feel.  Regardless of the product you choose, be sure to apply it evenly and thoroughly, taking care not to miss any areas. 

For dry, cracked lips, perform a light scrub with either brown sugar or a lip scrub, apply your favorite lip mask (mine is Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask), give that a minute to absorb and then put a light layer of your favorite balm or Vaseline over the top. 

It's important to note that slugging should only be done at night, as the thick layer of product can make it difficult to apply makeup or sunscreen during the day. Additionally, because slugging creates a barrier on the skin, it can also trap bacteria and impurities, so it's important to cleanse your skin thoroughly in the morning.

In conclusion, slugging is a unique and effective approach to moisturizing the skin. By creating a barrier on the skin and locking in moisture, it can help to hydrate, soothe, and improve the overall appearance of the skin. However, it's important to use the right products, apply them properly, and cleanse your skin in the morning to avoid trapping bacteria and impurities.


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Very cool!

Katelyn Trulove

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