Slugging: The Latest Viral Skincare Hack

K-Beauty has dominated the beauty industry and it is never running out of trends for you to try! One of its newest craze going viral is slugging, but what is it exactly? We know you want to jump on the trend but first, let’s take a look at what slugging is, how it works, and whether you should try it yourself.

What is slugging and what can it do for you?

The term “slugging” literally means turning yourself into a slug: looking shiny and slimy by applying a layer of vaseline to your skin. It’s what slugs do to retain moisture and now a beauty trick to lock in hydration and prevent water loss from an otherwise–drying nightly skincare routine. So, reasonably, it works well if you suffer from dry skin or eczema and during the wintertime when sensitive skin needs protection. Plus, it’s great for repairing the skin anytime the barrier has been damaged.

On top of all these benefits, it can even speed up healing time if you have areas that need to heal, like if you couldn’t keep your hands off of a stubborn pimple. You might be able to set aside expensive creams and serums as slugging helps soothe irritated patches, making the skin look youthful and beautiful.

Does it clog pores?

Like everything else, slugging should be done in moderation. You might think it’s merely a fad, and that vaseline is nothing new but applying a thick layer to the face can trap dead skin cells and clog the pores. It increases the amount of oil on the surface of the skin which will only cause more problems if you have oily or acne-prone skin. It might create a greasier appearance or could lead to a breakout. Besides, it’s a mess to sleep with a thick layer of vaseline on your face smearing down onto pillows and sheets!

Is slugging good for your skin?

Our dermatologist’s advice? Do what works! If your skin is doing fine, it might make sense to simply stick to your skincare routine when it’s working well enough. Other ways to hydrate one's skin are to use creams containing ceramides and attract water into the skin with hyaluronic acid–neither of which cause breakouts.

To add slugging to your skincare routine, take these things into consideration before proceeding: Do you have dry or sensitive skin? Do you tend to develop eczema easily? This is important so you can determine whether this beauty regimen will work for you! If you decide to give it a slug, make sure to use a petroleum-based product and have your favorite facial cream and/or serums on hand along with anything else that might complement the treatment.

NOTE: We don’t recommend proceeding if you have oily skin or are currently suffering from an acne breakout. It might not be wise to slather your entire face if you have combo-skin; likewise exercise caution using retinoids or alpha hydroxy (AHAs) exfoliants when trying out this technique.

Best Petrolatum-Based Products for Slugging
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CeraVe Healing Ointment
CeraVe Moisturizing Cream
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