What Is Slugging in Skincare?
Skin “slugging” has risen in popularity in the last few seasons as a way to care for the skin. The technique has gone viral on TikTok, but does slugging actually work? Curious about this trendy new skincare routine, we’re investigating exactly what it is.
Skin Slugging Defined
“Slugging” is a term used to describe applying a layer of product to the face as the last step in your skincare routine. The original trend involved applying Vasoline or any occlusive product (usually containing petrolatum) over your skincare at night to create a barrier and allow for maximum product absorption.
Is skin slugging safe?
Depending on who you talk to, skin slugging is technically completely safe for your skin. Products with traceable petrolatum (meaning you know where the ingredient is sourced) are safe for the skin, and are considered non-comedogenic. They aid in moisture retention by preventing moisture loss.
What skin types is slugging recommended for?
Skin slugging is mostly recommended for dry skin types. Acne-prone or oily skin types should avoid this technique.
Is slugging only for the face?
The technique of slugging can be applied to all skin all over your body — especially areas that tend to be dry, like your hands, feet, elbows, and knees. For best results, applying your usual moisturizer after showering is recommended, followed by an occlusive product to lock in moisture.
How often should you slug?
Along the lines of skin cycling, skin slugging shouldn’t be done every day. While it makes sense to use it as a treatment when skin is feeling overly dry, overdoing it can interfere with your skin barrier. Your skin also needs time to breathe and create oils and moisture naturally to maintain its regular function.
As with any skincare movement, you know your skin best. If you need more information about this practice, consider speaking with your dermatologist to see if this choice is right for you.
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