What is slugging and why is it the hottest skincare trend of the moment?

If you keep up with the latest beauty news online, or on social media, you may have already come across the newest skincare trend that is sweeping the globe – slugging.

Made famous on Reddit, is a K-beauty trend that’s supposed to be ideal for those who have dry, flaky skin.

If you want to find out more about the hottest new skincare method, keep on reading.

What is slugging?

Slugging is where you coat your face in a layer of petrolatum or Vaseline after completing your skincare routine in the evening.


The purpose is to create a protective layer over all the skincare products you’ve just used, but it also helps to lock in any moisture – making it so perfect for those of us who suffer from super dry skin.

The term ‘slugging’ was coined because after applying product to your skin, you look can look a bit greasy and slimy — like a slug.

How to incorporate slugging into your routine

You only need a very thin layer of Vaseline that will cover your face, so it shouldn’t feel too thick and uncomfortable when you’re trying to get to sleep.

It’s very simple to add into your skincare routine as it’s just a small added step that goes at the end of your routine. You don’t need to worry about mixing ingredients as this step won’t interfere with any of your other products.

With slugging, you can either use the standard Vaseline Original Petroleum Jelly, but there are now other brands, like CeraVe, that are creating products like their Healing Ointment, which are perfect to use for slugging.

What are the benefits of slugging?

The main benefit of slugging is that it really maximise the amount of moisture your skin is retaining.

A lot of moisture is lost overnight, making you wake up with tight and dry skin, but when using the slugging method you will never have to worry about this – instead you’ll be waking up with more hyrated skin than ever before.

In fact, using the slugging technique, you’re helping prevent 99% transepidermal water loss!

It also helps to repair your skin’s barrier, which can help reduce senseitivy and redness as you’re giving your skin a chance to recover and renew without coming into contact with external aggressors while you sleep.

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