It may be shameful to admit that most of us had succumbed to using TikTok to find the latest beauty hack. We may agree that some trends worked well for our skin like face sculpting with Gua Sha and indulging in Ice Facials. But, we may have discovered the best ancient skincare hack that will be your next new favorite skincare step – Slugging.
A little disclaimer: No actual slug will crawl on your face for this facial. If you want to know this anti-aging secret that involves only one, convenient ingredient, then read on below!
- What Is Facial Slugging
- Is Slugging Good for Your Skin?
- Who Should Slug & Can it Clog Pores?
- How To Facial Slug
- How Often Should You Slug
- What Products to Avoid When Slugging
What Is Facial Slugging
Facial slugging is a skincare technique of intensely moisturizing the skin by coating it with petroleum jelly or thick occlusive such as Vaseline or Aquaphor. The term “slugging” was coined after the wormlike animal “slug” because of its ability to leave your skin looking like it has a slimy film after application. However, you shouldn’t be alarmed because there is no actual slug used for this skincare method! Keep reading to know the proper way to slug and its benefits on the skin...
Is Slugging Good for Your Skin?
One notable skincare benefit of slugging is that it traps moisture and prevents transepidermal water loss. Transepidermal water loss occurs when water evaporates into the air through your dermis or epidermis. This water loss may cause a negative effect on the skin resulting in skin dehydration or even accelerated skin aging. Applying an occlusive or petroleum jelly on the surface of your skin can prevent you from having dry skin that is known to cause early signs of aging such as wrinkles, fine lines, peeling, and dullness.
Who Should Slug & Can it Clog Pores?
Slugging is especially beneficial for those with dry skin. Petroleum jelly is non-comedogenic and will not clog pores making it safe for oily skin; however, most dermatologists do NOT recommend using it if you have acne-prone skin. The reason, according to American Academy of Dermatologists (ADD), petroleum jelly should not be applied to the skin if you have acne-prone skin because it can trigger an outbreak. Although it will not clog pores, it can still trap dead skin cells that can cause acne.
How To Facial Slug
Slugging is added after your normal skincare routine. It can be summarized into 4 skincare steps. If you want to try this trend, follow the steps below:
Step 1: Double cleanse
Step 2: Apply a hydrating serum like Hyaluronic Acid
Step 3: Put on your favorite moisturizer
Step 4: Grab an occlusive or petroleum jelly and apply a pea size amount to your face. Leave it on overnight and wash in the morning.
Note: Step 2 and 3 may be skipped and is an optional step
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How Often Should You Slug
Slugging is best done during the night and can be applied daily depending on your preference. For dry skin, slugging daily or 3 days in a row is recommended and 1-2 times a week for those with oily skin. The best tip anyone can give is to listen to your skin. It will tell you how often you should do your slugging routine.
What Products to Avoid When Slugging
Slugging enhances the effectiveness of your skincare products because it traps moisture and keeps your skincare products from seeping out. However, active products should be avoided when slugging; such products are Retinoids, BHAs (Beta Hydroxy Acids) and AHAs (Alpha Hydroxy Acids). These products can increase strength, potency, and concentration when trapped by slugging that may lead to skin irritation.
5 ways to use petroleum jelly for skin care. (2022). Aad.org. https://www.aad.org/public/everyday-care/skin-care-secrets/routine/petroleum-jelly