If you’ve spent a decent amount of time browsing through skincare and beauty on digital platforms and socials, you’ll be well aware of the term slugging. Popular social media app TikTok brought to light the beauty trend slugging, which has been making a buzz in the industry. The trend was made popular on social media via the K-beauty community, but is widespread across all cultures.
Although some confuse this for a new term, let us tell you slugging is an age-old term that has simply resurfaced — the routine has been practised by many cultures for decades. Just like many other fashion and beauty trends that are cyclical in nature, this is no different. While some can’t wrap their head around the idea of using a greasy product like petroleum jelly on their face, others swear by slathering on heavy-duty amounts of it before bedtime. Scroll on, to know all about this beauty trend that is loved by some and loathed by others.
What is slugging?
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Slugging refers to the simple act of applying large amounts of petroleum jelly as the last step of your night-time skincare regimen. While it does get messy, the belief is that slugging helps lock in the moisture, amps up absorption of other products you’ve used in your night-time routine, and prevents water loss from the skin. Dermatologists often recommend this to heal dryness and eczema. However, the practice of slugging is better suited for the cold and less humid months that tend to leave your skin feeling dry and tight.
Fun Fact: The thick, slimy texture could be compared to the mucus of a slug, which is how the trend got its name.
Slugging and skin type
When it comes to slugging, it is better suited for some skin types as compared to others. The thick layer of petroleum jelly sits on your skin and can further cause pore blockages, hence it is not suggested for those with acne-prone skin as it can lead to breakouts. And if you are someone who has oily skin, you might find it to be too greasy a process. On the contrary, it is a great beauty trend for those with dry skin, as it will keep the skin hydrated. Slugging can be beneficial for oily skin with a targeted approach. Selectively slugging, which means treating only the dehydrated spots on your face or body, however, consulting your dermatologist before you try it is advised. Further, slugging can also be used to treat dry lips and eyelids.
How to do slugging the right way
Step 1: Cleanse your face. Begin the routine by thoroughly cleansing and washing your face.
Step 2: Follow your usual night skincare regime. Apply your daily skincare night routine products from exfoliators to serum and moisturizers.
Step 3: Slugging! Using your fingertips gently apply an even layer of petroleum to your skin, until your skin shines and leave it on overnight.
Step 4: Remove the petroleum jelly the next morning with the help of your face wash and a damp cloth.
* These steps should be done 30 minutes prior to your bed time, allowing the products to seep into the skin.
How often should you do slugging?
The number one rule of skincare is— listen to your skincare needs! How often you should be practising a skincare ritual should depend solely on your skin type and specific concerns. If you have dry skin, you may benefit from slugging several times per week or daily. Those who have oily skin, however, may restrict it to the winter months.
But the buck doesn’t stop there, the versatile beauty trend can further be applied to your hair and nails as well! The main aim of slugging is hydration, hence it is no surprise that it works well for damaged, dry, dull and frizzy hair. Hair slugging follows the same basic formula as skin slugging: applying a heavy application of oil, hair mask or conditioner all over hair and covering it tightly with a wrap overnight. The final result? Say hello to less frizzy, stringer and shinier tresses.
Slugging for nails
Much like skin and hair slugging, the concept can be applied to give your nails (and cuticles) some extra TLC. Nail slugging involves following a nighttime regime for stronger healthier nails. Applying a thick, petroleum-like moisturizer or cream over your nails and around your cuticle before going to bed is all you need. Finally, cover your hands using a pair of moisture gloves for the best results.
Best products for slugging
The bottom line when it comes to slugging is a moisture boost. LuxeBook recommends Vaseline Petroleum Jelly, Aquaphor Healing Ointment and CeraVe Healing Ointment.