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Slugging: What is it, and why is it taking over the skincare world

The slugging craze began in Korea and quickly spread to the rest of the world, thanks to the power of social media. The trend has been credited with giving people’s skin a glow that is usually associated with healthy, well-rested skin.

So, what is slugging?

Slugging is the act of applying a generous amount of Vaseline or petroleum jelly to your face before bedtime. The next morning, you wash it off with warm water and your regular cleanser.
Slugging is said to be beneficial for the skin because it locks in moisture and creates a barrier against environmental aggressors, such as pollution and toxins. It is also said to help with conditions such as acne, eczema, and psoriasis.

If you’re curious about this trend and want to give it a try, then read on for everything you need to know about slugging!
The History of Slugging
Slugging is a relatively new trend, but it’s actually based on a much older practice - that of applying petroleum jelly or Vaseline to the skin at night. This practice has been used to soothe and heal chapped lips and skin, but has since been adapted to the modern skincare routine. The trend is believed to have started in South Korea, but it has quickly spread throughout the world. It’s heavily promoted as a quick and easy way to get glowing, healthy-looking skin.
The Benefits of Slugging
The main benefit of slugging is the fact that it creates a moisture-locking barrier on the skin that helps lock in hydration and keep the skin looking and feeling healthy. This is especially beneficial for those who have dry or sensitive skin, as the barrier helps to protect the skin from environmental aggressors.

Additionally, slugging is said to help with skin conditions such as acne, eczema, and psoriasis, as it helps to soothe these conditions by locking in moisture and creating a barrier against irritants.

Finally, it can help to soften the look of fine lines and wrinkles, as it keeps the skin looking and feeling more hydrated.
How to Slug
Slugging is relatively straightforward, but it should be done in combination with your other skincare products to get the best results. First, apply your regular cleanser and toner, then apply a nourishing moisturiser to your face and neck. After that, generously apply a thin layer of petroleum jelly or Vaseline to your face and neck, avoiding the eye area. Leave this on overnight, and when you wake up, wash your face with warm water and your regular cleanser. It’s important to note that slugging should be done in moderation - too much of it can clog pores and lead to breakouts.
Slugging for Different Skin Types
Slugging can be beneficial for all skin types, however it may be more beneficial for some than for others. For those with dry and sensitive skin, slugging can help retain moisture and provide an extra layer of protection from environmental elements. For those with oily skin, it can help to reduce the production of excess oil, while those with combination skin can benefit from its hydrating and protective properties. It’s important to note, however, that slugging should be done in moderation. Overuse of petroleum jelly or Vaseline can lead to clogged pores and breakouts.
The Bottom Line
Slugging is a skincare trend that has quickly grown in popularity due to its ability to lock in moisture and create a protective barrier over the skin. It’s said to be beneficial for all skin types, although those with dry and sensitive skin may benefit the most. It’s important to use slugging in combination with your regular skincare routine and in moderation, as overuse can lead to clogged pores and breakouts. 

We always suggest speaking with your dermatologist of general practitioner before commencing any new skincare regime. 

Until next time lovelies

x Nikki

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