What is 'Slugging'?
Slugging is a Korean skincare trend going viral – it means application of an occlusive, usually petroleum jelly aka Vaseline, to act as a barrier to seal moisture into the skin. This creates a slimy film that resembles a slug, ending your skin looking shiny and ‘slimy’. Slugging locks in moisture, as well as the other products you've used in your nighttime routine.
If you don't want to use petroleum based products on your skin (like we don't), choose natural slugging alternatives.
Who should Slug?
Slugging is best for dry, dehydrated and sensitive skin. It seals in moisture and helps repair skin barrier. It is also a great way to soothe sunburned skin.
Who shouldn't Slug?
We don't recommend slugging for persons with oily or acne prone skin.
For combination skin, do slugging onto dry areas only.
How to Slug?
First, make sure to clean your skin thoroughly, since slugging seals everything into your skin while you sleep. You don’t want makeup, sunscreen, or daily pollution to be trapped underneath!
Avoid acids and retinol while slugging – you can use them on the nights you’re not slugging!
Prefer hydrating products before slugging: use humectants like hyaluronic acid.
Add the occlusive (the slug product) last. Apply a thick layer on the face and let sit for 10 minutes before you head to your goodnight sleep.
When to Slug?
Do slugging nightly, 2-3 times per week, to comfort dehydrated, irritated and dry skin. Slugging is especially beneficial in the colder months.
Slugging helps prevent transepidermal water loss and keep moisture in your skin, so that you can wake up with more supple, plump and radiant complexion.
Products to use for Slugging
Deeply regenerative multipurpose balm that envelops the skin in magical and soothing moisture to nourish and calm dryness and fragile areas.
Tata Harper Water-Lock Moisturizer
This lightweight moisturizer is engineered with water-locking technology to deliver a sustained dose of hydration.
Tata Harper's richest moisturizer leaves you with an instantly soft, supple, youthful appearance with a velvety feeling.
Formulated without water, Mahalo balm melts on touch to a golden fluid to protect, soothe and moisturize the skin.
BYBI Night Nutrition Restoring Protein Night Cream
The nutrient-rich formula works while you sleep to repair, renew and strengthen skin so that you wake up to a pillow-soft, healthy, glowing complexion.
Neal’s Yard Remedies Wild Rose Beauty Balm
Nurturing and revitalizing balm for all skin types, especially dry, dull & sensitive.
What if Slugging doesn't work?
If your skin is really dry, it might be a good idea to take a broader look at your skincare routine. Does it include enough water hydration and is exfoliation a regular part of your routine? Our beauty experts are happy to help update your routine! Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.