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A Beginners Guide to Slugging Skincare

A Beginner’s Guide to Slugging Skincare

We’re discussing slugging skincare, its benefits, and how to achieve the results you crave.

What’s slugging skincare all about? We reveal the how and the why.

This latest affordable skincare hack has got us all in a frenzy!

If you’re active on social media, it's likely you’ve seen a lot about slugging skincare popping up on your feeds lately. Don’t let the slightly disconcerting name put you off! You’ll be pleased to know that there are no slugs involved. In fact, it’s a pretty straightforward and economical technique, with a host of potential benefits and a whole lot of avid fans. So, let’s dive into the origins of this emerging trend and discuss what it can add to your routine, as well as how to achieve the best results.


What is slugging and where does it come from?

Slugging involves coating the skin with a thin layer of some kind of occlusive product. Occlusives in skincare are moisturizing agents that form a protective layer on the skin, effectively creating a barrier. The most common product that’s used for slugging is petroleum jelly, or Vaseline. However, there are several alternative ointments, such as this one from Aquaphor or CeraVe’s Healing Ointment.


It’s thought that slugging originated in South Korea and has evolved into a popular k-beauty trend that has taken the skincare world by storm! The term refers to the glassy quality of skin once a layer of product has been applied.

What are the benefits?

Used as the last step in your skincare routine, ideally before bed, slugging can prevent trans epidermal water loss and help to repair your skin’s barrier over time. It’s especially helpful for those who suffer from dry skin conditions and need a bit of extra help retaining moisture. Want to know more? Follow this simple three-step guide:

1. Cleanse: Remember, the goal of slugging is to lock in everything that is on your skin while you sleep, so you want to ensure a clean base. Any residual makeup, sunscreen, and general grime from the day trapped beneath an occlusive layer could be a recipe for a breakout! You don’t want to strip the skin, however, so use your favorite gentle, effective cleanser, and double cleanse if necessary.


2. Hydrate: Before you apply your jelly or ointment, you’ll need to add some moisture to your skin to hydrate and plump it. Hyaluronic acid is especially effective on slightly damp skin, as well as your usual evening products, such as oils and moisturizers.

3. Get slugging: Now for the fun part! Grab a pea-sized amount of your chosen ointment or jelly and apply it all over your facial skin with clean hands. Remember — less is more. Too much will leave you feeling greasy and your pillow requiring cleaning the next day! Then, simply let it do its job while you drift off into a peaceful slumber, and cleanse as usual in the morning.

As with any new skincare technique, give it a few days to see how your skin reacts. It’s recommended that slugging is performed every now and then, rather than every night.

Hopping on the latest k-beauty trend? We don’t blame you! Share your slugging skincare selfies with us and tag @mobilestylesapp on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook.


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