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The Latest Trend: Slugging


Have you heard of the latest TikTok trend? It’s called “slugging,” inspired by the slimy mucus trail that slugs leave behind. While it might not sound glamorous, slugging offers an affordable and straightforward way to lock in moisture and pamper your skin.

Is slugging a fad or a legitimate skincare game-changer? Read on to delve into the world of slugging and find out if it's right for your skin type.

What is slugging?

Slugging is the process of covering your face in petroleum jelly, usually overnight. Slugging is performed using occlusives, which are moisturizing products that form a protective layer on the skin that locks in moisture. Any petrolatum-based formula, like Vaseline or Aquaphor, can be used for slugging. 

The benefits of slugging

Slugging can offer several benefits, particularly if you have dry or dehydrated skin.

Intense hydration: By creating a seal over the skin, slugging helps lock in moisture, keeping the skin hydrated. This can be particularly beneficial during cold, dry weather or if you spend a lot of time in air-conditioned environments.

Smoother skin: The occlusive barrier not only traps moisture but can also help in smoothing out fine lines and giving the skin a plumper, more youthful appearance.

Dermatologist-approved ingredient: Petroleum jelly, the key component in slugging, is often recommended by dermatologists and is well-established in other medical settings.

Economical skincare option: Slugging is typically done using affordable products like Vaseline. This makes it a budget-friendly addition to a skincare routine for those looking for intense hydration without investing in high-end hydrating products.

How to “slug” your skin

Ready to try slugging? It's simpler than you think! Here's a step-by-step guide to get you started:

Step 1: Choose your slugging product

There are several options to choose from. While the most popular is petroleum jelly (such as Vaseline), you can also use a thick, non-comedogenic moisturizer. 

Step 2: Cleanse properly

To get the best results and minimize the risk of pimples, cleanse thoroughly. Use a gentle cleanser that is suitable for your skin type.

Step 3: Apply a thin layer of product

While your skin is still damp, apply a thin layer of the slugging product to your face. Make sure to cover all areas of your face, including your forehead, cheeks, chin, and nose.

Step 4: Sleep!

You can sleep with the product on your face all night. Consider using a towel to protect your pillow from any grease marks.

Step 5: Remove any excess product

In the morning, you can rinse with warm water to remove any remaining product.

Should I try slugging?

While slugging has become a popular skincare method, it's not suitable for everyone. If your skin is oily or acne-prone skin, slugging may exacerbate these conditions. Additionally, certain acne treatments or other topical medications that may interact negatively with the occlusive nature of slugging.

Using custom formulated products can bring out the best in your skin whether you give slugging a try or not. By taking Qyral’s assessment, we can determine the best products for your skin’s unique needs and to achieve your goals.

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