What Is Slugging Skincare?


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Have you heard the term Slugging Skincare, pottering around Instagram lately? It’s actually an old technique which, if you’re older than 25, you’ve probably used.

Beyonce once spoke about doing it 10 years ago. Seriously, it’s that old. It’s just got a new name.

What Is slugging skincare and How Does It Work?

It using an occlusive agent (things that are not able to penetrate the skin. They repel water too) to seal your skin at the end of a skincare routine.

It’s popular because of TikTok and its Dermatologist approved.

The aim of the game here is to hydrate the skin, expelling dryness for those who suffer from it. Or even worse, suffer from eczema.

The reason you use an occlusive is that it’s a robust barrier, it won’t let water in or out. This means it’s great after using a hydrating serum.

I have oily skin, should I use slugging skincare?

Probably not.

It’s best for those with very dry, dry or combination skin. If you have combination skin, you should spot treat with slugging. This means only putting your occlusive on areas that are very dry.

If you have oily/acne-prone skin, it has the potential to break you out. Even though oily skin is dehydrated, this isn’t the best way for you to hydrate your skin.

What is the correct way to do slugging?

It’s best to do this in the evening and not before putting makeup on. The make-up is not likely to stay put.

  1. Cleanse the face
  2. Tone the face
  3. Apply serum or treatment (sometimes I use retinol before slugging, my skin is beautiful after)
  4. Seal it in with your chosen slugging agent, suggestions below. Use a pea sized amount to cover the whole face (although sometimes I use a little more and it doesn’t hurt)

It’s really that simple. @Charlotteparler did a great explanation, incase you have any more questions.

Slugging agent suggestions

Aquaphor Healing Ointment (The OG and the one Beyonce used)

Vaseline Petroleum Jelly (Because this is the beauty industry standard for an occlusive)

CeraVe Healing Ointment

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