What You Should Know About Slugging

by Claudia Christin on Mar 14, 2023

Skincare trend come and go in the speed of light. However, among all the different trends, our eyes were caught with this one trend called “slugging”. 

It is the one that has been there and stay for a while although it is especially hyped up during a specific season of the year and for a specific skin type. Let’s dive deeper about what this trend is all about and whether if you are the right person to jump into this trend.

What Is It

Slugging is a trend that involve slathering your skin with petrolatum-based moisturizer. It was popularized especially for dry skin or during the winter time to prevent transepidermal water loss and keep your skin moisturized.

transepidermal water loss

How It All Started

It has never been clearly confirmed about who started this trend. However, it was assumed to be originate from a Reddit post from a few years back. It was shown where a petrolatum-based product is slathered all over the face and result in a dewy and glowing finish look. Petrolatum is an occlusive ingredient that work to lock in hydration and it naturally has a pretty thick texture. It works by preventing most of water loss and can work wonder for several skin type / condition. But it is definitely not for everyone…

how to do it properly

How to Do It Properly

You have to apply them on clean face, use your other hydrating and skin-attracting ingredients like hyaluronic acid, glycerin or other humectants. 

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Use the product at the end of your routine to seal all the good things that you’ve layered on your skin.

Things to consider

Things to Consider

Here are some tips that could save you from all the trouble of slugging:

  • Avoid applying highly irritating active ingredients before slugging 

  • Consider to cover your pillowcase 

  • Tie your hair back during sleep 

  • Wash your face with cleanser the next day

Who Can Benefit From It

If you have very dry skin or if it’s the winter time, you’re lucky because this trend might save your skin from all the trouble that you’ve been dealing all this time. With the ability for petrolatum to lock in moisture for a very long time.

However, if you have oily, acne-prone skin, you better think twice before jumping into the trend. But don’t worry we get you other alternatives to keep you away from FOMO.

better alternatives

Better alternatives for other skin concern / type

If you have oily skin, here are some moisturizers that are not as occlusive as petrolatum, but will just get the work done to maintain your skin hydration.

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