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What Is Slugging And Can It Help Your Skin?

Skin Aesthetics Clinic

The last few years have seen a wide range of skincare trends and treatments hit the scene.

From advanced treatments from a laser hair removal clinic to holistic attempts to downsize entire skincare routines, people have turned to every type of skincare habit in order to help their skin, particularly during rather stressful circumstances.

One of the most recent trends to emerge is the rather unfortunately titled slugging, which is indeed named after its resemblance to the mucus trail the mollusc leaves behind when it moves.

Thankfully, the ‘mucus’ in this case is a heavy occlusive such as Vaseline, which is smeared all over your face and creates a barrier to stop your skin from losing moisture in the night.

It is exactly as messy as it sounds and does not provide any moisture benefits in itself, but the benefit it does provide is that it helps seal in moisture and moisturising products, allowing them more time to work and resulting in softer, smoother and healthier skin in the morning.

To make the most of it, however, you need to use several moisturising types before adding the slugging layer, particularly emollients (often found in oils and lotions and provide an intense moisturising effect) and humectants (products that attract and extract water from the air).

It works as a more extreme form of layering, and as a result, is surprisingly easy for a skincare trend to fit into a normal routine.

Start by thoroughly cleansing your face, then use hyaluronic acid or another hydrating content, layer that with a moisturising lotion, oil or cream depending on your skin type, add a pea-sized amount of occlusive and evenly cover your face, wait a few minutes and sleep as normal, cleansing your face in the morning.

If you have oily skin or are prone to spots, this exceptionally oil-based system may end up causing breakouts.