#Sluglife: If you feel like there’s always a new, whacky skincare trend you have to get across every day, that’s because there kind of is. One that’s become increasingly popular to skincare junkies around the world is slugging. Yep, you read that right. Slugging.
The first thing that popped into my mind was a face covered in slug juice — hard pass. But apparently, slugging is a skincare trend that involves smearing a thick layer of Vaseline all over your face before bed. It’s an Asian beauty ritual where you go about your regular night routine – cleanser, essence, serums, oils, and moisturizer – before adding a heavy barrier cream on top. Most people use petroleum jelly, aka mineral oil. The reasoning behind this trend is that your skincare can evaporate at night. And since petroleum jelly is an occlusive (creates a physical barrier on top of your skin), it will lock in moisture and prevent water or product loss. This way, it will enhance the potency of all the products in your skincare routine for a prolonged period of time. In fact, K-beauty lovers have been slugging for years in order to achieve baby-soft skin.
“This technique can work because Vaseline acts as an emollient and occlusive, so it smooths and softens skin while acting as a barrier to lock in moisture and prevent water loss,” Dr. Sejal Shah, a New York City-based dermatologist, told TODAY Style.
How to do it: After your regular night routine – cleanser, toner, essence, serums, and moisturizer, slather a copious amount of petroleum jelly on the face and go to bed. Wake up to plumped, dewy, baby-soft skin.
Who would benefit the most from slugging: Dry, Dehydrated, Normal, Mature Skin types.
Here are some testimonies from those who religiously abide by the #Sluglife.
The #Sluglife fan base sing the praises of slugging, saying things like, “My face is another level of softness,” and, “It’s a magic I have never encountered before now.”
One person wrote of their first time “slugging”: “Let me tell you. My face was sticky, going to bed. I looked like a snail — an invertebrate. I went to bed, disheartened. Mucous-covered. Slug-like.” But they woke up the next morning to skin that has “NEVER BEEN SO SOFT. I am reborn. I was not a slug; I was a caterpillar in the cocoon. I’ve emerged a beautiful butterfly.
Others have shared similar testimonies – with many people claiming that the method has completely transformed their skin.
“It is magic I have never encountered before now,” wrote one woman.
Another user said: “I couldn’t believe how soft, smooth, and moisturized my skin looked and felt.”