#Sluglife: What Is the Slugging Skincare Technique?

slugging skincareI’m always on the lookout for the latest and greatest skincare solutions to eliminate my complexion woes, so when I heard about a skincare technique calling “slugging,” I just had to investigate.

The slugging skincare method is a favorite of supermodel Tyra Banks — but what is it, how does it work, and is it really as disgusting as it sounds?

We’re taking a closer look at the popular skincare craze to give you all the answers.

What Is the Slugging Skincare Technique?

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While it admittedly sounds super slimy and disgusting, slugging may just be the key to beautiful, glowing skin.

And don’t worry: Today’s hottest skincare technique doesn’t involve letting actual slugs ooze their way across your face. (Because that would be weird.)

Instead, it’s a layering technique that uses petroleum jelly… and it apparently can help your favorite skincare products work better.

The idea is that occlusive moisturizers like petroleum jelly and Vaseline can be used to create a protective barrier on top of your skin while you sleep. This barrier basically seals in your moisturizers and serums while preventing water from evaporating from your skin while you sleep.

The best part? Occlusive moisturizers are non-comedogenic and can’t penetrate the skin because their molecules are too big, so you don’t have to worry about these products clogging your pores.

The Benefits of Slugging

Fans of slugging will tell you that it’s the best way to score soft, smooth, and moisturized skin.

Hydration Helper

For starters, it seriously locks in hydration. As we sleep, our skin loses moisture — but slugging keeps water sealed in for a healthy, hydrated complexion.

This also helps your skincare products do their job more effectively, so it’s a total win-win.

Blemish Basher

And while a lot of people worry that smearing their faces with Vaseline at night will only lead to mega breakouts the next morning, petroleum jelly is actually a great acne fighter.

Your skin needs to be hydrated to repair itself at the cellular level. This means the moisture barrier that Vaseline provides helps to heal existing blemishes and keep dirt from your hands and pillowcases out of your pores while you’re tossing and turning.

#Sluglife: How to Slug Your Skin

Not only is slugging ridiculously inexpensive, it’s also incredibly easy.

Here’s how to get your slug on:

  • Just follow your nightly skincare routine as you normally would, washing your face and layering on your moisturizing serums and night creams.
  • Once you’ve completed your ritual, slather on petroleum jelly to seal it all in.

Some sluggers, like Tyra Banks, recommend blotting off the excess petroleum jelly to keep it from gunking up your sheets, while others sleep on old pillowcases that they’ve specifically designated for their slugging adventures.

Also, it’s a good idea to wash your face twice before you slug to ensure that you’re not trapping in any residual makeup and dirt.

Have you tried slugging, or are you thinking of giving the slugging skincare technique a whirl? 

Lesley Sheridan is a high-maintenance fashion, beauty and lifestyle writer who thinks she’s low-maintenance. (Yes, she stole that line from When Harry Met Sally.) In addition to writing for The Local Lifestyle, her work regularly appears on Zenni Optical and Slickdeals. Make her day by sending her a tweet.

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