Everything you need to know about ‘slugging’ – TikTok’s skincare hack

Slugging promises to lock moisture into the skin (Picture: Getty)

Like fashion and makeup, skincare goes through trend cycles.

From inhalable beauty, to CBD-infused products, the cosmetics industry can create some weird and wonderful inventions.

Fortunately for the beauty business, we the consumers lap it up because we are always on the hunt for the next serum or popular method that will grant us eternal youth.

The latest trend promising glowing and restored skin is ‘slugging’.

However, the technique isn’t a new invention and uses a product that can be found in every bathroom cabinet in the world.

Slugging is a K-Beauty trend and means sealing the skin with a heavy-duty occlusive agent such as Vaseline overnight.

In 2018, the term made waves on a viral Reddit thread when a user described their experience with slugging.

‘My face was sticky going to bed. I looked like a snail,’ the user wrote. ‘An invertebrate. I thought I might grow eye-stalks. My roommate asked me why I looked like I just came out of a birth canal.

‘I went to bed disheartened. Mucous covered. Slug-like.

‘I woke up the next morning, and MY FACE HAS NEVER BEEN SO SOFT. I am reborn. I am a new woman. I was not a slug; I was a caterpillar in the cocoon. I’ve emerged, a beautiful butterfly.’

In 2021, the term has moved from Reddit to TikTok with a new crop of social media beauty devotees putting slugging to the test.

Currently, #sluggingmethod has over 2 million views on the video-sharing app with users sharing their experiences of the K-Beauty hack.

The actual process is easy and requires you to carry out your nighttime skin routine as normal. When finished, you apply a thin layer of Vaseline (or petroleum jelly product of choice) to the face to lock in the good ingredients. Sleep in it overnight and voilà, you wake up with refreshed and supple skin.

The dermatologic aim of slugging is to prevent transepidermal water loss and keep much-needed moisture in the skin but what skin types does it suit best?

Dermatologist Dr. Shari Marchbein says dry and sensitive skin will benefit most.

‘You just need a thin layer spread over the face’ she said in an Instagram post.

‘Slugging is especially good for dry, sensitive skin and while non-comedogenic, I would avoid applying to the entire face if you have acne-prone or oily skin.’

Will you be trying slugging?

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