Slugging: The Viral Moisturizing Hack, What it is and how to do it

Glowing skin for under $5?!

While slugging your skin may be the latest TikTok beauty trend craze, it has been around for many years.

What is slugging?

Slugging consists of coating your skin with a thick layer of an occlusive treatment ointment such as petroleum jelly such as Vaseline.

What the heck is an occlusive?!

According to Olay Scientific Communications Senior Director Frauke Neuser Ph.D., occlusives are moisturizing agents that form a protective layer on the skin and can prevent the loss of moisture. Since Vaseline was invented by a chemist named Sir Robert Chesebrough in 1872, petroleum has often been used to moisturize and in skincare! Yes! Brands have often used petroleum as a main ingredient.

What are the benefits of slugging?

While sleeping with a greasy face isn't 100% comfortable (ahem, pass me a clean pillowcase please), slugging can be good for your skin. Here are some of the benefits of slugging your skin:

  1. Helps your skin feel and look plumper.

  2. Slugging helps prevent water loss by creating a barrier preventing transepidermal water loss (TEWL) allowing your skin to lock in moisture and repair its barrier as you sleep.

  3. Calms, soothes and heals skin, especially skin that is dry, flaking, or prone to eczema.

  4. Affordable and easy! You can find petroleum jelly such as Vaseline for under $5 at any drugstore and it's super easy to apply after your nighttime skincare routine. (Heads up: if you're using treatments with retinol, etc. check to see what ingredients they can be combined with.)

Who is skin slugging for?

While skin slugging can be used by anyone, it's important to be mindful of your own skin's unique needs. A few things to consider before you try slugging:

  • Skin type - Oily and acne-prone skin has unique factors at play. Although petroleum jelly is non-comedogenic, if your skin is already oily, excess hydration can intensify oiliness.

  • Your current skincare routine - If you are using acids in your current routine, check to see what ingredients combine with those acids to avoid irritating your skin.

How to slug your skin?

After cleansing, toning, and moisturizing with your regular skincare nighttime routine, apply a generous layer of your preferred petroleum jelly. (Vaseline is 100% pure which is why we've been slugging with it.) That's all there is to it!

Here are some tips to help you slug your skin with success:

  • Start off slow. Preferably once a week and tweak as you observe your skin's reaction.

  • Change your pillow case with frecuency.

  • Secure your hair with a bonnet or hair net to avoid your hair sticking to your face.

  • Cleanse your face in the morning to remove the petroleum jelly.

Slugging: yay or nay?

We've tried slugging and so far have had great results. I myself have noticed softer and plump skin (my skin is a combination: oily T-Zone, dry cheeks).

This beauty trend has been a go for many years so we're thinking that one is yay but of course, it ultimately depends on what works best for you.

Will you be trying the slugging skincare trend? If you have already, what were your results? Let us know in the comments.

That's it for today. As always, stay gorgeous!