Could ‘slugging’ be the answer to your skincare prayers?

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The phrase ‘Slugging’ sounds gross, we know, but it could be the best thing you’ve ever done for your face. 

Here’s everything you need to know…

What Is It?

Slugging involves applying a layer of occlusive ointment, such as Vaseline, onto your face and leaving it for a set period of time, preferably overnight.

This might sound a bit uncomfortable and slimy (hence the name) but it is so worth it. Slugging creates a protective barrier on your face that locks in moisture and hydration.

This in turn allows your natural skin barrier, which can be easily damaged throughout the day by factors like pollution, sun and over-exfoliation, to heal and replenish itself.

It also amplifies the benefits of the other products in your skincare routine. It really is the gift that keeps on giving. The slugging technique is highly recommended for people with dry or eczema-prone skin, but it can be beneficial for any skin type. 

@skinbyhelen Have you tried slugging with the VIRAL cicaplast baume yet? 🤭🐌 There are so many ways can use this do-it-all baume but my favorite and most used method is for slugging to wake up with a glowy complexion and calmed skin. @La Roche-Posay #larocheposaypartner #cicaplast #slugging ♬ original sound – Helen

Does It Clog Your Pores?

 We know what you’re thinking. Wouldn’t slathering a bunch of Vaseline onto your face just clog your pores and leave you covered in zits?

Good question, but actually, no, it wouldn’t. Vaseline in particular is the perfect ointment to use when slugging, because its molecules are too big to get stuck in the pores on your face.

So don’t worry, the chances of slugging leaving your skin even worse than before are slim to none. That being said, everyone’s skin is different. Some experts suggest that people with oily skin or acne prone should practise slugging less frequently than those with dry skin, but others believe slugging is safe for everyone.

The most important thing is always to listen to your skin. It’s completely up to you how often you want to slug, what ointment to use and how much of it to use. Here are some guidelines for anyone wanting to learn more. 

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How To Slug

Slugging is a simple process. Before you go to bed, do your usual skincare routine, but try to leave out any thicker face oils or spot treatments, just to prevent the chance of clogged pores.

After your moisturiser, apply a layer of Vaseline or another occlusive ointment onto your face. It doesn’t have to be a super thick layer, as long as your face is covered you’re slugging right. Obviously, Vaseline all over your face isn’t exactly the nicest feeling ever, so prepare to have your face basically stick to your pillow all night.

We recommend slugging about an hour before you get into bed to ease some of the stickiness. In the morning, wash off any remaining ointment and boom! A plump, glowy face looking back at you in the mirror. The process is so easy, but sooo good for your skin. 

A faster but slightly less effective way to slug is treating it like a face mask and applying the ointment onto your face an hour or two before your shower. This way, you won’t have to deal with stick pillowcases!

Words by Aicha chalouche


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