What is slugging?
Slugging, a skincare trend that’s been making waves, involves slathering your face with a thick, occlusive product, such as Vaseline, before bed. This burgeoning technique has taken social media by storm, as influencers from TikTok to Youtube post before-and-after photos showcasing glowing, hydrated skin.
But what exactly is slugging, and how does it work? “Well, someone renamed moisturization, and they created slugging,” says Celebrity dermatologist and Chief Medical Officer of LaserAway, Dr. Will Kirby, “Slugging is taking a thick petroleum product, rubbing it all over your face, and going to bed in the hopes that you’ll get great moisturization…and it works!” Essentially, this moisturizing technique aims to create a barrier on the skin’s surface, which helps to lock in moisture and prevent water loss. As you sleep, the product slowly penetrates the skin, delivering intense hydration.
And while it may seem like a magic potion for a radiant complexion, you may want to tread carefully. Dr. Kirby is here to share some facts that you should know before incorporating slugging into your skincare routine:
1. It’s not one-size-fits-all
Though slugging can be extremely effective for some, it’s not a universal solution. “It’s particularly beneficial for individuals with dry and flaky skin,” Dr. Kirby states, adding that the occlusive nature of products like Vaseline helps to lock in moisture. However, slugging shouldn’t be a frequent fixture in your skincare regimen. The skin needs to breathe, and overuse can lead to other complications. What’s more, if you have oily or combination skin, this might not be the ideal method for you.
2. There are some downsides
Slugging is not without its setbacks. Dr. Kirby warns, “It can cause pore congestion and blackheads” due to the thick, greasy nature of the products used. Additionally, slugging can cause milia – tiny, white bumps that occur when keratin gets trapped under the skin. Milia are not harmful, but they can be bothersome. Using an occlusive product too frequently can create an environment that traps dead skin cells and debris, contributing to the formation of milia.
3. Slugging can be used on the feet
Good news—slugging isn’t just for your face. “Slug your feet! Every single person can slug their feet! And some of you all have some nasty feet!” Dr. Kirby reminds us that our feet are often neglected and can become extremely dry and cracked. Applying a thick layer of an occlusive moisturizer like Vaseline can be a game-changer for foot health. Dr. Kirby details how to slug your feet: “Take a thick coat of Vaseline, goop it up all over your feet, put your socks on, and go to bed. When you wake up in the morning, the skin on your feet will be smooth, soft, supple, and sexy.” All without the risk of clogging facial pores!
To slug or not to slug?
In conclusion, while slugging can be a miraculous moisturizing method for some, it’s important to approach it with caution and an understanding of your skin type. As Dr. Kirby says, “It’s not a one-size-fits-all solution” and can have downsides if not used appropriately. However, when it comes to foot care, slugging can be incorporated into almost everyone’s self-care routine. Be informed, and slug wisely!
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