All You Need to Know About Slugging : Is Slugging Right For Your Skin Type

by Expertish

Slugging is the new trend that every esthetician and Instagrammer is currently addicted to. Originally, this emerged as a Korean beauty trend quite a few years ago. If you are someone who is interested about makeup and aesthetics, then you might be interested to know about slugging. Let’s delve deep into what slugging means, and also the details on how to perform it and which skin type is best for slugging.


Slugging is a process of skincare that you can follow for your nighttime skincare routine. In this process, you cover your face in a layer of petroleum jelly or Vaseline. This is targeted to prevent trans epidermal water loss and keep moisture locked in your skin. It is supposed to lock in all the goodness from all your other skincare products too. As the thick texture of the petroleum jelly is similar to the mucus of a slug, thus the term slugging.


Now that you know what slugging is. Let’s get into the details of how to do it. 

1. Cleanse Your Skin

Before starting with any skincare routine, it is always best to cleanse your skin. 

The goodness of skincare routines depends on whether you perfectly cleanse your skin or not. So first get rid of any dirt and oil. You can use a face wash or a double cleansing method.

2. Apply Serum

Slugging is all about hydrating your skin. Putting on the layers of hydration is very important. So put on a hydrating serum with hyaluronic acid. It will not only keep your skin hydrated but also hyaluronic acid is very good for your skin.

3. Apply Moisturizer

Most importantly, put on moisturizer. Using a good moisturizer is very important. You should lock in as much hydration as you can before slugging. Use moisturizer with additional benefits such as skin tightening and anti aging.

4. Layer On Petroleum Jelly

Finally the last step in slugging. Put on as much petroleum jelly as you can. Apply an even layer on your skin. The goal is to look slimy and shiny. Be generous with the jelly as it will lock in all that goodness of the serum and moisturizer.

5. Wake Up and Rinse

Don’t forget to clean your skin the next morning. Rinse off the petroleum jelly with your face wash or just a damp cloth. Wake up to glowing, soft and shiny skin.


Undoubtedly, dry skin is the best skin type for slugging. If you have dry skin type and hydration is a big problem for you, then you should definitely go for slugging. You’ll get beautiful, hydrated and glowing skin. Those with oily skin type, should refrain from slugging too often as it can cause occurrence of milia. It’s best to first give it a try before determining the frequency. You must be aware of how your skin reacts before slugging too often.


Though slugging started as a trend, it does have some skin benefits too. Slugging can actually help to lock in hydration. Especially during winters, slugging can be very beneficial for those with dry skin.


Slugging can be good for skin as it locks in moisture and keeps skin glowing and soft. But people with oily skin should refrain from slugging too often. Those with acne prone skin should not practice slugging. It could lead to breakouts and clogging of pores. Some can also find slugging greasy and uncomfortable. No matter what, you should always know your skin type before taking up any such practice. If you are comfortable with slugging, then you should do it. Your skin will be healthy, hydrated and happy.

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