Slugging Skincare: An Old-School Technic Revamped

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Have you ever heard the saying, less is more? Well, that is not the case with the most recent beauty trend of slugging. This term refers to the newest skincare routine which is taking the world by storm with its magical abilities.

What is Slugging?

Slugging is the practice of coating the skin with petroleum jelly in order to lock in moisture and keep the skin hydrated. The idea behind the name meaning combines the relation between the application leaving a thick substance on the face and a slug trail. Slugs crawling on amongst someone’s skin would leave a thick trail behind, which is where this technique earned the term “slugging.”

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How to Apply

You may be wondering how to start participating in the slugging skincare trend. The key ingredient is an old-fashioned tube of Vaseline and applying it at the end of your normal skincare routine. Products such as cleansers and serums are still necessary for your everyday routine as they serve different purposes for your skin. By adding this additional step, all there is to it is to coat your face with Vaseline as the final to-do on your checklist.

Avoiding Skin Aggravation

Double-checking that your products align with one another before including a new one is always a must. Certain steps in skincare routines may interfere with participating in the slugging trend. Active ingredients such as retinoids, alpha-hydroxy acids (AHA), and beta hydroxy acids (BHAs) are advised to stay away from if incorporating petroleum in your skincare. The main reason for this is to not aggravate the skin as the pairing does not match up and can cause unexpected results.

Slugging in Action

If you are still on the fence about the use of slugging, celebrities such as Jennifer Aniston and Tyra Bank swear by it.  Banks even claimed it is one of her biggest beauty hacks ever. While Aniston used it solely on her eyelids to make her natural eyelashes long and thick. Even influencers all over Tik Tok have been promoting this new trend in skincare. 

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It may sound somewhat intimidating to think about placing a thick layer on top of your skin. However, this remedy is proven to not clog any pores. Hydration is important to maintain in the skin which is why it is hard to call this a trend. It really just is an old-school trick brought back into the limelight.

Have you tried slugging yet? Let us know by DMing or tagging us @VALLEYMag on Instagram

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