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If there’s one thing that’s certain when it comes to skin care, it’s that Korean and Japanese beauty trends almost always get it right. So, when we got word of the latest K-beauty trend, slugging, we knew it was something we had to look into. As it turns out, the rest of the beauty world agrees, because while this trend may be new to you, it’s already gained quite the following among the skin care-obsessed. Ahead, we’re breaking down what slugging is, the benefits, and how to try it for yourself.
Slugging gets its name from, well, slugs. You may be familiar with the facial that involves actual slugs sliding across your face, but this isn’t the same. Essentially, slugging involves slathering your face in a layer of petroleum jelly as the last step of your nighttime skin care routine. This not only moisturizes your skin but also helps lock in the other products you applied so they can work their magic. The thick, slimy texture could be compared to the mucus of a slug, which is how the trend’s namesake comes into play. It’s actually been around for a few years now but has gained a recent resurgence in popularity thanks to social media platforms like Reddit and Tik Tok.
As far as the benefits of this trend go, there is one ultimate goal of slugging: hydration. According to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), petroleum jelly can help relieve dry skin by providing moisture. This, in turn, leads to a plethora of other benefits, like more youthful-looking, glowy, and bouncy skin. It’s thought to be especially beneficial during the cold, less humid winter months that tend to leave your skin feeling dry and tight.
No! So long as you cleanse the petroleum jelly off properly in the morning (a bit of cleanser and water will do the trick), applying it onto your face as part of your skin care routine is totally okay. In fact, the AAD states petroleum jelly can even be used to soothe dry lips and eyelids. Apart from the slugging trend, it can also be used in place of your moisturizer.
If you want to join in on the slugging fun, it’s easy. Follow the steps below for a full routine.
As with any skin care routine, it’s important to begin by washing your face. We love using micellar water because there’s no need to rinse, making it quick, easy, and virtually mess-free. Saturate a cotton pad with our L’Oréal Paris Micellar Cleansing Water Complete Cleanser Waterproof - All Skin Types and glide it over your face to cleanse.
Slugging is all about layering on the hydration. So, pat on a moisturizing serum, like hyaluronic acid, to quench your complexion. Give our L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Derm Intensives 1.5% Pure Hyaluronic Acid Serum a try.
Next, reach for a moisturizer. You can take things a step further by using an overnight mask, like the L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Triple Power Anti-Aging Overnight Mask, which works to provide your skin with intense hydration.
Now, for the moment you’ve been waiting for: petroleum jelly. Grab a jar and apply a thick, even layer to your skin. You’ll end up looking slimy and shiny, but that’s the goal! Catch some Z’s and let the wonder of slugging begin.
Editor’s tip: If you use a silk pillowcase, consider going without on nights where you plan to take part in slugging since petroleum jelly could temporarily stain the fabric.
When you wake up in the morning, remove the petroleum jelly with the help of your face wash and reveal beautiful, glowing skin.
As far as frequency goes, it’s best to listen to your skin. If you have skin that tends to be dry, you may benefit from slugging on the daily. Those that have oily skin, however, may find they want to take part less or only during the winter months. Listen to your complexion to determine what makes sense for you.
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