Slugging 101: Everything You Need To Know About This Slippery Skincare Trend

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If you are an avid social media user (you’re probably scrolling on your phone with your other hand right now!), then you know it’s *filled* with different trends. And the world of skincare is not exempt. Search the hashtag ‘skincare’ on Instagram and you’ll be met with over a million hits. Much of what you’ll find is advice that should be ignored. But some of the trends that pass through ours have some validity to them. And one of them is called slugging.

What is slugging?

Don’t worry – there are no garden pests involved in this skincare trend. But there are no guarantees that things won’t get slimy! In fact, it definitely will because slugging refers to adding an occlusive product as the last step in your skincare routine. The instant effect might be one resembling a glazed doughnut (or a slug)…

 
 
 
 
 
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But the results, fans believe, are worth it. 

Occlusives are skincare products that form a layer over your skin. One popular option used by many is petroleum jelly which – despite some claims – is safe to use on your skin. For those who are cautious, however, there are natural alternatives available. 

Those who slug say that occlusives not only seal in your other skincare so it can perform at its best but also help to prevent transepidermal water loss – the main culprit behind dull, dehydrated skin. For obvious reasons, slugging is added to a nighttime skincare routine and can have you waking up to a plump, soft and glowing complexion.

 
 
 
 
 
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Like many skincare trends over the last few years, this one hails from South Korea’s K-Beauty movement. But it has since made its way into the mainstream, with more and more people getting onto the slugging bandwagon every day. Dermatologists are also on board but suggest that people with oily- or acne-prone skin give this trend a miss.

How is it done?

Slugging is simple! All you do is add a thin layer of your occlusive product to your skin after completing the rest of your evening routine. Pro tip: Prevent it from getting onto your bedding and in your hair by wearing a scarf and covering your linen. 

Not keen on the slime, but still want all the benefits? Here are overnight masks that will guarantee a morning glow. 

Sisley Paris Velvet Sleeping Mask
Sisley Paris Velvet Sleeping Mask
Uriage EauThermale Water Sleeping Mask
Uriage Eau Thermale Water Sleeping Mask
Erborian Sleeping BB Mask
Erborian Sleeping BB Mask
La Prairie Skin Caviar Luxe Sleep Mask
La Prairie Skin Caviar Luxe Sleep Mask
Kiehl's Ultra Facial Overnight Hydrating Masque
Kiehl's Ultra Facial Overnight Hydrating Masque
Clinique Moisture Surge Overnight Mask
Clinique Moisture Surge Overnight Mask

Do you slug your skin and have you seen and felt the benefits? Let us know in the comments below!

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