Curious about skin slugging? Tik Tok may have made the concept go viral, but the truth is this moisturizing technique has been around for years. But what is skin slugging? Does slugging work? And what is the best product to use for slugging?
What is skin slugging?
A k-beauty favorite, slugging is a technique of applying an occlusive product all over the face, in order to deliver deep moisturization. An “occlusive” product is any formula that forms a protective layer on the skin’s surface, and forms a barrier to prevent moisture loss. Initially, skin-sluggers used petrolatum-based products (think: Vaseline) because of their occlusive ability to help heal and prevent diaper rash as well as skin scrapes or burns.
Today, face slugging has gained traction as a popular way to lock moisture into the skin and prevent transepidermal water loss.
Does slugging work?
The good news: Slugging works. Especially for dehydrated skin that requires much-needed moisture - since it forces the hydrating agent to pull much-needed moisture to the area and prevent water loss.
The not-so-good news: For those with oily or acne-prone skin, petrolatum can be too occlusive – causing breakouts or excess oil. For all other skin types, petrolatum may simply feel too heavy, and can make the skin look greasy and somewhat slimy, resembling the secretions of a slug.