As an esthetician with over 28 years experience in the treatment room, I've seen my fair share of skincare fads come and go, and skincare slugging is no different.
What is slugging skincare?
Slugging skincare is a popular skincare trend that involves applying a thick layer of a hydrating product, such as a petroleum jelly or a heavy cream, over the entire face before going to bed. The goal of slugging is to deeply moisturize and nourish the skin, leading to a smoother, more radiant complexion.
Slugging skincare originated in the K-beauty (Korean beauty) industry, where it has been embraced as a way to achieve dewy, glowing skin. K-beauty is known for its focus on hydration and skin nourishment, and slugging is just one of the many innovative skincare techniques that have emerged from this trend.
Does Skincare Slugging Work?
There are a few different theories about why slugging skincare is effective. Some believe that it helps to lock in moisture and prevent it from evaporating, while others believe that the thick layer of product creates a barrier that protects the skin from environmental stressors and pollution. Still others believe that the heavy, occlusive nature of the products used in slugging skincare helps to draw moisture from the air into the skin.
Regardless of the exact mechanism, it is clear that slugging skincare can be beneficial to some and harmful to others. A thick layer of a healthy organic oil, like my Daily Botanical Serum, helps to deeply moisturize the skin and create a plump, hydrated appearance, while my Souffle Moisturizer can help to soothe and nourish the skin. Both are great and health options for 'slugging,'
Harmful Effects of Skincare Slugging
However, slugging skincare is not right for everyone. Those with oily or acne-prone skin may find that the thick, occlusive nature of the products used in slugging skincare can lead to breakouts. In addition, those with sensitive skin may find that the heavy, occlusive nature of the products used in slugging skincare can be irritating.
If you are interested in trying slugging skincare, it is important to start slowly and pay attention to how your skin reacts. Begin by applying a thin layer of product over your entire face and gradually increase the amount as your skin becomes accustomed to it. It is also important to choose a product that is appropriate for your skin type and concerns.
Adding "slugging" to Your Skincare Routine
In addition to choosing the right product, it is important to follow a proper skincare routine when using slugging skincare. This should include cleansing, toning, and applying any other products (such as serums or essences) before applying the slugging product. It is also important to remove the slugging product in the morning, either with a gentle cleanser or with a cloth dampened with lukewarm water.
Overall, slugging skincare can deeply moisturize and nourish the skin, leading to a smoother, more radiant complexion. However, it is important to choose the right product and to follow a proper skincare routine to avoid any negative effects. If you are interested in trying skincare slugging, it's a good idea to speak with a dermatologist or your esthetician to determine if it is right for your skin type and concerns.