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Slugging: A New TikTok Skincare Trend

Have you heard about slugging?

Isn’t that some kind of a mollusk? 

Nope! There are no slugs involved. 

It‘s a popular skincare trend in K-beauty and TikTok where people slather a petroleum-based occlusive (that feels like a slug), such as Vaseline petroleum jelly, all over the face05/05/21: Slugging: A New TikTok Skincare Trend Actually people have been doing this for decades. They just did not have a fancy name for it.

The logic behind is that by buttering your skin with an occlusive agent, you can lock in hydration or moisture and protect the skin barrier which is good for extremely dry and sensitive skin types.Slugging: A New TikTok Skincare Trend

How is slugging done?

  1. Before bedtime, cleanse your skin with your preferred facial wash. Make sure you’re able to remove all make-up or other residues to avoid breakouts.
  2. If your skin is dehydrated, you can add a thin layer of a hydrating toner, serum, or cream. 
  3. Let your pre-slug skincare settle for a minute or two until it gets absorbed.
  4. Once ready, slug away with a petrolatum-based occlusive!

Do not get overly excited though. A pinch or less is enough to cover the whole face. If you want to include strong agents in your pre-slug skincare, you may do so. But remember to limit the amount that you apply. 

Unfortunately, this isn’t for everybody. If you have acne-prone and oily skin, it can clog your pores and trigger your acne.

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Elli ReyesAbout the Author: Dr. Elli Reyes is a specialist of Aesthetic Medicine from the Philippines. With over four years of specialized training, her aesthetic practice has involved a variety of skin treatments involving Botox, fillers, and the like. As a licensed physician, she has been engaged by multiple clinics and is regularly interviewed by the local media as an expert in the science of the skin. Her research and writings to date have centered on nutrition, functional health, and general beauty.


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