WHAT IS SLUGGING?
When I first heard of “slugging,” my mind went to some crazy places. Are people putting slugs on their face? Using the secretions on their face? What is slugging? After looking into it a bit, I can assure everyone that no actual slugs are used in this process. Turns out, the process of slugging is the use of petroleum or Vaseline on your face to prevent epidermal water loss. It helps to keep your skin hydrated, especially if you are prone to dry skin. People call this process “slugging” because it can make your skin feel a little slimy.
This is not a new technique for skincare. The use of petroleum jelly on one’s face has been around for a very long time and it’s particularly common in older generations. It is highly recommended by dermatologists to protect your skin and lock in moisture. Only the term “slugging” is new when it comes to this process.
I tried slugging for a few days after reading about it to see if it was really worth all the talk. I have very dry skin, and it gets especially bad in the winter months. I applied a thin layer of vaseline every night after getting out of the shower, that way it had time to soak in before going to bed. Although the feeling was a little odd at first, my skin felt incredibly hydrated when I woke up each morning. I would recommend this to individuals who are prone to dry skin like myself.
Do keep in mind that several dermatologists have recommended not doing this daily. Since petroleum is occlusive and locks everything in, it can actually clog your pores if used excessively; it is not usually recommended for oily or acne prone skin.
Slugging has great benefits and can be very beneficial for dry skin. Vaseline is a go-to for many dermatologists when recommending products for dry skin. However, tread lightly with how much petroleum jelly you are using and the frequency of your slugging. That way, you can avoid clogged pores and creating pimples.
Contributor: Lauren Koehler