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What is Slugging Skincare? TikTok Skin Care Hack

Should you be slugging your skin? What is Slugging Skincare? If you’re thinking its one of those ideas like beauty is pain, you would be wrong. And don’t worry, this trend doesn’t use any real slugs even though the name slugging does comes from the idea of a thick gooey slug slime thickness in a skin care topical product.

What is Slugging Skincare?

What is Slugging Skincare? Is this skincare trend called slugging for you?

“Slugging” is the trendy word for applying a thick substance like Vaseline or Aquaphor (NOT CRUELTY-FREE ) to your skin in a thick layer, then sleeping in it after you apply other lighter skincare..

What does slugging skin mean?

No actual physical slugging is used. It consists of people with dry skin slathering petroleum jelly (AKA Vaseline) all over their faces and then heading to sleep. In the morning, people (allegedly) wake up with glowing, ultra-hydrated skin.

It would be the last step in your nighttime routine, locking in any kinds of serums, toners, or oils that you put on prior to a heavy occlusive moisture block.  Colder months are the times when skin loses the most moisture. Slugging will be more effective in the winter months.

First of all Vaseline, Aquaphor and Cerave are NOT CRUELTY-FREE. I do not recommend these at all. There are healthier and cleaner alternatives. See below.

Petroleum jelly consists of oils and waxes that act as a barrier on the skin, trapping moisture underneath. Petrolatum jelly is thick, sticky, and can be uncomfortable as well as being tested on animals. It also has a good chance of leaving hard to remove greasy stains on your pillowcases.

Why would you need need skincare slugging?

Dry skin shows enhanced transepidermal water loss and reduced water-binding capacity. People may also have decreased ceramide levels in their skin, resulting in reduced water-binding capacity, higher transepidermal water loss, and decreased water content. The point of “slugging is to seal in less heavy ingredients.

Do I need to use Vaseline for slugging?

NO! Any Occlusive barrier moisturizer or oil will work.

What Does Occlusive Moisturizer Mean?

An occlusive ingredient provides a barrier on top of the skin to prevent the upper layer of the skins water loss.

What does slugging do for your skin?

  • Moisturized, glowy skin
  • Younger-looking skin
  • Repaired skin barrier
  • Locking in other products

What Cruelty free Products To Use For Slugging Skin

Moisturizers rich in ceramides work well. Slugging with skin-friendly ingredients(like marula oil, squalene, argan oil and ceramides. Jojoba oil is very similar to the sebum produced by our own skin‚ making it an excellent choice for a facial oil. All are occlusive emollients, particularly useful since you are getting an anti-oxidant treatment as well as heavy moisturizer.

Skincare For Use Pre slugging.

The point of “slugging is to seal in less heavy ingredients.



Its oil-phase is filled with nourishing ingredients like camellia oil and sea buckthorn extract to reduce redness, strengthen skin’s barrier , and prevent moisture loss with support from skin-smoothing vitamin E and sodium hyaluronate, keeps skin hydrated, calm, and bright. Shake it up and watch as the two phases mix together to deliver one antioxidant-packed, moisturizing oil-serum that’s ideal for all skin types (even oily and acne-prone ones). Use under, over, or in place of your moisturizer for a healthy, never greasy glow. Vegan | Cruelty-Free | Pregnancy-Safe

Products To Use For Slugging Skincare. Cruelty-free

Burt’s Bees Baby Bee® Multipurpose Ointment (Petroleum-Free) – 7.5 oz

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Petroleum-Free / Hypoallergenic / Pediatrician-Tested / No Animal Testing / 100% Natural / Made in USA

Pacifica Vegan Ceramide Barrier Face Cream

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Vegan Ceramides for hydration & barrier care. Barrier care just got better. This dermatologist & allergy-tested, fragrance-free, moisturizing face cream is amazing for sensitive skin. Formulated with vegan ceramides, amino acids and shea butter, this melt-into skin cream hydrates & helps restore your protective skin barrier. Pacifica vegan blend is a plant-based lipid concentrate that your skin recognizes. It helps restore the protective barrier function of the skin. Fragrance-free formula. Cruelty-free.

Artnaturals premium Avocado Oil $18

slugging skincare with oils

Drenches dry skin in luxurious, deeply penetrating hydration for radiant, glowing skin. This organic Avocado Oil gives you a gorgeous glow without the greasy residue. Cruelty-free

  • Essential Fatty Acids deeply moisturize dry skin & hair.
  • Avocado is packed with vitamins and minerals that can boost collagen.

Artnaturals ARGAN OIL $18

slugging for dry skin
  • Argan Oil is perfect for moisturizing and restoring troubled areas of dry and aging skin around the neck, eyes, and decollate.  Argan Oil is intensely moisturizing, and contains protective qualities that can help shield skin from aging environmental free radicals. Something you WON”T get from Vaseline!

Slugging for For Combo or Oily skin.

Desert Essence 100% PURE JOJOBA OIL

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The Jojoba seed yields a clear, golden oil that penetrates and moisturizes skin without clogging pores. This non-GMO certified oil starts in Jojoba plants that are nurtured with organic, sustainable nutrients, and the seeds are hand-harvested before the oil is cold-pressed. Jojoba Oil’s similarity to skin’s natural sebum, enables it to balance oily areas and moisturize dry spots as it gently hydrates the skin.

Slugging Skincare isn’t for everyone.

Combo skin need not slather the whole face with a thick sticky goo. Combo skinned can avoid the T-zone with the heavy mask of product.

According to Dr. Debra Jaliman, board-certified New York dermatologist a “Slugging before you go to sleep is fine if you have very dry skin, but not a good idea for acne-prone skin, Slugging can potentially trap oils and clog the skin’s pores and especially irritate acne-prone skin, contributing to breakouts.”

“People who are acne-prone definitely could experience increased pore-clogging with this practice. Instead of the oil and dead skin cells sloughing from the surface, they are trapped under that occlusive barrier,” Dr. Samolitis 

Protecting your moisture Barrier without Slugging.

Avoid super hot water on the face.

Use very mild oil cleansers or cleansing balms that don’t strip oils from your skin..


Desert Essence Creamy Oil Cleanser, 6.4 fl oz. | Vegan | Cruelty Free | Gluten-Free

Don’t over use scrubs or chemical exfoliators on the face. Limited use to once or twice a week.

Watch that your toner / face mist is not loaded with alcohol.

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