Can the Latest Beauty Trend 'Slugging' Fix Your Dry Skin?

Dry skin

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Whether it's the weather or washing your hands frequently, dry skin can feel like a never-ending battle! Could the TikTok beauty trend of "slugging" be the beauty hack to finally fix your dry and flaky skin?

So what is "slugging"?

Luckily, there are no slugs involved, but there might be some residue afterward! Teen Vogue and Refinery29 explain the beauty treatment, which is thought to have originated from South Korea, as applying an occlusive agent or petroleum jelly product to the face (or any area of the body) and allowing it to sit on the skin usually overnight.

What are the benefits?

Dermatologist Dr. Shari Marchbein tells Teen Vogue that petrolatum (which is found in popular beauty products like Aquaphor, CeraVe, and Vaseline) creates a barrier on the skin to help seal in hydration. She says the petrolatum can be used alone or on top of a thin layer of moisturizer or hydrating serum

Can slugging be bad for your skin?

It might be popular online, but if you have acne-prone skin, the beauty experts say beware. Dr. Adil Sarwar tells Refinery29, "While slugging may give the short-term gratification of softened skin, I suspect that pores would become clogged over time, and the skin would lose moisture in the long term if only petroleum jelly is used to provide hydration. He also notes those with oily skin might not see the benefits, explaining, "Adding a greasy substance like petroleum jelly to already oily skin would give an even shinier appearance to the face and would likely lead to the onset of spots, redness, and enlarged pores." 

Instead of slugging, what do the beauty experts suggest to address dry skin?

If you are not a good candidate for slugging, they suggest sticking with a quality creamy moisturizer (with ingredients like ceramides, hyaluronic acid, glycerin, and dimethicone).

If you are ready to try slugging, here is what you need to know and need on hand

First, clean and dampen your face or part of the body that needs help. Next, add your usual serum or moisturizer. Finally, apply a very thin layer of any petrolatum-based ointment. Three highly-rated and recommended options for slugging are:


Vaseline Pure Petroleum Jelly

Vaseline Pure Petroleum Jelly

"This creamy, non-drying formula leaves skin feeling clean, velvety, and rebalanced. Skin looks brighter with a healthy glow. Skin is perfectly clean and clear."
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CeraVe Healing Ointment

CeraVe Healing Ointment

"Formulated to temporarily protect, soothe and hydrate skin. Suitable for dry, cracked and chafed skin. Fragrance-free and lanolin-free to minimize the risk of irritation."
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Aquaphor Healing Ointment

Aquaphor Healing Ointment

"Different from a lotion or cream, this ointment nourishes skin while creating a protective barrier that allows for the flow of oxygen to create an ideal healing environment."
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