Slugging In Skincare
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While TikTok has been known to churn out some slightly…whacky…trends (to put it lightly) the good news is that skin slugging actually has the tick of approval from dermatologists!
'Slugging’ refers to applying petroleum jelly (aka Vaseline) to the skin as the last step in your routine.
It gets the name because when you apply it, your skin becomes slimy and wet…like a slug. The concept behind skin slugging is that the petroleum jelly acts as a barrier on the skin, keeping out dirt and debris. This gives the skin a chance to heal and repair at night.
Another added bonus is that the petroleum jelly helps lock in hydration, which keeps skin moist. This makes it ideal for those with ageing or dehydrated skin.
While petroleum jelly works to block out dirt it can have the simultaneous effect of locking in all your previous skincare. While this can be great (hello, hydrated skin!) it can also lead to issues if you are using some active ingredients (retinol, we are looking at you).
Locking in active ingredients, such as retinol, can cause damage to the skin. So, if you're thinking of giving skin slugging a go it's best to leave it for nights when you're not using retinol.
This is definitely one to skip for those of us with oily skin, sensitive skin or clogged pores.
For one, using an occlusive barrier on oily skin is not really what your skin needs. Instead, you'd be better off with a lighter weight gel textured product like a sleeping mask.
Petroleum jelly isn’t the only ingredient that can help you get results from slugging. In recent years there has been a move away from Vaseline due to its perceived unsustainability (because it is a by-product of crude oil). There are also fears of a potential contamination with PAH’s (polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons).
Thankfully, there are many other options on the market, including gentle, non-pore cloggin ones like our best-selling Jelly Ko Cherry Blossom Sleeping Mask.
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You will still get the incredible sensation of jelly on your skin but without a heavy, sticky or slimy feel.
After you finish your nightly routine and about 30 minutes before bed, apply a thin layer of sleeping mask. Unlike other types of face masks, there's no need to wash it off.
A little goes a long way with sleeping masks – you only need to apply a coin-sized amount. Then, gently tap your face to aid absorption. You'll go to bed looking like a glazed donut and wake up with skin that is deliciously hydrated.
If you want to know more tips and tricks for dry skin and in winter, check out this episode of the Korean Beauty Show Podcast!
If you have any questions about skin slugging or your routine in general please get in contact with us, we are always so happy to help.
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