The Do’s and Don’ts of Slugging

TikTok has been responsible for introducing many viral beauty hacks into our lives, whether plunging our face into a bowl of ice cubes to reduce puffiness or drinking chlorophyll to reduce acne. The latest and probably the most popular beauty hack which blew up because of TikTok is slugging. Read on to find out what is slugging and what are the dos and don’ts of it.

What is Slugging

This beauty hack suggests covering your face overnight with a thick moisturizer or Vaseline for hydration of the skin. Originating from South Korea, it is said to lock in moisture and help in addressing seasonal dryness.

The Do’s of Slugging

Slugging should be attempted only if you have dry skin as it hydrates the skin and helps repair cracked and flaky skin. You should also exfoliate and cleanse before slugging as clogged pores or leftover makeup combined with slugging can lead to an infection. Also, ensure that you apply the occlusive at least half an hour before bed to allow it to set before your head hits the pillow. Consider placing a towel over your pillowcase and tying your hair back while sleeping as your face is lathered in a sticky substance which can make things messy. Also, for best results, pair it with humectants like aloe vera as slugging itself isn’t hydrating, but a way to keep moisture locked in.

The Don’ts of Slugging

You should avoid certain things while practicing slugging. If you have oily or acne-prone skin, this hack might not be for you and can only make things worse. Also, using active ingredients like retinoids and BHAs is I’ll-advised as trapping these ingredients under the occlusive will increase their strength and can cause breakouts and infection to develop. Lastly, don’t apply any new product on the skin before washing off the slather from the night before.