What is ‘Slugging’ skin care and why is it a dream come true for people with dry skin

What is slugging?

Slugging is an intense form of moisturising that uses Vaseline or petroleum jelly to help lock in hydration from your nightly skin-care routine. To help combat dry winter skin, there are only three words: moisturise, moisturise, moisturise. Slugging has been a technique recommended by dermats for years to treat conditions such as eczema. It consists of applying Vaseline petroleum jelly as an occlusive moisturiser to hydrate the skin and seal in moisture and your skincare products overnight, and then washing it off with a gentle cleanser the next day.


How is it different from normal skincare? 

You go through your nightly skin-care routine as usual and then seal everything in with Vaseline. The thinking is that during the dry winter months (or year-round, if you have thirsty skin), you want to lock in as much moisture as possible. So while your current routine may be hydrating, topping it with a jelly creates a barrier that traps in moisture and helps the formulas sink in even more. 




Benefits of slugging 

Slugging also helps soothe irritated patches and works wonders for people with sensitive skin. It is a great skin-care technique in the wintertime and especially good for those with dry or sensitive skin. Petroleum jelly is an occlusive that is not only amazing at soothing irritated skin and promoting wound healing, but it can act as a protective barrier for the skin.




Slugging process: 


–  Wash your face with a gentle cleanser 

Plum Hello Aloe Skin Loving Face Wash 


Start by washing your face with a gentle and hydrating face cleanser. This gentle face wash for dry skin is specially made of mild cleansers, with bucketfuls of aloe juice to make face washing a peaceful affair. An aloe vera face wash is the best face wash for sensitive skin.



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– Apply a hydrating or retinol serum 

Minimalist 0.3% Retinol Face Serum 


This serum contains 0.3 percent pure Retinol in Squalane. Retinol is proven to fade fine lines and wrinkles, even skin tone and smoothen skin. It contains an outstanding radical scavenger and visibly reduces wrinkle depth. It is coupled with Tocopherol (Vitamin E), another antioxidant, that nourishes and repairs skin. 



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Dot & Key Hydrating Hyaluronic Serum 


Hyaluronic acid is an extremely hydrating ingredient and works exceptionally well for dry skin. This serum improves the skin’s barrier function restoring the skin’s plumpness. It contains hyaluronic acid that hydrates skin, acai berry that heals damaged skin and Bulgarian rose that moisturises and calms sensitive skin. It is also enriched with vitamin C that heals damaged skin and promotes cell regeneration. 



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– Apply a moisturising cream 

The Derma Co 3% Vitamin E Moisturiser 


Make way for a nourishing and moisturising formula for dry and flaky skin. Enriched with the combined benefits of Vitamin E, Lactic Acid and Argan Oil, this moisturiser is a great antioxidant and nourisher that nurtures, calms, and fortifies dry, damaged, and sensitive skin. It offers intense hydration to the skin, making it silky-soft, supple, and radiant.



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– Finish with a thin layer of petroleum jelly 

Vaseline Petroleum Jelly


Petroleum jelly is best for dull skin, cracked skin, or dry skin. It provides your dry skin with long-lasting moisture. Its triple-purified advanced solution feels gentle on your skin. It gives you smooth and even looking skin, avoiding dryness, and preventing pore clogging. 



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Who should not practice slugging? 

Slugging skincare should not be performed by people with oily or acne prone skin. While Vaseline petroleum jelly is non comedogenic, it is not recommended to apply to the entire face if you are acne-prone or very oily skin as it may clog pores. 


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