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This Viral Skincare Technique Is The Recipe For A Dewy Glow That Won't Quit

Take me back to the days when our mothers would slather us with a palm full of Vaseline right before we headed to the bus stop for school. While the extra protection from the frigid weather would leave us glistening and primed for “greasy” jokes, you have to appreciate the innovation and foresight of the Black women in our lives that ensure the moisture of our skin, well before there was even a name for it.


TikTok is the latest space to discover the benefits of this technique, causing its sudden resurgence. Only now, it comes with a name that’s just as intriguing as the method.

What Is Slugging?

Slugging” is the moisturizing technique of applying an occlusive product (like Vaseline) to your face as the final step in your nightly skincare routine. This technique is named after the shiny, slug-like appearance it gives to the skin once the product is applied, which promotes a dewy, plump, and hydrated glow.

While the term “slugging” first originated in a Reddit post in 2014 and has been associated with K-beauty trends, slugging has long been used for decades and has deep ties to the Black community. Before it was a viral trend, it was an everyday norm to be smothered and covered in Vaseline to prevent the possibility of dry skin. What resulted was gleaming, polished skin that you could admire from miles away.

Things To Consider Before Trying the Slugging Trend

When it comes to incorporating slugging into your skincare routine, it’s important to listen to your unique skin needs. Depending on your skin type — oily, dry, or combination, your skin will tell you when it’s time to slather up. However, it’s important to note that slugging isn’t suited for acne or blemish-prone skin, as it could trigger unwanted breakouts.

Thankfully, because petroleum jelly is a non-comedogenic skin protectant primarily used for slugging, it won’t clog your pores, but it will soothe your dry skin and prevent cracking and chafing across your body when you reach for it.

How To Slug Your Skin in 5 Easy Steps

  1. Start by cleansing your face with a gentle cleanser to remove any dirt, oil, or makeup.
  2. Apply your toner, serum, and moisturizer as you normally would.
  3. Allow your skincare products to fully absorb into your skin. Wait for 5-10 minutes before applying your choice of occlusive moisturizer.
  4. Apply a thin, even layer of your desired occlusive moisturizer all over your face. Make sure to focus on the areas that tend to dry out quickly, such as your cheeks, forehead, and chin, and massage into your skin.
  5. Leave it on overnight and wake up to your new glow.

Best Products for Slugging

So, are you ready to try or rediscover slugging for yourself? If so, here are 5 products to add to your cart:

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