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-comedogenicskin 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
- Start by cleansing your face with a gentle cleanser to remove any dirt, oil, or makeup.
- Apply your toner, serum, and moisturizer as you normally would.
- Allow your skincare products to fully absorb into your skin. Wait for 5-10 minutes before applying your choice of occlusive moisturizer.
- 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.
- 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:
1. Futurewise Slug Balm
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Aley Arion is a writer and digital storyteller from the South, currently living in sunny Los Angeles. Her site, yagirlaley.com, serves as a digital diary to document personal essays, cultural commentary, and her insights into the Black Millennial experience. Follow her at @yagirlaley on all platforms!
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From Monogamy To Polyamory: 'I'm In An Asexual Poly Marriage With My Husband Of 7 Years'
Have you ever wondered what it's like to be asexual and in an open marriage? Relationship Coach Mikki Bey shared her first-hand experience with us as well as answered some of our burning questions.
Like a lot of people, Mikki met her now husband, Raheem Ali, online. As soon as they met, they instantly fell in love and got engaged on their first date. Just 90 days after they met, the couple tied the knot and have now been married for seven years. Raheem and Mikki aren’t your typical married couple, and despite being married for almost a decade, their marriage is anything but traditional. Mikki and Raheem have what she calls an "asexual polyamorous marriage."
Defining Her Sexuality
It wasn't until last summer that Mikki found the language to define her sexuality. "I didn't have the language for it until last summer," she explained to xoNecole. "Looking back, I just thought sex wasn't my thing. It was never enjoyable for me, and I'd go years without even noticing.”
Mikki always thought she was broken because she had no interest in sex. Mikki noticed after her friends came to visit and started discussing their sexual fantasies that she realized something was different about her. “At that point, I knew something was definitely different about me since I do not have sexual fantasies at all. It was truly news to me that people are at work thinking about sex! That was not my experience.” This led to Mikki researching asexuality, which she soon realized fit her to a T. “It felt like breathing new air when I was able to call it by name," said Mikki.
"Looking back, I just thought sex wasn't my thing. It was never enjoyable for me, and I'd go years without even noticing it."
Asexuality refers to people who experience little or no sexual attraction, experience attraction without acting on it sexually, or experience sexual attraction differently based on other factors. Like most things, asexuality falls on a spectrum and encompasses many other identities. It's important to remember, however, that attraction and action are not always synonymous: some asexuals may reject the idea of sexual contact, but others may be sex-neutral and engage in sexual activity.
It's possible that some asexuals will have sex with someone else despite not having a libido or masturbating, but others will have sex with a partner because it brings a sense of connection.
From a Traditional Marriage to Kitchen Table Polyamory
Although Mikki never really had a high sex drive, it wasn’t until after the birth of her son, that she noticed her sex drive took a real nosedive. “I never had a high sex drive, but about a year after my son was born, I realized I had zero desire. My husband has a high sex drive, and I knew that it would not be sustainable to not have sex in our marriage at that time.”
She was determined to find an alternative to divorce and stumbled upon a polyamory conversation on Clubhouse. Upon doing her own research, she brought up the idea to their husband, who was receptive. “It’s so interesting to me that people weigh sex so heavily in relationships when even if you are having a ton of sex, it’s still a very small percentage of the relationship activity," Mikki shared.
They chose polyamory because Mikki still wanted to be married, but she also wanted to make sure that Raheem was getting his individual needs and desires met, even if that meant meeting them with someone else. “I think that we have been programmed to think that our spouses need to be our 'everything.' We do not operate like that. There is no one way that fits all when it comes to relationships, despite what society may try to tell you. Their path to doing this thing called life together may be different from yours, but they found what works for them. We have chosen to design a marriage that works for us,” Mikki explained.
"We have chosen to design a marriage that works for us. We both consent to each of us having everything from casual sex partners to lifetime partners if it should go there. We believe love is abundant and do not limit ourselves or each other on how we express it."
She continued, “We both consent to each of us having everything from casual sexual partners to lifetime partners if it should get there. We believe love is abundant and do not limit ourselves or each other on how we express it. Our dynamic is parallel with kitchen table poly aspirations.”
Kitchen table polyamory (KTP) is a polyamorous relationship in which all participants are on friendly terms enough to share a meal at the kitchen table. Basically, it means you have some form of relationship with your partner’s other partner, whether as a group or individually. A lot of times, KTP relationships are highly personal and rooted in mutual respect, communication, and friendship.
Intimacy in an Asexual Polyamorous Marriage
Mikki says she and her husband, Raheem, still share intimate moments despite being in a polyamorous marriage. “Our intimacy is emotional, intellectual, spiritual, and physical, although non-sexual. We are intentional about date nights weekly, surprising and delighting each other daily, and most of all, we communicate our needs regularly. In my opinion, our intimacy is top-tier! I give my husband full-body massages, mani-pedis and make sure I am giving him small physical touches/kisses throughout the day. He is also very intentional about showing me his love and affection.”
Raheem and Mikki now use their lives as examples for others. On their website, thepolycouplenextdoor.com, they coach people interested in learning how to be consensually non-monogamous. “We are both relationship coaches. I specialized in emotional regulation, and Raheem specializes in communication and conflict resolution. The same tools we use in our marriage help our clients succeed in polyamory."
Mikki advises people who may be asexual or seeking non-monogamy to communicate their needs openly and to consider seeking sex therapy or intimacy coaching. Building a strong relationship with a non-sexual partner requires both empathy and compassion.
For more of Mikki, follow her on Instagram @getmikkibey. Follow the couple's platform on Instagram @thepolycouplenextdoor.
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