What Is Slugging? TikTok Skincare Hack for Anti-Aging

Do you know what the skin slugging method is? We recently stumbled upon this TikTok about the slugging method and how it was suggested that it may help your skin fight premature aging. Yes, that includes preventing wrinkles from creeping from your skin and keeping your skin looking young and refreshed. So, what is slugging and why should you try it? Read on to find out. 


What is Slugging in Skincare? 

Slugging is a skincare term that originated in Korea that went viral on different Reddit beauty threads and quickly spread on different social media platforms such as Instagram and TikTok. Basically, the idea for slugging is you take a petrolatum-based formula like Vaseline and apply a thin layer of it on your face before bed to prevent water loss on the skin.  


This will give your face a “shiny” and “slimy” look like a slug’s, thus, it’s called slugging. It is believed to have originated from Korea where moisturization and hydration are a very important part of their skincare.  


How Does Slugging Work and What Occlusive Is 


Slugging works by applying petroleum-based product or an occlusive moisturizer to help your skin keep its moisture at night and aids in repairing skin damage.  


Occlusive skin products are ingredients that form a film on the surface of the skin. The main function of an occlusive product is to trap water within the skin to hydrate it. There are many kinds of occlusive substances, each with its own benefits and drawbacks. Some of the most popular occlusive agents are petrolatum, mineral oil, lanolin, silicones, and dimethicone. 


Petrolatum is an occlusive agent that is derived from petroleum or coal tar. It has a very greasy feel and takes several hours to absorb into the skin. Though it's often considered an inexpensive option, petrolatum is one of the most effective occlusive agents available. 


How To Do The Slug Skincare Method 


Slugging should be done at night and keeping it while you sleep. This will help your skin barrier to repair itself and trap in moisture that escapes during the night. However, it may be uncomfortable at first and sticky to some and you may want to change your pillowcase regularly. Here’s how you can do the slug skincare method: 


Step 1: Do you normal skincare routine  

Step 2: At the last step, apply a pea size or a thin layer of Vaseline (some like to use Aquaphor) on your face. Some people try to apply a thick layer but you don’t need it as long as you covered all parts of your face.  

Step 3: Wash your face in the morning (double cleansing is recommended) and remove excess petroleum jelly or Vaseline 


Check out this TikTok from @jasbeautydiary on how she does it: 

@jasbeautydiary slugging 101 🐌🐌 #slugging #skincare #skincareroutine #skincare101 ♬ Elevator Music - Bohoman


Will Petroleum Jelly Clogged My Pores?  


This is a very popular myth that was passed down from generation to generation. However, petroleum jelly will not clog pores and will not cause acne as long as you use it right. Petroleum jelly should be used at night because it can act as an occlusive. This means it prevents moisture from escaping the skin while you are sleeping.  


However, if people use it during the day under their normal products, they might strip their skin of its natural oils which will lead to hormonal acne breakouts. There is no conclusive study that proves that petroleum jelly will clog pores and cause acne.