Slugging: The Skincare Trend for Glowing Skin

The famous skincare trend, slugging, promises glowing, hydrated skin  upon  awakening. It involves applying a layer of occlusive treatments like petroleum jelly as the final step in your evening skincare routine. It leaves skin with aa shiny, slimy appearance, hence the name “slugging”.

Read on to discover does slugging work and the best slugging skin care from No7.

What is slugging?

Skin slugging is a skincare trend which involves coating the face with an occlusive product like petroleum jelly, as the last step of your nighttime skincare routine.

It forms a protective layer on the surface of the skin, to help lock in hydration from your skincare products and prevent transepidermal water loss,for radiant-looking skin upon awakening.

Who is slugging best for?

While there are many benefits to slugging, it’s best suited for very dry or mature skin that requires moisture.

The skin types that should avoid slugging are oily skin and acne-prone skin, as these types already have a robust lipid layer, and slugging could lead to congested pores and breakouts.

Damaged or infected skin should also avoid this technique, as occlusive treatments may not allow skin to completely heal. 

The benefits of slugging

Slugging your face solely with petroleum jelly isn’t necessarily hydrating enough Slugging helps to lock in moisture from other products in your skincare routine while preventing transepidermal water loss.

Slugging helps to:

  • Moisturize the skin: helps give skin a plump,hydrated-looking appearance
  • Soothe dry skin: perfect for delicate areas like the eyelids and lips
  • Protect the skin: boosts skin’s ability to retain water and form a protective barrier over the skin
  • Repair damage: a moist environment can supports the skin barrier and help the skin’s natural repair process

How to add slugging into your night-time skincare routine

If you have dry skin, you may benefit from face slugging several times per week. While those with oily skin may only want to only take part during the winter months.

Warning: avoid using active ingredients like AHA’S, BHAS’ or retinoids. When trapped under an occlusive treatment, these could enhance penetration, potentially leading to skin irritation.

  1. Step 1: Cleanse the skin
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    Step 1: Cleanse the skin

    Thoroughly cleansed skin is essential when slugging  as makeup ,SPF, or trapped dirt and oil in the pores can cause breakouts.

    Opt for a cleanser like No7 Restore & renew cleansing lotion. With a gentle exfoliating action, it leaves skin feeling revived and energized without stripping away essential moisture for a radiant, healthy-looking complexion.


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  2. Step 2: Apply a hydrating serum
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    Step 2: Apply a hydrating serum

    This skincare trend is about layering with hydrating products, and the best slugging products are formulated with humectants like hyaluronic acid and glycerin.

    Apply a moisture boosting serum like No7 Protect & Perfect Advanced Serum. It’s infused with hyaluronic acid and Matrixyl 3000+ for younger-looking skin in just 2 weeks*.

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  3. Step 3: Moisturize with a night cream
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    Step 3: Moisturize with a night cream

    To address the 3 key signs of aging, No7 Lift and Luminate Night Cream helps to tackle the appearance of dark spots, wrinkles and a lack of firmness. It’s formulated with glycerin, hyaluronic acid and No7’s powerful anti-wrinkle peptide formula, for rested and healthy-looking skin in just 4 weeks*.

    *Based on consumer perception study.

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  4. Step 4: Finish with a layer of petroleum jelly

    Using the fingertips apply a pea-sized amount of petroleum jelly to the face, focusing on drier areas. Avoid rubbing the jelly, and instead slowly roll your palms into your face to press the slugging treatment into the skin.

    Tip: Protect your pillowcase from face slugging with a towel to avoid any transfer of products and consider tying your hair back.


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