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This easy skincare technique promises glowing skin overnight

Red (UK) logo Red (UK) 04/05/2021 Anya Meyerowitz
a person standing in front of a mirror posing for the camera: Slugging is the odd-sounding new trend that promises glowing, hydrated and restored skin in just one easy step. © Westend61 Slugging is the odd-sounding new trend that promises glowing, hydrated and restored skin in just one easy step.

If you're anything like us, not a day will go by where you don't think about how to further your quest for glowing skin. Particularly as we are now socialising again and, tentatively, booking in staycations and mini-breaks, getting our skin in tip-top shape is even more of a priority than ever.

Which is why our interest was piqued when we heard about 'slugging', the odd-sounding new trend that promises glowing, hydrated and restored skin in just one easy step.

And the best thing about it? It's all based around a product that you are likely to already have in your bathroom cabinet.

Slugging is a Korean Beauty trend and means sealing the skin with a heavy-duty occlusive agent, such as Vaseline, overnight.

Currently, #sluggingmethod has over 2 million views on video-sharing app TikTok, with users sharing their experiences of the K-Beauty hack. The actual process is easy and requires you to carry out your nighttime skin routine as normal. When finished, you apply a thin layer of Vaseline (or petroleum jelly product of choice) to the face to lock in the good ingredients. Sleep in it overnight and voilà, you wake up with refreshed and supple skin.

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In short, the aim of slugging is to prevent your skin from losing water so that it keeps much-needed moisture locked in.

Slugging can benefit dry or sensitive skin in-particular, although if you are prone to breakouts it is best to proceed with caution as petroleum jelly locks in whatever is underneath the skin — including oils that cause spots.

Dermatologist Dr. Shari Marchbein says dry and sensitive skin will benefit most.

‘You just need a thin layer spread over the face’ she said in an Instagram post. ‘Slugging is especially good for dry, sensitive skin and while non-comedogenic, I would avoid applying to the entire face if you have acne-prone or oily skin.’

You can watch her video on how to emulate the technique here, and you can find an in-depth video on all the benefits below:

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