If you’re unfamiliar with slugging, it’s essentially where you slather the skin in a heavy-duty, non-pore-clogging moisturizer (think: Vaseline or Aquaphor) to help create an air barrier and trap in the moisture.
Now you might be imagining someone covering their body from head to toe in Vaseline. While that might make your skin silky smooth, it’s simply not realistic. Instead, body slugging is more about targeting dry areas that need extra hydration.
Targeted body slugging is really helpful for adding moisture to the skin quickly and locks in hydration in those dry spots. This is a great technique for those in cold or dry climates who aren’t getting the hydration they need from regular lotion and moisturizers. Some common areas that can benefit from body slugging are the elbows, knees, hands and feet. You can apply your Vaseline to other parts of the body like the legs and arms as well. It’s all up to how much hydration you think you need.
If you’re interested in trying out body slugging, there are a couple of ways you can go about it.
1. Simply apply Vaseline or other moisture barrier cream straight to the skin. This will provide soft skin, but #2 might be more effective.
2. Apply your body care products first and trap them in with Vaseline/your preference for a moisture barrier. This choice is simply more comfortable and an easy step to add to a skincare routine.
Either way, you will want to use clothing to keep the products on the skin, especially if you’re doing this at night. It’s recommended to put on socks and loose clothing to cover all parts of the body when you’re slugging.
Keep your slugging product on for at least 6 hours and either rub in the remainder or wash it off with a gentle cleanser. Keep up with your regular moisturizer and report back to us on how targeted body slugging works for you and your redhead skin.
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