The hottest new skincare fad is called “slugging” and it’s taken the internet by storm. The process is simple, you simply coat your face in petroleum jelly like Vaseline and keep it on overnight. This practice might be new to many of us, but it actually has roots in the Black and Korean beauty worlds and has been used for years to combat dryness and achieve a glowy look.
The benefits of slugging for redheads:
Petroleum is a non-pore-clogging ingredient, which makes it perfect for adding moisture to the skin without worrying about breakouts or blemishes. The petroleum acts as a barrier preventing moisture loss and locking in hydration. Slugging can be done to the whole face or just certain areas like your lips or dry spots. Slugging can also be used on the hands and feet to soften the skin and help with cuticle repair.
This is what redheads need to be careful of:
While petroleum isn’t pore-clogging, it can irritate acne-prone or sensitive skin. Some people who’ve tried slugging have reported tiny cyst-like bumps on their skin. Another thing to be mindful of if you choose to try slugging is the frequency with which you use it. Some people can benefit from this treatment daily while others may find their skin can only handle it a few times a week or even a few times a month.
It’s always best to test an area. Try a section of your cheeks or forehand. If you have any adverse reactions, stop use. If you love the glow, keep going.
Tips for Slugging Successfully
- Cleanse your skin before you start – The last thing you want to do is trap unwanted dirt, makeup, or build-up under the petroleum.
- Apply it last – Slugging should be the final step in your skincare routine since it’s accruing as a barrier for your other products.
- Wash your face in the morning – Unlike other skincare, petroleum needs to be washed off when you wake up.
Rock it like a Redhead!