What is Skin Slugging?

What is Skin Slugging?

Have you slugged your skin?

Welcome to this week’s edition of Vysana Life with me, Dr. Sunny Dhesi. Today, we’re diving into the increasingly popular skincare technique known as skin slugging, particularly its benefits for achieving glowing summer skin.

You can watch the video below or continue reading…

Understanding Skin Slugging

Skin slugging is a method that involves applying a thick layer of an occlusive agent, like petroleum jelly, to the skin. This technique is primarily used overnight to lock in moisture and repair the skin barrier, leading to softer and more hydrated skin by morning.

How Does Skin Slugging Work?

The principle behind skin slugging is simple: by creating a physical barrier on the skin’s surface, the occlusive agent prevents water loss and protects the skin from external irritants. This is particularly beneficial for those with dry, sensitive, or compromised skin barriers.

The Benefits of Skin Slugging

Enhanced Hydration

Using a product like Vaseline or a specialized occlusive balm can dramatically improve skin hydration levels. This is especially useful in colder months or in air-conditioned environments where dry air can deplete skin moisture.

Improved Skin Texture

Regular use of skin slugging can lead to noticeable improvements in skin texture. It helps in reducing the appearance of fine lines and flakiness, giving the skin a smoother and plumper look.

Ideal for Sensitive and Irritated Skin

For those suffering from skin conditions like eczema or rosacea, skin slugging can provide relief from irritation and help in healing the skin more effectively.

How to Slug Your Skin Properly

  1. Cleanse and Treat: Begin with a clean face. Apply any serums or treatments as you normally would.
  2. Apply an Occlusive: Use a small amount of an occlusive moisturizer like Vaseline or a rich balm. Spread it thinly over the areas you want to treat.
  3. Sleep on It: Leave the occlusive layer on overnight to let it work its magic.

Alternatives to Traditional Slugging Products

While Vaseline is the most commonly mentioned product, there are other, less greasy alternatives that can also be effective:

  • Alumier Recovery Balm: Offers similar occlusive properties but is formulated to be more skin-friendly and less heavy.
  • Made of More Rescue Balm: A great alternative that provides intense moisture and recovery benefits without the heaviness of traditional petroleum jelly.

Summary and Clinic Updates

Skin slugging is an easy and effective way to improve skin hydration and texture, especially during harsher weather conditions. At Vysana, we encourage experimenting with different products to find what best suits your skin’s needs.

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Not sure what’s best for your skin?

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