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Slugging Skincare: What Is It?

With the constant rise of social media apps like TikTok, skincare enthusiasts are now able to share their routines with the public. Consequently, many trends have emerged, including slugging skincare

While this trend appears new, it has been around for quite some time; in fact, it’s already popular in Korean skincare culture.

In a nutshell, slugging skincare focuses on using occlusive products, or the kind of skincare ingredients that lock in moisture in the skin. Products like petroleum jelly or argan oil are examples of occlusive items. 

Interested in trying slugging skincare? Learn its benefits, risks, usage indications, and other skincare tips in this article.

What Are the Benefits of Slugging Skincare?

Slugging benefits people with dry, irritated, or eczema-prone skin. However, other benefits may include: 

1. It Is Inexpensive

Don’t worry, you don’t need actual slugs to curate your slugging skincare routine. All you need is petroleum jelly, which can be found in drugstores to supermarkets. Moreover, it’s inexpensive, and you can save money by buying an oversized tub. 

2. It Moisturizes Your Skin

Petroleum jelly acts as a water-protective barrier and helps retain your skin’s moisture. By applying it, your epidermis can have ample time to absorb all the products put on your face. This aids the topmost layer of your skin to become more elastic and less prone to wrinkles.

3. It Protects and Repairs Skin Damage

Slugging skincare protects your skin by keeping irritants out. This lessens the risk of rashes or adverse reactions from outside molecules. Simultaneously, your skin repairs itself thanks to occlusive products’ preventive qualities to water loss.

How to Use Slugging Skincare


A person holding a tub of petroleum jelly 

If you want to maximize the benefits of slugging skincare, there are some steps you must follow. Below is a list to guide you:


  1. Cleanse your face with a trusted cleanser. AlumierMD’s HydraBoost Cleanser is a crowd favourite because of its hydrating properties, making it perfect for dry and eczema-prone skin. One pump of this product can remove excess makeup, oil, and other impurities on your face.
  2. After cleansing, proceed with your usual skincare routine. Make sure to use products with hydrating ingredients like hyaluronic acid, glycerin, and ceramides. If you want a serum that contains all of those, AlumierMD’s Ultimate Boost Serum is the one for you!
  3. Spread moisturizer all over your face. If you have dry or sensitive skin, give HydraDew by AlumierMD a try! This product improves skin texture since it has hydrating ingredients like shea butter, aloe and niacinamide.
  4. Apply your chosen product and spread it over your face. 
  5. Wait for the product to set before getting into bed.

The Downsides of This Skin Treatment

While slugging skincare can be an excellent way to retain moisture, it is not for everyone. This treatment is only meant to treat dry, sensitive, irritated and eczema-prone skin.

Unfortunately, people who have oily or acne-prone skin may not benefit from slugging. This is because occlusive products trap dead skin, cover up pores and increase surface oil. This creates too much sebum on your skin, making it a breeding ground for acne. 

Alternative Treatments for Acne-Prone and Oily Skin Types

If you have acne-prone or oily skin, don’t lose hope because there is a treatment right for you! Here are a couple of recommendations to make your skincare routine more effective:

1. Invest in Retinol Products

Retinol is an ingredient that removes dirt, dead skin cells and oil from your pores. Using retinol products can prevent acne from forming on your skin! 

End your acne struggles once and for all when you apply Retinol Resurfacing Serum 1.0 by AlumierMD. This potent product can decrease your blemishes and improve skin texture. 

2. Try Using Non-comedogenic Products

When buying skincare products, make sure to buy non-comedogenic ones so you can reduce the chances of acne forming on your skin. The term non-comedogenic refers to items that will not clog your pores. 

A great example of a non-comedogenic product is AlumierMD’s HydraSmooth Moisturizer. This moisturizer is perfect for acne-prone skin because it removes dead skin cells and controls the spread of acne blemishes.


A woman applying face scrub on her skin. 

3. Exfoliate Once a Week

It is typical for people with oily skin to have clogged pores. To combat this, try exfoliating once a week to remove oil from your face and prevent acne from developing.

When choosing an exfoliator, look for one that is gentle and oil-free, such as the Lotus Scrub from AlumierMD. Using this will leave your skin feeling rejuvenated, fresh and free from heavy grease.

Get the Best Skincare Products Through Harmony Med Spa

Curate the best slugging skincare routine with Harmony Med Spa! Whether you have dry, sensitive skin or oily, acne-prone skin, we’ve got you covered. 


When you sign up as a client, you get exclusive access to AlumierMD products, and receive a unique code that lets you enjoy discounted prices. Contact us today for more information!