QED skincare creator reveals why you should introduce ‘slugging’ to your beauty routine

Why the controversial ‘SLUGGING’ method is the key to glowing, radiant skin – but only if you follow these key rules

  • ‘Slugging’ involves coating your face in a thick layer of moisturiser before bed
  • It is a Korean beauty trend that is making waves on TikTok, creates smooth skin
  • But pharmacist Shosh Eisner argues using Vaseline for the ‘hack’ is wasteful
  • The petroleum jelly can block your pores and will mess up your hair and pillow
  • Instead she employs a QED skincare facial balm that slowly seeps in

A pharmacist has revealed why Australians are adding ‘slugging’ to their beauty routines more than ever before but that Vaseline – the ‘slug’ ointment of choice – isn’t necessarily made to be a face mask. 

The Korean trend, dubbed ‘slugging’, coats the face in a thick layer which imitates the slick, slimy trails left behind by a typical garden slug.

The user typically wakes up with a glowing complexion and the skin appearing smoother and softer.

The user typically wakes up with a glowing complexion and the skin appearing smoother and softer

The Korean trend, dubbed ‘slugging’, coats the face in a thick layer which imitates the slick, slimy trails left behind by a typical garden slug

Skincare expert Shosh Eisner argues there is merit to an overnight mask and 'locking in moisture' but the TikTok version of applying petroleum jelly to the face after your nightly skincare regime leaves much to be desired

Skincare expert Shosh Eisner argues there is merit to an overnight mask and ‘locking in moisture’ but the TikTok version of applying petroleum jelly to the face after your nightly skincare regime leaves much to be desired

Skincare expert Shosh Eisner argues there is merit to an overnight mask and ‘locking in moisture’ but the TikTok version of applying petroleum jelly to the face after your nightly skincare regime leaves much to be desired.

‘Vaseline jelly is otherwise known as petroleum jelly, a by-product of the refinery process and does not penetrate the skin at all,’ she told FEMAIL.

‘It literally sits on the surface as a barrier and will prevent evaporation of moisture which may account for some of the smoothing effect. 

‘It will make your skin feel smooth and soft in the morning as a thin film will remain on the skin, like a lubricant, however it may also cause breakouts by blocking your pores. 

Skincare expert Shosh Eisner (pictured)

Skincare expert Shosh Eisner (pictured)

‘It ruins your pillowcase because it literally doesn’t absorb into your skin instead, as you move throughout the night, it will absorb into your hair and bedding.’

Ms Eisner recommends applying a thick layer of the Ultra-Sensitive Face Balm by QED skincare instead of the jelly, which is a naturally penetrable balm made from bioavailable plants: Hazelnut Oil, Shea Butter and Vitamin E.

‘Your face will look shiny for a little while and then the product will slowly absorb into your skin whilst you sleep, preventing moisture-loss and pushing the rich hydration deep into your skin. Your bedding is safe. Your pores are safe,’ she said. 

How you should be ‘slugging’ 

Step 1 – Cleanse Skin with makeup, sweat and dirt on it, will block the impact of slugging, so always start with clean skin.

Step 2 – Now, for the moment you’ve been waiting for! Apply a thick layer of the Ultra-Sensitive Face Balm to your skin. (Don’t forget about your neck and décolletage.) Smooth it over your skin and don’t worry about looking shiny – that’s the goal! Now go to sleep with the knowledge that the Balm is slowly working and absorbing as you sleep.

Step 3 – When you wake up in the morning you will notice your skin is dewy and silky smooth. It may still have some residual shine. That’s ok. Cleanse your skin as you normally would and start your day with youthful, dewy, soft and protected skin.

To try slugging yourself, start by cleansing the skin before applying the balm straight after, ensuring you don't skip the neck and décolletage

To try slugging yourself, start by cleansing the skin before applying the balm straight after, ensuring you don’t skip the neck and décolletage

Slugging is a great pick-me-up for dry skin in particular, so is most effective in the winter months when the air is colder and less humid.

‘My skin has been super dry due to hormonal changes and so I have been ‘Slugging’ using the balm twice weekly for a few weeks now. My dry, sensitive skin has loved it. It feels soft and smooth in the morning and is all round less sensitive,’ she said. 

To try slugging yourself, start by cleansing the skin before applying the balm straight after, ensuring you don’t skip the neck and décolletage. 

Smooth it over your skin and don’t worry about looking shiny because that’s the goal.

Now go to sleep with the knowledge that the balm is slowly working and absorbing as you sleep. 

When you wake up in the morning you will notice your skin is dewy and silky smooth. It may still have some residual shine. Cleanse your skin as you normally would and start your day with youthful, dewy, soft and protected skin.

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