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This Simple Hack Can Do Wonders For Dry Skin


As beauty treatments go, they don’t get much easier than slugging! One of the easiest and most effective treatments for dry skin, slugging isn’t exactly new, but recent attention from the K-Beauty scene and social media in general has led to a renewed interest in the practice.

Besides being incredibly effective, slugging is also one of the most affordable dry skin treatments you out there. Many women swear by its ability to improve dry, sensitive skin, and even skin conditions like eczema too.

So read on to learn all about this incredibly effective and inexpensive beauty treatment. You may even be able to start slugging tonight!


What Is Slugging?

Simply put, slugging is the practice of applying a thin layer of petroleum jelly or another occlusive after applying your other skincare products, typically at nighttime.


What Does Slugging Do For Your Skin?

Occlusives like petroleum jelly form a seal over your other skincare products, helping them to penetrate more deeply into your skin and work more effectively.

It’s especially beneficial for those who suffer from dry skin, which includes myself and everyone else with aging skin. Declining estrogen and collagen levels lead to less natural moisture production in our skin, and dry skin can be worsened by heating and air conditioning, cold weather, sun damage, hot showers, etc. (These remedies for dry, itchy skin can help though!)

Slugging can help alleviate dryness and support your skin’s natural lipid barrier at the same time. Using petroleum jelly to heal dry skin is nothing new, but using it on your face over other skincare products is a unique twist on the concept.


How To Add Slugging To Your Routine

Some women do slugging every night, but I prefer to use it as an “emergency treatment” for dry patches and problem areas. Keep in mind that it only locks in what you’ve applied under it, so what you use underneath it is important too.


Slugging works incredibly well over a good moisturizer like my Ideal Daily Moisturizer, which features hydrating hyaluronic acid and aloe vera. Slugging is a great way to seal in these ingredients and help your skin gets the maximum benefits, and it only takes a thin layer of ointment!

One more thing — to avoid getting greasy residue on your nice pillowcase, I suggest putting a clean towel or second pillowcase over your pillow on nights when you’re slugging. Better safe than sorry, right?


What Occlusive Product Should I Use?

Here are a couple of the most popular products to use for slugging, along with a DIY option:

So there you have it. Give it a try when you’re struggling with dry or flaky skin and see what a difference it makes—overnight, no less!

Have you tried slugging yet?

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  • Jillee, Thanks for always bringing us all the latest and greatest hacks, tips and tricks! I truly appreciate you and the OGT newsletters!
    I’m writing, though, because just yesterday, I was wondering how you might look without makeup and if you’d have the strength to show us. And here you are today, sans makeup! And I must say, you are a true beauty! You look so much younger and your eyes are stunning. Glad you had the courage to appear without, and thank you again for all your household and personal helps! Rock on!

  • Just made this today and it is wonderful. I used two 4-oz canning jars, which was the perfect size. Thanks for the recipe, Jillee! I’ll be using it on my face and elsewhere!

  • This is uncanny but I just watched a video of Dr Jegasothy of Miami and this was the very thing she was talking about. If you really want to do this please be aware of the long term effects on your skin. Had I not seen this video, I to would have tried this but after her saying that petroleum is filled with nasty chemicals and that it is a cancer causing agent I think I will pass on this and just deal with my dry skin. Please do your research before using this. Jillee, I love your blog and would never overstep bounds, but before you continue please check this out. I believe you would not want to endorse something that can cause a lot of women undo harm.

  • A friend of my mom’s did this nightly. At 80 she had the skin of a 30 year old. But she only did her face. Regretted never having thought to do her neck, too. So her neck looked 80.

  • I like the idea. I probably won’t be doing it on my face. I have oily skin and it’s the last thing face needs. I kind of do this when my hands are extremely rough and dry during colder months. I’ve used my regular hand lotion an Aquaphor ointment on top. I’ve also used a lotion on my legs mainly.

  • I love the DiY Vaseline. It looks suspiciously like the formula I use for treating my wooden bowls and cutting boards….foodsafe ingredients.

  • This has been a common practice in Black households for decades. I remember my grandmother used to do it. Another tip to keep your skin super soft and hydrated is to use baby oil right after towel drying when you shower. The trick is to do it before you’re completely dry.

  • WOW! Thank you, Jillee! I definitely plan on trying this, tonight.

    May I be “that person,” and encourage you and others to use something BESIDES petroleum jelly, for this terrific hack? Petroleum jelly [“petrolatum”] is made from petroleum ~ which, as we all know, is a toxic crude oil. Petroleum’s not sustainable nor eco-friendly. When sufficiently and properly refined, it isn’t considered to have known health concerns. Yet [in North America, anyway], more often than not, petroleum ISN’T fully refined. Thus, it’s loaded with toxic chemicals called polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons [PAHs]. Unless one can be CERTAIN about a petroleum’s refinement, I wholeheartedly suggest using coconut oil ~ or any of the alternatives you’ve listed, above. Thank you.

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