I was stunned by the difference slugging made. By the end of the week, I was waking up with plump, dewy skin that was bouncy and soft to the touch. The results were so satisfying and the Vaseline worked better than any other moisturizer I've ever used. (Plus, it's about half the price, which was an added bonus.)
While going to bed feeling sticky and slimy wasn't fun, it was totally worth it for me in the end. In the future, I'll definitely keep slugging – probably not every night, but at least once or twice a week when I feel like my skin needs a pick-me-up. Who needs an expensive facial when you can get a glow-up at home?
Should You Try Skin Slugging?
If you're curious about trying the trend, too, there are a few things you should know first. "Slugging is a great option for somebody who has dry skin or irritation," Joshua Zeichner, MD, a dermatologist and associate professor of dermatology at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City, told POPSUGAR. He recommends this method for people who are looking for better hydration, but know that if you're prone to breakouts or very oily, "covering your face in petroleum jelly overnight may leave you feeling heavy or greasy."
Dr. Zeichner's first tip to successful slugging is to make sure your face is thoroughly cleansed both before and after applying Vaseline. "If you haven't removed any dirt, oil, makeup, or other particulate matter from the skin," he said. "It will be trapped underneath, leading to potential irritation or even breakouts."
Also, if you're using potentially irritating skin-care ingredients like retinol, Dr. Zeichner recommends skipping this one. Occluding or locking these products into your skin with petroleum jelly may lead to irritation. Finally, make sure your pillowcase and hair is protected from the slime. He recommends you sleep in a bun or a ponytail and consider wearing a headband to keep the Vaseline on your face and out of your hair.