I'm Maya, and my skin has been in a battle with winter for 23 years, except it isn't really a battle, because winter kicks my skin's ass every time. As someone who struggles with chronically dry skin and eczema, keeping my face and body hydrated has always been an issue, but since winter hit, it's become nearly impossible.
That's why I was interested in trying "slugging," a skincare hack that swears to cure your dry skin. The premise is simple: At night, you complete your normal skincare routine, but then add a light layer of a petroleum-based product to act as a kind of occlusive barrier that will seal all of the moisture into your skin so that you wake up hydrated and glowy. So to test this, I decided to "slug" my face, lips, and hands.
The process: Relatively painless. I was honestly expecting to look a bit greasier than you see in the photo, but the number one tip I've heard while researching this hack is not to overdo it. So, I'm using the slug serving size of a pea-sized amount, no bigger than a dime.
There's no other way to say this: This hack is incredible. I woke up the next morning and immediately noticed a difference in my face. First off, my skin feels less tight than it normally does when I wake up, and it has a really nice bounce to it that definitely wasn't there before. I also typically struggle with dry patches on my chin and forehead that only get worse with makeup application. While these areas were still a bit dry, there was definitely a noticeable improvement.
As for my hands, they are, without a doubt, the dryest part of my body. Once in middle school, a boy named David refused to hold my hand during a game because he told me that I had "old person" hands. Anyway, "slugging" saved my hands. While other dry areas of my body were itchy and uncomfortable, there were days where it hurt to use my hands because my skin was so dry. Overnight, my hands became less inflamed, and the pain was relatively gone. After about a week of slugging my hands, I can absolutely tell a difference as most of my eczema flare-ups have gone down.
If you have dry skin, you should definitely try out slugging. It's inexpensive, easy, and shows results. It's definitely for very dry skin, as those with oily skin have reported that using petroleum-based products can clog pores. As for me, I'm a proud member of the slug club and will continue to keep my Vaseline in my skincare's regular rotation.
Have you ever tried slugging before? What are some of your favorite dry skin hacks? Let me know in the comments!