Slugging. What it’s All About

When new uses of beloved products catch-on, we’re thrilled. The one we’re talking about right now is called “slugging” – an intense moisturizing technique with an unglamourous name. But far be it for us to get hung up on labels especially if dermatologists tell us, they are fans too.

Simply put, slugging is the final step in a bedtime skin-care routine. It calls for spreading a bean-sized amount of an occlusive moisturizer all over your face. Leave it in place while you sleep and in the morning, wake up to super smooth, soft skin.

If it sounds a bit familiar, it’s likely you heard it from your grandmother who has been doing a version of it for most of her life. She used that famous cold cream for one reason: to lock in moisture. Decades later, the idea is basically the same but now we’re using a petroleum-based healing ointment to get the job done.

It’s scientifically sound for another proven reason: a petroleum-based ointment helps reinforce the all-important skin barrier, protecting it and helping repair damage that already exists. While many dedicated sluggers use a basic petrolatum ointment, many of our dermatologists swear by CU3 Tissue Repair with Copper Peptide Complex because it basically provides an environment that allows your skin to naturally heal and because it’s noncomedogenic and hypoallergenic, sensitivity is practically non-existent.

The beauty of slugging is in its simplicity.  To get started, cleanse thoroughly to clear away dirt, dead skin cells, excess oil and impurities so they don’t get sealed in too (Radiant Wash is perfect). Apply a serum, like DNA Total Repair or Power RE Activator and then moisturize and hydrate with Night Therapy before finishing with a light film of CU3 Tissue Repair.

In the morning, wash your face thoroughly to remove the overnight product before applying your daily skincare. And for heaven sake, don’t forget your sunscreen.