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'Skin Slugging': Unveiling The Secret For Glowing & Hydrating Skin In Winters!

A glossy, radiant face without the slime? Unveiling the beauty trend gaining a devoted following in skincare. READ TO KNOW.

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In the dynamic realm of beauty and skincare, a groundbreaking trend has emerged, promising to bestow a dewy, radiant complexion during winter's harsh embrace. Say hello to 'skin slugging' – a peculiar term capturing the imagination of beauty enthusiasts worldwide, seeking the next transformative skincare ritual.

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Imagine a face adorned with a glossy, shining finish reminiscent of a slug's trail, minus the slimy residue. This is the visual allure of skin slugging, a skincare technique that involves generously applying an occlusive moisturizer to create a protective barrier, sealing in precious moisture. ALSO READ: DIY Winter Skincare Tips For Party & Wedding Ready!

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The origin of 'skin slugging' traces back to a 2014 Reddit post, gaining momentum as a nighttime skincare routine essential. Dr Asmita Dhekne Chebbi, a dermatologist at Apollo Spectra Hospital, Bangalore, explains that the technique entails applying a thick layer of moisturizer, often containing petroleum jelly or similar barrier-protecting ingredients.

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"To achieve the coveted slugging effect, start with a clean and hydrated face. Apply an emollient-rich or occlusive moisturizer evenly over your face in generous amounts. Proponents use this as the final step in their nighttime skincare routine, allowing the product to work its magic while you sleep," she advises. ALSO READ: Sip Your Way To Wellness: Refreshing Detox Drinks For A Healthier You!

The efficacy of skin slugging varies, with potential benefits outlined by Dr Seema Oberoi Lall, a Consultant-Dermatology at CK Birla Hospital, Gurugram:

  • Hydrates Dry Skin: Prevents trans-epidermal water loss, ensuring hydration and suppleness, particularly beneficial for those with dry skin.

  • Improves Skin Texture: Enhances softness and smoothness by sealing in moisture, leading to visibly radiant and plump skin.

  • Protective Factors: Acts as a shield against environmental aggressors, safeguarding the skin from pollution and harsh weather conditions.

  • Heals Damaged Skin: Creates a moist environment, aiding in the repair of damaged skin, beneficial for conditions like eczema and psoriasis.

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Despite the trend's popularity, skincare experts urge caution. Dr. Lall advises, "Individuals with acne-prone or oily skin may find that skin slugging exacerbates their condition. Occlusive products can trap oil and dirt on the skin, leading to clogged pores and breakouts."

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As enthusiasts embrace 'skin slugging,' it is essential to recognize individual skin types and choose products wisely. Dermatologists emphasize patch-testing and consulting skincare professionals, especially for those with sensitive or problematic skin, to ensure a safe and effective skincare journey.

 

 

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