Slugging: The New K-Beauty Trend

Have you heard about the new beauty trend? It’s called “slugging.” Sounds pretty gross, right? Daley Quinn from Real Simple explains it perfectly: “slugging is a K-beauty trend of generously applying petroleum-based product as the final step in your routine, to help lock and seal in your skincare products overnight, and then washing it off with a cleanser the next day.” Are you saying “eww” yet? The idea of lathering a petroleum-based product – which is often times a jelly-like substance – on your face just sounds… yucky.  

Are there benefits?

There are benefits to this! Your skin will evolve into a soft, hydrated dream. This happens due to the product locking in moisture, preventing water loss, and repairs natural lipid barriers that bind skin cells together. Lipids contain hydrocarbons which essentially make up the structure and function of cells within the skin. This process allows the outer layer of your skin – the epidermis – to look and feel its best.

Take a look at this image...

If you look at this picture and see vaseline, then I have news for you.

But if you look at this picture and see beeswax, you are on the right track! 

Slugging can be beneficial and it can be done daily to be more effective- but only if you use the right products.  

But first, what exactly is petroleum?

Traditional "slugging" uses vaseline.  Below, I will give you a natural alternative that is as effective as the bees at making honey! 

It’s known that petroleum is a natural mixture often times found in gasoline, kerosene, diesel and oil. According to David Suzuki Foundation’s article ‘The Dirty Dozen: Petrolatum’, “petrolatum is mineral oil jelly. It is used as a barrier to lock moisture in the skin in a variety of moisturizers.”

Can petrolatum be hazardous?

Based off of the same article mentioned above, petrolatum has a chance of being contaminated with polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs). “Studies suggest that exposure to PAHs – including skin contact over extended periods of time – is associated with cancer.” Also note, the European Union classifies petrolatum as a carcinogen and does not allow it to be used in cosmetics. Finally, this ingredient can also cause skin irritation and allergies.

What are some natural substitutes for petrolatum?

A key natural ingredient that is a perfect substitute for petrolatum is beeswax. It offers a thick application, just like the jelly substance of petrolatum oil, that locks in skin's moisture to leave it looking smooth and soft. Also incorporating all-natural, organic oils that supply the needed vitamins for your skin will help you obtain that hydrated, healthy skin you desire. Curious what oil contains this quality? Baobab oil. It is very rich in vitamins A, D, E, F, oleic acid, linoleic acid, and Omega 3, 6, and 9 fatty acids. It absorbs quickly and is used to promote healing. Baobab oil is known to be highly moisturizing, emollient, and soothing.

Primal Life Organics offers a mass amount of facial skincare products that are all-natural, organic and vegan. You absorb 70% of what you put on your skin… your skincare matters. Out of the multiple facial moisturizers, one in particular includes beeswax and baobab oil – Beyond Face Moisturizer. It is our best-seller, with tons of positive testimonials. Let’s just say this is like the “holy grail” of moisturizers. It goes above and beyond hydration! Think of it as food, but for your skin. An ideal replacement for petroleum-based products; simply apply a small amount, 1-2 times daily on clean, dry skin and take on the day (or night)!

Are you ready to join the slugging trend, but WITHOUT petroleum? Enjoy the hydrated, soft, smooth, heavily moisturized skin and ditch the potential side effects that come from petroleum. Opt in for PLO’s Beyond Face Moisturizer so you can naturally revive your skin… from soil to soul.

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Daley Quinn February 18, and Daley Quinn. “Here's What Dermatologists Have to Say About the Skincare Slugging Trend.” Real Simple, 18 Feb. 2021,

“The Dirty Dozen: Petrolatum.” David Suzuki Foundation, 12 Feb. 2020,


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