Palmer's Cocoa Butter Formula Original Solid Jar on woman's finger during her skin slugging routine

Skin Slugging: The Viral Trend for Hydrated, Healthy-Looking Skin

The world of internet skin care trends can be overwhelming and intimidating at times but if you follow skin care trends on social media, you’ve more than likely heard the term “skin slugging” before. Between skin and hair, the slugging beauty trend has been one of the fastest growing beauty trends making the Reddit and TikTok rounds, but do you know what skin slugging is or the benefits of slugging? Read on to learn more about skin slugging and if you should make the viral face slugging trend a part of your skincare routine.


Understanding Skin Slugging:

While the slugging term may conjure unpleasant images, skin slugging is a simple technique that involves applying a rich, occlusive moisturizer to your skin during your nighttime skin care routine. A mainstay in K-beauty routines, the skin slugging term originated from the sheen that is left on your skin after applying your slugging skincare products. Applying this occlusive product to your skin overnight helps to lock in moisture, leaving your skin looking smoother, plump, and hydrated.


Skin slugging is ideal for those with dry or dehydrated skin types as the slugging moisturizer acts as a barrier to seal in moisture and prevent water loss overnight. Slugging for oily skin is not recommended as the occlusive face slugging products can clog pores and lead to breakouts on acne-prone skin.


Slugging with Cocoa Butter

Cocoa butter is known as an ultra-hydrating, rich ingredient which makes it an ideal choice for skin slugging.  With fatty acids that help replenish the skin’s natural moisture barrier, cocoa butter naturally helps prevent moisture loss while keeping skin soft and supple. Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula Original Solid Jar blends cocoa butter with antioxidant rich Vitamin E to further promote overall skin health during your slugging skincare routine. With naturally soothing ingredients, the Original Solid Jar is perfect skin slugging moisturizer for those that have dry, irritated skin to provide relief when used as part of a skin slugging routine.

Palmer's Cocoa Butter Formula Original Solid Jar for skin slugging held in hand

How to Incorporate Skin Slugging into Your Routine

Skin slugging is easy to add into your nighttime skincare regimen. Simply follow these easy steps to swap in your slugging moisturizer:

1. Cleanse: Start with a gentle cleanser like a cleansing balm or oil cleanser to remove dirt, makeup or impurities from skin.

2. Hydrate: Apply your hydrating oils and moisturizers, but skip treatment products like spot treatments or actives like retinol or chemical exfoliants on during your slugging skincare routine

3. Slug: Apply your slugging moisturizer, like the Original Solid Jar, across your face in a thin layer, focusing on extra dry areas. You’ll want to try to apply your slugging moisturizer to damp skin – whether it is damp from cleansing or your hydrating skin care products.

4. Cleanse: In the morning, make sure to wash your face to remove any excess product and pat dry, following with your regular daytime skincare routine (don’t forget that SPF!)


To see the benefits of slugging, it is typically recommended to do your skin slugging routine 2-3 times per week; however, you can do it as often as your skin needs dictate. If you are a skin cycler, you can swap in slugging with cocoa butter on the recovery nights for extra glowy, hydrated skin.  

Woman applying Palmer's Cocoa Butter Formula Original Solid Jar to her face during skin slugging routine

Not sure if you want to jump on the skin slugging bandwagon yet? Try test driving a skin slugging routine in the evening instead of an overnight face slugging session. After getting home from work or school, perform the routine above, but don’t wait for the next morning to remove the slugging moisturizer from your face. Wash your face again before bed and gently pat dry.


A couple of skin slugging tips to keep in mind:

·  If you use OTC medication on your skin, do not apply these medications before slugging as they can irritate your skin. Discuss with your doctor before you try skin slugging to make sure that it is right for you.

·  If your skin starts to break out or become irritated, stop skin slugging. Remember, every one’s skin is different so while a skin care routine may work for some, it’s not going to work for all.


While skin slugging may be the viral TikTok skincare trend du jour, the slugging skincare routine is has long been recognized as one of the best ways to get smoother, dewy skin. Look no further than Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula Original Solid Jar for the best cream for skin slugging and try it on your dry skin tonight.


Check out Palmer’s full collection of face care products to use along with the Original Solid Jar in your skin slugging journey.