Social media and trends go hand in hand. Be it fashion, makeup, health or skin care, we all have been influenced by a fad at some point. One such skin care trend that took Tik Tok by storm was Face Slugging. This skin care trend involves applying a thick occlusive product, such as petroleum jelly or a heavy moisturiser, as the last step in your night time skin care routine to create a barrier that locks in moisture. In this article, we will talk about how to enhance slugging with aloe vera, benefits of aloe vera gel on face and benefits of aloe vera on face overnight application. Benefits of applying aloe vera on face include moisturising, natural cooling effect, anti-inflammatory properties and more.  

Face Slugging Enhanced by Aloe Vera: The Basics 

The term ‘slugging’ comes from the shiny, glossy appearance the occlusive product gives to the skin, resembling a slug’s trail. Slugging is especially beneficial for dry skin type as it keeps moisture in the skin by preventing transdermal water loss. While slugging is usually done using heavy moisturisers or thick petroleum jelly, you can enhance the process by adding aloe vera gel as an additional step in your night time skin care routine.   

Face Slugging Enhanced by Aloe Vera 

1. Cleanse 

Face Slugging Enhanced by Aloe Vera

Cleansing is the first step in any skin care routine. It helps remove any build-up, dirt and makeup residues. It also opens up the pores for other skin care ingredients to penetrate deeper into the skin. Clean your face with a gentle cleanser suitable for your skin type. 

2. Toner 

Face Slugging Enhanced by Aloe Vera

Toners are typically formulated to help balance the skin’s pH levels. Many toners contain ingredients that can temporarily tighten and minimise the appearance of pores. They also contain hydrating ingredients like hyaluronic acid and glycerin that help to replenish and lock in moisture. It also prepares the skin for better absorption of other skin care products. 

3. Serum 

Face Slugging Enhanced by Aloe Vera

Serums help in spot treatments and address specific skin concerns such as fine wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, acne or dullness. They also deeply hydrate and plump the skin and improve its elasticity. Serums often contain antioxidants such as vitamin C and E that help protect the skin from environmental stressors and maintain a healthy appearance.   

4. Occlusive Step with Aloe Vera Gel 

Face Slugging Enhanced by Aloe Vera

While aloe vera gel is generally not considered a traditional occlusive product owing to its lightweight and water-based nature, its hydrating properties can help seal in moisture to some extent. Aloe vera gel is rich in water content and act as a humectant. Enhance the process of slugging with Lakme 9to5 Naturale Aloe Aqua Gel. Made with 100% pure aloe vera, this gel is lightweight, non-sticky, hydrating and suitable for all skin types.  

Take a generous amount of pure aloe vera gel and gently massage it onto your face. Ensure to cover your entire face, including the neck, that need extra hydration and soothing. Allow the aloe vera gel to absorb into your skin for a few minutes. Dry skin often feels irritated and tight. Aloe vera gel’s anti-inflammatory properties help soothe and calm dry, irritated skin.  

5. Lock in with a Thick Moisturiser 

Face Slugging Enhanced by Aloe Vera

To lock in the goodness of aloe vera gel and other skin care products, layer a heavier moisturiser on top of aloe vera gel for a stronger occlusive effect. This can help create a more robust barrier and enhance moisture retention. Choose a moisturiser that works well for your skin type and concerns. Do not forget to cover your neck as a part of your skin care routine. After the moisturiser has fully absorbed into the skin, you can seal the deal with a petroleum jelly.  

FAQs about Face Slugging Enhanced by Aloe Vera 

Q1. Can slugging be done on oily skin type? 

A. Oily skin type is prone to acne and breakouts, and slugging might not be for you. Coating the face with heavy petroleum-based occlusives could trap impurities in the skin and cause irritation and further breakouts. Instead, just use lightweight, hydrating skin care products that will nourish the skin while sleeping without the risk of breakouts. 

Q2. How often should slugging be done? 

A. The frequency of slugging depends on your skin type. If you have very dry skin, slugging two or three times a week will give the skin a big hydration boost. For oily skin, slug every fortnight or just in the winters. 

Q3. Can aloe vera gel be used under makeup? 

A. Yes, aloe vera gel can be used as a makeup primer before applying makeup. Ensure that the gel has fully absorbed before applying makeup. 

Any beauty regime that supports moisture barrier and hydrates the skin is a must try. Slugging may be a trend but the benefits of it make it a welcoming step in your skin care routine. Aloe vera is not only beneficial for skin but also for your hair. Let us know if you’ve tried slugging and if it has transformed your skin.