Skin Slugging 101

Skin Slugging 101

You've just done a carefully curated, multi-step bespoke skincare treatment. After all that hard work, it would be a shame if your skin only absorbed a fraction of the active ingredients in your skincare products. But sadly this is a common reality. Enter Skin Slugging!

What is Skin Slugging?

Slugging skincare is a skincare application technique that uses an "occlusive" as the last step in a skincare routine to create a protective "slug-like" sheen. (We love a goo moment.)

What is an occlusive you ask? Occlusives form a protective barrier layer on the skin's surface, sealing in moisture and creating a shield that not only prevents hydration loss but also defends your skin from external irritants.

If you frequently wake up with dry, parched skin, adding a slugging skin care step to your routine could be the key to a newer, dewier complexion.

Is Slugging Good For Your Skin?

Everyone has their own unique skin, so there's never going to be a one-size-fits-all solution for any skin routine. However, slugging skin can be extremely beneficial, especially for people dealing with very dry or dehydrated skin. Skin slugging specifically targets moisture retention. Using a robust occlusive moisturizer, like Eight Saints Night Shift Hydration Gel, creates a protective barrier on the skin's surface, which can be ultra helpful in harsh or dry climates.


However, whether slugging is good for your skin depends on your individual skin type and needs. It may not be suitable for absolutely everyone, and there are some potential issues to consider:

  • Your Skin Type: If you're someone with oily or acne-prone skin, a thicker, occlusive product used in slugging could potentially clog pores, which may lead to acne breakouts or exacerbate existing skin issues. It's best to test skin slugging on a smaller patch of your skin first.
  • Seasonal Variability: Skin slugging doesn't have to be a year round, permanent fixture in your skincare routine. If you find your skin is irritated and dry during winter, that's a great time to introduce a slugging step into your routine. But if it's warm and humid and your skin feels hydrated, it’s okay to skip skin slugging.

Working the Night Shift

At Eight Saints, our natural product line features a stellar super hydrating gel that is the perfect complement to almost any nighttime skin care routine: Night Shift Hydration Gel. This peptide-rich anti-aging gel moisturizer not only looks and sounds cool, but feels cooly amazing when applied. It's an all-over face moisturizer that is comfortable like a cream but powerful like a specialized serum.

What separates Night Shift Hydration Gel from other nighttime skincare products is the feel and undeniable results. Say bye to heavy and greasy creams because this gel moisturizer offers an intense surge of hydration without any of the sticky feel - all while actively stimulating collagen production to reduce fine lines and enhance your skin's overall appearance.

Plus, Night Shift’s lightweight nature makes it the perfect addition to your skin-slugging routine, allowing you to layer it with other products for a total skin hydration experience.


What's In It?

Night Shift Hydration Gel has a few key ingredients that make it a superstar for skin slugging:

  • Hyaluronic Acid: Hyaluronic acid is a moisture magnet, holding up to 1,000 times its weight in water. When applied topically, like in our Night Shift Hydration Gel, it locks in moisture, improving skin's plumpness and suppleness. This strengthens the skin's barrier, combatting dryness and enhancing overall skin health to better withstand environmental stressors.
  • Peptides: Peptides are short chains of amino acids that play a key role in supporting the skin's natural anti-aging defenses. They stimulate collagen production, enhance skin firmness and elasticity, soften expression lines, strengthen your skin's moisture-retaining barrier, improve skin texture by helping with cell turnover, and offer anti-inflammatory properties that soothe and heal. Peptides also brighten the complexion and address uneven skin tone and hyperpigmentation, making them a versatile addition to your skincare routine.
  • Organic Licorice Root: Organic licorice root is a natural botanical extract renowned for its ability to enhance the appearance of uneven skin tones. Packed with antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties, it soothes irritation, reduces redness, and brightens your complexion. This powerful ingredient helps minimize hyperpigmentation and other age spots, leaving your skin with a more balanced and vibrant look.

To Slug or Not To Slug?

If you're feeling a bit apprehensive about trying skin slugging, it's always a good idea to consult with a dermatologist or skin care professional. They'll help you determine if it's the right approach for your skin type and your individual concerns. When you’re ready to start skin slugging, just make sure you’re armed with a fresh jar of Night Shift Hydration Face Gel. Bye bye dry skin!