Why You Need To Start Slugging Your Nails (And Everywhere Else)



Get ready for a ‘lil story time on slugging. If you don’t know what it means, you’re probably thinking, “that sounds kinda gross and hella slippery.” Touché! While it’s definitely slippery, and although this hack has been around for decades, people on TikTok are going wild for its benefits that deliver soft, glowing skin simply by slathering your skin in Vaseline every night.

Well, now TikTok’s become SOOOO obsessed that they’re slugging their entire bodies, including their nail cuticles. I mean, we get it – deliciously soft skin using a dollar-friendly ingredient that you probably already own? Sign us up.

Here’s everything you need to know about nail slugging, plus a manifesto on why you should be slugging your entire body, from your face to your kneecaps and even your tresses.

Nail Slugging 101

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The hype: TikTokers recently started slugging their nails, and the hashtag has already accumulated over 27k views. In tutorials, users have been lathering their nails in a rich cuticle oil before applying an occlusive emollient like Vaseline or Aquaphor. Everyone’s praising the hack for their buttery soft hands and healthy, shiny nails. Some nailcare lovers even finish by applying a restorative hand cream and slotting their hands into gloves for 30-45 minutes to seal in all that delicious, yummy moisture.

The question is, does it work? Yes. The results are similar to the paraffin wax hand treatment that you may have seen at your nail spa. Not only will it improve your overall nail health, leaving you with stronger, less brittle nails, but it can also protect your cuticles and nails from water damage.

How to slug your nails: Start by applying cuticle oil to your nail beds like the OPI ProSpa Nail and Cuticle Oil, $17, followed by a healthy serving of Vaseline Original Petroleum Jelly, $2. For an extra handcare moment, apply a rich hand cream like our KAYALI skin, Skin Guides

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