Chances are you’ve got heard of “slugging” your skincare, aka layering a thick, balm-like product comparable to petroleum jelly over your skin-care merchandise at evening for an additional layer of hydration and to seal all of your merchandise in, however have you ever heard about nail slugging? It’s all the fashion on TikTook — however is loading up your nails with layers of oils and balms earlier than mattress factor or simply an additional step you do not really want?

Nail slugging has discovered reputation on TikTook with these trying to develop stronger, more healthy nails instead of their dry, brittle, often-splitting nails (relatable). In the #nailslugging movies, customers apply a cuticle oil like CND’s widespread Solar Oil to their nail beds and rub it in then apply a thicker moisturizer atop the oil — one thing like Vaseline or Aquaphor.

The methodology is (principally) pro-approved — maybe with a tweak or two. “I always joke that my hands have a more elaborate skin-care routine than my face, especially since I use my own hands for nail content,” says nail artist Brittney Boyce. “I also always tell my friends and clients to keep cuticle oil and hand cream everywhere — the bathroom, next to their computer, on their nightstand — as it is so crucial to keep the cuticles and other skin surrounding your nails soft and supple.”

“We use occlusives like Vaseline to help heal, to moisturize, to glisten, to plump. It does it all — a panacea to our skin barrier in many ways.” 

According to Boyce, slugging your nails is a brilliant addition to your nail-care routine. “[Cuticles] are crucial for overall nail health, as their function is to keep dirt and bacteria from getting into the nail bed and [potentially causing] an infection,” she explains. “When cuticles are dry, they’re prone to splitting and cracking, which compromises that protective barrier and increases the chance of infections. That’s also why it’s important to only nip hang nails and excess dead skin.”

Mona Gohara, MD, a board-certified dermatologist primarily based in Connecticut, concurs. “That tiny piece of skin has a big job; they protect the skin under your nails,” she explains. “Unhealthy cuticles can lead to infection with bacteria or yeast along with other inflammation such as redness or puffiness.” 

Vaseline Original Healing Jelly

Aquaphor Touch-Free Healing Ointment

Aquaphor Touch-Free Healing Ointment

To her, nail slugging is a “derm’s derm come true” and Gohara says she does it herself. “We use occlusives like Vaseline to help heal, to moisturize, to glisten, to plump. It does it all — a panacea to our skin barrier in many ways.” [Gohara is a paid partner of Unilever, the parent company of Vaseline.] Gohara recommends sticking to unscented merchandise and purified mineral oils.

orly cuticle oil

Orly Breathable Cuticle Oil

JinSoon Ex-Tract Honeysuckle + Primrose Cuticle Oil

JinSoon Ex-Tract Honeysuckle + Primrose Cuticle Oil

Barefoot Scientist Inner Strength Nail and Cuticle Renewal Drops

Barefoot Scientist Inner Strength Nail and Cuticle Renewal Drops

Dior Huile Abricot Daily Nutritive Serum

Dior Huile Abricot Daily Nutritive Serum

Boyce, however, recommends skipping the petroleum jelly in favor of hand cream. “The slugging part with petroleum jelly isn’t something I would do on a daily basis, only because petroleum jelly is very occlusive and doesn’t really absorb into the skin,” she shares. “It leaves a slightly sticky and tacky texture. I’d rather use an oil or cream that absorbs into my skin and doesn’t get all over my phone.” 

As for product faves, Boyce likes Orly Breathable Cuticle Oil, JinSoon Ex-Tract Honeysuckle + Primrose Cuticle Oil, Barefoot Scientist Inner Strength Nail and Cuticle Renewal Drops, and Dior’s Huile Abricot cuticle cream. For hand lotions, she’s a fan of KP Away Lipid Repair Emollient and Nécessaire’s Hand Cream. Boyce applies cuticle oil and cream about 5 to 6 instances per day however provides that it’s best to make sure to apply oil after you do your nails as a result of something too oily can have an effect on polish, gel, and even press-ons.

KP Away Lipid Repair Emollient

KP Away Lipid Repair Emollient

Nécessaire The Hand Cream

Nécessaire The Hand Cream

In brief, slugging your nails with an oil and a thick occlusive offers your cuticles the TLC they deserve. “Cuticles take a beating, a bigger beating than the rest of the skin in many ways, particularly with all of the cleansing, sanitizing, biting, picking, manicuring, working, and anything else we do to our hands,” Gohara explains. “Adding an occlusive — and a lot of it — helps the cuticle skin by protecting it and giving it a chance to heal its way to health.” And as everyone knows, pleased cuticles often imply pleased nails as properly.

OK, TikTook, we’ll offer you this one.