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I am all for the latest Tik Tok trend "nail slugging." While not revolutionary, it is an effective way to achieve soft, supple nails and skin.
Nail slugging (or cuticle slugging) follows the same methodology as other types of slugging, a South Korean-based skin-care technique that has taken the world by storm in recent years. As TikTokers have discovered, the same logic applies to your nails, especially if your hands have been feeling particularly dry and irritated. When the skin around your nails (and your cuticle bed) is lacking in moisture, your fingernails are likely feeling it too.
Nails are like a sponge, when they're dehydrated they can crack and become brittle. This can lead to hangnails, dry damaged skin, and/or nails that feel weak.
Want to give it a go?
The process is simple, it involves coating your hands/cuticles in a nourishing moisturiser, try our Cuticle Oil as the last step in your nail care routine.
You might like to start by applying a drop or two of Cuticle Oil to the skin surrounding each nail, massaging it into each nail bed. PAX cuticle oil is ultra-hydrating with:
Jojoba oil - deeply nourishing, it aids in the repair of damaged collagen inside nail beds, improving strength and promoting healthy nail growth.
Broccoli seed extract - high in essential fatty acids which help to hydrate and deeply moisturise.
Cucumber seed oil - rich in phytosterols and the plant compounds nurture and stimulate skin cells to reassure healthy skin cell regeneration while strengthening the skin's lipid barrier and improving skin elasticity.
Pomegranate seed oil - high in omega 5 fatty acid levels, delivering strong anti-inflammatory and anti-aging properties by helping to fend off free radicals.
Then you "slug" with the occlusive (a product that forms a barrier on the skin surface to trap in moisture) of your choosing, such as Vaseline, massaging it into each fingertip.
Not only is the trend dermatologist-approved but it's also a quick and easy way to bring moisture back to peeling, chipped nails and dry, sensitive skin. Doing this often will help your nails look and feel healthy, supple, and strong. It's a game changer when the weather is harsh and dry or if you rely on acrylate-based nail products, such as acrylics, tips/extensions, and gel manis as these can take a toll on your nails and cuticle beds.
If your interest is piqued, give nail slugging a try. The process itself is easy and the payoff is major, especially when you "slug" your nails regularly.
In case you didn’t know - our nails actually provide a glimpse into our overall health. If you've noticed changes in their color, shape, and/or texture, you might want to check in with your doctor. Of course, changes could also just be genetic or a normal, natural result of aging, so there's no need to panic. Your doctor will help you rule out any underlying conditions if you're concerned.