TikTok is a great way for discovering new trends and seemingly, one they're uncovered, they catch on like wildfire. When it comes to K-Beauty, everyone is down to try it because of its reputation from the outcome of glass, poreless, near perfect skin.
The latest trend is slugging. We're here to help you figure out what this trend is and if you should try it for your skin or not.
What is slugging?
Slugging is essentially putting a very thick occlusive, in this case, petroleum jelly, onto the skin to perform a protective barrier after you perform your nighttime routine. It locks in moisture and helps to keep skin hydrated, plump, and soft. Technically, any heavy occlusive can do this, but the poison of choice happens to be the very thing sitting in your bathroom cabinet that you likely forgot you even had.
But wait, why petroleum jelly?
Petroleum Jelly or Vaseline (it's actual brand name from) acts not only as an occlusive, but wound healer, too. It helps speed up the healing process of open cuts and wounds, which is probably why as a kid, you remember your mom slathering it after applying alcohol or peroxide all over your reddened, bruised knees in lieu of Neosporin. The thought behind applying to your face is similar. If you have open wounds or cuts from acne-scars and pimples, it helps to alleviate and accelerate healing. The thought behind it too is that it helps to relieve dryness and flakiness, helping to smooth skin texture and barrier.
Do I need to slug?
We're going to sit this one out and actually advise against it. While it seems great to slug especially for drier skin types, those who have sensitive, dry skin who are acne prone may find this to cause more clogged pores and irritation. Leading to the never ending cycle of skin treatments to reduce the breakouts and calming your skin.
Instead, we recommend just layering with a facial oil like De Palma on top of a hydrating moisturizer to really lock in that hydration to prevent and reduce transepidermal water loss, like our Dawn Richard x Ode to Self Serimony Milk Moisturizer (debuting in July). This would be a better option for those with acne-prone, dry and sensitive skin.
Happy not-slugging and raise a glass to doing what works best for you.