Banana peels and glass skin? Are TikTok skincare trends worth the hype?

If you’ve spent any time on TikTok lately, you know there’s a new wave of skincare trends. The most popular ones that have racked up millions of views are slugging, banana peels, and so-called glass skin. But what exactly does each TikTok skincare trend entail, and are they worth the hype? Here’s everything you need to know:

Slugging

Not the most appealing name, the latest skin diet on TikTok is a slimy mess reminiscent of a slug trail. In fact, #slugging has racked up over 226 million views on TikTok. Simply put, slugging involves applying a layer of a heavy occlusive, such as petroleum jelly, to the face at night before going to bed.

Diana J. Rieger is a licensed cosmetologist, owner of Love Skin Holistic Medical Spa in Tempe, and creator of Love Skin Botanicals.

• Is it worth it ? Yes. Adding a layer of petroleum jelly as the last step in your beauty routine will help ensure that your other skin care products are working. Oil is occlusive, so it’s great for trapping moisture, especially in dry climates. On the other hand, if you suffer from cystic acne, slugging is not recommended as it can cause further irritation to blemishes.

• Best alternative: Petroleum products provide moisture-blocking benefits, but generally have no healing properties. A great alternative would be a grapeseed oil based product to achieve the same occlusive barrier to provide a protective moisturizing layer. Chamomile and calendula products are also recommended to accelerate skin healing.

banana peels

You’ve heard of chemical peels for your skin, but what about banana peels? A video posted by TikTok user and dermatologist @dr.mamina recently exploded showing her rubbing a banana peel on her face, neck, arms and hands.

• Is it worth it ? No. While bananas contain antioxidants and potential benefits could include hydration, exfoliation and antioxidant effects like wrinkle reduction, there is no science that says rubbing banana peels on your body will beneficial for your skin.

• Best alternative: If you’re looking for something you can do at home for exfoliation, look for AHA or Enzyme cleansers to help smooth and brighten skin. Most are gentle enough to use daily to decongest and exfoliate the skin. Enzyme scrubs are great for all skin types and can be used once a week to really nourish and give deeper exfoliation to minimize pore size and fine lines.

glass skin

It’s a skincare movement that originated with the K-beauty scene and portrays a smooth, clear, glass-like complexion. However, achieving the glass skin trend requires more than a three-step routine. It takes a healthy lifestyle, a well-honed product line, and time.

• Is it worth it ? Absolutely! You definitely need to take care of your skin from the inside out. Glass skin is what everyone should be looking for – glowing skin with the confidence to go makeup-free. Try following these steps on a daily basis: cleanse, tone, serum, moisturize, and protect from the sun.

• Best alternative: If you’ve been exposed to the sun a lot, it’s very difficult to achieve glass skin without professional help and lots of sunscreen. If you suffer from severe skin damage, monthly facials are absolutely necessary to keep your skin turning. If an at-home regimen won’t achieve the look of glass skin, professional treatments like hydrodermabrasion, IPL photofacial, microneedling, and RF skin tightening are all non-invasive treatments that should do the trick.

Author: Diana J. Rieger is a licensed cosmetologist, owner of Love Skin Holistic Medical Spa in Tempe, and creator of Love Skin Botanicals™. She specializes in holistic skin rejuvenation, non-surgical anti-aging treatments, needle-free filler injections, laser skin tightening, tag removal/treating irregularities, photo-pulse therapy LED, acne treatment and scar reduction using state-of-the-art PRP micro-needling. therapy, RF Microneedling, hydrodermabrasion and custom chemical peels. For more information, visit https://www.loveskinmedspa.com.