‘Slugging’, the new viral skincare hack | Z-non-digital

If you’ve spent endless time this winter looking for solutions to your itchy, dry skin problems, you’ve probably come across the term “slugging.” but what is it exactly? And can this viral skincare hack be trusted?

Although currently trending on social media, slugging has long been popular in the K-beauty world to combat dryness and bring out that natural glow, and it’s a practice that most dermatologists recommend it for quickly healing dryness, eczema and trapping moisture, Teen Vogue reported.

“Vaseline is an underrated ingredient that dermatologists have used for so many different things, including slugging,” Dr. Jenny Liu, a member of the American Academy of Dermatology, told USA Today.

“Not only has it been used safely for babies as a body moisturizer, or used on wounds…it provides excellent hydration to dry, irritated skin.”

To start slugging, all you need is a thick petrolatum-based moisturizer like Vaseline, Aquaphor, or CeraVe Healing Ointment.

After cleansing and moisturizing, apply a thin layer of petrolatum as the last step in your skincare routine, experts say.

“Adding it as the last step to your nighttime regimen works well to keep skin hydrated and hydrated all night long…It also allows the skin barrier to repair itself by acting as a protector,” said Dr. Lindsey Zubritsky, a certified counsel. dermatologist, told USA Today.

This is because, unlike most lotions, Vaseline is not absorbed directly into the skin. Rather, it acts as a surface barrier to keep water from evaporating and to keep you hydrated, according to USA Today.

Unfortunately, slugging may not be for everyone, especially those with oily or sensitive skin.

“If you trap things and occlude the skin, there’s definitely potential for breakouts,” Dr. Marchbein told Teen Vogue. “If you’re prone to acne but want a similar effect, I’d use a creamy moisturizer instead of petroleum jelly. Look for ingredients like ceramides, hyaluronic acid, glycerin, and dimethicone. So what’s next , you can treat with Vaseline where you are the driest,” Marchbein added.