Is slugging really the secret to glowing skin?

Here's what you need to know about the Korean skincare trend

Thirsty—that’s how our skin feels in this hot weather. Making sure that we constantly replenish lost liquids and seal moisture in our skin is important during summer, or else we’d end up with dry and damaged skin. But if you’re one of those on the lookout for innovative skincare routines, there’s an emerging TikTok trend that promises to hydrate the skin: slugging. 

Slugging is a skincare technique that originated in South Korea a few years ago before regaining popularity on TikTok. It’s simple: You just have to end your skincare routine by slathering a thick layer of petroleum jelly or any petroleum-based product on your face and letting it soak overnight. Not only does this help seal in moisture on your skin to give it a beautiful dewy glow, the petroleum jelly also aids in wound healing and strengthening a natural cell-binding barrier. 

While this will help relieve dry skin, applying petroleum jelly on your face might be a bad idea if you are prone to acne or have sensitive skin. Petroleum jelly may cause breakouts, and dermatologists also warn that excessive amounts of petroleum jelly may clog your pores.

Because slugging serves as a skincare seal, any product you use before it will also be locked into your skin until you wash your face in the morning. You wouldn’t want products that have active ingredients like retinoids to get trapped under all that petroleum jelly for a long time because that combination might end up irritating your skin. 

Experts also say that we shouldn’t confuse petroleum jelly’s ability to lock in moisture with actually moisturizing the skin. Slugging should only support your moisturizer, and not serve as a replacement for it altogether.

Instead of petroleum jelly, you might want to use facial oils instead to lock in moisture and hydrate your skin instead. Not only does it give your skin an extra level of protection, but it can also work as a spot treatment for dark spots and dryness.

Overnight masks and serums that contain ingredients like ceramide, niacinamide and hyaluronic acid also effectively hydrate your skin to produce a dewy and healthy glow minus the risks, which make them good alternatives to petroleum jelly. Get skincare products like these online via the SM Malls Online app.

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