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SLUGGING - Is It For You?

SLUGGING - Is It For You?

Skincare trends come and go, but one that has recently gained popularity is "Slugging." 

What is Slugging?

If you're not familiar with this term, it refers to the practice of applying a layer of petroleum jelly, also known as Vaseline, on top of your regular skincare routine before bed. Proponents of slugging claim that it helps to lock in moisture and keep the skin hydrated, leading to a plump and glowing complexion. Some even claim that it can help to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
While Vaseline has been used as a skincare product for decades, the trend of slugging has only recently gained traction, thanks in part to the rise of social media. Beauty influencers and celebrities have endorsed the practice, sharing their own slugging routines and before-and-after photos on social media platforms.


But is slugging actually a good idea? The short answer is: it depends.

On the plus side, Vaseline is an inexpensive and widely available product that can provide some hydration to the skin. It's also hypoallergenic, making it suitable for people with sensitive skin.


Be Cautious

One potential downside of slugging is that it can lead to clogged pores. Petroleum jelly is an occlusive agent, which means it creates a barrier on the skin that can trap bacteria and other impurities. When pores are blocked, it can lead to acne breakouts and other skin issues.


Another potential downside is that petroleum jelly is not a natural product and may contain synthetic ingredients that some people may prefer to avoid. It's always a good idea to check the ingredient list of any skincare product, including petroleum jelly, and make sure it aligns with your personal preferences and concerns.


Additionally, some people may find that petroleum jelly is too heavy or greasy for their skin type. If you have oily or acne-prone skin, slugging may not be the best choice for you. It's important to consider your own skin type and needs when deciding whether to incorporate slugging into your skincare routine.


Personally, when I tried using vaseline at night, it felt as if I am peeling my skin off my pillow every time I changed side. And I was surprised how much was still on my face when I woke up next morning.

Finally, it's worth noting that there is limited scientific research on the effects of slugging on the skin. While some people claim that it has benefits such as improved hydration and reduced fine lines and wrinkles, these claims have not been extensively studied or proven. It's always a good idea to approach skincare trends with caution and be wary of overly bold claims.


Slugging may be good for short-term

If you have tried and liked the effect please know that slugging is not a permanent solution. You may use it for short-term to help with skin dryness or damage.

However, if you need this remedy beyond a few weeks, a few nights per week, you probably need something that is more specifically targeted to address the underlying reason of your condition.

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