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Slugging is the newest K-beauty skincare trend after glass skin. This trend is perfect for those with dry skin and who are battling hydration and moisture issues. It includes wrapping the face with petroleum jelly after the essential skincare regime as the last step in the nighttime routine. Not to forget, adding an extra layer of hydration gives out that glass skin effect with minimal effort.
Dr Nivedita Dadu, a renowned dermatologist, founder, and chairman of Dr. Nivedita Dadu’s Dermatology Clinic spoke to HealthShots about the benefits of slugging and how it can be done at home.
Slugging is an old technique that has been used for decades to moisturize the skin and heal eczematous or irritated skin. Essentially, for this, petroleum jelly is used as a mask.
Dr Dadu says “Petroleum jelly prevents transepidermal water loss and creates a barrier to prevent water from leaving the skin. As we age, our skin holds less water, so when you bind water in the skin, it creates a hydrated sheen giving that glass skin effect.”
Slugging is best known for the hydration of the skin. It repairs the skin’s natural lipid barrier, thereby preventing moisture loss. When the lipid barrier is strengthened, the overall texture and look of the skin improve drastically giving you that shiny glass skin. While petroleum jelly is not comedogenic. The routine is actually very beneficial for dry skin types.
Petroleum jelly helps to prevent infection, heal eczema and even as an SOS for pimples. Slugging can be beneficial in preventing cold sores on sensitive skin, especially during the colder months. Slugging has also shown results in managing eczema and other dry skin conditions on both face and body.
While petroleum jelly is known for soothing the skin and accelerating wound healing, it can also act as a protective barrier on the skin. “Products with petroleum jelly are often used on wounds and cuts to heal them faster, meaning they are safe to use on sensitive, prone, dry skin,” says Dr Dadu.
Slugging locks in your skincare while allowing it the chance to work on your skin without oxidizing. This helps in making the most of your skincare products. Ingredients like ceramides, niacinamide and hyaluronic acid give great results in terms of hydration, suppleness. These ingredients work well to give glass skin when used during slugging.