Over the past 18 months in particular there have been a lot of different social media trends when it comes to beauty treatments, but one of the most recent and arguably most sensible has one of the most unattractive names possible.
Slugging, unlike leech therapy, does not involve slugs in any way but instead involves adding an extra layer to your skincare routine of affordable beauty products.
Layering has become a bigger topic in skincare, as people find that if you put heavier layers on top of lighter molecules you keep moisture and nutrients locked into your skin.
Slugging goes a step further by putting a thin layer of Vaseline onto your face, which whilst it is applied makes your face look slimy and shiny.
It works because petroleum jellies like Vaseline are occlusives, which physically stop moisture from leaving your skin. It is commonly used in surgery and during combat sports to prevent and quickly heal cuts because it keeps the skin moist.
Whilst these examples involve physical damage to the skin, the top layer of skin can be damaged in a multitude of ways, from using harsh skincare products to exposure to the sun, to high levels of pollution.
If you have greasy skin, slugging can sometimes be a problem, but not because of the occlusive itself. Studies have been published that highlight how Vaseline by itself cannot clog pores because its molecules are too big.
However, because of its occlusive properties, skin oils cannot escape, which can stimulate acne as hair follicles are irritated.
In these cases, a snail cream or water gel can be used to substitute for petroleum jelly