- A beauty hack called “slugging” has gone viral on TikTok.
- Promoters of this trend say that it can help moisturize and protect your skin.
- They say it can also help reduce wrinkles.
- Skin care experts say slowing down can be a good idea if done correctly.
- However, it can lead to problems for some People With certain skin types.
There is a new viral beauty trend on TikTok these days called “beating. As of this writing, the social media site has reported 25.4 million views of videos labeled the “method of inhibition,” with beauty and skincare physicians alike influencing.
Slug, in short, involves applying petroleum jelly — or some other ointment that contains petroleum jelly — to your face as the last step in your nightly skincare routine.
researcher Kayla Paganiwho has authored a paper on the topic that was published in Clinics in dermatologyTell US news and world report The goal of inhibition is to “help moisturize and strengthen the skin barrier.” Supporters also claim that it can reduce wrinkles.
In her team’s analysis of the videos available at the time of the study, it found that 36.7% of the videos were considered educational in nature.
However, only 20.4% of these videos mentioned the risks associated with slowness.
According to Pagani, this has shown the potential to harm the general public when healthy content is not presented in a balanced manner.
However, Pagani stressed that the beating itself is not harmful. It is simply that TikTokers have not always mentioned the negative aspects associated with this practice, preferring to take advantage of the benefits.
In fact, researchers found that overall, 6 out of 10 posts focused primarily on the positives while only 2 out of 10 mentioned potential problems that users should be aware of.
So what is the reality of slowing down? Is it good for your skin? And what are the risks that may accompany it?
according to Dr. Hope MitchellMD, a board-certified dermatologist and founder and CEO of Mitchell Dermatology in Perrysburg and Fremont, Ohio, using an occlusive ointment can help moisturize and heal your skin.
“It hydrates or retains moisture, protects the skin barrier, and repairs dry skin,” she explained.
She noted that they can be performed on any part of your body, but the face, lips, and eyelids are common targets.
“Dermatologists have been using this technique in beauty to prevent trans-epidermal water loss and lock in moisture to quickly heal dry skin for many years,” Mitchell said, “and now this beauty tip has an official name — clumping.”
Dr. Susan MacickThe practice may be helpful in certain skin conditions in particular, added the assistant professor of dermatology at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center.
“If you’re someone with eczema or dry skin, using a hydrating type of moisturizer can help,” Masek said.
Mitchell said slowing down is also helpful when it comes to wrinkles.
“With age, the skin barrier loses its ability to repair itself, and one may notice decreased hydration, or sagging skin and more fine lines and wrinkles. Batting slowly can be beneficial in all of these cases.
According to Macic, it’s not that the tamping itself is particularly effective as an anti-wrinkle treatment. She noted that it can help replenish the skin’s natural barrier function.
In other words, it helps reduce the appearance of wrinkles rather than actually preventing them.
Mitchell said inhibition may not be suitable for all skin types, however, especially oily, acne-prone skin.
“Let’s face it, building another layer on top of the oil can be problematic,” she said, noting that it can clog pores and lead to more breakouts.
Macic further explained that clogged emollients like Vaseline can cause sebum (oil) and bacteria to get trapped in your pores — something you don’t want if you already have pimples.
In these cases, Mitchell suggests that people use a serum containing hyaluronic acid as a moisturizer and then a non-comedogenic lotion or cream as a spot treatment.
However, if you have dry skin, slowing down may be just the thing you need.
“Slowing down is a great way for people with sensitive skin to heal and protect their skin, especially during the cold winter months,” Mitchell said.
If you want to practice slowing down, Mitchell and Macick recommend the following routine:
- disinfection. Masic suggests using a mild cleanser and gently patting it dry.
- moist. “Consider a product with hyaluronic acid, ceramides, and glycerin that will work in tandem to lock moisture into the protected skin barrier,” advised Mitchell. She also stressed that you should avoid using products that contain alpha hydroxy acids, beta hydroxy acids, or retinoids, as these can cause chemical burns when trapped under a septum.
- Seal the moisturizer with a thin layer of occlusive ointment. According to Mitchell, some good options are Vaseline, CeraVe Healing Ointment, or Aquaphor. You can either leave the treatment on for a few hours or leave it on overnight while you sleep, Macic added.
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