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Beautiful thanks to Vaseline – what can slugging?

So-called slugging is supposed to work wonders for facial skin overnight. But what exactly is behind this trend from South Korea? Who is it suitable for, and who should stay away from it? Tikbow asked a dermatologist.

From Südkorea some curious cosmetic applications have already spilled over to us – applications, to which also the treatment Slugging belongs, which derives from the English word "slug" for nudibranch. In fact, slugging has nothing to do with slimy animals, but rather with traditional Vaseline. The extremely greasy, slimy cream is applied to the night cream in the evening for slugging. Dr. Alice Martin, dermatologist and co-founder of the Dermanostic telepractice, explains why: “When you apply your night cream in the evening and then go to bed, some of the cream inevitably ends up on your pillow. An additional layer of Vaseline is supposed to prevent this, because while it smears, the night cream remains and can be properly absorbed under the protective film."

For which skin types is slugging suitable?

Slugging is therefore intended to prevent the night care from escaping under the Vaseline layer and thus unfolding properly. However, this closing effect of the Vaseline also brings disadvantages. "As a result, the skin can no longer breathe properly and pores become clogged", warns Dr. Alice Martin. "This can lead to or aggravate rashes and acne. "

Slugging is therefore not recommended for oily skin, combination skin or sensitive skin, she said. Those with normal to dry skin can try it out – "at first in spots instead of over the whole face", advises the dermatologist. "However, one should not expect too much from it. The risk that the skin condition after Slugging rather worsens, is very high particularly with humans, who tend to acne and Rötungen."

If slugging, then now in winter

In winter, the skin needs an extra dose of care and moisture – so those who are insensitive can try slugging once with a clear conscience. In warm months, however, it is better to keep your hands off it altogether: "Sweat cannot evaporate through the Vaseline", explains Dr. Alice Martin. Instead, it collects underneath the fat layer and softens the skin – a feast for bacteria and pathogens. The result: the skin becomes red, itchy, and pimples appear. Those who sweat heavily or quickly should therefore avoid slugging in winter. The dermatologist’s tip: "Apply rich creams during the day, even a little thicker in winter. Vaseline is more suitable for lip or nail care;


– with expert advice from Dr. Alice Martin, dermatologist and co-founder of the Dermanostic telepractice.