Slugging with Vaseline
If you have a TikTok, you likely couldn’t go without seeing mentions of slugging earlier this year. Experts are seemingly split on whether this technique is beneficial, and if so, who for? Licensed aesthetician and regional educator at Heyday Adi Kempler says the method can be beneficial. However, she discourages using completely occlusive products like Vaseline or Aquaphor. These formulas can trap “natural oils, sweat, and possibly bacteria in the pores,” she explains. “When oils, sebum, dirt and bacteria get trapped, it can lead to breakouts and clogged pores.”
For those interested in slugging, Kempler recommends opting for a facial oil instead. “A facial oil will have a higher molecular weight than your serum and moisturizer,” notes Kempler. It will still provide your skin with the benefits of locking in moisture while also allowing your skin to breathe.