While there’s no shortage of skincare fads promising flawless, younger-looking skin, dermatologists say a trend taking the internet by storm — called slugging — might actually be good for you.
Others can be downright harmful. Consumer Reports covers the do’s and don’ts of recent skincare trends.
Comparisons to a slimy mollusk as part of your beauty routine might not sound very appealing, but petroleum jelly for skincare has been around for over a hundred years.
Fast forward to today: Slugging has become a TikTok sensation, with 282 million views.
The claim: Apply the sticky stuff to your face at bedtime and knockout believers guarantee you’ll wake up with “glassy skin” in the morning.
Whether slugging will make you as clear as glass is debatable, but for many people, especially those with dry, aging, or damaged skin, it can be extremely beneficial. Why?
Petroleum jelly, found in products such as petroleum jelly and aquaphor, helps lock in moisture by acting as a protective barrier.
But it can lead to irritation and breakouts if you first apply products containing retinol or other acne-fighting ingredients, or alpha hydroxy acids found in anti-aging creams.
The excitement doesn’t stop there. Hair slugging, believed to promote hair growth, is also gaining traction.
But Consumer Reports isn’t so quick to say: putting petroleum jelly on your scalp won’t help it grow and could make dandruff worse.
Applying it to your ends can keep hair hydrated.
And there are more news in the beauty section. That twice-a-day face wash routine?
Consumer Reports says that may not always be necessary.
Washing to remove dirt and makeup is necessary, but knowing your skin type is very important.
If you have dry or sensitive skin, you can probably get away with just rinsing off in the morning and washing your face at night.
If you have oily skin, you’ll probably need to wash twice a day.
Skin lightening creams are a hot trend. Marketed to women with darker skin, these products may contain harmful chemicals, such as mercury.
Many of these chemicals have been linked to hormonal changes – and even cancer – so be sure to read the label and steer clear if anything questionable is in the product.
Sunscreen is a skincare regimen that never goes out of style. Consumer Reports says it’s important to protect your skin year-round against powerful and harmful ultraviolet rays.
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