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From cleaning make-up brushes to faking a fuller pout, 2020 has been the year of the TikTok beauty hacks. And the latest is one of the weirdest yet, with one of the strangest names – “slugging”.

First made popular on Reddit a few years ago and now doing the rounds on TikTok, slugging is a beauty trend that started in Korea and involves applying a petroleum-based emollient such as Vaseline all over the face, then leaving it on overnight. The method gets its name from the sticky, shiny way the product looks on the skin.

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By “occluding” the skin (locking in moisture), this trick claims to leave the face glowing and feeling softer and smoother.

“I woke up the next morning, and my face has never been so soft,” wrote one Reddit user. “I am reborn. I am a new woman. No new breakouts. My skin is smooth and happy and bouncy; everything it should be and never was.”

And people are now raving about this method over on TikTok, too.

“Tried this last night – I woke up glowing!” one happy user wrote underneath a video explaining slugging, which has accumulated nearly 100,000 likes.

“I have been using Vaseline for many years and I get so many compliments on my skin,” another commented.

But is slugging actually any good for your skin, or is this just another crazy internet fad? Top facialist Andy Millward shares his thoughts…

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“It's used in dermatology to help manage conditions like eczema or other [skin] barrier issues, and also used for wound healing,” Andy explains. “Occlusion helps to quickly seal the skin, reducing water loss, and helps to reduce the inflammation enabling the skin to heal faster.”

He goes on to explain that a product like Vaseline can also be used as a short-term mask to help products underneath sink in, or after a procedure such as a chemical peel or micro-needling to help the skin heal.

But this doesn't mean everyone should automatically reach for their nearest tub.

“If your skin barrier is healthy and you avoid causing issues in the first place then slugging is kind of redundant and unnecessary,” Andy says. He also mentions that it’s unlikely to feel great on oily or combination skin.

A lifelong staple in bathroom cabinets for years and a beauty bargain, starting from just £1.49, a number of celebrities have also declared their love for Vaseline.

Jennifer Aniston apparently applies the petroleum jelly under her eyes every night to prevent wrinkles from developing, while Tyra Banks once revealed it to be her “biggest beauty secret ever”, handing out pots to everyone in the audience on her chat show. Love Island’s Dani Dyer has even created her own lip gloss range with Vaseline.

So, to slug or not to slug? We’ll leave that up to you to decide…

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