Moisturizing your skin can achieve visible results in as little as 2 weeks. But TikTokers want even faster results and have turned to skin slugging in a bid to get super soft skin. Over the past year, there has been a 46% increase in views on videos involving slugging, according to The New York Times. But what exactly is slugging, does it work, and what other TikTok skincare trends are worth giving a go?
The slugging trend
Slugging involves plastering your face with petroleum jelly. A thick layer should be applied as it helps to lock in moisture which is what will give you soft, subtle skin the next morning. Slugging has been used for years and is particularly popular in the K-beauty scene. The trend is also backed by science with one study finding that petroleum jelly can replenish the lipids in the skin. Dermatologists say that slugging is one of the safest beauty trends you can do and it’s even good for people who are prone to eczema and similar dry skin conditions. But if you have oily skin, you may want to give this trend a miss as you’re likely to make your skin excessively greasy.
Facial hair removal
Derma planing is the technical term for women who remove the peach fuzz from their faces. To date, there have been more than 1.8 million views of the hashtag #dermaplaning on TikTok. The process involves a scalpel being used to remove a layer of dead skin, as well as vellus hair. It can be done by a professional or as a DIY job at home. One of the biggest benefits of derma planing, aside from hair removal, is smaller pores. It can also give a smooth and youthful appearance. However, experts warn that it can cause scarring, breakouts, and skin damage. If you want to remove hair from your face, a safer option is laser hair removal. Advancements in technology mean people with all skin types can have hair removed in this way. It’s also possible to have laser hair removal with dark skin as the Fitzpatrick scale is used to determine the right energy level for the hair and skin.
In January, ice rollers went viral on TikTok. Ice rollers are typically kept in the fridge and are used to massage the face. They can be used to reduce swelling and inflammation, improve puffy, tired eyes, and reduce the appearance of wrinkles and blemishes. If you don’t want to splash out on an ice roller, you can get the same effect with a handful of ice cubes. Simply, massage them into your face for a cooling, calming experience. Or, if you’re feeling really brave, follow Bella Hadid’s lead and fully submerge your face in a bowl of ice.
TikTok is home to some of the biggest, strangest, and best skincare hacks. These are just some of the trends that are popular which may boost your appearance if you give them a try.