Beauty hacks test: Is ‘slugging’ the secret to perfect skin?

In our new column, we test the web’s biggest DIY treatments. First up, is it worth adding an extra layer of product to your moisturiser?

The hack
Korean-inspired skincare trend slugging involves applying a thick layer of something like Vaseline over your usual products or on its own, usually at night.

The promise
The idea is to prevent moisture loss. It sounds simple but slugging (due to its resemblance to a slug’s trail) has divided opinion. Some call it a cost-effective hack, others fear it could cause acne.

The test
Most slugging-friendly products are made from cosmetic-grade petroleum jelly. I rate Epaderm (£13), Vaseline (£1.50) and Eucerin Aquaphor Soothing Skin Balm (£9; it also contains glycerine and lanolin). I cleansed my skin twice, applied moisturising serum to my face, neck and upper chest and then, after a few minutes, added a pea-sized amount of Vaseline to each area.

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