Consumer Reports: Skincare Trends

(WSYR-TV) – While there’s no shortage of skincare fads promising flawless, younger-looking skin, dermatologists say a trend taking the internet by storm – called slugging – could actually be good to 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 a whopping 282 million
views. The Affirmation: Apply the sticky substance to your face at bedtime and smite the believers, except
guarantee that you will wake up with a “glass skin” in the morning.

Whether slugging makes you look 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 rashes if you first apply products containing retinol or other
anti-acne 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 says it’s not that fast: Putting Vaseline on your scalp won’t do it.
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 is very important
type. If you have dry or sensitive skin, you can probably get away with just rinsing in the morning and
wash 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 darker-
skinned women, 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 all year round against powerful and harmful ultraviolet rays.

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