GLAMOUR Tries: We tried the Korean beauty technique of slugging (read: coating your face in Vaseline) – but did we wake up looking reborn?

There’s no better time than a national lockdown to test out the coolest new skincare/makeup/hair trends and snazzy innovations in beauty tech from the comfort of your own home. That said, there’s nothing more frustrating than spending upwards of £100 on a snazzy new hair treatment or at-home facial system, only to find out it doesn’t *actually* work.

Enter GLAMOUR Tries: the weekly Instagram series which sees GLAMOUR editors do all of the time-consuming (and expensive) work for you.

We’ve been busy trying out all of the (sometimes) wacky but always wonderful beauty crazes to take the internet by storm – from the FOREO’s UFO 2 Smart Mask Treatment to Sarah Chapman’s £138 Meso-Melt Infusion at-home facial and Toni&Guy’s Hello Day! Secret Volumising Crimper. These are the products that every veteran beauty sleuth is talking about – but that you want to do a bit of research into before buying.

Thanks to GLAMOUR Tries, you won’t need to waste your hard-earned pennies on testing these innovations yourself. We’re getting in their first, giving you the lowdown and making sure you invest in products that genuinely work. Like what you see? You can shop all of the products seen on GLAMOUR tries, with the click of a button, down below. Don’t say we don’t treat you.

On GLAMOUR Tries this week, Social Media Assistant Luca Wetherby-Matthews tried the Korean beauty technique of slugging. In short, it involves putting Vaseline on your face. Intrigued? Us too.

Vaseline, £2.99, Boots

The science behind it is that petroleum jelly acts as a moisture barrier, locking in your skin’s moisture and preventing any hydration from escaping overnight. You can choose where you want to put the Vaseline… you could do it all over you face, or, if you’ve got oilier skin you could avoid your T-Zone and target the areas where your skin is dry. You could even target your under eyes or fine lines… the choice is yours!

You want to apply the Vaseline after you’ve carried out your normal skincare routine – yes, even after your face serum and moisturiser – as this is your final step. You’re then going to sleep in it overnight and wake up (hopefully) with a transformed complexion.

So how did it go? “It wasn’t as weird as I was expecting it to be,” Luca said. “It does feel like you’re putting something on that you shouldn’t be putting on, but not too bad, so we’re going to sleep in it and see what happens in the morning.”

“There is a slight difference in my skin,” Luca said when she woke up. The bits that were the most dry, like my forehead, I can feel are definitely smoother. So I think as far as skin treatments go, it’s *super* cheap to buy a pot of Vaseline and despite its reputation of not being as chic as other products, I think it does the job.”

Vaseline, £2.99, Boots

Would you give slugging a go? Have you already tried it? Let us know your thoughts over on Instagram @glamouruk.

In the meantime, here are all of the products you’ve seen on GLAMOUR Tries over the past few weeks. Happy shopping!


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