When I hear “TikTok trend,” I don’t necessarily feel very optimistic. After all, one of the most recent trends to come out of the popular social media app was NyQuil-basted chicken. I wouldn’t really call that a good idea.
But there is a new trend gaining popularity on TikTok called “slugging” which utilizes Vaseline as skincare, and dermatologists are saying it might not be a bad idea. Let’s take a closer look.
What is slugging?
Slugging is simply slathering your face in petroleum jelly (like Vaseline). Some slugging participants are claiming the use of petroleum jelly helps clear acne-prone skin. Others claim slugging helps their skin look more radiant. Dermatologists don’t necessarily think that petroleum jelly is a perfect cure for anything. But they do agree that using jelly products on your skin can help protect against the dry, cold winter air.
The history of petroleum jelly
While Vaseline and Aquaphor (both petroleum jelly-based products) have long been used for dry or irritated skin, better options do exist. The issue? Petroleum jelly was a byproduct of petroleum oil, which oil workers found on machinery they were working with. There is growing concern that as a byproduct of petroleum oil, petroleum jelly might not be all that safe to use. While yes, it has been around for hundreds of years, it was never meant to be used in excess.
Alternatives to slugging petroleum-based products like Vaseline
At first glance, it seems like petroleum jelly products are great. “A blend of mineral oils and waxes” is how it is described. But I do wonder how safe it is to slather your entire face (and sometimes body) in a byproduct of petroleum — especially with all of the other environmental toxins we are exposed to on a daily basis.
If you’re like me and would rather be safe than sorry, there are some great, natural alternatives that work just as well; or even better! You can even make your own super-salve with these easy-to-find, natural ingredients.
I’m jumping right in with my favorite skin-healing, moisture-retaining oil. Coconut oil has natural antibacterial properties, helping to disinfect wounds and support healthy skin and hair.
Believe it or not, this pantry staple is also a great alternative to petroleum jelly. Olive oil was even recommended to use on my baby’s behind to avoid diaper rash. It is a great alternative if there is a coconut allergy.
Rich in vitamins A, E, and F, shea butter is ultra-nourishing for dry skin. Try to look for an unrefined or raw version of shea butter to use at home.
What to choose
You can opt to use one of these natural alternatives or choose to make your own combination like this one. Either way, it’s time to start a new TikTok trend, but this time with a safer alternative than loads of petroleum oil.