Porcelain effect: how is the Korean technique that is all the rage to keep the skin hydrated


Dryness occurs when there is an imbalance of water and lipids in the upper layer of the epidermis, the function of the hydrolipidic mantle does not perform its function correctly and different skin discomforts begin to be noticed (GETTY)

To have healthy skin there are two steps that are essential: that it is clean and hydrated. Depending on each type of skin, one type of moisturizer or another should be applied. But dry skin, for example, requires a lighter moisturizer in the morning and a more dense and concentrated one at night to enhance its effect. This new technique, slugging, has emerged from the need to maintain skin hydration.

This method, which does not convince everyone, consists of applying an occlusive product -for example, a thin layer of Vaseline on the skin- as the last step of the nightly cleansing and care routine. Occlusives are oils and waxes that form a layer on the skin to help protect and regenerate it.

The ultimate goal of this strategy is hydration. According to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), petroleum jelly can help relieve dry skin. This, in turn, provides other benefits such as younger, brighter skin full of vitality. It is especially recommended during the cold and less humid winter months. They tend to leave the skin feeling dry and tight.

It is important to remove the remains of Vaseline and cleanse the face well in the morning. The AAD states that petroleum jelly can even be used to soothe dry lips and eyelids. The main benefit of slugging is to improve the barrier function of the skin and prevent transepidermal water loss. By sealing the skin with an ointment, it helps prevent and minimize water loss. Locking in this moisture is what keeps your skin hydrated, which makes it look more youthful.

Vaseline can help relieve dry skin.  It is especially recommended during the cold and less humid winter months which tend to leave the skin feeling dry and tight.  (GETTY)
Vaseline can help relieve dry skin. It is especially recommended during the cold and less humid winter months which tend to leave the skin feeling dry and tight. (GETTY)

This type of treatment is not recommended for oily, acne-prone skin., as it can further clog pores and aggravate the problem. Nor for sensitive skin that requires special care with the products to be applied because they can cause allergic reactions, eczema or redness.

the slug It is a more suitable technique for those with dry skin, especially for skin prone to eczema, irritation or cracks, as it can help alleviate some of these problems. Even for those who don’t have dry skin but frequent dry environments, these can exacerbate water loss and dry skin. That is why the application of an occlusive ointment, such as Vaseline, can help.

Dry skin It has various characteristics: tightness, irritation and sometimes peeling and even redness can be observed. They are skins that, as a consequence of this, they lack luminosity and are rough to the touch.

People with dry skin find it uncomfortable and tight, and they need unctuous textures that allow them to deal with that feeling of discomfort. This type of skin usually presents wrinkles and expression lines marked prematurely. Even in winter they suffer a lot from the cold, the wind or the environmental dryness caused by the heating.

The dryness of the skin, normally, is usually treated by external factors such as pollution, climatic changes or nutritional deficiencies.  (GETTY)
The dryness of the skin, normally, is usually treated by external factors such as pollution, climatic changes or nutritional deficiencies. (GETTY)

Although there are no studies to date to support the results, slugging is a common practice that has become very fashionable since social networks. The objective of this routine is to facilitate the penetration of the products that were previously applied to the skin, to stop the loss of water during the night and for the skin to wake up radiant and fresh.

It is also a good strategy to protect it from low temperatures, but one point to keep in mind is that you must ensure that it is suitable for your skin type before applying it.

The occlusive barrier created by these types of products not only helps the health of the skin, it can also work to make the other skin care products more effectivesince the application of products below the occlusive barrier It helps other skincare products (like serums or creams) penetrate deeper, as they won’t be able to evaporate thanks to the oily layer.

And although the benefits of slugging are many, it is important to note that the trend may not be for everyone as it can exacerbate or complicate some types of skin conditions, which is why It is essential to always consult a specialist doctor.

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