What is beating? Experts discuss skin care trends


We’ve all tried something in the name of self-improvement. Whether it's a shiny new blush or something a little bolder, remember the salad water trend? – Most of us have dared to try a beauty trend at some point. 

Last year, a new Korean beauty trend made its way to the West: slugs (don't worry, it's not a slug). Turns out, that's exactly what your skin is missing. 

While TikTok emphasizes the benefits of confrontation, the idea behind it has been around for a while. "Slamming isn't actually new, we just don't have a fancy name for it," says Chloe Savvides, a practicing medical esthetician at Paviol Dermatology. 

"We can bring this 'trend' back to our grandmothers and great-grandmothers through the hydrating skin care techniques they taught themselves. We can think of Slugging as a classic anti-aging moisturizer." 

Savides explained how her grandmother would slather cream on her face every night, which had people complimenting her on how soft her skin was. "That's what we're thinking about hitting now." 

While social media has breathed new life (and a new name) into old trends, it's definitely not something everyone should be doing. Experts discussed beforehand what a hard hit is, who benefits from it, and who should avoid it at all costs. 

What is beating? Savvides says thumping is a Korean beauty trend that originated in South Korea. It involves applying an occlusive petroleum jelly product (most commonly petroleum jelly) to the face to "lock in" moisture and prevent transepidermal water loss, the main cause of dry skin. 

"To understand 'snail,' we need to understand what it does," she explains, adding that using an occlusive barrier like petroleum jelly to prevent moisture loss is only effective if you have extremely dry skin or suffer from other skin conditions. Facial barrier is damaged. 

All in all, the heavy hitter is slathering your skin with Vaseline. The term comes from the concept that when you apply Vaseline, your face will look shiny and sticky, like what a snail has left behind. 

Who benefits from being hit hard? Do you suffer from eczema? psoriasis? Cheeks rough from the wind? Savvides then said that it might be a good idea to slam in the meantime since it's more of a temporary solution to a minor problem. 

"If we think of the hits as 'healing' agents for the skin, we hit them more often than we think," she says, explaining how her patients often get "hits" after microneedling or chemical peels. "Hit" situation. "After a radical surgery, I applied a healing ointment to her face to 'repair' her skin. 

It's like your mother telling you to put Vaseline/Aquaphor on chapped lips or burns." Savvides says that if your skin is damaged, say due to one of the previously mentioned issues, a thin layer of petroleum jelly or Aquaphor may be a good option to heal your skin. 


Who should avoid beatings? While Marie Hayag, board-certified dermatologist and founder of Fifth Avenue Beauty, believes that people with more mature skin or those with dry faces can benefit from the technique, she doesn't think it's for everyone. 

"I don't think pummeling is suitable for people with acne-prone skin," she says. "While petroleum jelly is non-comedogenic, it is too occlusive for acne-prone skin and can trap dead skin cells and other debris, promoting bacterial overgrowth and acne breakouts." 

Should You Add Slam to Your Skin Care Routine? Savides said she tells all her patients that the goal of any good skin care routine is a balance between exfoliation and moisturizing. 

"Exfoliating and not properly hydrating the skin can lead to problems later because the skin produces too much oil to compensate for the moisture lost during exfoliation," she says. 

"Constantly moisturizing the skin without exfoliating properly can lead to dull and sometimes congested skin." Balance is key. So if you have snail fever, Savvides says, you should only hunt snails if it makes sense to do so. 

"That's why it's so important to talk to an esthetician or skin care team to create a routine that's right for you. Understanding the right balance of exfoliation and hydration is different for everyone," she says. 

"Does hitting the ball make your skin feel super soft in the short term? Absolutely, but when it comes to daily skin care, we should be thinking about the long-term effects... because that helps us stay motivated to really keep going. The ball is not for everyone. However, a properly balanced skin care routine is.” 

Is the trend a fad or is it here to stay? Debra Jaliman, MD, a New York City board-certified dermatologist, assistant professor of dermatology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, and author of "Skin Rules: Trade Secrets from New York's Top Dermatologists," says spanking may be his Another alternative to the skin care trend. 

Instead, she recommends sticking to what experts already know works. "I recommend using a highly moisturizing cream with ceramides and hyaluronic acid to seal the skin."
Savvides also recommends choosing non-petroleum-based products. "Why not get an ultra-hydrating mask? Or a hydrating cream? The idea is to lock in moisture overnight," she says.
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