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With January being the coldest month of the year, this means we need to take extra care when it comes to hydrating our skins during the winter season.

In order to prevent flakiness, rough texture, acne, poor elasticity, and any looks of lines and wrinkles, it’s more crucial than ever to ensure your skin gets enough moisture.

Now across multiple social media platforms, the new beauty trend “slugging” has been a viral hit among many people struggling with dry skin.

Originating from Reddit, slugging is a brand new skincare trend consisting of coating your face in vaseline or any other product heavily containing petrolatum.

This method is the best for those who tend to have dry skin types, as it’s meant to stop transepidermal water loss and maintain skin hydrated.

For years, K-beauty regimes have included this technique, and dermatologists have been recommending slugging as the last step of a skincare routine in order to treat dry skin.

Our skin barrier is responsible for how our face feels and looks and can easily get damaged from sun exposure or even harsh skincare products.

Libe Jarvis, Boots Beauty specialist, said: “Personally, I’ve never tried it but my friends who have said that the layer of Vaseline or Aquaphor kept the moisture in, protecting their skin barrier.”

However, slugging can assist in the mending process by generating a moist environment that enables your barrier to gradually recover and rebuild itself.

In addition to the method, you need to use a good hydrating moisturiser to keep your skin healthy and glowy.

Some of the best high-end moisturisers are:

  1. Kiehl’s Ultra-Facial Cream (£30)

A lightweight “ultra-hydrator” moisturiser that leaves your skin hydrated, soft and smooth for up to 24 hours. It absorbs into the skin with an ultra-lightweight texture and is formulated without fragrance.

2. Caudalie’s Vinoperfect Instant Brightening Moisturiser (£37)

This rich cream moisturiser is designed for women who want to reduce the chance of dark spots. Once applied, the Caudalie moisturiser will leave your skin instantly more radiant. Formulated with Niacinamides to help soothe your skin and minimise any enlarged pores.

3. Curél Intensive Moisture Cream (£20)

Curél’s Intensive Moisture Facial Cream is a “light-as-air” textured moisturiser that hydrates and balances your pH levels. The award-winning bestseller in Japan is focused on dry and sensitive skin. Curél Intensive Moisture Facial Cream’s proprietary Ceramide Care Technology helps to replenish the ceramide reservoir and strengthen your skin’s natural barrier function.

4. Charlotte Tilbury Charlotte’s Magic Cream (£52)

The award-winning famous Charlotte Tilbury Charlotte’s Magic Cream is an instant hydrator that leaves your skin with a smoother and plumper complexion. It is formulated with Hyaluronic Acid, which helps keep the skin hydrated for 24 hours, and Bionymph Peptide, which helps the skin to look healthier.

If you’re looking for some of the best affordable moisturisers on a budget:

  1. Paula’s Choice Essential Glow Moisturiser (£11)

Paula’s Choice is one of the best-known skincare brands across all social media platforms. Their Essential Glow Moisturiser is a day cream that contains SPF 30 to brighten, hydrate and protect your skin against UV rays and pollution. It consists of argan oil that helps soften your skin and Vitamin E.

2. CeraVe Moisturising Cream (£13)

CeraVe is a dermatologist-approved brand that formulated a rich moisturising cream that helps protects the skin barrier. The cream is gentle on the skin, fragrance-free and fast absorbing, leaving your skin hydrated without the greasy feeling.

3. BYOMA Moisturising Rich Cream (£14)

BYOMA is a vegan and cruelty-free skincare brand that focuses on barrier-boosting. For plump, supple results and a stronger skin barrier, this thick, deeply hydrating cream melts into the skin to fully hydrate and improve your skin’s texture. All BYOMA products are oil-free and fragrance-free.

4. La Roche-Posay Cicaplast Balm B5 Multi-Purpose Repairing Balm (£15)

The La Roche-Posay Cicaplast Balm is a multi-purpose repairing balm that helps repair and soothes the skin. It is formulated for all skin types, focusing on common skin irritations such as dry patches, rashes, irritated skin and many more.

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