Mr. Sunshine might be saying sayonara, but that doesn't mean that you have to say goodbye to that summer glow. Here are five skincare tips I swear by during winter. They keep my skin soft, supply and hydrated even in the dead of winter and I’m pretty sure they’ll work for you.

  1. Keep yourself hydrated

Raise your hand if you’re the kind of girl who doesn't drink water during winter?  Now in the warmer months, the heat leaves you dehydrated and thirsty, but the winter months don’t have the same effect. Hence, you might need a reminder.

Set an alarm for every two hours to remind you to drink a glass of water. I’ve found this to be the easiest way to ensure that I consume my daily requirement of water. Also, make sure to eat fruits that have high water content such as watermelon, apples, oranges, kiwi and veggies like celery, cucumbers and carrots.

2. Opt for a nourishing body wash

Most of us know that feeling of waking up on a chilly morning with dry skin all too well. During the cold season, dead skin cells can build up on your skin's surface, resulting in a complexion that looks dry and dull. To keep your skin moisturised and glowing, make sure you’re using a body wash that gives your skin the nourishment and care it needs. Opt for a body wash that contains a nourishing ingredient like shea butter. It will help your skin maintain its natural hydration level and stay soft and smooth.

3. Use petroleum jelly on dry patches

If you have particularly dry skin, then this tip is going to be handy. After showering, if you notice certain dry patches on your skin, rub Vaseline on them. It is made of 100% pure petroleum jelly and will give you that long-lasting moisturisation. Just put a thin layer of it onto dry areas like your elbows, knees and heels. This skin jelly has the ability to reach the deepest skin cells and forms a protective barrier, making it ideal to use during the harsh winter season.

4. Turn down the water temperature

I know that there’s probably nothing as comforting as a steamy hot shower in winter. But did you know it comes at a cost? Fact is, taking a long hot shower can dry out your skin and lead to itchiness. Try to limit your shower time to five to seven minutes and keep the temperature lukewarm. Anything higher can strip your skin of moisture and deplete its natural protective barrier.

Once you’re done with your shower, pat your skin dry with a soft towel and don’t forget to slather on moisturiser immediately.

5. Go for a moisturising body lotion

Once you’ve showered, quickly apply a nourishing and moisturising body lotion. Now I’ve used plenty of moisturisers myself —  some sticky, some not very effective, but I’ve found one that has proved very efficient. The Pond’s Juliet Rose Fragrant & Smooth Skin Body Lotion contains some unique ingredients. Formulated with the essence of roses, it leaves my skin happy and radiant even in this dry weather so that’s a definite win! Take a few small dollops and slather all over your body and you’re good to go!

Follow these tips for smooth, soft and supple skin all throughout winter!