Despite the festive spirit it brings about, despite the way it paints nature all white and beautiful, and despite allowing for the coziest of moments to round off the coldest of days, winter appears less than friendly when you think about the way it negatively affects our skin, our hair, and our overall sense of comfort.

From hair static to dry skin, the worst cold-weather beauty problems can end up affecting both the way you look, and the way you feel. But now is when you can actually start to enjoy the slow slide into spring with some easy tips that promise to fix the most common beauty complications winter gives rise to.

Discover them all, after the break.

Pale, dull skin.

If your not particularly happy about the way your skin looks all pale and dull during winter, the easiest and quickest thing to do is add a pop of bright pink or peach blush on the apples of your cheeks. Your face will get that ultimate boost of softness, and you will look radiant again.

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Add some peachy pink blush to liven dull skin. Image: at Monique Lhuillier fall 2014.

Dark circles under eyes.

In winter is when the delicate skin under your eyes can be easily irritated, all the more when you’re stressed, tired or down with the flu. To help alleviate dark circles start using an oil nurturing eye cream, drink plenty of water and boost blood circulation through regular exercise. To disguise dark circles, use a light-diffusing cream concealer.

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Avoid dark circles with the right product. Image: Shutterstock.

Chapped lips.

If chapped lips are some sort of winter staple, you got to at least try to keep them as moist as possible using a powerful balmy treatment. You should look for nourishing ingredients like castor seed oil, shea butter, sunflower oil and squalane in your lip care products.

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Give your lips extra attention during winter. Image: Shutterstock.

Hair static.

The trick to defeating the hair static during winter is washing your hair seldomly and choosing styling creams over gels and hair sprays (products containing alcohol lead to even more dryness). You may also want to switch to a natural boar bristle brush with a wooden handle, as it will reduce static from building as you comb.

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Beat static in the cold weather. Image: Shutterstock.

Red, blotchy skin.

At fault for making your cheeks red and itchy are the cold temperatures, the lack of humidity and the winter-wind. To soothe the skin and combat redness look for ingredients like licorice, chamomile and green tea, in natural products promising to diminish blotches and ease sensitive skin.

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Keep winter skin even and blotch-free. Image: at Paul & Joe, spring 2015

Brittle nails.

As a result of cold air and the temperature changes between indoors and outdoors, your nails turn brittle during winter, which means they can easily torn up. To prevent this, make it a point to rub lotion onto your nails and nail beds all throughout the day, and keep your nails and cuticles under control by rubbing them with almond oil right before going to bed.

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Strong, healthy nails make your beauty look complete. Image: Shutterstock.

Red, puffy nose.

Whether due to a winter cold that has you blowing your nose constantly, or as a result of the icy winds, your nose often gets that red, puffy look during the cold months. To fix it, dab on a bit of a color correcting concealer on the red areas. Also, try some light sun protection in the guise of an oil-free moisturizing cream.

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Forget about red noses during those chilly days. Image: Shutterstock.

Sallow complexion.

If you ever wonder what’s at fault for your sallow complexion during winter, know that the unhealthy look is due to moisture loss, with dead cells having a tendency to build up on the surface of the skin. A light exfoliation can help restore radiance, and with the right product your skin will be kept soft and hydrated.

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Keep skin smooth and clear this winter. Image: La Ritournelle by Weronika Kosinska for Ellements.

Dry, peeling skin.

In winter is when you change from your regular moisturizer to a thicker one that’s more emollient, to prevent the sensation of dry, peeling skin. During the colder months is when you also give your skin an exfoliation treatment a few times a week to get rid of rough, scaly patches of dead skin, topping that off with natural body oils for added moisture and softness.

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Supply, smooth skin is the goal during harsh weather. Image: at Just Cavalli spring 2015.

Lifeless hair.

If your hair is limp during winter, consider using a dry spray shampoo before going out to give your hair the look of a gorgeous blowout. The shampoo will soak up the excessive oil but won’t sit on the hair, gifting your locks with body and volume.

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Avoid lifeless winter hair. Image: half-up beach hair at Valentino.

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