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The weather might be ugly but you don't have to be. Follow our tips to get glowing now.

It's easy to start looking more dull than dazzling. Our skin feels dry and appears wan, our hair is limp and frizzy and our feet get as rough and leathery as the shoes covering them. But never fear! You can beat these beauty blahs with some pampering that'll perk up your mood and your appearance.

The problem … My face is dry and flaky.

Your skin's oil production and cell turnover slowdown in colder months. When you add arid air you get a build-up of dead cells which makes skin look dull.

The solution

Increase how often you exfoliate. Use a gentle peel or scrub to exfoliate daily (or every other day if your skin is sensitive), removing dead cells from your skin's surface. Then moisturize, because exfoliation primes the face for optimum absorption. Also drink extra water to hydrate from within.

The Products

Description: Gently buff away flaky skin with Palmer's Cocoa Butter Formula Gentle Exfoliating Facial Scrub

Palmer's Cocoa Butter Formula Gentle Exfoliating Facial Scrub

Gently buff away flaky skin with Palmer's Cocoa Butter Formula Gentle Exfoliating Facial Scrub ($9.99; pharmacies). It buffs and polishes away impurities with micro-fine crushed cocoa beans and light cocoa butter to nourish skin. KORA Organics Hydrating Day and Night Cream ($59.95; David Jones) is formulated to replenish and revitalise skin. Best of all the cream is free from sulfates, Parabens and other Nasties so you can lather with confidence.

The Problem … I have more static than hair.

Dry air saps moisture from your tresses, wind can make it unruly and covering it up can make matters worse. (Rough fibres such as wool can also break the hair and damaged hair equals more static).

The Solution

Skip the hat for a few days and keep hair hydrated with products that improve its elasticity and overall health.

The Products

Description: Argania Hair Oil

Argania Hair Oil

With high levels of essential fatty acids to protect and repair Argania Hair Oil ($34.99; pharmacies) works fast to restore shine and elasticity. Apply a few drops to your palms and work through your hair from the mid-section down, then style as usual. A deep conditioning treatment will nourish and strengthen hair damaged by the environment. We love Sukin Botanical Protein Treatment ($12.95; Priceline). It contains wheat protein and sesame to fortify and nourish even the driest locks.

The problem … My crow - Is feet are out of control.

If you've ever thought that you look older in the winter and fresher and younger in the summer, you're not crazy. Winter skin is less plump due to dehydration, which can make the fine lines around your eyes look more pronounced.

The solution

Soothe and smooth delicate under-eye skin with a product that provides lasting hydration.

The products

Description: Potent Eye Cream by Benefit

Potent Eye Cream by Benefit

It's Potent Eye Cream by Benefit ($58) contains sodium hyaluronate, a powerful hydrating agent that keeps skin moist and smooth, as well as loquat extract which helps restore elasticity and firmness to the skin. Replenish moisture while you sleep with AHAVA Continual Eye Treatment ($45; ahava.com.au). This quickly absorbed gel-cream drenches the eye area with moisture for eight hours. It's hypoallergenic so is suitable for all skin types.

The problem … My lips and hands are chapped and cracked.

Dry weather and harsh wind are rough on exposed extremities and your lips are even more difficult to keep supple this season - especially if you keep licking them. This actually steals more moisture from the skin rather than sealing it in.

The solution

Use a thick and creamy product with staying power for long-lasting hydration.

The products

Description: Kit's Multipurpose Wonder Balm

Kit's Multipurpose Wonder Balm

Keep your entire body moisturised and protected from the elements with Kit's Multipurpose Wonder Balm ($22.95). With honey, coconut oil and paw paw extract, this balm is safe to use on lips, face, nails and body. Lock out external irritants and lock in moisture with NS-5 Protective Hand Cream ($8.95; pharmacies). Its light, non-greasy formula contains vitamin 35, aloe vera and grapeseed oil. Great for sensitive skin, it contains no petro-chemcials or other potentially irritating ingredients.

The problem … My feet look too old for me.

It's often a case of "out of sight, out of mind" when it comes to our feet in winter and they quickly become cracked and dry from neglect.

The solution

You needn't go pedicure-crazy when your feet are covered most of the time, but a little pampering will make them much prettier when you shed your shoes come spring. "Apply a thick layer of foot cream at night, when skin absorbs products most efficiently," says dermatologist Dr Dennis Gross.

The products

Description: La Source Sea Foam Foot Soak

La Source Sea Foam Foot Soak

La Source Sea Foam Foot Soak ($20) is the first step in any at home pedicure ritual. The soak contains sodium bicarbonate formulated with laminaria seaweed and algae extract to help silken and condition. Keep your feet looking healthy with Avon Footworks Pumice Stone and Brush ($8.99). The pumice will smooth rough skin and calluses, while the brush will make toenails glisten even in the dead of winter.

The problem … My entire body looks ghostly.

Hiding from the sun in bulky clothes can make skin sallow.

The solution

You needn't fear the formerly funky odors and orange palms of old-school self-tanners; today's tan-it-yourself options are practically goof-proof (and smell lovely). After applying, wash your palms but not the backs of your hands or you'll end up with the white-glove effect; tan arms and pale hands.

The products

Description: Ella Bache's Great Tan Without Sun

Ella Bache's Great Tan Without Sun

With a uniquely tinted formula to assist with application, you'll wonder how you ever did without Ella Bache's Great Tan Without Sun ($40). It's enriched with cocoa butter and anti-oxidants to keep your skin nourished and ensure your golden tan lasts. If you're not quite ready to try tanning at home a tinted moisturiser can give your skin a hassle-free holiday glow. Natio Tinted Moisturiser SPF 20 ($18.95) gives a natural tinted finish and combines the benefits of a moisturiser with UVA/UVB sunscreen.

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