For those who experience skin condition, complaining about the weather isn’t simply a case of ‘being British’.
WeatherBoth hot weather and cold weather can have impact on our skin. The effects of weather can also build, so it’s important to maintain skin health throughout the year – not just when flare-ups occur.
37% of people said the weather had the biggest effect on their skin.*
Hot and cold weather
Advice and Top tips
Advice from our skincare experts† for dealing with hot weather
†Experts working with RB do not endorse any product or brand.
Consider wearing looser clothing and more natural fibres like cotton and bamboo
If you get sweaty, rinse off with fresh water and change your clothes to stay cool and dry
Consider fabrics e.g. wool, synthethic fabrics can aggravate
If you’re in an air conditioned environment, you might find a humidifier makes the air less ‘dry’.
Think about where you go on holiday in case you think it could be too hot – and check average temperatures for that time of year
Tips for dealing with hot weather
When swimming, rinse off salty or chlorinated water immediately, and apply an emollient
Use a hypoallergenic sunscreen to help prevent your skin becoming sunburnt, which damages the skin’s protective barrier
Drink lots of water –your skin likes to keep hydrated.
Advice from our skincare experts‡ for dealing with cold weather
‡ Experts working with RB do not endorse any product or brand.
Humidify home air – placing containers with water near heaters
Consider an alternative heat source to dry radiators and heaters.
Tips on dealing with cold weather
Apply emollients to exposed areas, such as hands, face and neck before going outside
Put on multiple thinner layers of clothing so you can remove or add when necessary Avoid sudden drops or rises in temperature, like leaving a hot bath and going straight into a cold room
Switch to an ointment from a cream if your skin is more dry than normal
Wear cotton gloves underneath ordinary gloves to reduce skin irritation
Avoid rough woolly scarves as these can cause itchiness
Remember that setting the central heating high to a high temperature can cause you to sweat, which can irritate your skin. Learn More
Wear cotton or silk under woolly jumpers to help skin from becoming irritated
The hotter the world gets, the more it may become difficult to manage skin problems such as eczema. Hotter weather means:12
More hours of sunshine, so more time for water to evaporate from our skin
More humidity, so we sweat more, which can irritate the skin
An earlier and longer pollen season. For some people, pollen from grasses and trees can trigger their flare-ups
Date of preparation: October 2018.