Both 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.*
*E45: Straight Up Skincare Project. 2018 Survey of 5,009 UK adults. September 2018.

Hot and cold weather

Hot weather
While most of us look forward to unfolding the first deck chair of summer, for some the warmer and more humid weather can trigger skin condition. This is for a number of reasons. A rise in temperature means we sweat more, which can irritate the skin, evaporation of water on skin surface may further exacerbate skin dryness. Air conditioning also dries out the skin.
Some people also have a double-whammy if their skin is triggered by tree and grass pollen – this is at a peak during the warm, summer months.
Cold weather
If you can see your breath in the air watch out for skin dryness – because cold, dry weather has been shown to increase the risk.
While it’s natural to want to stay toasty, constant high temperatures can dry out our skin. In addition, this creates the perfect breeding conditions for the house dust mite, and air current from forced air heating can be a contributor to spreading allergens in the air that can also trigger skin conditions.
“Eczema is usually exacerbated by more than one thing at a time.” Alice Lambert, Director of Services at the National Eczema Society.
Tip 2 - 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

Climate change

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

35% of UK adults notice that their skin condition is affected by different seasons. ** **E45: Straight Up Skincare Project 2018 Survey of 5,009 UK adults. September 2018. UK/E45-OTC/1018/0044. Date of preparation: October 2018


Date of preparation: October 2018.