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Cold weather and dry skin: how to treat and prevent irritation ?

Cold weather and dry skin: how to treat and prevent irritation ?
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Low humidity, dryness, winds and other cold weather conditions have a notable effect on how your skin looks and feels. We explore how you can update your skincare routine to properly look after your skin in winter.

The effects of colder temperatures on the skin


Colder temperatures and low humidity minimize the amount of moisture in the air, which affects your skin’s hydration levels[1].
This, in addition to wind and central heating blowing away moisture, damages the skin’s protective lipid barrier, making it susceptible to water loss.[2] This increase in dryness causes skin to reduce its natural oils, resulting in redness, irritation and itchiness, also known as winter rash.

Colder temperatures and low humidity minimize the amount of moisture in the air, which affects your skin’s hydration levels

Winter rash: 10 dos and don'ts and how to prevent it


In order to prevent winter rash, it’s important to change up your skincare routine. In colder environments, exfoliate less (about twice a week) as skin can feel more sensitive in colder weather[3].

This is because exfoliation induces skin peeling which can disrupt the skin barrier and result in water loss, and increased sensitivity[4].


A formula with smaller granules such as apricot beads works well to exfoliate dry skin without causing irritability, or alternatively a formula with glycolic acid can also induce chemical peeling without irritating the skin. Other ways to update your skincare include:

  • Switching out your water-based cleansers for those with a creamy formula
  • Introducing a hydrating serum in between your cleanser and moisturizer for extra hydration
  • Upgrading your moisturizer during winter to combat dry skin
  • Avoiding very hot temperatures when bathing as they can dry out skin[5].
  • Moisturizing throughout the day, especially after bathing and washing your hands.
  • Using hypoallergenic products (all year long) as they are gentler on the skin, with ingredients such as glycerin or shea butter
  • Wearing clothing with natural fibers like cotton, which allows skin to breathe and prevents skin from chafing and becoming irritated by perspiration
  • Wearing sun protection, even in cold or cloudy weather, as UV rays can still penetrate through clouds[6]
  • Using a humidifier at night to help combat the dryness that can sometimes result from low humidity
  • Staying hydrated at all times, as hydration is associated with the preservation of skin’s ongoing health[7].

[1] Engebretsen, K.A. et al, 'The effect of environmental humidity and temperature on skin barrier function and dermatitis.' in Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology 30.2 (2016) pp. 223-49 [Accessible at: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26449379]
[2] Engebretsen, K.A. et al, 'The effect of environmental humidity and temperature on skin barrier function and dermatitis.' in Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology 30.2 (2016) pp. 223-49 [Accessible at: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26449379]
[3] Rodan, K. et al, ‘Skincare Bootcamp: The Evolving Role of Skincare’ in PRS Global Open.4.12 (2016) [Accessible at: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5172479/]
[4] Caspers, P.J et al. 'Sensitive Skin: Assessment of the Skin Barrier Using Confocal Raman Microspectroscopy' in Skin pharmacology and Physiology 30.1 (2017) pp. 1–12. [Accessible at: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5516410/]
[5] Institute for Quality and Efficiency in Health Care (IQWiG) in Informed Health Online, Cologne, Germany 2006-. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK424900/
[6] Anderson, P.A et. al, ‘Environmental Cues to Ultraviolet Radiation and Personal Sun Protection In Outdoor Winter Recreation‘ in Arch Dermatology 146.11 (2010) pp. 1241–1247. [Accessible at: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3364536/][7] Bujan, J. et al 'Dietary water affects human skin hydration and biomechanics' in Clinical, Cosmetic and Investigational Dermatology 8 (2015) pp.413-421[Accessible at: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4529263/]

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