Summer and winter care


Hot, dry climates with low levels of humidity can result in dry skin. It is important to keep eczema affected skin moist – wear natural fabrics (cotton is best) to keep cool and minimise itching.


The heated indoors can also lead to very dry skin from the low humidity levels. Keep warm in winter, whilst avoiding the irritating fabrics such as wool and some synthetics.

Take a bath

A bath can hydrate the skin and get rid of some of the discomfort. Bath oils help skin dryness – Grahams Natural Alternatives Bath Oil has had some terrific results and may prove useful.

Bathe in warm water and moisturise the skin within a few minutes after the bath (and before the water evaporates). These moisturisers are much more effective if applied when the skin is still wet.


Moisturising is the best protection against eczema.

You need to moisturise as often as is required to keep your skin soft throughout the day.

Extra tips on caring for Eczema in Winter

We usually associate eczema flare ups with the heat of summer. Whilst this is true the change in our life style in winter can also cause problems with eczema skin.

  • Our main aim in winter is obviously to keep warm. This means we have heaters and fires burning. This heated indoor setting results in low humidity that is a major cause of dry skin.
  • We also wear extra layers of clothing. Remember that some clothes do not allow our skin to breathe and some fabric fibers are rough and will irritate delicate, sensitive skin.
  • Dress in layers but try to keep cotton against your skin. Avoid wool and synthetic fibers. Cover more of your skin in an attempt to keep warm. You do not want to dress in clothes that will not breath as they will cause perspiration that will lead to irritated, itchy skin.
  • Cotton protective gloves under warm woolen gloves will help to protect the hands and avoiding synthetic socks will help to protect the feet. Don’t stay in wet clothing. Especially wet shoes and socks.
  • Now that the heat of summer is over don’t become slack with your emollients. Good skin care is vital to protect your skin during the harsh winter.

Mel Sinclair, RN