Sunderland and Newcastle Upon Tyne named the best locations for skin health

The best and worst locations in the UK for skin health have been uncovered, with Sunderland coming out top as the best place for your skin’s wellbeing and Stevenage being named the worst.

The study, conducted by skincare brand Clarins, analysed environmental conditions such as pollution, humidity, temperature, precipitation and wind, comparing more than 50 major towns and cities across the UK. As a means of ranking the locations, Clarins defined air that was low in these factors as “skin healthy”.

The results showed that the UK’s Northern coastline made up a large portion of the healthiest places to live in terms of skin, with Sunderland ranked first, Tyne second and Dundee fourth.

Alternatively, cities such as Stevenage, Luton and Swansea had more environmental factors which caused dryness, irritation and exacerbated conditions such as eczema, acne or psoriasis, so were ranked as the worst places to live for skin health.

10 best places for healthy skin in the UK:

  1. Sunderland
  2. Newcastle upon Tyne
  3. Royal Leamington Spa
  4. Dundee
  5. Edinburgh
  6. York
  7. Coventry
  8. Stoke-on-Trent
  9. Birmingham
  10. Middlesborough.


10 worst places for healthy skin in the UK:

  1. Stevenage
  2. Luton
  3. Swansea
  4. Northampton
  5. Plymouth
  6. Christchurch
  7. Bristol
  8. Sheffield
  9. Eastbourne
  10. Brighton.


The study also revealed that Google searches for terms relating to skin health have increased 18% since September 2020, with dermatologists warning of the detrimental effects of stress and anxiety caused by the coronavirus pandemic on the condition of our skin.

“What’s been interesting from a skin health perspective in the pandemic is that while our skin hasn’t been as affected by the outdoor elements, it has been affected by the stresses – and wearing masks – associated with the pandemic,” said Marie Schmid, head of training at Clarins UK.

“Looking ahead to a post-lockdown Britain, we’re all excited to get back outdoors and our study reveals the best places to go if you want to give your skin a real treat, and the places where extra skin precautions should be considered.”

What do you make of the survey results? Let us know in the comments.

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