Innovative Protective Cream Improves Skin Health in Cold Working Environments

With winter just around the corner, it is time for organisations to focus on protecting employees working in low and freezing environments. Stokoderm® Frost, a specialist pre-work cream formulated by Deb, is designed to keep the hands, face and other exposed skin healthy in cold working conditions.

Exposure to the cold for long periods of time in a workplace can cause issues with dry skin and lead to severe long-term problems. Dry skin is an especially common problem during the winter, when the humidity level outside drops, the air outside is cold and dry, and the water in the skin evaporates more quickly.

Inadequate skin protection in workplaces, such as construction sites, can also seriously hamper workers’ productivity, particularly during the winter months. Also, developing an OSD can affect workers’ morale, reduce their earnings and have a negative impact on those around them – including friends and family.

Research leaves no doubt about the seriousness of the problem: every year, around three million working days are lost to occupational skin disorders (OSDs), costing the EU an estimated €600m[1]. It is the second most common work-related health problem in Europe[2] – and that is why Stokoderm® Frost has been specially formulated to help prevent OSDs brought about by cold working conditions.

Part of the Deb Stoko® Range, Stokoderm® Frost has a dual-action formula that prevents skin dryness and allows users to apply the cream at sub-zero temperatures to -30˚C without it freezing. Dermatologically tested, it is safe to use on the hands, face and any other exposed skin. Incorporating an anti-freeze effect, Stokoderm® Frost cares for and strengthens the skin’s natural barrier when working in cold and freezing temperatures, and it helps maintain user comfort over the course of a working day.

A key feature of Stokoderm® Frost is that it absorbs quickly into the skin, encouraging its use by its ease of application. This is reinforced by the cream’s compatibility with gloves and personal protective equipment (PPE) – giving workers extra protection on the job. It is ideal for outdoor workers and those working in refrigerated environments across the construction, mining, food, catering, warehousing and logistics industries.

“OSDs are a serious health issue that goes largely unreported in the workplace: an invisible threat that affects an organisation’s productivity, as well as the health and wellbeing of its employees,” said Paul Jakeway, Marketing Director at Deb. “Workers in cold and freezing environments are

at even higher risk of developing an OSD due to severe skin dryness.”

“Keeping hands moisturised and healthy in the coldest of conditions is crucial in establishing a safe and productive workplace,” he continued. “That is where the Stokoderm® Frost comes in. It is essential for maintaining effective skin health and reducing the risk of OSDs in users whose skin is exposed to cold working conditions.”


[1] European Agency for Safety and Health at Work – publications/publications/factsheets/40

[2] European Agency for Safety and Health at Work –