How To Soothe Sunburn Expert Tips in The Sun

28 Jul 2021 | Category: Medical

the sunWhile the UK struggled with the heatwave, The Sun issued valuable advice on how to soothe sunburn, with tips from GP and skin expert Dr Ross Perry. 

Cosmedics founder Dr Ross Perry has always stressed that it’s best to avoid getting burnt if at all possible, as sun exposure raises the risk of skin cancer as well as pigmentation problems and premature ageing.

However, sometimes with the best will in the world, you might end up getting caught with a bit of sunburn.

5 ways to soothe sunburn

If the worst should happen, The Sun shared 5 tips on how to handle sunburn:

  1. Cold compress: a cool flannel can help cool your skin without putting it under too much water and exposing you to even more pain. Ross explained: 

    “…lightly dampen your skin with a soft flannel which will cool the burn without exposing it to too much water.

    “Use a dabbing motion and be careful not to rub at the skin as this will disrupt your skin barrier further”

  2. Moisturise: apply generous amounts of ceramide-enriched moisturiser to damp skin. This helps to lock in hydration and soothe the skin. Ross explained:

    “While your skin is still damp (this will prevent the minerals from settling on the skin), apply generous amounts of ceramide-enriched moisturiser which locks in hydration.

    “Be sure to avoid petroleum or any oil-based ointments which may trap the heat and make the burn worse.”

  3. Reduce inflammation: painkillers such as ibuprofen can help reduce swelling and make you more comfortable if you’re in discomfort. Ross explained:

    “As long as you take some in the first few hours of getting your sunburn, taking a couple of ibuprofen could help reduce swelling and decrease discomfort.”

  4. Be gentle: avoid using any harsh products such as exfoliators, toners, face masks, and anti-aging products until it starts to heal. Ross explained:

    “You may have to rethink your daily skincare routine if you’re dealing with sunburn on your face. Ditch any exfoliators, toners, face masks, and anti-aging products until it starts to heal.

    “Sun damage makes you skin extra sensitive therefore the ingredients often found in these products can cause your skin to blister or flare up with a rash.”

  5. Stay hydrated: Good hydration in and out is vital for sunburn recovery. Ross explained:

    “Burns draw fluid to the skin’s surface and away from the rest of the body which could leave you feeling dehydrated.

    “It’s important to drink lots and lots of water and use a good hydrating SPF to avoid any further dehydration.”

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Worrying moles?

Experts say that the melanoma doubles for those who have had over 5 sunburns, but just one blistering sunburn in childhood or adolescence more than doubles a person’s chances of developing melanoma later in life.

If you’ve ever been sunburned you should be extra vigilant for any suspicious blemishes.

Mole Checks By Experienced Doctors & Surgeons

Cosmedics Skin Clinics offer a top to toe mole check, which assesses every part of the skin to identify any potential issues. This is carried out by trained and experienced doctors or surgeons. Most moles do turn out to be ‘cosmetic’ issues rather than a ‘medical’ concern. However, when a mole is found to be suspicious, early treatment tends to lead to the best results.


Mole Removal

Even when there is no medical risk, many clients want to get rid of moles for aesthetic reasons or for peace of mind. Dr Perry has removed thousands in his career and Cosmedics Skin Clinic is a leading provider of mole removal procedures in the UK with clinics in London and Bristol, carrying out thousands of procedures to remove unwanted moles for cosmetic reasons.

Consultations and mole removal surgery are carried out by experienced doctors who can remove moles same day using local anaesthetic to make the treatment completely pain-free. The team use the latest methods designed for minimal-scarring results after healing. All moles are sent for independent lab testing as a precaution and the results are sent to the client within a few days.



doctor ross perry

Ross qualified at Guy’s & St Thomas’ Hospital Medical School in 1994. His career includes NHS skin cancer reconstruction, work as a GP, as well as private cosmetic skin treatments.

He established Cosmedics Skin Clinics in 2003 and remains in charge as Medical Director. He is best known for dealing with unwanted skin lesions and blemishes (e.g. moles, cysts, warts skin tags) and is frequently quoted in the media on issues relating to  sun damage.



Cosmedics Skin Clinics was established in 2003 and has built up an excellent reputation for cosmetic and medical treatments, carried out by GMC Registered Doctors.  The company offer a full range of cosmetic treatments, including popular lip enhancement and wrinkle relaxing injections, dermal fillers; plus medical treatments including mole removal, thread vein treatment and excessive sweating injections.

Cosmedics Skin Clinics has a team of skin treatment doctors and surgeons in their 5 skin clinics across London and Bristol led by Dr Ross Perry.

Call 020 7386 0464 or email  to book an appointment.

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