Should You Try CBD Sunscreen This Summer?

CBD Whitney Jayne 7/29/2019
woman applying sunscreen
CBD sunscreen may have more benefits than you might realize.

Cannabis and summertime go together like hot dogs and hamburgers.

There’s nothing like enjoying a little cannabis during a barbecue with pals or basking in the sunshine while sipping a refreshing cannabis-infused beverage.

Whether you’re lounging on the beach or just kicking it in the backyard, you may want to consider adding cannabinoids into your sun protection routine.

Topical CBD products have a ton of great benefits. Cannabis-based lotions, salves, oils, and even lip balms can keep your skin healthy no matter how high the outdoor temperatures get.

CBD sunscreen is one of the best new ways to incorporate cannabidiol into your everyday life. There are a few brands on the market to choose from. Let us know in the comments if you have a preference!

Here are just some of the perks of adding a little CBD to your sun protection regimen.

Reduces Inflammation

CBD is becoming increasingly well known for its anti-inflammatory properties, which makes it an especially great tool to keep your skin healthy when it’s hot outside.

Sunburn is an inflammatory response to the damage caused by the sun’s ultraviolet rays. As our skin’s health is put in jeopardy by these rays, our cell’s defenses are compromised. The damaged skin cell may be unable to repair itself properly as a result, and mutations that can lead to deadly skin cancers may begin to occur.

CBD will also lessen the odds that you’ll leave your day in the sun with a nasty case of heat rash. When our sweat glands become clogged on a hot day, we’re more likely to deal with the uncomfortable skin irritation that comes with extreme heat. CBD sunscreen may help you avoid unpleasant symptoms, since it can suppress and regulate the oils secreted by the sebaceous glands.

Fights Signs of Skin Aging

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Too much sun exposure will cause your skin to age prematurely.

Sun exposure is one of the major factors that can cause skin to age prematurely. The American Academy of Dermatology advises using adequate protection from the sun in order to keep skin healthy and youthful looking.

Using a CBD sunscreen can provide extra benefits to those looking to battle saggy skin and wrinkles. You’ll get the UV protection of sunscreen along with the anti-aging perks of CBD.

CBD is such an effective skin treatment due in part to the fact that it’s loaded with antioxidants. This means that it’s able to neutralize the harmful effects of the free radicals that commonly wreak havoc on our skin cells.

Free radicals are chemically unstable molecules that can come from a number of commonly found sources. These include:

  • UV rays

  • Air pollution

  • Tobacco smoke

  • Alcohol

  • Chemical fumes

  • Processed and/or fatty foods

Once created, a free radical will steal the electron from a healthy molecule, which in turn causes that molecule to be destabilized and become a free radical itself. This creates a chain reaction that can cause significant cellular structure damage.

CBD can help to counteract that tissue damage caused by these so-called “energy suckers.” Similar to the way that lemon juice, another powerful antioxidant, can delay the browning of a cut apple, CBD can reduce the aging effect of oxidation on our skin cells.

An added bonus: remember how CBD fights inflammation? Inflammation can also lead to premature aging, as it can cause a breakdown in the collagen and elastin needed to keep skin firm and youthful looking.

Takes Care of Aches and Pains

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CBD sunscreen helping chronic pain symptoms is a great example of cannabis's crossover benefits.

Chronic pain sufferers know that when the temperatures rise, pain levels can rise accordingly. People with chronic pain (including disorders like rheumatoid arthritis and fibromyalgia) are often heavily affected by hot weather.

Though doctors aren’t 100 percent sure what causes it, the link between humidity and increased pain is thought to be related to possible changes in the fluids that keep our joints well-lubricated. Heat may also cause medications used to manage chronic pain to be less effective than they otherwise might be. Another possible contributing factor: the drop in serotonin production that can occur if you’re not drinking enough water in the heat.

Topical CBD can help to relieve pain in joints and muscles. Taking the edge off by slathering on some CBD sunscreen will let you multitask with a sunblock that lessens your discomfort and lets you enjoy your summer to the fullest.

Repairs Existing Sun Damage

Even if you’ve already experienced skin damage due to sun exposure, you’re in luck. CBD topicals can help get your skin back to its healthy, glowing self.

Our skin contains a high concentration of CB2 receptors, which provide a pathway to our endocannabinoid system through absorption. When applied topically as a lotion, salve, or balm, CBD promotes the regrowth of skin cells, which is an integral part of maintaining healthy skin.

CBD works with our endocannabinoid system to regenerate basal cells, which make up 90 percent of our skin. By regulating and manipulating the life cycles of these cells, CBD can assist the regrowth of youthful, radiant skin.

If you’re using a CBD sunscreen that contains hemp oil, you’ll get even more benefits. Hemp oil contains high levels of vitamins A, C, and D, which also aid in skin cell repair.

All in all, CBD sunscreen can go a long way in rejuvenating damaged skin and reversing signs of aging—even among those who have been less than kind to their skin in the past.

Choosing the Right CBD Sunscreen

woman selecting sunscreen
Finding a quality CBD product is important.

For safety’s sake, it should be stressed that we’re not suggesting using CBD in place of rubbing in a liberal amount of sunblock before heading outside for the day.

Though hemp seed oil does act as a natural sunblock, it only scores an SPF rating of 6 against harmful UV-B and UV-C rays. You’ll need to choose a sunscreen with additional broad spectrum SPF protection before exposing yourself to the sun’s rays.

However, CBD products should have a seat at the table when it comes to summertime skin care products. CBD infused sunscreen can help to make sure you’re staying safe and comfortable when the sun is beating down.

Some CBD sunscreens use a physical sunblock to deflect UV rays, which may include titanium dioxide or zinc oxide. Others may use a chemical sunblock like avobenzone to absorb rays instead.

Whichever you choose, make sure the active ingredients pass muster. The American Academy of Dermatology recommends using sunscreen with a minimum SPF rating of 30.

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