Spyder SPF 50 CBD Sunscreen. Photo credit: CBD Universe.
As CBD products become more popular, people are starting to utilize them for their various health benefits and skin care is no different. In fact, many laud CBD-infused sunscreens for their abilities to protect and heal the skin; thanks to their high level of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties.
Why an Infused Sunscreen?
Ildi Pekar, NYC-based aesthetician and founder of her own skincare line, tells Forbes that CBD is beneficial for the skin.
“[CBD] offers some serious antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits which can be beneficial in treating skin concerns like inflammation, dryness and free radical damage,” she says.
Furthermore, Dr. Adars Mudgil, a double board-certified dermatologist and founder of Mudgil Dermatology, also tells Forbes that CBD is safe to use on the skin.
“There is likely no harm in continuing to use a CBD-infused product you like,” she says. “If you happen to have a reaction from a CBD topical product, it’s likely not from the CBD itself, but some other ingredient like a botanical.”
In fact, a 2019 study highlighted that CBD has anti-inflammatory properties. Those properties are effective in treating skin inflammations and pain such as acne, redness of the skin and other external skin irritations like rashes and injuries related to sunburn because of its soothing ability.
As a result, Olivia Rose, ND, a naturopathic doctor in Toronto, Canada explains to Aaptiv that CBD is becoming a popular, natural alternative, especially for those that “[…] have exhausted the potential of pharmaceutical medications and other natural treatments.”
A Popular Alternative
Ryan Dills, managing partner for the Georgia Hemp Company, tells Emerald that the company’s CBD sunscreen is popular among consumers who seek soothing skincare ingredients void of harmful chemicals.
“People, with respect to sunscreen and topicals in general, often focus on safe ingredients of course as well as ingredients more on the natural side. PABA-free is a common focus with sunscreens as well as resistance to water and sweat,” he says. “PABA-free refers to the product being free of para-aminobenzoic acid, which is an ingredient you should avoid to protect your overall well-being. Our ‘strength’ is SPF-30 which is a popular level as I’m sure you know.”
Additionally, he explained, CBD isn’t the only natural ingredient in their products that benefit the skin. He added that the natural ingredients that is present their CBD sunscreen gives additional health benefits to the skin; “ingredients such as shea butter are also good for overall skin recovery from sun/stresses, thus not just good for preventative but also for treating, repairing and hydrating your largest organ, the skin.”
In celebration of summertime, and for those of us who could use a little extra healing and protection, Emerald has gathered a list of CBD-infused sunscreens to protect and soothe skin this summer.
3 CBD-Infused Sunscreens
300 mg CBD
CANIsun and JustCBD made this is a CBD-infused SPF 30 sunscreen with natural ingredients like fruit and pure hemp extract. This product is also hypoallergenic with broad-spectrum UVA/UVB protection validated by an FDA-approved lab.
250 mg CBD
Georgia Hemp Company’s THC-free sunscreen contains 250 mg of CBD. Additionally, this SPF-30 sunblock is unscented, and features PABA-free, organic, botanical ingredients. Safe for sensitive skin, their sunblock lotion is hypoallergenic, and water and sweat resistant for up to 80 minutes.
470 mg CBD
This Sunscreen is made of zinc, avocado oil, green tea, aloe vera, and CBD. The SPF 50 sunscreen has a tropical coconut and banana scent, and shields against UVA/UVB rays.
Whether one uses infused skincare year-round or not, sunscreens with CBD may offer extra benefits than typical protectants. Chock-full of anti-inflammatory power, these are just the ‘tip of the iceberg’ when it comes to soothing cannabinoid-based skincare products.