BY MARIE LODI
Summer is filled with all sorts of fun: pool parties, beach days, and traveling to new places and enjoying tourist attractions. These all sound like pretty wonderful activities, and they certainly should be, but they do frequently require spending hours out in the sun. Now, we’re all (hopefully!) taking precautions by making sure we apply, and constantly reapply, sunscreen, but sometimes our best efforts can still result in a sunburned misstep. Aloe is one of the most common natural remedies for sun-exposed skin, but with all the talk of CBD’s purported skin care benefits, it’s worth exploring whether cannabidiol makes for a good option when experiencing a torturous sunburn.
Research has shown CBD to be anti-inflammatory, which holds promise for helping treat something like muscle pain in people with rheumatoid arthritis and neuropathic pain; it could also help with such skin issues as psoriasis and acne. Because of its inflammation-calming properties, could CBD be a good candidate for the aftercare or prevention of sun damage?
Dr. Jeanette Jacknin, MD, a board-certified dermatologist and author of Smart Medicine For Your Skin, says there is indeed potential for CBD to help skin heal from sun damage. “There are studies in which CBD has been shown to help wounds heal, so it might help wounds [and] burns [from the sun], and I think people are looking into the potential [of CBD] as a sunscreen in and of itself,” she says. However, Dr. Jacknin points out that there is still a lot of research that needs to be done when it comes to CBD and its potential skin care benefits. But as for mixing CBD into your existing sun protection process to add some anti-inflammatory magic, it might not hurt.
“I haven't seen any studies that show that it shields [from the sun], but if you mixed it in with zinc oxide or titanium dioxide, it seems to me you'd get a better product,” Dr. Jacknin says. She points out CBD could be mixed with aloe as well.
Cannabis brand Beboe also encourages the idea of mixing CBD into existing skin care, including sunscreen. “Endocannabinoids are produced naturally by our bodies as needed and work by binding to our cannabinoid receptors to help maintain balanced systems,” according to a statement from the brand, which goes on to describe how balance could apply to skin health: “So when formulated for topical use, research suggests CBD supports our skin systems that maintain overall balance and well-being by reducing inflammation and redness, creating an overall sense of calm for your skin. This is exactly what you need when you are red and inflamed from the sun.”
Whether you decide to try CBD as a sun care treatment or not, one thing is for sure—don’t forget that sunscreen this summer...or, really, all 365 days of the year, for that matter!
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