The versatility of CBD, paired with the range in its healing potential, makes it a fitting addition to a number of topical products, including lotions, balms, bath products, massage oils and salves. While additional scientific studies are needed to be able to draw more definitive conclusions regarding CBD's holistic benefits (especially when it comes to skin health) many are curious about the compound's potential as an ingredient in sunscreen.
There currently is not enough sufficient evidence to assert that CBD independently could potentially help protect the skin from harmful UV rays. However, while more research is needed on the subject, the cannabinoid has shown great promise in helping relieve common skin issues, such as in the treatment of psoriasis, acne and eczema. CBD also contains antioxidants that are considered more powerful than vitamins E and C, which are key in stopping free radicals that trigger wrinkling, sagging, fine lines, discoloration and other aging signifiers. As such, the antioxidants found in CBD can help repair environmental damage, such as by rejuvenating the skin, lessening inflammation (in the form of redness and sunburn) and helping lessen the appearance of fine lines.
There currently is not enough sufficient evidence to assert that CBD independently could potentially help protect the skin from harmful UV rays.
Additionally, preliminary research into CBD has suggested that the cannabinoid may be a potential therapy against skin cancer, showcasing promising results in its ability to inhibit melanoma cell growth. Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States, with research estimating that one in five Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime. Given the severity and commonality of skin cancer, the FDA regulates sunscreen products as it does over-the-counter drugs and is continually seeking more safety data regarding whether absorbing sunscreen ingredients has any effects on your skin or body. With this in mind, it is extremely important to conduct your own research on CBD-infused sunscreens and pay particular attention to the ingredient list.
Currently, the FDA is proposing that two ingredients are "generally recognized as safe and effective": titanium dioxide and zinc oxide. These ingredients are often found in mineral sunscreen formulations, as opposed to traditional sunscreen. Mineral sunscreens, which pair well with CBD infusions, are not absorbed like traditional sunscreen is, but rather sit on top of the skin to block harmful UV rays. While choosing sunscreen products is a choice left entirely up to the consumer, it is also important to check whether or not the sunscreen product is water-resistant and that the product is at least SPF 30 (as recommended by the American Academy of Dermatology). There are several CBD-infused sunscreens on the market that meet this criterion, showcasing the likelihood we’ll see more of these products hit shelves in the future.
We are still learning the specific benefits of choosing a CBD-infused sunscreen over other non-infused products. Given CBD's ability to help soothe, rejuvenate and moisturize the skin, it could very well become a staple ingredient in sunscreen manufacturing moving forward, especially as it grows to become a more recurrent part of skin health regimens in general.