Aloe vera, move over! There’s a new sunburn savior in town!
That’s right, CBD is here to help with your summer skin woes- read on to learn how CBD may help sunburned skin!
CBD For Sunburn?
There’s so much to love about CBD, and the list just got longer! People are using CBD on their sunburns for two reasons- to relieve the discomfort and irritation of the sunburn itself, and to prevent sun damage from the lasting effects of the sunburn.
CBD’s natural anti-inflammatory abilities might make the cannabis compound an ideal balm for sunburned skin. In fact, not only do people use CBD on their sunburns, they also use CBD on minor burns in general. That’s because a burn from the sun or otherwise, is irritation from inflammation. In those first few days after getting a sunburn, inflammation is what makes the skin so uncomfortable. That’s why so many people are flocking to CBD for their sunburns- those anti-inflammatory properties may help reduce inflammation, thereby reducing discomfort.
Rebuild and Restore-
The damage that the sun’s rays can have on your skin doesn’t end when the sunburn fades, though. The UV rays that cause sunburn can actually keep damaging your skin even after your sunburn has healed.
How? The formation of free radicals.
What are free radicals?
A free radical is an atom with an unpaired electron, and they are formed when oxygen is metabolized in the body. When UV rays hit our bodies, they cause oxygen to be metabolized (called oxidation), thus forming free radicals.
A few free radicals is actually good for you, they help destroy bacteria and viruses, for one. However, when too many free radicals build up in the body, they start to cause damage. Free radicals will steal electrons from atoms in cell membranes, proteins, lipids, and DNA. Each time an electron is stolen, that atom then must steal an electron from somewhere else, thus starting a chain reaction. This chain reaction causes premature aging throughout the body, from wrinkling of skin, loss of vision/cataracts, to cardiovascular problems. The more free radicals present in the body, the faster the body ages, theoretically.
How To Prevent Free Radicals- Antioxidants
Antioxidants work against free radicals in two ways. Antioxidants prevent oxidation, which causes free radicals in the first place. So, antioxidants can prevent the formation of free radicals in the body. On top of that, antioxidants stop the chain reaction of free radicals stealing electrons, which prevents the body from being further damaged by the presence of free radicals.
Where Does CBD Come In?
Studies have shown that CBD can work as an antioxidant, and may help prevent damage due to free radicals. That means, even after your sunburn has healed, it might be a good idea to keep using CBD to prevent long term skin damage.
That’s right. Not only may CBD help your sunburn heal with as little irritation as possible, it may be that CBD can also help prevent lasting skin damage from the sun.
How To Use CBD For Sunburn
We recommend using CBD topically and sublingually (under the tongue) for sunburn. Our CBD oils can be used both sublingually and topically, and doing both will provide the most effective results. Dabbing a few drops of CBD oil onto the sunburned skin may help relieve irritation quickly, while taking drops under the tongue may boost the antioxidant abilities.
Our CBD lotion is another great way of using CBD for sunburns! Our lotion is formulated to absorb into skin easily and effectively, plus the added peppermint is thought to be soothing on sunburns!
No Unwanted Side Effects
Our CBD always contains less than the federal legal limit for THC, which is .3%. Due to the low levels of THC in all our products, they are not psychoactive, meaning they cannot get you ‘high’ or ‘stoned’.
With the summer sun scorching hot above us, it’s time to break out all the sunburn remedies- and we’re adding a new one to our list: CBD.
We don’t recommend using CBD in lieu of medication for severe sunburns or burns.