Skin & Beauty

CBD Infused Sun Protection: What are the Benefits?

By Shauna Willetts

With beach trips, pool-side sitting, hiking adventures, and other summer fun activities keeping you outside all day long, how can you adequately protect yourself from the sun? Especially with the number of skin cancer cases more than doubling over the past few decades, nearly 9,500 people in the United States receive a diagnosis of skin cancer every day—which is a hard number to grasp in the midst of all the summer festivities.

While not all skin cancer is directly caused by sun exposure, about 90 percent of nonmelanoma skin cancers are associated with exposure to ultraviolet radiation from the sun. UV rays cause damage to skin cells, and preventative measures need to be taken in order to avoid overexposure to these harmful rays. People tend to protect themselves from too much sun exposure by:

  • Staying in the shade
  • Wearing protective clothing like long sleeves and hats
  • Applying sunscreen

Sunscreen is by far the most popular method of sun protection, and the Skin Cancer Foundation notes that regular use of an SPF of 15 or higher can reduce the risk of developing various forms of skin cancer by around 40 percent. This is a convincing argument that has many sun lovers and beachgoers lathering up before heading outside.

However, many people are neglectful when it comes to their sunscreen application. The key to effective sun protection is the reapplication of sunscreen, which should be done if you are spending a lengthy amount of time outdoors. Most sunscreens need to be reapplied every 80 minutes, especially if you’re swimming and washing away the protective ingredients more quickly.

In addition to ensuring they properly reapply sunscreen for maximum protection, more consumers are also looking at new product formulations that can enhance the benefits of their current sun care routine.

Enter CBD sunscreen.

What is CBD sunscreen?

In 2018 and 2019 companies like Dixie Botanicals, CaniSun, and Sunny Daze introduced a new type of sun protection to the market—CBD infused sunscreen. CBD sunscreen is a topical lotion or cream that includes a blend of SPF and CBD oil or isolate extracts for added advantages.

What are the benefits?

While there’s no evidence that CBD oil is a natural protectant against harmful UV rays, there are an array of benefits that come from applying topical CBD infused creams, balms, and lotions.


With high levels of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties, CBD infused topicals can help reduce redness, irritation, dryness, and skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis, which are common issues that have the ability to worsen after the use of conventional sunscreen.

According to Dixie Botanicals, their CBD infused sunscreen uses the powerful and skin benefiting effects of CBD combined with UVA and UVB protection to create a preventative sun care cream that works to soothe skin while shielding it from the sun. This can be immensely helpful for anyone who may already have sunburn or sensitive skin, yet still wants to spend more time outdoors.

Muscles and Joints

Apart from helping your skin heal, CBD topicals can offer joint and muscle pain relief. A study published by the European Journal of Pain states that topical CBD application has “therapeutic potential for relief of arthritis pain‐related behaviors and inflammation without evident side‐effects.” However, CBD-infused sunscreen is more likely to reduce discomfort on the surface of your skin rather than in the deep muscles.

How does CBD sunscreen work?

Since CBD infused sunscreen is applied topically, your skin’s low permeability typically doesn’t allow CBD to enter your bloodstream with this method. Although there are plenty of cannabinoid receptors all throughout your skin that CBD interacts indirectly with to produce its beneficial effects.

If you’re committed to having the healthiest skin this summer, incorporating a CBD sunscreen into your daily routine has the ability to heal your skin while simultaneously protecting you from damaging UV rays. We’d call that a win.

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