Summer is (finally) here and that means long beach days, leisurely al fresco lunches and plenty of poolside soirees. But, the added time spent outdoors comes with increased opportunities for exposing your skin to the sun’s harmful rays. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays can damage your skin in as little as 15 minutes, while the American Academy of Dermatology consistently cites sun exposure as one of the top ways to prematurely age your skin.
Skin cancer rates continue to rise, which prompted the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to propose new regulations to make sure sunscreens are safe and effective. As a consumer, this makes finding a high-quality sunscreen that not only keeps your skin hydrated, but also healthy, a top priority.
While there are many clean and natural sunscreen options available to conscious consumers, CBD sunscreens rank among the top. Here are some of the ways CBD can uplevel your clean sunscreen.
Cannabinoids paired with zinc oxide make for a powerful sun protecting duo.
Cannabinoids paired with zinc oxide make for a powerful sun protecting duo. Zinc oxide is a widely used mineral in most sunscreens that works as a physical sunblock, also known as a barrier block. What this means is that instead of filtering the sun’s rays and diminishing the effects of UV light, zinc oxide sits on top of the skin reflecting the light.
Similarly, CBD creates a natural layer of SPF on the skin’s surface. This works because cannabis plants are rich in essential fatty acids which have limited absorption into the skin. They are the fundamental building blocks of healthy cell membranes. These fatty acids also help your skin produce a natural oil barrier, which simultaneously protect and hydrate for more youthful looking skin.
While the research is not significant enough to support using CBD oil as a replacement for your sunscreen, combining the two enhances SPF and strengthens the buffer between you and the sun’s harsh rays.
One of the most well-known therapeutic benefits of CBD is its ability to reduce inflammation -- so it only makes sense to combine it with sunscreen to diminish redness and swelling that results from sunburns or rashes.
CBD lowers inflammation in the body and on the skin’s surface by triggering receptors in the endocannabinoid system. Hemp oil works to promote balance, cellular communication and ease inflammation, so when applied topically to areas experiencing irritation, those skin cells calm down, send signals with more ease and clarity and ultimately heal themselves quicker.
Another notorious benefit of CBD is it’s exceptional ability to fight acne and reduce breakouts. CBD inhibits lipid synthesis and regulates sebum production, meaning it stops oil production in your skin, the primary cause of pimples. But, because CBD seeks to promote homeostasis among cells, it only limits oil production to targeted cells and areas that are affected by high lipid production, inflammation and even infection - pretty incredible right?!
A common myth is that sun exposure can actually help heal acne, but that couldn’t be farther from the truth. The sun is damaging your skin in more ways than one! What’s really happening to your skin when you are in the sun is that as your skin reddens, it also dries out, triggering excess oil production, which as we’ve learned, is one of the top reasons you break out. CBD helps to elegantly balance the dance between hydration and dryness in your cells so you can rest assured you’ll have clear, blemish free skin.
Environmental Working Group estimates that 50% of sunscreens do not provide adequate protection.
WHAT TO LOOK FOR WHEN PURCHASING SPF
1. FULL SPECTRUM CBD
Studies have shown that full spectrum CBD has the most benefits for your skin. Full spectrum CBD oil undergoes minimum refinement and processing, meaning that you not only receive therapeutic benefits from cannabidiol, but also hundreds of other cannabinoids, terpenes and fatty acids in what’s called the entourage effect. Broad/partial spectrum and isolate extracts have many of these useful plant components removed thus making them less effective. W!NK CBD SPF 30 Sunscreen is made with multi-cannabinoid hemp oil (full-spectrum CBD).
2. THIRD PARTY TESTING
If it seems like the CBD industry has exploded in the last year or so, it’s because it has! While we are thrilled at the expansion of our industry and the potential for hemp and CBD to provide its incredible benefits to more people than ever before, this rapid expansion of an unregulated industry leaves you at risk of consuming unsafe and ineffective products. When purchasing any CBD product, we strongly advise you seek out a company’s third party test results verifying the quality of its products. All of W!NK’s third party lab results may be found here.
3. BROAD SPECTRUM SUN COVERAGE
UVA and UVB rays are both ultraviolet radiation with skin-damaging effects, but the consequences on your skin manifest in different ways. UVB rays will cause burns and tans - what people tend to focus on more when thinking about sun protection. But, UVA rays are more likely to cause aging and skin cancer, even if the damage is not visible. W!NK CBD SPF 30 Sunscreen provides broad coverage by using three active ingredients: octinoxate, zinc oxide and multi-cannabinoid hemp oil.
4. SPF 50 OR LOWER
Most people assume that a higher SPF level means a higher level of protection from UVA and UVB rays, but this isn’t always the case. Many different factors such as brightness of light can impact the effectiveness of SPF. The EWG and FDA recommend choosing a sunscreen with a lower SPF and reapplying often, then opting for a high SPF and hoping one application for the day is sufficient. W!NK CBD SPF 30 Sunscreen is a sheer, water-resistant formula you can apply all day without fear of clogging your pores.
5. NATURAL INGREDIENTS + MINERALS
You may have heard by now that your skin absorbs 60% of what you put on it - it is your body’s largest organ afterall. When selecting a sunscreen, look for one that is made with natural ingredients and minerals, such as zinc oxide and titanium oxide, and avoid those with nanoparticles, parabens, sulfates, formaldehydes, formaldehyde-releasing agents, phthalates, mineral oil, retinyl palmitate, oxybenzone, coal tar, hydroquinone, triclosan, and triclocarban. W!NK CBD SPF 30 Sunscreen formulation is all natural, 100% vegan and paraben-free.
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