So, You Got a Sunburn: How CBD Lotion Could Be the New Aloe Vera

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It’s so easy to forget to apply sunscreen or to forget to reapply after getting some much-needed pool time or during endless surf sessions, especially during summer. Hello, sunburn. Typically, you’d rummage around for some aloe vera to soothe that red and irritated skin. Now, there’s a new kid on the block: cannabidiol. Does CBD for sunburn work? Let’s take a look at aloe vera and CBD lotion for sunburn to discover which is the best post-burn remedy for skin!

Understanding Sunburn

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Before we get into a little bit of canna-science, let’s review how sunburn works. Sunburn itself is a healing response to too much sun exposure in which inflammatory cells are released to repair the damaged skin. To make the process faster — or simply more comfortable — we apply gels and creams to soothe the burn.

Aloe vera, for example, contains salicylic acid, amino acids, and glycoproteins that, together, work to cool, calm, hydrate, and soothe the skin. Cannabidiol, as we know, is a natural anti-inflammatory and analgesic that has been tested for other inflammatory skin conditions like acne and dermatitis. We’ll look into the studies on CBD and anti-inflammatory skin care below.

What is the evidence that CBD for sunburn could really help?

Topical Anti-Inflammatory Action

A 2019 study provides some interesting insight into the way that CBD for sunburn could work. In this study, a team of researchers from the University of Milan in Italy tested two full-spectrum hemp and cannabidiol-only extracts on inflamed skin cells and monitored the way that inflammatory markers changed. At the conclusion of the study, both extracts reduced markers of inflammation, but the full-spectrum hemp oil had more widespread effects than CBD alone.

Localized Analgesic Action

The second way that CBD for sunburn could help is by soothing the pain that comes with the burn. So far, studies about topical CBD for pain have mostly been done on animals. And the results look good for joint pain that’s associated with inflammation. Seeing that the skin contains high numbers of cannabinoid receptors, we could expect that CBD would help with pain on the surface as much as — if not more than — pain in an underlying joint.

Compared with Aloe Vera…

CBD lotion for sunburn is looking good so far. Now, let’s review the ways that aloe vera helps to heal your skin:

  • Reduces Inflammation

    In a similar way to CBD for sunburn, aloe vera reduces inflammation as well as aids in calming down swelling, redness, and pain from the burn.

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    Boosts Collagen

    Aloe vera stimulates collagen production to restore the skin’s firmness and elasticity after UV-exposure damages the skin cells.

  • Hydrates the Skin

    Aloe vera helps hold the moisture in your skin with compounds known as mucopolysaccharides to prevent excessive dryness from damaging the skin further. Amino acids compound the hydrating effect by softening up hardened skin cells.

  • Prevents Infection

    Aloe vera contains salicylic acid, which is a natural antiseptic that helps prevent infection while the damaged cells are shed and new ones emerge to take their place.

  • Neutralizes Free Radicals

    Aloe vera is rich in vitamins A, C, and E, which are natural antioxidants that work to neutralize free radicals and reduce long-term damage to the skin.

Aloe Vera and CBD for Sunburn: The Best of Both Worlds?

By now, you’re probably noticing that CBD for sunburn and aloe vera have quite a few things in common. And anecdotal reports trend towards CBD plus aloe vera being the new hottest (or coolest) partnership for soothing the burn.

Here at EndoCoast, we have developed a special CBD lotion for sunburn that contains several ingredients that are great for your skin:

Ingredient Action
Aloe Vera Juice hydrating and anti-inflammatory
Safflower Oil hydrating and smoothing
Avocado Oil nourishing and healing
Shea Butter softening and healing
Arnica Extract healing and anti-inflammatory
Chamomile Extract soothing and anti-inflammatory
Hemp Seed Oil hydrating and balancing
Jojoba Oil hydrating and soothing
Colloidal Gold antioxidant-rich for repairing and healing
Argan Oil smoothing and calming
CBD Distillate Oil (250 mg) soothing and anti-inflammatory
Camellia Seed Oil hydrating and boosts suppleness
Eucalyptus Essential Oil Speeds up healing and anti-inflammatory
Mint Essential Oil cleansing and cooling (antiseptic and antibacterial)

Combine these skin superfoods and you’ve got a CBD lotion for sunburn that also serves as your daily do-it-all broad-spectrum moisturizer!

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It’s Far Better Not to Burn

So, aloe vera and CBD for sunburn might help ease the discomfort of red, peeling, and itchy skin. But, it’s not a magic bullet. The best approach to sunburn is to prevent it from ever happening in the first place. When you’re preparing to get out and get active, we recommend preventing sunburn by taking the following basic precautions:

  • Choose SPF 15+ clothing for outdoor activities
  • Apply an SPF 30+ mineral sunscreen
  • Put on a broad-brimmed hat
  • Wear 100% UV-protective sunglasses
  • Stay in the shade whenever possible
  • Stay hydrated with water and electrolytes

If you do accidentally get burnt a bit, some pure aloe vera gel or a CBD lotion for sunburn, like our Eucalyptus Mint CBD Topical (250mg) can help keep you comfortable while your skin works to repair itself.

Choose the Best CBD Lotion for Sunburn

Our original CBD formula for sunburn begins with non-GMO, pesticide-free hemp that is grown in nutrient-rich soils. We then draw out the CBD, cannabinoids, terpenes, flavonoids, lipids, sterols, and vitamins using a clean, supercritical CO2 extraction process that leaves a pure, high-quality oil you can trust.

After testing this oil for contents and purity, we mix it with other powerful botanical ingredients to offer you a line of high-quality tinctures, gummies, and topicals. Have you tried CBD for sunburn? We’d love to hear about your experience! Get in touch to share your thoughts, and enjoy free U.S. shipping when you shop EndoCoast online.