CBD is the health craze of the moment, and a number of studies are bringing to light how it may be able to help the body and keep you feeling healthy. There are a number of ways to take cannabidiol, ranging from sublingual oils and capsules to bath bombs and vapes. Whatever your preferred method, the aim is more or less the same: To live a healthy lifestyle.
As of late, CBD creams are proving to be incredibly popular. As the CBD skincare revolution picks up speed, consumers are wondering just how CBD could revolutionize their beauty routine; what does CBD do, and how do you even apply it correctly?
In today’s post, we unpack everything you need to know about CBD creams and how to apply them to get the most out of your cannabidiol.
What is CBD Cream? The CBD Skincare Revolution
In case you were unaware, cannabidiol is a compound that comes from cannabis and hemp plants. Also known as CBD, this compound is non-psychoactive and considered safe, distinguishing it firmly from other forms of cannabis you might be familiar with.
When CBD is consumed, it interacts with the endocannabinoid system (ECS). This system is responsible for a number of bodily functions, as well as keeping your general health in check. By helping this system to maintain balance, CBD may have a knock-on effect on the rest of your well-being. It supports the ECS in a way that helps us to maintain homeostasis, but this can only happen when you take CBD oil orally or inhale it – topical CBD doesn’t work in quite the same way.
CBD creams are exactly what they sound like – creams infused with CBD. These are used as a beauty product that can moisturize and replenish the skin, just like other creams and lotions. So why bother adding CBD. Well, it has been suggested that CBD is an antioxidant, which means it could be good for the skin.
This is not to say that CBD is better than any other skin-loving ingredients, but it is certainly the latest hype in the beauty industry. Even Kim Kardashian has been using CBD products, and we’ll bet at least some of those feature in her beauty regime.
If you want in on the CBD skincare action, then don’t worry: there are a lot of products to choose from! But what is the best way to apply CBD creams to your skin?
Determining Your “Dose”
First of all, it’s important to figure out how much CBD cream you want to use. This matter is not as important with topicals as it is with oral consumption methods, but it’s still worth noting. Most tubs of CBD cream contain quite a bit of CBD in total, but remember that you will only be using a small amount.
A little goes a long way with cream, so you will only need a small scoop that you can spread on your skin. Here are some dry spots and tense areas where we recommend applying cream:
- Elbows, knees and other joints
- Soles of the feet and heels
- Face, especially the temples and around the nose
- Neck and shoulders
Depending on which of these areas you decide to focus on, you will not need a whole lot of cream. Simply take a dollop and massage it onto your target area. In a small amount of cream, you will probably only find a few milligrams of CBD – enough to make it worthwhile.
Dosage aside, there are several tricks we know of to ensure that you get the best out of your CBD cream. Here are our top 4 tips for applying CBD cream…
Tip #1: Clean the Area Sufficiently
Every day, we are constantly coming into contact with bacteria and germs that stick to our skin. Although you can’t see them, they are there, and they can get in the way of our beauty regime.
So, before applying CBD cream, give the area a quick rinse. You don’t need to do a full-body wash with soap and exfoliants; just wipe the area with a damp wash cloth beforehand. Make sure you dry it properly and wipe away any of the water droplets before you apply your CBD cream.
Tip #2: Be Generous and Thorough
Even though a little goes along way, there’s no need to be stingy! Applying the right amount of cream is essential to getting the benefits of any moisturizer, so make sure you’re not applying too little.
One tip we have heard is to use multiple applications. Take a small amount of cream and massage it vigorously into the affected area (not applying too much pressure that it is painful, of course) until it is mostly absorbed.
Repeat this step a second or even a third time, making sure that the cream is rubbed in properly each time. This method will ensure that you are getting the most out of your CBD, making sure that it can penetrate the skin to reach cannabinoid receptors in the ECS.
Tip #3: Be Realistic
A lot of sites claim that CBD is some sort of miracle supplement. This is not actually the case – a panacea like this does not exist. Do not expect your skin to become miraculously clear, or for your aches and pains to dissolve away into non-existence.
CBD creams are just like other moisturizers, except they happen to contain cannabidiol. While the CBD in them will be able to interact with your ECS in positive ways, do not expect it to be the eighth wonder of the world.
Additionally, remember that everybody’s skin is different; what works for your friend and gets rid of their wrinkles might not do the same for you. If you’re lucky enough to find a CBD cream with all the ingredients to suit your skin, then good for you! But bear in mind that your unique skin may not be suited to all ingredients.
Tip #4: Wash Your Hands Afterwards!
After applying your cream, give your hands a quick wash. If you have used it as a hand cream, then you can skip this step. However, most CBD creams are meant to be applied elsewhere on the body, and they contain ingredients like citrus and pepper.
Imagine forgetting that you have applied your cream and then getting an itch, accidentally putting your fingers near your eyes and suddenly getting an eyeball full of lemon. It’s painful! So trust us, wash your hands.
Which CBD Cream or Topical Lotion is the Best for Me?
Here at Premium Jane, we sell two CBD topicals.
The CBD Topical Salve contains ingredients that are kind to the skin, including:
- Eucalyptus essential oil
- Jojoba oil
- Argan oil
- Emu oil
- Grape seed oil
- Hibiscus flower extract
- Full-spectrum CBD extract
- And more…
These ingredients are intended to be luxurious and moisturizing. There is a total of 750mg of CBD in the 2oz tub, costing $84.
Secondly, there is our Cocoa Butter Topical CBD Ointment. While the salve has a more solid consistency, this option is smoother and more buttery.
Aside from the above ingredients, it also contains cocoa butter. Plus, the CBD extract is much more potent, containing 1500mg in total. This option costs $129. Both topicals can be used by anyone. Really, we suggest opting for the cocoa butter option if you feel like treating yourself – it is a more luxurious experience.