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HOW TO USE CBD TOPICALS TO YOUR ADVANTAGE

August 17, 2022 5 min read

HOW TO USE CBD TOPICALS TO YOUR ADVANTAGE

HOW TO USE CBD TOPICALS TO YOUR ADVANTAGE

How you use CBD products determines their effectiveness. For maximum effect, consider showering and exfoliating. Besides, the topicals must be of high quality and avoid chemical solvents.

CBD topical products are the best for skincare routines. Unlike other skincare products, CBD topicals are manufactured using organic elements to improve their effectiveness by providing long-lasting solutions. The effectiveness of CBD topicals depends on their purity levels and how you apply them. CBD topicals have active skincare elements such as terpenes, flavonoids, and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which have unique properties. Some unique properties making CBD a suitable alternative for your skin are anti-inflammatory and antioxidant CBD, antibacterial and antifungal by terpenes and flavonoids. There are various CBD topical products, including body lotions and body creams, that you can use to your advantage to improve your skin's texture and maintain smoothness.

How CBD Topicals Work

CBD topicals have various functions depending on specific products. There are three types of CBD; full-spectrum, broad-spectrum and isolate. Full-spectrum CBD topicals have all the elements of the hemp plant, including terpenes, THC, flavonoids, and THC. Broad-spectrum CBD topicals have all the elements of the hemp plant except THC. Full and broad-spectrum topicals deliver an entourage effect, providing more skin health benefits. Other benefits of CBD include reducing stress, anxiety, and pain.

According to Jastrzab Anna et al. (2021), CBD has antioxidant properties suitable for lowering the impact of UV light and free radicals. Penetration of UV light and harsh free radicals in the skin damages the keratinocytes meant for protecting the skin. The main cause of seborrheic, eczema, and dermatitis, among other skin conditions, is inflammation. Atalay et al. (2020) explained that  CBD has anti-inflammatory properties suitable for minimizing such conditions. CBD has also shown promising results in dealing with wrinkles and lines on your face and other body parts. According to Wang Zhizhen et al. (2022), CBD has anti-aging properties that make it suitable for reducing wrinkles and lines on your body. However, neither of the research has been approved by the FDA on the skin benefits of CBD.

THC in the hemp plant has resulted in various debates regarding its effectiveness. Chayasirisobhon (2019) explained that, unlike other elements, THC is psychoactive and can make you dizzy, anxious, or experience migraine, especially when taken at high potency levels. Despite being topical products, they should be used considerably, with measurable potency levels, to avoid either of the side effects due to overdosing.

How To Use CBD Topicals Effectively

CBD topicals such as lotions and creams can only be effective if used appropriately. Wrong CBD topicals delay impact or make it ineffective completely. The most effective time to use CBD topicals is during the night. Use the following tips;

Wash Your Body'

Before applying any CBD topical, take a shower, preferably warm. It cleans other oils, sweat, and dead cells on your body, opening up the pores. Pores are small holes that allow the excretion of sweat on your skin. Accumulating cells and frequent use of oils block them from

Exfoliate

Exfoliating twice or thrice a week is important for cleaning up dead cells. Although taking a hot shower might work, it will not be that effective. Exfoliation is the removal of dead cells on the skin. However, the body is prone to natural exfoliation every 30 days. However, the body shades some dead skin cells, but not completely. Exfoliation opens the pores and frees the body from dead cells, sweat, and oils, leaving the pores open.

Wipe Your Body

Although skincare might be tiresome, this will help you maximize the active ingredients of CBD. Wash your body once again and allow it to dry. You can also dry it using a clean and dry towel.

Apply CBD Topical

The amount of CBD to apply depends on the potency levels. Put considerable amounts of CBD topical on your palm and spread it evenly by rubbing your hands in a circular motion. Apply on the targeted area softly without putting too much pressure. Depending on the CBD product, you can add another topical product, preferably cream, to cover the CBD topical you have applied.

How To Choose The Best CBD Topicals

Although CBD oil determines how you maximize its effectiveness, its quality and purity levels also play a significant role. Use the following tips to determine the best CBD topicals;

Other Elements

CBD topicals are manufactured using other elements to improve their efficiency and effectiveness. Coconut oil is one of the commonly used elements in topical products. MCT oil is widely considered in edibles due to its bioavailability properties that improve absorption rate. Notably, only consider products blended with organic elements to minimize burns and skin irritation.

The Lab Results

It is one of the mandatory requirements for determining the best CBD topicals. The lab results are the only way to help CBD topical users affirm that they are void of chemical solvents that might have infiltrated them during processing. Besides, the potency levels are also of importance to avoid overdosing unknowingly. Since the FDA has been sending warnings to various hemp-based brands for posting wrong potency levels, it is important to affirm the actual ones from the lab results. Consider companies using IOS-certified labs to approve the quality and purity labs since they have adequate personnel and equipment. Most importantly, avoid brands that don't post their lab results for easy access.

Conclusion

CBD topicals are the most effective way of addressing your skin conditions. They are manufactured using organic ingredients to maximize quality and minimize contamination. Organic elements are friendly to the skin and cannot cause skin irritation easily. How you apply your CBD topicals has an impact on its effectiveness. Always wash the desired area with warm water to open up the pores by doing away with the sweat and oils. Consider using CBD products overnight to allow the skin to maximize the active ingredients when the body is active. Your CBD products' quality is also important in determining their effectiveness. Therefore, consider CBD products that an IOS-certified lab assesses. Lastly, the extraction process of active ingredients also helps determine the purity levels. Consider topicals using CO2 extracts since it minimizes contamination.

References

Atalay, S., Jarocka-Karpowicz, I., & Skrzydlewska, E. (2020). Antioxidative and anti-inflammatory properties of cannabidiol. Antioxidants9(1), 21.

Chayasirisobhon, S. (2019). Cannabis and neuropsychiatric disorders: an updated review. Acta Neurol Taiwan28(2), 27-39.

Jastrząb, A., Jarocka-Karpowicz, I., Markowska, A., Wroński, A., Gęgotek, A., & Skrzydlewska, E. (2021). The antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effect of cannabidiol contributes to the decreased lipid peroxidation of keratinocytes of rat skin exposed to UV radiation. Oxidative Medicine and Cellular Longevity2021.

Wang, Z., Zheng, P., Chen, X., Xie, Y., Weston-Green, K., Solowij, N., ... & Huang, X. F. (2022). Cannabidiol induces autophagy and improves neuronal health associated with SIRT1-mediated longevity. GeroScience, 1-20.