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How Do CBD Cosmetics Work?


The term ‘CBD cosmetics‘ or ‘CBD topicals’ refers to any CBD infused product which is designed to be applied to the skin. For example, creams, lotions, balms, and salves that are infused with CBD. Unlike with CBD oils or edibles which are ingested orally, the CBD from topicals does not infiltrate your bloodstream. This means the products can have pretty different effects, and very different reasons for use.

How Do CBD Cosmetics Work?

Using CBD topically (on the skin) is very different to ingesting CBD oils/ edibles or inhaling CBD vapour. Unlike with these traditional CBD products, the CBD from cosmetics does not enter your bloodstream. Instead, the product is absorbed deeply into the skin, where there are many cannabinoid receptors. As mentioned previously, cannabinoid receptors are located in our endocannabinoid system inside the body. Additionally, cannabinoid receptors are actually located in the skin all over our bodies. As the body’s largest organ, our skin has the highest amount and concentration of these cannabinoid receptors. CBD cosmetics or ‘topicals’ interact with these sensory receptors, which can effectively diminish our pain sensation. Therefore, CBD topicals may offer some benefit to alleviating localized pain when applied to specific areas. For example, if you have focused pain in one area of your back, you can apply a CBD topical directly to that one area. This targets those specific cannabinoid receptors, and may help to promote anti-inflammation which can relieve pain. 

When you experience pain, it’s often the result of inflammation that can arise from tension, overuse, stress, or minor injuries of your muscles, joints, tendons, and other body parts. But where does this inflammation come from? Essentially, your immune system responds to damage within the body by sending chemicals from the white blood cells to the afflicted area, which helps protect against infection from foreign substances. When this occurs, the chemical release may cause swelling and nerve stimulation that causes us to feel pain.⁠ Cannabinoids like CBD may be able to offer relief from these issues due to its anti-inflammatory properties. 

In addition to this, CBD is also known to be an antioxidant. Some studies have indicated that it may therefore be effective in calming irritated skin, reducing redness, and lessening signs of aging when applied topically.

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Why Choose CBD Cosmetics Over Other CBD Products?

As mentioned previously, CBD cosmetics are perfect for helping to alleviate localised pain or tension due to the fact that they can be applied to specific areas of the body. If you are looking to increase general wellbeing, improve sleep quality, or assist in relieving symptoms of mood disorders such as anxiety, then CBD cosmetics may not be appropriate for you. However, if you are looking to relieve specific muscle or joint pain, or protect and soothe the skin, then CBD cosmetics may be ideal for you. 

When you ingest CBD through oils or edibles, it is guaranteed to reach your bloodstream. However due to the fact that the CBD is passing through your body in different ways (through glands under the tongue, through the digestive system, or through the respiratory system), it can reduce the bioavailability of the CBD. Bioavailability refers to how much of a substance is absorbed into the bloodstream. With all drugs and supplements, only a certain percentage of the compound actually reaches your bloodstream and therefore has an effect – you want the bioavailability to be as high as possible to ensure that your body is absorbing as much of the compound as it can. With CBD cosmetics, the CBD does not necessarily reach the bloodstream at all. This means that the bioavailability can be said to be fairly low. However, due to the nature of the product and the fact that they are typically used for site-specific discomfort, it is unfair to compare them to other methods in this way. Because the CBD is absorbed immediately by the cannabinoid receptors in the skin, it can work very quickly to treat that area. Unlike with CBD oils or edibles, CBD will not be ‘lost’ through passing through different areas of the body. 

So, in conclusion, you should make your choice between CBD cosmetics or other CBD products based on your wants and needs. If you are searching for site-specific pain relief, or softening, soothing, and protecting of the skin, then you should choose CBD cosmetics. Although CBD oils, edibles, and e-liquids may also help to relieve these issues, the reduction in CBD bioavailability when passing through the body internally may cause them to be less effective than CBD topicals in providing these effects. 

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What Types of CBD Cosmetics Are Available?

There are many different types of CBD cosmetics or ‘topicals’ on the market today. Some of the most effective CBD topicals are designed to treat muscle or joint pain. This can include cooling gels, massage oils, roll-ons, and more. Some other effective CBD topicals are designed to protect or soothe the skin. This can include salves, body butters, lip balms, and more.

CBD Cooling Gel

CBD cooling gels are brilliant for helping to provide relief from stiffness, tension, or muscle pain. Much like using a cold pack, the cooling effect can help to relieve pain and inflammation by soothing sore, aching muscles or joints. Honest Hemp’s CBD cooling gel is infused with peppermint and eucalyptus. This powerful synergy helps to stimulate blood circulation and provide a deeply invigorating cooling sensation. Secondly, the CBD extract interacts with the skin to help promote anti-inflammatory effects and offer a deep topical absorption of CBD. You can find our more information about CBD Cooling Gel here.

CBD Massage Oil

CBD massage oils are designed to provide another beneficial element to a regular massage. A massage can help to improve joint flexibility, improve blood circulation, and relieve tired or aching muscles. By adding the CBD element to a traditional massage, you can gain a deep topical absorption of the compound which can promote anti-inflammatory effects and relieve the pain even further. Plus, you do not necessarily need to have somebody else massage you! A massage oil can be used as a general body oil, and you can apply it by yourself to any area of the body. Honest Hemp’s CBD massage oil is infused with a silky smooth blend of ylang-ylang, frankincense, lavender, and chamomile. These are all deeply opulent essential oils which not only provide a delicious gentle scent, but also deliver relaxing and healing properties which can help to further soothe and soften the skin. You can find CBD Massage Oil in our online store.

CBD Roll-On

CBD roll-ons are generally designed to be applied to pressure and pulse points across the body. This can help to provide immediate relief from pain and inflammation which affects the muscles, nerves, or joints. They can also help to provide relief from headaches if applied to the temples. Again, the CBD infusion provides a deep topical absorption which can promote anti-inflammatory and pain relieving effects. The Honest Hemp CBD roll-on is additionally infused with essential oils that offer relaxing and healing properties to help soothe and soften the skin. Plus, the roller-ball makes it very convenient to apply, whilst feeling really good! You can find CBD Roll-On in our online store.

CBD Salve

CBD salves are designed to be applied to damaged, cracked, irritated, or sensitive skin. They are intended to provide soothing relief and protect the skin from further damage from environmental stressors. The Honest Hemp CBD salve is gently scented with lavender and chamomile to offer relaxing and healing properties, and help to soften the skin. It is made with a shea butter and candelilla wax base which helps to deeply moisturise and nourish the skin. And, of course, the CBD provides a deep topical absorption of the compound into the skin’s receptors to promote anti-inflammatory effects. This product creates a barrier between the skin and the external environment to protect and preserve the skin’s softness. You can find CBD Salve in our online store.

CBD Lip Balm

CBD lip balms are very similar to salves, except they are designed for application to the lips. The Honest Hemp CBD lip balm is made with the same shea butter and candelilla wax base as the CBD salve, however it does not contain the same essential oils. This ensures that it remains extra gentle and fragrance free. It is instead infused with sweet almond oil which helps to lock in moisture and protect and soothe the lips. This nourishing formula is designed to help shield your lips from the elements whilst obtaining a deep, topical absorption of CBD. This helps to preserve softness and provide relief from cracking and dryness. You can find CBD Lip Balm in our online store.

CBD Body Butter

CBD body butters are designed to deeply moisturise and nourish the skin all over the body with a topical hit of CBD. The Honest Hemp CBD body butter is infused with shea butter and coconut oil which provide a richly moisturising base. The CBD interacts with the skin to promote anti-inflammatory effects which can help to soothe the skin, calm redness, and increase softness. Finally, the body butter is gently scented with the extract and oils of mandarin and grapefruit to leave your skin delicately perfumed with a fresh, chemical free fragrance.  

So now that you understand what CBD cosmetics are, why they work, and how they should be used, you can make an informed decision before you buy. Always check the ingredients and ensure that the products you purchase contain no harsh chemicals or fragrances. All Honest Hemp CBD topicals are infused with all natural ingredients and essential oils. Additionally, they are made using 99.7% pure CBD crystals and, most importantly, they contain 0% THC. You can find CBD Body Butter in our online store.


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