Many people who suffer from dry skin try topical products made with ingredients like hemp seed oil. Hemp seed oil has great moisturizing properties and can help to keep your skin soft for longer. But what if you went one step further and used an activated hemp molecule with even more great properties for your skin? This is the promise of CBD cream, a type of product that’s made using all natural oils together with cannabidiol extract.
In this guide, we’ll go over why cannabidiol can be beneficial for people with dry skin. We’ll explain how it works and how to use it. Finally, we’ll present you our top picks for CBD creams that provide intense hydration for even the driest skin.
Why is CBD cream good for dry skin?
CBD cream is made using natural oils and butters like cocoa butter, hemp seed oil and coconut oil. To it, manufacturers add CBD extract, which is a potent hemp extract that contains the molecule CBD, or cannabidiol. Both the natural oils and the CBD extract work in conjunction to provide deep hydration for your skin.
First, ingredients like cocoa butter and shea butter are naturally hydrating. With the help of vitamin E (which also works as a natural preservative), they can help to soften your skin and seal the moisture in.
But when you’re buying CBD cream, you’re only partially paying for those great natural ingredients. What you’re also paying for is CBD—a cannabis molecule with some very interesting properties. For example, this 2014 study found that CBD acts as a “sebostatic.” In other words, it regulates oil production. This means that if your skin is naturally producing too little oil, CBD can encourage it to produce more. When using CBD, you’re not just adding moisture to your skin from the outside. You’re actually encouraging it to produce its own moisture from the inside. And that’s key to long-lasting skin hydration.
Very dry skin doesn’t last long before it becomes irritated, itchy, tight and uncomfortable. This is also something that CBD can help with. This molecule has anti-inflammatory and antipruritic (anti-itching) properties that can calm down any irritation and make it feel more comfortable.
By boosting hydration and relieving the side effects of dry skin, CBD can be very beneficial whether your skin is naturally dry, or dried out by external circumstances.
How to use CBD cream for dry skin
Using CBD cream for dry skin is fairly straightforward. After showering, dry yourself thoroughly and apply a thin layer of CBD cream to the parts of your body that need the most hydration. From some of us, it may be just the face, the hands, or the legs. For others, it will be the whole body!
Depending on your needs, you’ll need to choose a CBD cream that works for you. For example, if you need a cream that you can apply all over, it’s a good idea to choose one with a thinner consistency, which you can apply like a lotion. If you only need CBD cream in particular areas of skin (say, your hands, your elbows, and your face), you could go for a CBD-intensive cream that is thicker and more highly dosed.
And as with any skincare product that you buy, make sure to take a long look at the ingredient list. People with dry skin can be very sensitive to irritation. So before you buy a CBD cream, check to see that all the ingredients are natural and that you haven’t had a bad reaction to any of them in the past. Below are our top picks for the best CBD cream for dry skin:
1.Endoca Whipped Body Butter
There are a couple of things we really like about this product.
First, it’s formulated with completely natural ingredients, all organic and food-grade. It contains shea butter, cocoa butter, coconut oil, palm oil, and vitamin E, which provide great hydration.
Second, the whipped texture makes it easy to apply on large areas of skin. For people who have dry skin all over, it’s a product which you can use as a lotion. Its large size (100 ml) makes it a good option if you’re planning on using a CBD daily intensive cream.
Finally, it comes in two different strengths that adapt to your needs and to your budget. The 300-mg version is affordable and it can be a good way to get introduced to CBD if you haven’t used it before. The 1,500-mg version offers great value for money. If you know CBD works for your skin, then it’s one of the best options on the market in terms of the price of CBD per milligram.
2. Endoca Hemp Salve 750 mg
This one is a little thicker and more concentrated, which is why it could be better if you have extremely dry skin, or dry patches in smaller areas.
Like all Endoca products, this hemp salve contains all organic, natural ingredients. It’s so pure you could even eat it if you wanted to! In its ingredient list, you’ll find things like hemp seed oil, coconut oil, beeswax, vitamin E, and natural scents like lemon peel oil and vanilla.
It contains 750 mg of CBD in a 30-ml jar, making it a very highly concentrated product. Though the texture seems thick at first, it becomes easy to apply when warmed up in between your hands for a few seconds. You can safely apply it to any area of your body, as well as to your face and neck.
At $64 (or equivalent) for 750 mg of CBD and organic ingredients, this CBD cream offers very good value for money. If you consider the quality of the CBD used (which is guaranteed by Endoca and verified by many documents and certificates which you can check on their site), we think it’s one of the best options around.
3. CBD Moisturizing Balm by CBDfx
This creamy balm by CBDfx combines the best of natural ingredients and CBD for a product that is gentle and deeply hydrating.
In its list of ingredients, you’ll find hydrating jojoba oil, shea butter, coconut oil, and olive oil. It is also enriched with vitamin E, which helps to make your skin smoother and more elastic. Although it contains a lot of oils, the beeswax in this product make it quite thick. This makes it ideal to apply to areas of skin that really need it (dry feet, dry elbows.)
In terms of scent, this is one of our favorite products. It contains orange, lemon, tangerine and mandarin oil for a rich and fresh scent that doesn’t linger too long. If you’re looking for a product that makes it fun to apply CBD, this is our best pick!
The balm itself has quite a light concentration of CBD. The regular size, 2oz jar contains 750mg of CBD. But though it isn’t very concentrated, the CBD in this product is very high quality. It’s organic, sustainable, GMO-free, and third-party tested. For people who want the hydrating properties of CBD but don’t need a very high dose of it, we think it’s a great option that gives you real value for money. It is for just $39.99
4.Premium CBD Salve 500mg by Joy Organic
It uses MCT oil, which is one of the best moisturizers out there. Not only does it hydrate your skin deeply thanks to its fatty acids, but it’s also known to improve the appearance of scars and wrinkles.
Alongside MCT oil, this product contains 4 further ingredients: broad-spectrum CBD extract of course, and beeswax, lavender essential oil, and eucalyptus essential oil. For people with sensitive, easily irritated skin, using a product so simple could make a big difference.
What we really like about this product is that it achieves a great balance of sweetness and freshness in its scent. Lavender is naturally quite sweet, but the eucalyptus essential oil really counteracts that. What you’re left with is a product that smells naturally herbal, but doesn’t have that sickly sweetness that many of us try to avoid in our creams and lotions.
For people who use a lot of CBD, it can be a great product because it also comes in a 2oz version which contains a whopping 1000mg of CBD. Considering the amount of CBD that you get, this product is very affordable and perfect for those who are committed to using CBD to hydrate on a daily basis.
5.Elixinol Full-Spectrum Hemp Balm:
Unlike most other products on our list, it is made with full-spectrum rather than broad-spectrum CBD. This means that as well as CBD, it contains other cannabinoids and terpenes. These molecules can be very useful when applied to the skin. Some have anti-inflammatory properties, others fight pain, others still have anti-bacterial or anti-fungal properties. In short, the more cannabinoids and terpenes the better!
Alongside those helpful molecules, the balm is formulated with natural, organic oils like grapeseed, ucuuba, sunflower seed, and copaiba oils. It also contains botanicals like lemon peel oil, rosemary leaf extract, calendula flower extract, wintergreen and eucalyptus essential oils. The grapeseed oil and ucuuba butter give it a great, smooth consistency and deep moisturizing properties. Meanwhile, the other botanicals give it soothing properties and add a rich, natural smell which we love.
You can get this hemp balm in 3 different strengths: 50, 250, or 500mg. The 50mg version could be a great way to try out the effects of CBD for the first time, and it’s only $9.99. But if you want a product that’ll last you for longer, we would recommend going for the higher potency options. We think that 250mg is a great middle-ground: enough to moisturize your skin deeply, but not more than you need for your condition.