I Tried CBD Oil For Dry Skin: My 4 Week Skincare Report
Hi, I’m Vicky. I’m a content manager by day and a Cheltenham musician by nights and weekends. Over the last month, I’ve been trialling using CBD oil for dry skin. And I’d love to share everything that happened on my introduction into CBD skincare.
I’ll give you an introduction to my skincare background as well as some of my research into CBD in skincare. But if you’re not interested in this and just want to skip to the results, click the link below:
My skincare history
Ok, so I have to admit when it comes to skincare I am really lazy. I’m a “wash my face in the shower” kind of person. (Please don’t judge me!) But as someone who suffers with sensitive, dry and often irritated or red skin, my face needs a lot of TLC. This means that I’m often battling with my skincare routine, trying to find a solution that I’m not too lazy to stick to.
And when it comes to skincare, I’ve tried pretty much every product under the sun. I’ve frequently dropped £300 at a time on expensive brands in a desperate bid to improve my skin; m. And in fact, for the last year my skincare and cosmetic spend sits at an average of around £100 a month. But honestly, I’ve never been able to find a skincare product that suits my skin. I always find that the first week with a new product is great and I start to see some results. But then after 2 weeks or so, my face is back to being cracked and dry. It’s honestly so frustrating!
CBD skincare products?
Up until a few months ago, I didn’t even know CBD skincare products existed. I’d heard of and tried a few types of CBD oil designed to be swallowed. In fact, I’ve been swallowing CBD oil for about a year to help with anxiety and stress. But I’d never even thought about using CBD oil for dry skin.
The first thing I did when I came across ULU’s CBD skincare range was to do some research! As someone who has spent hundreds of pounds on skincare and beauty products over the past few years, I’m happy to spend more for a premium product – but only if I’m confident it’s going to actually have some benefit. So, I wanted to know whether CBD actually had any benefits for skincare and also whether it was suitable for sensitive skin. And I was really pleased and surprised with what I found.
CBD oil in skincare
Through my research, I found out that CBD oil is actually a powerful, natural anti-inflammatory. This means that CBD body oil is great for reducing redness, swelling and generally helping with any kind of skin irritation. This sounded promising for reducing the redness on my face.
So, next I needed to find out about moisture. I knew that a CBD in oil form would have some moisturising properties because of the oil itself. However, I wanted to know whether CBD actually had any effect on dry skin – otherwise why would I choose it over any skin oil? Well, I actually found out that skin inflammation is a leading cause of dry skin – so if I could stop my skin from becoming inflamed, I might be able to stop the dryness!
In fact, inflammation is the cause of a huge variety of skin issues, including ageing – (yep, really!) And I’m a firm believer that the sooner you start looking after your skin, the better! So, it looks like CBD is a great way to do this.
I also found that many people use CBD in skincare to reduce acne. This is because CBD reduces the amount of acne-causing sebum produced by the skin.
CBD oil for dry skin: the results
The CBD product I’ve chosen to use is the ULU 750mg CBD body oil, as I felt that an oil-based product would be more heavy-duty in terms of moisturising my face. This product is a 1% CBD concentration – which is much higher than other CBD skincare products I’ve seen on the UK market.
I’ll be jotting down my thoughts and taking a photo of my progress on a weekly basis. So, I’m really excited to see what happens!
Ok, I’ve been using ULU CBD body oil for 1 week and I really haven’t noticed any difference. As you can see from my week 1 photo, my skin is still really angry and red. Honestly, this is pretty typical for my skin on a day-to-day basis. And I spend a fortune on fancy green concealer to balance out the redness before I put on my foundation. I’m still holding out hope that this new CBD skincare routine will make a difference, but I’m expecting my skin to react how it normally does to a new product: slightly improved for the 2 weeks or so, and then back to being dry and red after that! But I’m keeping an open mind. So, fingers crossed!
Ok, I actually started to notice a difference this week. My face is still very much just as dry as week 1, but the redness has gone down significantly. I’m still getting a lot of redness around my nose and on the cheeks, but it doesn’t look nearly as angry as it did at the end of week 1. The main thing I’m impressed by right now is the smell of the product. I’m not a huge fan of the taste of CBD oil, so I was slightly worried that the CBD body oil would smell grassy or earthy. But it smells like lavender and citrus, and I can smell it on my face throughout the day.
I’m definitely hopeful to see what happens with another week of using CBD oil for dry skin. However, I am wary of the fact that my skin normally responds well to a new product for the first few weeks and then takes a nosedive once it has adjusted to the new product. Only time will tell!
I am so, so pleased with my progress this week! Some better lighting definitely went into taking this photo, so I can’t give all the credit to the CBD body oil, but my dryness has definitely started to subside quite a bit! Around my nose is always a problem area when it comes to dry skin, and this hasn’t really changed yet. But all of the small, itchy dry patches I normally have around my jaw and on my chin are nearly completely gone. And I’ve definitely noticed more improvement on skin redness as well.
This is normally about the time when my skin returns to its normal angry, dry self after using a new product. So, we’ll see what happens over the next week or so. But if by next week I’m still noticing an improvement, this ULU body oil will become a regular part of my skincare routine!
Once again, this photo is very well lit (and obviously it’s the other side of my face) but at this point you can consider me a CBD skincare convert. My face still has a long way to go in terms of dryness, as there are still some dry, itchy patches around my nose. But the dry patches on my cheeks, chin and jawline have cleared up completely. And there’s really barely any redness on my face now at all.
Honestly, this week I had a few different people ask me where I got my new makeup – and I wasn’t even wearing any. (It really does look like I’m wearing makeup in this photo, but I promise it’s completely makeup free and unedited.) So, I can conclusively say that using ULU CBD oil for dry skin has worked for me! I’m off to buy 10 bottles in case it goes out of stock!
My CBD skincare journey
I’m now writing this article 6 weeks after starting my CBD skincare journey with ULU CBD body oil. And honestly, I’m still so pleased with the results. My skin hasn’t improved much more since my week 4 photo, but for the first time ever, it hasn’t relapsed into being dry and red again. I’ve also cut my monthly skincare budget by more than half since using this body oil. Now, instead of the various creams, oils and goops I used to buy on a monthly basis, I now use a simple cleanser, an exfoliator and this body oil.
I whole-heartedly recommend considering introducing CBD into your skincare routine, and using CBD oil for dry skin!
For more content from Vicky, read her recent mental health blog, ‘Laughing My Way Through Anxiety.’
Pablo’s Blog: Travel Lips – What Makes a Great CBD Lip Balm?
Last week I was in the USA enjoying the delights of Los Angeles. It has become my home from home. And it is also in California – which is where I started my CBD experience. Indeed part of my trip involved researching the CBD market, looking at trends and new ideas. But during my travels, it got me thinking about CBD lip balm. What are they? Why do we need them and what makes for a great CBD balm?
What makes a great CBD lip balm ?
I got to wondering, what makes a great CBD lip balm on my flight home. Indeed, there was a battle between a lovely glass of Bordeaux and a great CBD balm to see what would lubricate my lips first.
We all love a pretty package, and I have lost count of the number of lip balms I have used and abused over the years. And in recent times I have been testing some of the best cbd lip balms. So apart from the pretty packages, what have I found out ? Here are a few guidelines on lip balms and salves, and what to look for. Then finally why you should choose a cbd salve product.
Why do we need lip balm or salve ?
Our lips are pretty active during our daily routine, they come into contact with moisture, food, drinks , rain the sun, the wind and maybe if you are lucky another set of lips. All of this mighty action, particularly in the dry winter months leads to a drying out of the surface of the skin and often to sore or chapped lips. Our lips are not sebaceous glans so lack the ability to self lubricate, hence the reason why lip balms have become so popular.
What ingredients go into lip balm ?
The ingredients of the various lip balms on the market vary enormously. Through reading many comments from expert dermatologists a few ingredients it seems should be avoided. These include strong fragrances, salicylic acid and menthol, which can be a cause of irritation or even allergy.
A good lip balm prevents the evaporation of moisture from the lips. It is also a great emollient, softening the skin and allowing for greater ease of movement for the most flexible mobile part of the face.
How the various balms on the market create this performance is very much down to the blend of oils and waxes chosen by the manufacturer. Some ingredients naturally hydrate better than others. And the key here is the how the different ingredients that are chosen work together and combine to provide the most comprehensive performance.
Some of the main ingredients you will see on your lip salve are the following
Lanolin is a substance found naturally and it comes from sheep. You’ll find lanolin in sheep coats to be precise. It is the protectant they have to keep their fleece dry and protected. When the sheep is shorn of their woollen coat, the lanolin can be removed from the fleece. The animal is not harmed during this process, but for some it is still an animal derived product so may not suit their needs. However, lanolin is a natural product and closely resembles the molecular structure of the skin on your lips. This makes it a perfect companion and ingredient for a lip balm. It also allows your skin to breathe as it is semi-occlusive. However, it does require extensive purification before it can be used. This can lead to the use of chemicals that could create harm to the human skin.
Many older readers will know of petroleum jelly . It is comprised of mineral oils and paraffin wax and has been used for well over a century. The low cost of the product and the ease of use made it a popular product as an instant barrier protection for the lips. The limitations of the product are that is provides little impact on the recovery of damaged skin. There is a frequent need too reapply which often causes the lips to dry out and make the condition worse. The immediate relief of moisture is quickly offset by a drying out of the skin. Whilst it is widely regarded as a safe product, there are some that believe applying a Petrolatum to the skin is adding a toxicity that should be avoided.
Petroleum jelly, commonly known by the most popular brand name Vaseline, was originally found coating the bottom of oil rigs in the mid-1800s. It’s composed mainly of mineral oils and paraffin wax, a chemical preservative.
Beeswax is created by, well it will not surprise you to know, by bees! They use the wax to construct their honeycombs, which they use to store honey and breed in. The wax itself is naturally occurring and acts as a protective barrier to maintain moisture. It also acts to rehydrate the skin and reduce dryness. By locking moisture in, it helps to maintain the softness of the delicate skin on the lips. This is another animal-derived product. So, this may not suit everyone, especially if you are vegan. And of course, anyone would want to understand the environment in which the bees are kept.
Coconut oil is made from the fruit of the coconut palm tree. It has a wide range of qualities and is naturally rich in minerals, essential fatty acids and vitamins . This enables coconut oil to assist with intense moisturising and protection of dry cracked, lips. In addition, it can act as an anti-inflammatory and helps to fight bacteria, all helping to repair and heal skin much faster. It is a very rich product, so may prove an issue for more sensitive skin types.
Shea butter is extracted from the Shea tree and is another natural source of protection for damaged skin cells. It is a rich fatty acid with additional minerals and vitamins that assist the healing process. It moisturises and protects the skin and has anti inflammatory properties that reduce the irritation of extensively damaged lips. Shea butter is also a dense product, and care should be taken if the surrounding skin is sensitive or prone to pore blockages.
Extracted from the Jojoba plant , this oil is actually a plant wax . It is naturally occurring and is able to penetrate the skin effectively. Combined with an array of vitamins and minerals, it can soothe and repair problematic skin damage to the lips. It has the advantage of being a light wax and this provides an ease of use and in application. There are also some known cases of allergy to the jojoba oil. So, make sure to always check the ingredients of any lip balm you buy to avoid any allergies.
Why use a CBD lip balm ?
The use of CBD in your lip balm is effective if matched to the correct blend of other ingredients, chosen primarily from the products cited above. The CBD provides a reinforcement for the anti-inflammatory properties of the lip balm and lip salve. It acts as a rapid repair agent to improve the healing process of the skin and lips. In fact a CBD balm can be used to assist the healing process of not only cracked and damaged lips, but also minor cuts located on your hands or face. Indeed many use their CBD balm to improve other dry skin conditions, especially dry skin on elbows and hands.
The suggestion that applying a CBD lip balm can lead to absorption into your blood stream is unlikely. (However, this is not impossible if the skin is broken.) Although, this is not the primary role of CBD lip salve. If you require CBD to assist with issues such as anxiety, it is advisable to use a method of application that allows rapid and easy absorption into the bloodstream, such as oil drops taken orally. Also, remember to always look for quality CBD products that have zero THC and with certified production. (Be assured, they will not get you high.)
The best CBD lip balms contain high quality CBD, in combination with naturally occurring oils and waxes, rich in vitamins such as A, C and E. Reputable companies will also quote the dosage of CBD used in the product. This is essential, as many companies use negligible dosages of CBD to claim its presence. This is a waste of money, as you will not see any positive effects from very minute doses of CBD.
Not all CBD lip balms are the same. It is essential to choose carefully the base oils and waxes and to find a reliable CBD supplier. Personally, I try to find a CBD salve that has a coconut oil base combined with a variety of natural plant extracts such as jojoba oil and avocado oil combined with natural flavourings so it tastes as good as it works. If the CBD balm has less that 1% CBD, I doubt it can be effective for accelerating the healing process of my lips .
I have to admit though, on that flight that I mentioned at the start, the Bordeaux red won the initial contest!
Anthony Peacock: Sleepless in Seattle. Or Was it Toronto?
Hi, I’m Anthony Peacock, known as ‘Anton.’ (Yes, everyone round here appears to have an alternative name). I’ll be writing regular articles for the ULU community section of the blog: ULU Nation! I’d love to tell you a bit more about me, and how I became an avid user of CBD for jetlag!
I look after public relations for ULU but that’s not my only job. The rest of the time, I’m running around the world, meeting new people and trying to influence them. That’s the theory at least.
In practice, I work in PR, or to put it more accurately, ‘content creation’. You’re probably now thinking that this sounds like some hipster millennial buzzword coined by someone with a long beard who spends too much time in artisanal coffee shops but honestly – I’m about as far from millennial as it’s possible to get. Very shortly, I’m going to be closer to 50 than 40. And while I like coffee shops, the truth is that pubs tend to be more fun.
What ‘content creation’ is all about is simply producing material: blogs, articles, press releases, features, videos and photos, then putting them together in a hopefully interesting way. It’s a bit like being a writer in 3D, because all the boundaries between different communications methods are definitely being blurred these days.
Were Charles Dickens around now, he’d definitely have a blog – he sort of did, actually, in Victorian newspapers – while Shakespeare was so mercenary that he’d be constantly updating his LinkedIn page.
There’s such a massive number of media outlets around now, especially digital, that the Internet feels like a giant beast that’s constantly hungry. And it’s part of my role to feed it. So, you can probably add ‘digital zookeeper’ to my job description too.
Now that does sound contemporary. I might just stick it on a business card and see how long I can keep a straight face for. After all, it sounds no less ridiculous than ‘inversion and holistic imaginative cognition’ that genuinely appeared as a speciality on somebody’s calling card I was handed recently. To this day, I have absolutely no idea what George does, apart from make people wonder what his job is.
What I do
I work on media content in quite a few industries, from CBD to watchmaking, but – like our founder Pablo, who you will have heard from earlier – I spend a lot of time doing automotive stuff, which is why from time to time you’ll hear our take about what’s going on in the world of Formula 1 and other things on four wheels.
Perhaps the most surprising aspect to writing about cars is just how much time you spend on planes. So much time, in fact, that you become a repository for absolutely useless information, such as the fact that YYZ is the airport code for Toronto. Obviously. And that the only London tube station not to contain any of the letters found in the word ‘mackerel’ is St John’s Wood (thank the reruns of QI on British Airways for this gem).
The only real downside to the job, apart from having to constantly justify why you’re leaving behind a carbon footprint the size of a yeti, is the jet lag. For many years, I simply clung to the mantra of ‘sleep when you’re tired, stay awake when you’re not’, and that served me pretty well. There’s something smugly satisfying about sending emails at 4am, before having a well-deserved nap at 9am.
How I started using CBD for jetlag
But the relatively recent occasion in which I fell asleep on a plate of spaghetti carbonara, aided and abetted by a good quantity of Chianti and the company of some pretty boring people – let’s hope they’re not reading this – forced me to re-think.
While there’s not a lot you can do to stay awake when you’re falling asleep (apart from avoiding dullards and directing as much cold air as possible onto your feet – this really works) there’s actually a lot you can do to fall asleep when feeling awake.
Tormented by various time zones, as well as nightmares about how to persuade people to slake their digital thirsts at my various online watering holes (another 100% genuine description, this time delivered at a seminar from a British sports car company that should know better) I decided to try taking CBD for jet lag. And I found out that CBD drops helped, taken on a nightly basis.
The effect wasn’t instant, but it did briefly pause the hamster wheel of creative thought long enough for sleep to take over. Combined with other sensible practices (switching off phones, placing iPads out of reach, along with all other tempting distractions like the keys to the minibar) I finally found myself sufficiently relaxed to gain a proper night’s sleep more often than not. Who knows, I might even have discovered holistic imaginative cognition.
Thanks for checking in!
I’ll be on the road again shortly, so will keep you posted. I’ll be writing more about using CBD for jetlag, as well as more about my life and what I’m up to. In the meantime, keep dipping your bucket in my digital well. And stop sniggering, you at the back…
If you’d like to read more content from members of our community: ULU Nation, why not read about Tom Corbet, an avid cyclist who uses CBD to relieve muscle fatigue.
Tom Corbet – ULU Community
Here at ULU, we’re passionate at building a community of CBD users. We know that when it comes to CBD, there’s a lot of misinformation out there. So, helping our customers get to know each other as part of a community helps people to stay connected and informed. Today’s blog comes from Tom Corbet, avid sportsman from Essex. Learn about his sporting career, what he’s currently training for and how he uses CBD in cycling.
Tom Corbet, avid sportsman from Essex
I’ve always been a keen sportsman and enjoyed the many challenges it brings. I’ve tried my hand at most sports including football, golf and sailing but I probably reached the highest level in rugby playing for Kent University, Canterbury RFC and more recently for my local home club Rochford Hundred Rugby Club in Essex, where I joined at the age of 11, but this year I’m taking on a very different challenge: cycling.
I hung up my boots as it were in 2018 and since then have taken up cycling. It’s something I’ve always enjoyed since having a mountain bike as a child, but I didn’t really have time for it alongside rugby training and matches. Since giving that up, cycling is now my sporting focus.
Why has cycling become such a focus for you?
The main reason; a big challenge I’m taking on in May, cycling from London to Amsterdam, the long way! It’s a four-day ride covering over 500 kilometers starting in Greenwich, London heading to Dover, then jumping on the ferry to Calais and heading to Bruges, then Rotterdam and finishing in Amsterdam.
Like all good ideas, it started as a discussion in the pub as a way to raise money for charity following my wife’s diagnosis of Hodgkins Lymphoma in 2018. It’s been a tough couple of years of chemotherapy and a stem cell transplant but luckily the signs are good and she’s no longer having treatment.
I’m doing this along with seven friends for three incredible causes; Willow Foundation, Women on the Move Against Cancer (WOMAC) and Lymphoma Research Trust, all causes that are very close to my heart as they’ve been a great support during a difficult time.
The trip is quite the family affair as it’s a self organised, self funded ride so we have three support cars including my wife and two-year old son, as well as parents plus some friends are flying out for the final day so I’m really looking forward to arriving in Amsterdam to a warm welcome.
How are you training for this huge challenge?
Training for this challenge is taking a few different forms, long rides with a local group at the weekend, usually around 80 kilometres with an average pace of 30 kph. I really enjoy this element of the training, although it is a little chilly this time of year, but it’s fun to be out in a group and we always find a nice café to refuel.
I’m also doing twice-weekly Trainer Road sessions on a turbo trainer. I’ve created my very own spin room in our garage, it’s not pretty but it does the job. These sessions aren’t the most fun but I turn the music up and hope the hour or so goes quickly.
How do you use CBD in cycling?
Cycling is a very different sport to rugby, endurance is key, whereas in rugby strength and speed were the focus. After all you don’t see many road cyclists you could mistake for a rugby player!
This means that the training is very different to what I was used to. One thing I’ve felt more from cycling is DOMS and flexibility issues. I’ve taken on a few things to help rectify this, yoga once a week, using a foam roller on my legs and ULU CBD exfoliating rub. It’s all definitely helping to relieve muscle fatigue and get me ready for my next training session, which is never far away.
Wish me luck for May!
It’s always great to hear about achievements and success stories from within the CBD community. And it’s fascinating to hear about how Tom Corbet has used CBD in cycling to relieve muscle fatigue!
We love to feature anyone who uses CBD in their day-to-day life on our blog. If you’ve bought one of our products and want to be featured in the ULU community blog, please get in touch with us today!
My CBD User Experience – Paul Hembery
Hi, I’m Paul – or ‘Pablo’ as my friends call me! I run ULU and have been a passionate CBD user for many years after seeing its benefits during my time in the USA. I get asked a lot of questions about my own CBD use, as well as some more general questions about its effects. So, here is my own CBD user experience of using CBD for arthritis.
CBD for arthritis
My poor right leg took a beating during my rugby playing years, and whilst multiple anterior cruciate ligament rebuilds have assisted, the joint itself was suffering more and more from arthritic pain. I am no expert on arthritis – far from it. However, I know it is an inflammation based issue and with all of my travel, it was getting worse.
I had already seen the positive benefits of CBD for stress and wellbeing. I also knew that many people across the UK and the USA use CBD for pain. So, I decided to try taking CBD for arthritis – to see if it would help, especially with arthritic pain.
Can you feel it ?
Does it really work ?
Beyond my CBD user experience