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!