How to find the perfect CBD topical

Cream, salve, balm, serum, bath salts, ointment, soap… CBD topicals come in so many different forms that it can be tricky deciding which one is your perfect partner. Of course, the answer will depend on what you’re using it for; some CBD topicals are combined with essential oils aimed at tackling aches and pains, such as period pain or muscle aches, while others are specially formulated to bring relief from skin issues such as acne or eczema. In today’s post, we’ll look at what you need to know about taking CBD topically and recommend some of our favourite topical products to get you started.

How are topicals different from other forms of CBD?

Like all forms of CBD, topicals work their magic with the non-psychoactive, non-addictive cannabidiol compound, found in the cannabis plant. But topicals work a little differently to other forms of CBD. They get to work by being absorbed through the skin and eventually into the bloodstream, so they’ll usually take a little longer to work their magic than other CBD delivery methods - it could be anything from ten minutes to two hours before you feel the full effect.

One of the many great things about CBD is how many ways there are of enjoying its benefits, and if you’re new to it, a topical is a great way to get started. While more confident CBD afficionados might want to try vaping it or putting a few drops of CBD oil directly under the tongue, beginners will find a topical easy to use without having to worry about dosage. Not only that, but it can actively become a relaxing part of your wellness ritual because it’s so soothing to apply.

CBD topicals can be used for a range of issues, including:

  • Skincare issues, such as eczema, psoriasis, acne and redness
  • Aches and pains, such as stiff muscles, joint pain and period pain
  • Anti-ageing, flawless skin and other aspects of your beauty regime

CBD topicals are a particularly great addition to your beauty routine, because they’re rich in fatty acids and are naturally anti-inflammatory and antioxidant. That means that they’re capable of soothing skin complaints caused by inflammation - such as acne and psoriasis - as well as hydrating dry skin. What’s not to love?

If you’re not sure where to start, these are three of our very favourite CBD topicals for you to try.

1. Dr Kerklaan Therapeutics Natural CBD Skin Cream

Dr Kerklaan Therapeutics’ Natural CBD Skin Cream has been an indispensable part of our skincare regimes from the word go. If you suffer from skin irritations such as itching, dryness, rashes or scars, this specially formulated cream will help. It’s super-hydrating without being greasy, and gets to work fast. Suitable for all skin types, it’s fragrance free and hypoallergenic, and can even be used as a moisturiser when your skin needs a bit of extra hydration.

2. Kana: Lavender Overnight Mask

If you crave dewy, glowing skin, you’ll love Kana’s Lavender Overnight CBD Sleeping Mask. This organic lavender mask gets to work while you sleep, with 28 active botanicals that work in harmony to heal, hydrate and brighten your skin. Calming lavender gives a soft aroma that creates a peaceful atmosphere that helps you drift off into a restful sleep, while the mask itself is incredibly soothing without leaving an oily or greasy residue.

3. Yuyo Botanics Turmeric CBD Salve

Topicals aren’t just skin deep; while they’re great additions to your beauty routine and work wonders with skincare problems, they can also be used to tackle aches and pains. Our favourite is the soothing Turmeric CBD Salve from Yuyo Botanics, which not only smells and looks amazing, but is perfect for easing muscle aches and joint pain after a workout or when you’ve been hunched over a laptop at the office all day. Turmeric and 100mg of CBD are joined by a host of other great ingredients, including cayenne, menthol, aloe and other essential oils, which come together to create a natural anti-inflammatory.

And the best CBD topical for you is...

As we said at the beginning, the best topical for you will depend on what you’re using it for. If you’re after post-workout relief there are some great CBD topical solutions tailored to helping your muscles recover from a tough session at the gym. If your goal is relaxation or a better night’s sleep, a soothing bath bomb or overnight mask could be just the thing. And, when it comes to beauty and skincare, the CBD topical world is your oyster. Head over to our CBD shop to discover our extensive collection of topicals and find one that works for you.


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