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Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About CBD Lotion and CBD Cream

CBD products are starting to pop up all over North America, and with so many CBD products in so many different forms, how are you supposed to know which ones work best for your unique needs? You can use CBD creams for a variety of skin-care needs. CBD topicals are easy to apply, inexpensive to […]


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CBD products are starting to pop up all over North America, and with so many CBD products in so many different forms, how are you supposed to know which ones work best for your unique needs?

You can use CBD creams for a variety of skin-care needs. CBD topicals are easy to apply, inexpensive to buy, and they offer fantastic health benefits that unnatural synthetic topicals can’t give you by themselves.

Smile’s CBD creams are third-party lab-tested to ensure they’re pure and potent without any adulterants or unhealthy additives. Let’s talk about what a CBD cream product is, what it can do for you, and how you can add one to your wellness routine for a more healthy and holistic way of living.

What is CBD Cream?

Simply put, a CBD cream is a topical lotion that you can rub on your skin for many different purposes. Unlike synthetic medicated creams, CBD creams are all-natural products, made with oil extracted from naturally-grown hemp fortified with other common and familiar skincare topicals that mother nature provides.

CBD cream is popular because it’s easy to apply, it feels great on the skin, and it isn’t mucked up with additives that produce uncomfortable side effects or unpleasant reactions. It’s a completely safe and legal holistic alternative to topicals you traditionally see on drug store shelves, and Smile’s CBD topicals are 100% vegan, cruelty-free, and environmentally-conscious.

Benefits of using a CBD Topical

The potential key benefits offered by the use of CBD topical products include pain relief, accelerated healing, moisturization, and rejuvenation. Additionally, CBD products for your skin can include other all-natural vitamins and minerals that are healthy for your skin like vitamin E.

Besides being a healthy skin product, CBD topical cream is easy to use by simply applying a small amount wherever you need it on your body and rubbing it in. Note that different CBD products are designed for different parts of your body– just like most creams, you don’t want to put CBD body lotion on your face and vice-versa! While studies are still being conducted on exactly how effective CBD is for different needs, extensive research has been done to learn about its effects and benefits demonstrating promising results (more on this below).

Are There Any Drawbacks?

CBD products don’t contain the same unpronounceable list of ingredients that even college-educated English speakers can’t read. More simply put, without the additives and adulterants found in other skin creams, CBD avoids the drawbacks and disadvantages that traditional topicals sometimes carry with them.

Most notably, CBD simply needs to be researched further to fully understand its effects on skincare. Many users report overwhelmingly positive results with CBD topical creams with practically no drawbacks. While you should always consult with your doctor if you’re unsure how your skin will react to a new topical cream, the majority of CBD users are happy with their experience and don’t report unpleasant side-effects.

What Does the Research Say About CBD Topicals?

One of the most common reasons people take CBD topicals is to help with pain relief, primarily joint pain caused by arthritis. This important use is backed up by a study from the National Academies of Sciences, Medicine, and Engineering which concluded that “patients [with chronic pain] who were treated with cannabinoids are more likely to experience a clinically significant reduction in pain symptoms.”

While the report also concludes that more research is needed to determine the extent of CBD’s efficacy for pain relief needs, it’s further backed up by a publication from the Journal of the American Medical Association which concluded that “There was moderate-quality evidence to support the use of cannabinoids for the treatment of chronic pain and spasticity.”

Furthermore, a study by Zynerba Pharmaceuticals found that the use of topical CBD saw a reduction in baseline knee pain, with secondary endpoints in the study trending towards statistical significance indicating that CBD topicals, with further study, may prove to be an effective all-natural way to alleviate joint pain symptoms.

How Does CBD Cream Help With Pain?

CBD products have a long-reported history of acting on your body’s natural cannabinoid receptors and helping to alleviate pain. As the research mentioned above suggests, this important benefit is slowly being discovered to have scientific legitimacy on top of countless reports by regular users who experience pain relief.

Since your body has built-in receptors for cannabinoids, it’s easy to absorb CBD. Unlike traditional pain medications that can be chemically addictive (CBD is not) and have to manipulate your body’s natural hormones to produce the desired effect, CBD acts on a natural system inside your body that knows how to process it directly. Your endocannabinoid system plays a role in many sensory functions, particularly your appetite and pain sensitivity, indicating that stimulating this system may be able to alleviate pain more effectively and in a more healthy way than synthetic pain medications.

How to Use CBD Cream

Topical CBD is incredibly easy to use, and unlike CBD oil or edibles, it doesn’t enter the bloodstream at all. As a result, you don’t have to carefully measure out doses to ensure you’re getting enough and not getting too much, and these products can be applied liberally as needed. 

Make sure to apply your CBD cream to freshly-cleaned skin to ensure maximum absorption and effectiveness. Rub it into your skin completely– roughly a fingertip’s worth of cream is typically enough to get an effective dose of CBD and ensure that you’ve applied enough of the topical oil to absorb into your skin. 

You typically don’t need to cover the affected area in order for the cream to start working, but if you’re going to be out in the sun or in the water, covering may help to ensure that the cream doesn’t evaporate or rub off before it’s fully absorbed.

Are There Any Side Effects?

CBD is very safe to use and has very few side effects, although it’s important to know how it might affect your body before you take it for the first time.

CBD use has been associated with remarkably mild side effects such as dry mouth and drowsiness. However, CBD topical creams are, themselves, very mild and have minimal side effects when compared to CBD products with higher concentrations of the active ingredient. Smile’s topical CBD products are all-natural and 100% vegan, and they don’t include any harmful chemical additives that may inflict more serious side effects like some creams you may find at the pharmacy.

The vast majority of CBD users report no unwanted side effects at all making CBD one of the safest and most comfortable treatments you can use.

How Often to Use CBD Cream

It’s impossible to “overdose” on CBD, however just like any supplement, you only need so much of it to induce the desired effects. Most users apply their CBD cream once daily. Since it’s a topical cream, the best time to apply your daily CBD treatment is after bathing and completely drying your skin or when using a CBD cream for pain relief.

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What’s In Smile CBD Cream?

Smile proudly offers an all-natural CBD cream with absolutely no harmful chemical additives or unnatural ingredients. In addition, we send our products out for third-party lab testing to ensure they’re manufactured to just the right specifications.

But CBD isn’t the only substance found in Smile topical creams. Each cream is carefully crafted with a blend of organic ingredients that enhance your overall skin health and make it easier for your body to absorb the active ingredient. Here’s a list of the ingredients found in our products and what they do to make Smile CBD cream more effective.

CBD Isolate

CBD oil isolate is the primary active ingredient that produces the desired effects of each CBD cream product. You’ll see terms like “full-spectrum” and “broad-spectrum” tossed around with other hemp CBD products, and these terms mean that the CBD hemp oil in those products contains other cannabinoids in addition to the pure CBD itself. In short, those products contain non-CBD substances that you don’t want in your topicals.

Isolate, as the name suggests, is an isolated CBD containing no other cannabinoids. Smile only uses 100% third-party verified CBD isolate to ensure you’re only getting the active ingredient you need with no unwanted contaminants.

Avocado, Jojoba, and Juniperus Fruit Oils

Avocado and Jojoba oils are organic plant-based oils rich in proteins that help to rejuvenate and revitalize dry skin and dead skin cells. They’re highly moisturizing and can be found in a wide range of organic skincare products, and are valued for their low impact on the environment when being processed for use in topicals.

Juniperus fruit oil has a reputation for being effective at numbing pain and helping with joint aches. Smile’s CBD pain cream adds Juniperus fruit oil into the mix to help promote its pain-relieving properties.

Vitamin C

Vitamin C is a potent antioxidant that helps to neutralize “free radicals,” which are responsible for breaking down collagen in the skin. High levels of free radicals result in blemishes, wrinkles, sags, and dark spots that are unsightly and can accelerate the aging process over time.

Vitamin C is also highly acidic meaning it helps your skin trigger its own self-healing properties, stimulating the production of new collagen and elastin. It can inhibit the production of excess melanin, which helps to prevent dark spots and over-pigmentation.

Vitamin E Ester

Vitamin E plays a vital role in your skincare as a naturally-occurring component of your skin health. It has beneficial antioxidant properties that help protect your skin against pollutants and stressors from the environment.

When exposed to sunlight, your skin’s vitamin E depletes over time, meaning that a vitamin E supplement gives your skin a healthy boost when you’re outside for extended periods of time.

Aloe Vera Juice

Aloe Vera is well-known as a pain relief treatment for sunburned skin, but it’s good for far more than that! Aloe vera may play a role in reducing the appearance of acne and can provide relief from uncomfortable skin conditions like dermatitis and psoriasis. It’s rich in antioxidants that help to protect your skin health, and it’s been shown to help protect your skin from UV radiation caused by the sun.

Cocoa Seed Butter

Cocoa seed butter contains lots of healthy fatty acids that help to hydrate your skin and improve its elasticity. These fats also help to create a protective shield that holds in moisture for longer, preventing dry skin.

Naturally-occurring phytochemicals in cocoa seed butter are believed to improve the blood flow to your skin and may even act as a protectant against harmful UV rays, guarding your skin against sun damage and slowing the aging process. It’s commonly found in products that are designed to reduce scarring, decrease wrinkling, and cover skin blemishes. It also has a pleasant natural aroma!

Transdermal Magnesium

Transdermal Magnesium is a vital part of your skin and bone health, and a magnesium deficiency can result in lower levels of fatty acids on your skin. This can result in lower moisture and elasticity which accelerates your skin’s aging.

Although magnesium naturally occurs in the body, you produce less of it as you age. Once you’re past your twenties, it’s important to consider supplementing your skin health with topical magnesium. It’s hard to get appropriate levels of magnesium even in a healthy diet of leafy greens, so transdermal magnesium is a popular way to boost magnesium levels by applying it directly to your skin, which is where your body needs it the most.

Can I Make My Own CBD Cream?

We absolutely don’t recommend trying to mix your own CBD cream at home. Just like you wouldn’t try to create your own medications by yourself, there’s no guarantee that a homemade CBD topical would be healthy, effective, or even safe.

A CBD product designed and manufactured by a reputable producer is absolutely essential. Smile’s CBD creams are third-party verified to be completely safe, healthy, and balanced, containing no foreign contaminants or unhealthy ingredients. We’ve put hundreds of hours into researching the best all-natural ingredients in our CBD cream product, and we promise our customers only the best 100% vegan CBD cream available on the market today.


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