How To Correctly Apply CBD Cream For Soothing Relief

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Icy Hot, Bengay, and Tiger Balm. All medicine cabinet must-haves, right?

Well, what if we told you that CBD topicals also deserve a place up there? CBD cream has become increasingly popular and it's only natural to have a couple of questions about it.

That's why we're here to answer those questions. And maybe get you to explore the various kinds of CBD products you could be incorporating into your life.

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What are CBD topicals?

CBD topicals are applied to the skin. They can be anything from CBD creams to CBD lotions, CBD skin care products to transdermal patches.

Each is infused with CBD oils which may contain anti-inflammatory properties. Though more research is needed.

Some tend to prefer topical CBD over CBD gummies, or other types of gummies infused with delta 9. Simply because these products target localized areas.

So, how exactly do you apply topical CBD creams? And how does topical CBD work?

How to apply CBD cream

CBD creams and topical products give you the luxury of taking these products on the go. But for best results, consider these tips to make your topical CBD reach its fullest potential for you.

#1. Clean the affected area

Whether you're applying a CBD cream or CBD lotion, you'll want the area to be clean. Simply wash the area with warm water and soap, then pat dry.

It is important to note that CBD products are only meant for external use. So do not apply CBD lotion to an open wound or cut.

#2. Wash your hands

Additionally, when applying a CBD topical, you will want to make sure your hands are clean. That way, you won't have to worry about any cross-contamination.

And your CBD topical can be delivered as safely and cleanly as possible to your skin. This may even help the CBD potency as well.

#3. Perform a patch test

Some CBD products may come in the form of cooling creams. So if you are sensitive to this kind of cooling sensation, consider performing a patch test before applying your topical cream to the entire area.

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Start with a small application of your CBD topical. Then assess how your body reacts to the product overall.

If you find that you have no irritation or side effects, continue on with applying your CBD topical fully. If not, take a look at the various other ingredients used to see what might be causing irritation.

#4. Apply the CBD creams to your affected area

When applying a CBD cream, you'll want to massage the CBD topical into your skin - or your pet's skin - in a circular motion. (Yes, there is pet CBD oil too.) This will allow the CBD oil to transfer to the various layers of your skin.

And it gives you a nice massage in the process. Besides, some topical CBD products may also contain essential oils like lavender essential oil or aloe vera.

So it really can be like a luxury experience. If only you take the time to treat yourself to the best CBD out there.

CBD oil in a topical cream can reach sore muscles as well as the blood vessels underneath. So the amount of time you take to massage the product in will also depend on what you are trying to address.

#5. Apply hemp-derived CBD products as needed

If you find a CBD item that works for you, continue to apply it as needed. You can apply it multiple times a day.

In fact, you get the best results when you use CBD regularly. Just remember to keep it away from open wounds and use it for external use only.

Things to consider when buying topical products

When you're looking for the best CBD out there, you'll want to keep these factors in mind. Especially if you plan to use CBD on a regular basis.

What kind of CBD the product contains

There are three main types of CBD that you can choose from. And understanding the difference between each will help you find the best fit for you.

Full spectrum CBD

This type of CBD contains all cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant, including the psychoactive compound THC. But don't worry about getting high from a CBD topical.

Federally legal CBD creams will only contain 0.3% of the chemical compound THC. And since you are absorbing the CBD extract through your skin, you won't absorb enough THC to get high.

But there are plenty of reasons why people choose to use this type of CBD in their topical creams. The CBD extracted with other cannabinoids is prone to the entourage effect.

And this essentially allows the CBD to better operate due to the additional cannabinoids around it. Just CBD on its own will do just fine.

But some users say that extra support helps the CBD to work to its full capacity. Then again, if you're worried about drug testing at all, you may want to steer clear.

Though there are only trace amounts of THC, it is possible for you to result in a positive drug test. Luckily, there's another option that can offer you the entourage effect with no THC at all.

Broad spectrum CBD

We're talking about broad spectrum! Broad spectrum contains all of the additional cannabinoids found in the hemp plant.

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Except for THC. This way, you can enjoy a topical hemp or CBD salve without worrying about testing positive on a drug test.

CBD isolate

Isolate CBD is just CBD alone. But don't think its low potency makes it any less effective for pain relief than full or broad spectrum.

There are plenty of varieties out there. So as you explore, you can surely find a CBD product that fit your needs.

Of course, the potency of your product will also depend on how much CBD you apply. So the amount of CBD you receive is entirely within your control.

What areas you want to address

You might only have a handful of areas that you would apply Icy Hot or Bengay. But CBD can be quite versatile.

Localized areas

As we mentioned earlier, topical CBD is great for targeting localized areas. This way, you're able to get to the source right away without taking a CBD tincture or gummy.

Take our CBD rub for example. This product is perfect for when you're on the go but need a little something to help you through.

And our CBD roll-on product offers even more convenience. Because you don't even have to use your hands.

In fact, in the steps above, you won't even need to wash your hands in order to apply this CBD! This hands-free option is great for those who want to administer a clean application.

And its tactile design also makes it easy to open and apply. Some actually prefer this roll on design to other forms of CBD rubs simply because it's hands-free.

And with Menthol, Arnica, and MSM, plus an essential oil or two, this blend of CBD cream is particularly good at activating all of your senses. See? There really is a product out there for everyone.

Full body

Sometimes, just applying CBD cream to one area isn't enough. And that's why CBD topicals for your entire body exist.

Our CBD body massage oil is a perfect example of how to use CBD on your entire person. With broad-spectrum hemp, this massage oil can deeply penetrate and target specific areas.

While making sure that no area goes unattended. With German chamomile and light citrus notes of orange, lavender, and ylang-ylang, this body oil offers a particularly relaxing scent.

So it's not just about offering your skin a luxurious experience. It's about giving your nose a luxurious experience too.

And if you don't want the luxurious adventure to end, pair it with our CBD bath salts. The smell of rose and lavender will help you unwind, all while restoring balance to your body with Pink Himalayan Salt and Epsom Salt.

With these two products, you can bring the spa home. And give yourself the royal treatment.


So far, we've covered parts of the human body that you'd probably apply Icy Hot or Bengay to. But what about your face?

CBD is gentle enough to relieve dry skin on your face with natural ingredients and hydrating oils. Like with our CoQ10 Anti-Aging Hydrating Cream.

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This cream helps to smooth and plump fine lines and wrinkles. And all while keeping your skin moisturized.

All skin types can benefit from this moisturizer as its powerful antioxidants work in tandem with both Vitamin E and Vitamin C for maximum results. And that's not all we have to offer here at Clean Remedies.

We additionally have our CBD face oil, made with full spectrum hemp and rosehip complex. This concentrated blend of botanicals delivers nourishing omega fatty acids to your skin along with phytonutrients.

And since we believe that everyone should be able to enjoy it, this formula is specifically made for all skin types. So you can soak up the lightweight and fast absorbing oil into your skin.

And treat your complexion like a day at the spa. Well, spa at home, of course!

What other ingredients are used

When you apply a CBD cream, oil, or lotion to your skin, it's important to look at all other ingredients used in the product. Common ingredients for topical creams include shea butter, olive oil, or avocado oil for pain relief.

And that doesn't even get into whether an essential oil is used for scent. That's why the patch test is particularly important to perform before lathering up in any CBD topical.

You want to make sure that your skin won't have any negative reaction to any of the ingredients involved. So be sure to double-check all the ingredients in your product and make sure to purchase from a reputable brand in the skincare industry.

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FAQs about CBD topicals

How long does it take CBD topical creams to take effect?

Typically, the CBD within a topical cream can take anywhere between 15 minutes to an hour to take effect. And that's because of the way your skin absorbs CBD.

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The two primary layers of the skin are the epidermis and dermis. And when you purchase CBD oils, they work by going into the deeper layers of the dermis to access the endocannabinoid system.

But unlike a tincture, topical cannabinoids don't get absorbed into the bloodstream. Instead, they interact with local cannabinoid receptors.

So while it may take some time to feel its effects, CBD creams are working as fast as they can to access your body's natural responders. That being said, with more regular use, it is possible for you to feel the effects of CBD faster since your body is also used to the cannabinoids.

How long do the effects of CBD cream last?

The effects of a CBD cream can last anywhere from two hours to six hours. Again, this will depend on your regular use of CBD.

But this is yet another reason why folks choose CBD since its effects last so long.

Final thoughts

The CBD industry has made huge strides in the kinds of products that are currently offered, piggybacking off the beauty and skincare industries. And these various topical CBD products we've mentioned are only the tip of the iceberg.

So consider CBD another shelf stable in your medicine cabinet. We're not saying you have to get rid of Icy Hot and Bengay altogether.

But at least they can enjoy the company of CBD by their side. And you can too. 

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