• Brooke Walter

The HIGH-lights of CBD

When CBD first started trending in skincare, I was skeptical to say the least. I thought it was the latest hype, as I was seeing it flooding the market in areas like bath bombs, pain creams, tinctures, gummies, and eventually topical skincare products.

As I started doing my research, I became intrigued by the idea that CBD helps with inflammation, which thereby would make it a very effective product for acne prone skin, if true. The first product I tried out was a 500mg pain relieving cream which I used on sore muscles after playing tennis. I was shocked by how much it helped ease soreness and inflammation on my calves and feet. I even remember reading the celebrity secret at the Oscars was to rub CBD cream on feet before wearing heels.

The next product I tried was a tincture. The current one in my routine is the 1,000mg option from Live Rishi, which I love for its peppermint (not weed-like) flavor. I enjoy tinctures for their stress-relieving benefits, and particularly like to use these before long drives where I tend to get tense wrists and lower back problems. They seem to give the most "bang for your buck" for the anxiety benefits, more-so than any of the gummies I've tried so far.

After realizing that I truly benefited from my use of both these products, I decided to dive into the world of CBD skincare. My first experience was with Herbivore Botanicals Emerald CBD oil. Not only is this a gorgeous green gem of a product to photograph, it also gives a LIT from within glow (pun fully intended!) I have been experimenting with different oils that I mix with my foundation for sheerer/ dewier coverage, and this still takes the cake for the best combination so far.

A few other CBD staples I’ve been enjoying are made by Radiant Labs. I’ve been using their face mask, body scrub, and most recently their face serum. I find all three to be extremely well formulated, with streamlined but powerful ingredients alongside the CBD. The face mask weighs in as my favorite: with pink clay, papaya, 200 mg CBD, and Avocado oil, it both nourishes and detoxes without drying. I find most clay masks to have a significant dry down, but this doesn’t at all and has become a weekly staple for me.

While I’m always tailoring my routine to include the “ABC’s” of skincare: Vitamin A (retinol), Vitamin B(Niacinamide) and Vitamin C…CBD is coming in for a close second for my favorite C!

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