The skin around the lips is unique. It requires intensive care to prevent them from getting chapped. The article below delves into the benefits of CBD when applied to the lips and how much CBD lip balm a person should apply.
Most people battle dry, chapped lips, especially during fall and winter. However, contrary to popular opinion, dry lips are a common occurrence since the lips do not have oil glands to keep them moisturized constantly. Fortunately, dry, chapped lips are avoided by consistently applying a high-quality lip balm. There are tons of lip balms intended to offer temporary moisturization to the lips. The latest addition to the lip balm line of products is CBD lip balms. They are popular because they are formulated to provide more than just moisture to the lips. CBD lip balms also ensure the lips stay and look hydrated all day long, especially during the cold seasons.
What Is the Right Amount of CBD Lip Balm to Use?
According to Das (2020), deciding the right amount of CBD product to use on a set basis depends on several factors, such as frequency of use and intended use. For CBD lip balms, the required amount is different for each individual. However, experts always advise first-time users to start with the lowest dosage and then progressively increase it depending on the type of reactions needed and the effects of the product. All cannabidiol lip balms in the market are infused with about 5-200 mg of CBD. Note that the amount of CBD in a lip balm will directly affect its price and efficacy. Furthermore, if the lip balm is infused with a low CBD content (5-25 mg), the user may not spot too much difference in their lips.
When using a CBD lip balm, it is vital to use just enough on the lips to be effective. Additionally, the amount of CBD lip balm depends on the type of CBD infused. There are three types of CBD; full spectrum CBD, broad-spectrum CBD, and CBD isolate. The two primary compounds found in any CBD product are CBD and THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), the primary psychoactive compound of cannabis.
Just like any other new product, dermatologists advise first-time users to familiarize themselves slowly with any CBD product before use. Performing patch tests is crucial to ensure that the product does not cause a reaction when used in the targeted area. Furthermore, applying a thin layer of the CBD lip balm is advisable and checking for any swelling, irritation, or excessive dryness. If there are no adverse reactions, the user can use the product in small amounts and then slowly increase the dosage.
What Are the Benefits of Using CBD Lip Balms?
CBD Lip Balms Have Anti-Inflammatory Properties
Sometimes, the lips itch and swell due to extreme weather conditions. Moreover, swelling might cause the lips to swell and appear raw. According to Atalay et al. (2020), a CBD-infused lip balm can soothe the redness and cause the lips to revert to their traditional look and appear more supple. Inflammation in any body part arises when the immune system tries to keep the body in check. Regardless if the body is fighting stress or toxins, the immune system overproduces white blood cells to help fight the problem. Flocking the white blood cells on the lips' surface causes swelling, pain, and itching. Therefore, using a CBD lip balm will heal the inflammation on the surface of the lips.
Rejuvenates and Nourishes the Lips
CBD is an excellent organic compound that boosts cell revitalization on the lips. The cells on the surface of the lips comprise endocannabinoid receptors which interact with CBD to restore the suppleness of the lips. According to Brave et al. (2019), a CBD lip balm will ensure the lips shed off dead cells to reveal a healthier layer of cells. When purchasing a CBD lip balm, one should ensure they buy products infused with nourishing substances such as coconut oil and shea butter. Additionally, applying and re-applying the CBD lip balm at regular intervals is vital, so the lips do not stay dry for too long. It is also important to frequently drink enough water to keep the lips hydrated.
Shields the Lips from Sun Damage
The lips are sheltered by thin skin, which makes them an easier target to various environmental factors such as UV (ultraviolet) rays which speed up pigmentation, aging, drying, and cracking of the lips. Luckily, the compounds in CBD lip balms shield the lips from extreme conditions.
Choosing a CBD Lip Balm
Standard companies are transparent with their CBD sources through the Certificate of Analysis. The COA gives information on the ingredients used to make a specific CBD product and any other contaminants present in the product. A product's COA is available in the product description or website. If a product does not have a COA, one should request it.
According to Drennan et al. (2021), potency is the efficiency or the intensity of a product in the body. CBD is a highly potent compound with many health benefits to the body. Furthermore, CBD lip balms are often formulated using 15 to 25 mg of CBD. However, some manufacturing firms use CBD ratios of about 50 mg or more, depending on the specified use.
Most online and local stores sell CBD lip balms for as low as $3. However, a CBD product's pricing depends on the amount of CBD used and the ingredients used. Note that a highly-priced CBD product does not necessarily mean it will be effective. One should choose a product based on the ingredients, user preference, and desired effects. Furthermore, reading customer reviews will give you more insight into product quality.
Since the skin surrounding the lips is unique, it requires special attention to keep them from becoming chapped. Most individuals struggle with cracked, chapped lips, particularly in the fall and winter. Despite popular belief, dry lips are a typical condition since the lips lack oil glands that would keep them hydrated all the time. Thankfully, dry, chapped lips are prevented by routinely using a decent lip balm. Numerous lip balms are available and designed to provide the lips with temporary hydration. CBD lip balms are the newest addition to the lip balm collection of products, offering more than just hydration to the lips.
Additionally, CBD lip balms keep the lips nourished throughout the day, especially in the colder months. While purchasing CBD lip balms, it is important to read the customer reviews and the product label. Also, ensure the product has undergone intensive independent third-party testing.
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