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The overall health and appearance of your skin largely depends on its ability to discard depleted cells, balance oil production, and retain essential moisture. Although it’s easy to get caught up in unnecessarily complex skincare routines, habits that can cause more problems than they solve. But it’s not your fault.

Many of today’s most “innovative” skincare products are made with ingredients known to compromise barrier function, trigger blemish-provoking inflammation, or interfere with your skin’s natural ability to rejuvenate and repair. However, adding more steps to your routine to compensate for their potentially detrimental effects is often counterproductive. Instead, consider caring for your complexion with a simple plant-powered routine featuring the balance-promoting potential of hemp-derived CBD.

What Is CBD? What Could It Do for My Skin? 

CBD (cannabidiol) is a cannabinoid, an active plant element with significant health and wellness potential. While there are two possible sources, most CBD-infused skincare products are made with the cannabinoid-rich oil extracted from the stalks, stems, and flowers of naturally cultivated hemp. Although CBD is not a cure or treatment for any known skin concern, current investigations show an impressive number of possible skin benefits, including a reported ability to mimic the effects of natural skin lipids, fortify skin proteins with amino acids, and protect vulnerable complexions from free-radical damage. Free radical damage is the number one cause of premature skin aging.

When applied topically, CBD also interacts with important receptors found on nearly every type of skin cell, your skin’s endocannabinoid system (ECS) receptors. Since ECS receptors regulate numerous processes involved in skin cell formation, oil production, collagen synthesis, moisture retention, and barrier function, the impact of that interaction depends on which processes might be restored to balance (homeostasis) through ECS support.1 With so many possible skin benefits, it’s easy to see why so many beauty brands are adding CBD-infused creams, lotions, and serums to their product lines.

Which CBD Skincare Products Should I Buy? Does Brand Matter? 

If you’ve been investigating some of the many ways to add CBD to your skincare routine, you’ve likely discovered a lot of intriguing products. However, it’s important to remember that many beauty brands adding CBD to creams, lotions, facial oils, and serums have little to no knowledge of CBD use. If you purchase products from a brand using poor-quality, untested plant extracts, you could easily end up with more issues than you bargained for. That’s why it’s important to choose wisely and stick with CBD skincare products from a knowledgeable, reputable source, a name you can trust.  

BOTA™ is part of the Balanced Health Botanical (BHB) family, a respected industry leader committed to providing high-quality hemp-derived CBD products. When you choose BOTA™ CBD skincare products, the toner, serums, and moisturizers in your morning and nightly routine are infused with naturally cultivated cannabinoid-rich hemp extracts, the products you select are third-party tested, and you’ll never have to worry about artificial fragrances, parabens, or other questionable chemicals you may not want on your skin.

Instead, we’ve identified some of the best plant elements nature has to offer for skin health and appearance, plant oils and extracts selected for specific skin concerns. Once we knew we had the formulation of our toner, serums, moisturizers, and body care products just right, we infused our entire skincare line with full spectrum hemp-derived CBD. Plus, every product we offer is gluten-free, Leaping Bunny certified, US Hemp Authority™ certified, and backed by our 60-day satisfaction guarantee.

How Do I Start a CBD Skincare Routine? Could You Explain Each of the Steps?

Although some people thoroughly enjoy elaborate skincare rituals, your complexion doesn’t need to be scrubbed, polished, plumped, or bombarded with chemicals. All your skin really needs is the nutrition provided by a reasonably healthy diet, adequate fluid intake, and twice-daily care to help keep the surface clean, balanced, hydrated, and protected. If you’re intrigued by what you’ve learned so far, consider how your skin might respond to the simplicity of the following plant-powered CBD skincare routine.

Step# 1 – Begin with a Gentle Cleanser 

There’s no need to give up on your current cleanser if you’re pleased with the results. But if your skin feels tight after cleansing or looks flaky or dehydrated once it dries, pay attention. Your cleanser could be depleting your skin’s lipid barrier. Instead of using a harsh cleanser that leaves your skin feeling “squeaky clean,” consider investing in a plant-based soap or cleansing cream that lifts dirt and oil from the surface without stripping. After rinsing with cool to lukewarm water, pat your skin dry with a soft towel. Rubbing your skin dry increases the risk of irritation.2

Step #2 – Balance with a CBD-Infused Toner

Many people skip this essential second step in their skincare routine. Most often, those who skimp on toning misunderstand the purpose. Unlike astringents of decades past that strip oil from the surface, toning helps restore your skin’s delicate pH balance, an effect that helps restore barrier function while removing any lingering residue from your cleanser. BOTA™ Balancing Micellar Toner is made with 100 mg of our pure, potent CBD, plus hyaluronic acid, avocado oil, honeysuckle extract, and other botanicals selected to help soothe irritation, calm inflammation, and clear congested pores.

Step #3 – Stick with Twice-Weekly Exfoliation 

Removing cells lingering past their prime helps keep your pores clear and your complexion flake-free. But you don’t’ need to exfoliate daily or use multiple products made for the same purpose.  Using gritty, grainy scrubs, battery-powered brushes, or chemical exfoliants more than once or twice each week can strip your skin of essential moisture and leave your complexion rough, dehydrated, and uncomfortable. As the underlying layers are exposed prematurely, your skin can start to look overly shiny or wax-like.3 Instead, consider applying a clay mask once or twice each week or washing your face with a soft cloth to help remove dead surface cells, boost skin cell turnover rates, and stimulate circulation.

Step #4 – Keep Your Complexion Vibrant with Twice-Daily Moisturizing  

Moisturizers help keep your skin smooth, supple, and hydrated by minimizing or preventing evaporation from the surface. Applying a lightweight moisturizer infused with the many possible skin benefits of CBD could be just what your skin needs for next-level hydration. By day, consider keeping your skin smooth, supple, and youthfully radiant with BOTA™ Age-Defying Daily Face Lotion. While you sleep, protect your complexion from moisture loss with BOTA™ Age-Defying Night Cream or BOTA™ De-Stressing Nightly Face Cream. Formulated for all skin types, apply your favorite BOTA™ CBD-infused moisturizer while your skin is still damp from cleansing and toning.

Step #5 – Apply UV Protection Daily, and Repeat Every 2 hours 

After applying your moisturizer, complete your basic skincare routine with sunscreen, an SPF of 15 or greater. If you’re using a chemical sunscreen, wait 20 minutes or so for the product to begin interacting with your skin before heading outdoors. Although mineral sunscreens provide immediate protection, you’ll still need to apply them liberally enough to ensure adequate coverage. Throughout the day, reapply your sun protection every two hours or as often as indicated by the manufacturer. If you’re hesitant to apply sunscreen over your cosmetics, consider investing in an SPF 30 spray or brush-on mineral powder.4,5

Are You Ready to Try BOTA™ Plant-Powered CBD Skincare Products? 

Caring for your skin is a lifelong commitment. Although genetics play a huge role in basic skin type, many aspects of your skin’s overall health and appearance are within your control. However, the products made to help keep complexions smooth, supple, and vibrant often cause unexpected reactions. If the skin care products you’re currently using to help balance oil production, calm inflammation, or reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles aren’t providing the benefits you’ve been hoping for, consider how your skin might respond to a simple plant-powered CBD skincare routine.  

To learn more about the many potential benefits of our hemp-derived CBD skincare products, visit BOTA™ to read our Complete Guide to Natural Skin Care or browse our BOTA™ Beauty Blog. As always, all BOTA™ CBD skincare products are third-party tested, gluten-free, and produced in a cGMP-certified facility. You can verify our commitment to providing high-quality products by viewing the third-party test results on our product pages or scanning the QR code on the label of every CBD skincare product we offer.

Additional Sources: 

1. The Zoe Report. S Spruch-Feiner. (2020 May 29) CBD Might Be the Secret to Brighter, Clearer Skin.

2. Allure. M MacKenzie. (2018 October 23) How to Tell If You’re Overwashing Your Face.

3. Healthline. J Yarbrough. (2019 May 14) Health the Face Acids: Here’s How to Know If Your Over-Exfoliating.

4. Southern Living. P Ormont Blumberg (2018 June 06) Are You Putting on Face Sunscreen on Entirely Wrong?

5. IMSociety. S Eades. (2021) Photoaging: Skin Aging Due to UV Rays: How to Avoid It.

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