CBD Topicals: Balms, Creams, and Gels
If you are new to CBD, choosing the right product can often feel overly complicated, especially when it comes to topicals. There are a myriad of different textures, ingredient combinations, and applications to choose from. So how do you find quality topical CBD in the UK?
The best place to start is determining exactly what application you want to apply to your skin — and where. Some of the most common types are:
- CBD Creams
- CBD Balms
- CBD Gels
- CBD Moisturisers
While many perceive these products as interchangeable, they all function uniquely. To learn more about the varieties of CBD topicals on offer and how each is used, keep reading our topical overview.
CBD creams are by far the most common topical you’ll find on the market. Most of us know them as a soft creamy formula that is easily applied to the skin. Creams are, in fact, semi-solid emulsions made up of water and oil. Not only can they cleanse, but they can also aid in moisture retention.
At Provacan we sell a variety of easy-to-use creams. These include our:
- Babysoft Cream (100mg)
- Sun Cream (50mg)
- Age Control Eye Cream (100mg)
All of these are designed to be used in the same way. Apply a liberal amount of cream, and massage over the desired entire until the product has been thoroughly absorbed.
Balms are similar to creams in that they are applied to an area of skin, but their formulation is somewhat different. Balms often feel waxy and firm to the touch, before softening in response to the high temperature of our body. Similar to creams, balms consist of water, oil, and waxes. However they often contain substantially less water content, which gives them a firmer texture.
For a smooth application, we recommend rubbing your finger along the surface of the balm to begin melting the wax. Once enough balm has melted onto your finger, massage it into your skin. The benefit of using any balm is that the wax content creates a sealant effect on the skin’s surface; this means retaining moisture and keeping your skin hydrated. Balms are particularly useful for active lifestyles, such as avid gym-goers.
Unlike balms, CBD topical gels have very high water content. In fact, they are more similar to a liquid than a solid. They often appear translucent and watery to the eye, and they can be absorbed very quickly by the skin – even faster than creams.
Similar to creams and balms, gels retain moisture very well, which makes them excellent for the skin. However, while some creams and balms leave a greasy residue, gels leave no trace on the skin surface.
Other Topical Products
At Provacan, we believe in first-class innovation. In addition to our traditional creams and balms, we offer unique CBD products such as bath salts, massage oils, and CBD shampoo.
It’s easy for brands to recreate the same products over and over again. That’s why it’s important for us to think outside of the box when it comes to product creation. Doing so also gives customers the opportunity to try CBD-based products that truly fulfill a purpose.
For example you’ll find this to be true of our CBD shampoo, which is designed to nourish and condition tired hair. Our unique formula contains rich ingredients like omega oils and vitamin F, which help strengthen roots (and of course, they also leave your hair smelling great as well).
Buying a Topical CBD Oil: What You Need to Know
Because products are continuously flooding the topical CBD oil UK market, it’s important to recognise different quality standards when you are browsing online. Unfortunately, this has become trickier than ever due to smart marketing ploys and social media influence. Despite this, there are still ways to tell an average or even a good product, from a great product.
When looking for a CBD oil topical, we always recommend reading a product’s Certificate of Analysis, or COA. Each lab report should include essential information, such as:
- Specific cannabinoid breakdown (CBD as well as other lesser-known cannabinoids)
- A safety profile on contamination, including detection of heavy metals and pesticides
- Percentage of THC
At Provacan, we take transparency seriously. That’s why we provide a detailed breakdown of up to seven prominent cannabinoids in our COAs. These cannabinoids include CBD, CBG, and THC. Of course, when it comes to THC, we keep things as minimal as possible. Our topical products contain less than 0.05% THC to give you peace of mind. To find each topicals certificate, simply browse each product description in the “Lab Results” section.
On top of this, we spare no expense when it comes to product safety. To provide our customers with the utmost confidence, we analyse our CBD products twice: both in-house, and with revered analytics company Fera Science.
Our gold standard testing is just one way we stand out as the most trusted CBD topical oil producer in the UK.
How Provacan is Re-Defining CBD Topical Cream
When it comes to quality-control, our team of experts master every step of the process, from hemp selection to manufacturing.
This process begins by sourcing high-grade hemp from organic farms in Europe, where great care is taken to cultivate each plant. We also buy our hemp in small batches rather than bulk; this means we can consistently monitor quality and keep our manufacturing scale smaller and controlled.
When we eventually extract the active CBD, we use low temperatures and low pressure to extract as many cannabinoids as possible. While bulk buying and high-temperature extraction may be cheaper, it results in higher degradation of cannabinoids. That’s why we recommend staying away from brands that value cost over quality.
Crafting topicals requires a delicate balance between our premium CBD and other ingredients, such as essential oils. Many of these “supplementary” ingredients provide their own unique benefits to our skin. You can find a myriad of ingredients in our topicals, including:
- Essential oils (grapeseed, rosemary, cedarwood, etc.)
- Healthy butters (shea, cocoa)
- Proteins such as Matrixyl 3000
- Omega oils and vitamins
We believe in creating a sensory experience through our products, and we want them to smell as good as they feel. Many of our additional ingredients, such as tea tree oil, provide added hydration to the skin. They may even provide antioxidants and anti-bacterial elements to our formulations.
For example, in our After Sun Gel, we use aloe vera to help nourish and re-hydrate dry, sensitive, damaged skin. The beneficial properties of aloe work to produce skin that is soft, supple, and truly brilliant feeling. We always pick ingredients with thought and purpose, and never as an afterthought.
All in all, finding a quality CBD topical cream in the UK shouldn’t be complicated. And with Provocan, it’s not. Browse our full range of topical products to discover COAs, ingredient lists, and detailed product descriptions.