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Lotions vs Salves: What's the Difference and Which is Right for You?

Today, we're talking about topical, broad-spectrum CBD. Lots of our customers prefer topically-applied cannabidiol (CBD) products. They're great for targeting joint and muscle pain. And can even help with your post-workout recovery or certain skin conditions. But when you look at topicals, you've got choices: salve or lotion?

While CBD salves and lotions are both topicals, they have noticeable differences. That's why we're breaking down the CBD salve vs. lotion distinctions. To help you choose your perfect CBD topical.

What's a CBD Salve?

A salve is any kind of ointment you use for healing purposes. And to make our 12Twenty CBD salve? We infuse broad-spectrum CBD into our blend of organic beeswax and organic MCT oil.

That MCT oil has healthy fatty acids that carry CBD across the membrane of your skin cells. Which translates to faster effects when you target joint pain, inflammation or skin conditions. And the beeswax? It's an all-natural preservative. So you can enjoy your salve's extended shelf-life without worrying about lost effectiveness.

How Do I Use Broad-Spectrum CBD Salve?

With a CBD salve, you use a topical delivery method. That means you apply the salve to your target areas. At that point, your skin absorbs the CBD and you begin to experience effects soon after.

With a salve, or any topical, those effects will be noticeable at your application site. And, to receive the best results, it's important to use proper applications techniques.

First, choose your spot. Try to pinpoint exactly which area of your body is giving you trouble, as this can maximize your results. Common spots include your temples (headaches or tension); knee and wrist joints; or even tired, achy feet.

Next, clean the spot where your salve is heading. That way, you'll clear out anything that could block your skin from absorbing CBD. So you get the most from your daily dose.

Now, it's time to select a CBD salve applicator. Something simple, like a spoon, is fine. The idea is to keep active ingredients where you want them. And away from where you don't. Once you've got that tool, scoop up the salve and rub a small amount into your skin. You can dose several times a day, but always start with a low dose to let your body adjust to CBD. Especially if you’re new to cannabidiol, or to this delivery method.

What is a Broad-Spectrum CBD Lotion?

Like salves, you apply CBD lotions to your skin. And, like salves, we infuse our broad-spectrum CBD into the topical. But that's where the similarities end. Because CBD lotions are also beauty products. So they contain ingredients such as organic coconut oil and grapeseed oil. Plus Stearic Acid, Glycerin, Xanthan Gum, Phenoxyethanol, Tetrasodium Glutamate Diacetate. Because of this difference, you can apply CBD lotions all over your skin. And enjoy the effects of CBD, targeting trouble spots. Combined with the moisturizing benefits of a high-quality, organic lotion.

There are lots of different reasons to use a CBD lotion. Like salves, they can help target joint pain and inflammation. But there's more good news when it comes to CBD lotion: it can also address several skin conditions. Including acne, eczema and psoriasis, according to the American Academy of Dermatology. Now, remember: unlike salves, CBD lotions do contain water. And that means they can't sit forever in your medicine cabinet. They will have an expiration date, although it's not too bad. Most CBD lotions have an estimated 18-month shelf life. And we bet you'll finish up the bottle before then, thanks to our customers' great results.

CBD Salve vs. Lotion: How Can You Choose?

Choosing between topicals is a personal decision. Both CBD lotions and salves deliver effective, targeted results. So, when you go to shop for CBD topicals, asking a few questions will help you make the best choice.

First, think about how often you plan to dose CBD topicals. If you're looking for an everyday product, lotions are a great choice. But if you only plan to use your topical when pain pops up, consider a salve instead. Thanks to a longer shelf life, the salve can sit in your home for a longer time period. Without fear of going off.

Now, consider your desired outcome. Do you want to target pain and inflammation? If so, CBD salves and lotions are both great options. But if you also want to improve your skin's appearance, our broad-spectrum CBD lotion is a better bet.

Finally, let's get real and talk budget. Because our CBD lotion is also a premium beauty product, it comes with a higher price tag. Of course, it's doing double-duty. But if you want to skip out on the extra benefits, and get straight to the CBD goodness, reach for the CBD salve. You'll save a bit of money and still enjoy many of the same results.

Ready to make your decision? Head on over to our online CBD store and browse our selection of topicals. And feel free to reach out to us if you have any questions about finding your perfect CBD delivery method.

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