More often than not with CBD skin care, you’ll find that cannabidiol is marketed alongside other clean and/or green ingredients — which makes sense. Combining a plant-based anti-inflammatory ingredient like CBD with other nourishing, healing botanicals can — in theory, at least — create a powerhouse formula. Such is the case with Cannuka, a skin care brand that centers around the marriage of CBD and Manuka honey, (Cannuka, get it?)
If you closely follow beauty and wellness trends, you may already be familiar with Manuka honey. While regular honey is already known for its antibacterial, antifungal, and wound-healing properties, Manuka honey (named for the New Zealand Manuka tree) has those same benefits, albeit at a more pure, higher concentrated level. On the CBD side of things, the Cannuka brand uses CBD in isolate form, meaning it doesn’t have any other cannabinoids in it. They also use other natural ingredients such as rose hip oil, hyaluronic acid, and hemp seed oil.
Cannuka made its way into the Ulta marketplace as the beauty retailer’s first-ever CBD beauty brand, offering products ranging from eye balms, face moisturizer, and even after-sun care. Of these, I decided to try the brand’s body moisturizer, the CBD Nourishing Body Cream.
First off, I loved the scent. It was citrusy and fresh, probably due to the grapefruit extract. I was also a fan of the pump dispenser packaging since it makes it easier to distribute the formula, and decreases the chance of exposing it to oxygen and degrading the formula. I used the body cream every day for a couple of weeks, sometimes twice in a day. The formula was thick, like a typical cream, and rubs easily into the skin. It wasn’t greasy and immediately made my skin feel soft.
After a few days of regular use, the biggest thing I noticed is how it improved my skin’s texture. I have mild keratosis pilaris on my upper arms and, after using Cannuka’s CBD body cream, the bumps decreased, resulting in my skin feeling a lot smoother. I also made sure to use the cream on my decolletage, which also tends to feel a little bumpy, and noticed that it felt way more smooth than it usually is. I was impressed.
However, one of the things we need during this “green rush” is proper research into exactly how much CBD we need to use to experience its benefits, especially when it comes to topicals. Cannuka’s Body Cream contains 100 mg of CBD isolate, but how much am I getting in just a couple of pumps? It can’t be that much. But also, we’re not entirely sure how much is needed to penetrate our endocannabinoid system in order for it to have an effect. So, can my smoother skin be attributed to CBD at all or is it from the other natural ingredients? It’s hard to say.
Still, I do enjoy this body cream and will even go as far as to say it is one of the best body moisturizers I’ve used. I just don’t know if the CBD had anything to do with that. It is on the higher end for body creams, so if you’re willing to spend nearly $30 for soft, moisturized skin, you can pick it up at Ulta or the Cannuka website.
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