How to Use CBD In Your Nighttime Skin Care Routine

Improve your night-time skin care with cbd.

CBD is well and truly part of our skin care regime with masks, cleansers and moisturizers being very popular. Image Credit: By Wallenrock on shutterstock

As CBD oil continues to take the beauty world by storm, more and more Americans are starting to wonder how they can integrate it into their nighttime skin care routines. The good news is there’s no shortage of options — CBD is now in everything from soaps to face masks to makeup removers.

Choosing between such a vast array of products can be a challenge, but luckily there’s no wrong way to use CBD in your nighttime routine. There’s a product for everyone (and every skin type), and with a little research you can easily find the perfect one for you.

CBD Cleansers

Cleansing is probably one of the most important steps of any skin care routine, but it’s particularly beneficial at nighttime. Cleansing allows for not only makeup removal, but also the removal of dead skin cells, along with dirt and grime which has gathered on the skin throughout the day. When dirt and grime collect in the pores of the skin, it can cause acne breakouts, so going to bed with a deeply cleansed face is one of the best ways to keep your skin looking and feeling its best.

CBD cleansers offer all that a standard cleanser offers, but with the addition of the beneficial effects of CBD. Scientific studies have shown that CBD can help prevent acne by regulating the skin’s production of oil and preventing inflammation. The best part? Using a CBD cleanser is exactly the same as using a ‘normal’ cleanser, so you don’t have to make any changes to your current routine (aside from buying a different product, of course).

When it comes to choosing that product, there’s no shortage of options, from cleansing oils to scrubs to foams to milks. The “best” one for your nighttime skin care needs will depend on your skin type and personal preferences — if you’re looking for a personalized recommendation, it’s worth asking your dermatologist.

CBD Moisturizers

Moisturizing is vital for the health of your skin. It can play a crucial role in maintaining the skin’s elasticity and preventing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, especially around the eye area. It can help the skin heal more quickly from injuries or infections. It can help to reduce the symptoms of acne and eczema, and it can help to protect the skin from UV and blue light damage. This is why many people make moisturizing a key focal point of both their daily and nightly routines.

Most daytime moisturizers are light and quickly absorbed into the surface layers of the skin. At night, however, many people prefer to use heavy moisturizers that penetrate more deeply to nourish the skin.

CBD is now an increasingly common ingredient in such heavy moisturizers and deep moisturizing products. One of the biggest advantages of CBD moisturizers is their anti-inflammatory properties. According to dermatologist Dendy Engelman, “Inflammation is the root of all evil, whether that’s acne or the signs of aging.” CBD moisturizing products like eye creams, facial oils, and night creams can keep those evils far, far away.

CBD Masks

Most people don’t use face masks every night, but rather as an occasional treat when their skin needs some serious pampering. While they’re a bit more time intensive — generally applied for 15-20 minutes — they provide benefits that are hard to get with other products.

According to Dr. Deirde Hooper, a clinical assistant professor of dermatology at Louisana State University, “Face masks are occlusive — they blanket the skin and drive products in deeply.” Her research has shown that “masks can deliver higher concentrations of active ingredients to plump, hydrate, and balance the skin.”

The results can be remarkably effective. Michelle Lhooq, a journalist for Broadly, reported that “[I] was baffled to see my skin radiating an all-over glow” after using a CBD-infused Korean face mask following a night of heavy partying. While these products can be a bit more expensive than their non-CBD counterparts, some of them do seem to be worth the money.

There’s no need to break the bank to get these benefits, though. If you’re on a tight budget, you can easily make your own CBD face masks at home: all you need is some CBD oil and a few common ingredients in your cupboard.

CBD for Sleep

For many years, skin care experts and dermatologists have stressed the importance of deep, regular sleep for the health of your skin (and your body in general).  Unfortunately, research suggests that most of us aren’t getting enough sleep. The good news is that CBD oil could help.

The idea of beauty sleep isn’t just another myth. A study conducted in 2010 actually examined the perceived attractiveness and wellness of subjects who had been sleep deprived. 23 men and women between the ages of 18 and 31 took part in the study, in which they were forced to stay awake for 31 hours straight.

Each of the subjects had their photograph taken before and after the 31-hour period, and these photographs were then shown to observers, who ranked them according to how healthy and attractive they felt the subjects looked. The researchers found that “sleep-deprived people appear less healthy, less attractive, and more tired compared with when they are well-rested.”

While the findings of the study might not come as a shock to anyone who’s looked in the mirror after pulling an all-nighter, they provide proof that sleep quality really does have an impact on the skin. However, for many people it isn’t simply a matter of going to bed a little earlier. The number of Americans who are suffering from sleep disorders is on the rise. So, finding a way to get a better night’s sleep could be the secret skin care solution you’ve been searching for.

One of the most common uses for CBD oil today is for the home treatment of sleep conditions. Although the research isn’t entirely clear on how CBD affects sleep, there is a significant amount of anecdotal evidence that it can help to reduce stress and anxiety and promote sleep. Ongoing research is seeking to verify these claims — if it does, and CBD really can help people to fall into a deep sleep, this could be the best way to use the oil in your nighttime routine to benefit your skin.

If you’d like to try using CBD in your nighttime routine to improve your sleep (and skin), there are a number of different methods that might work for you. While some people enjoy using CBD oil diffusers in their bedrooms at night, others prefer CBD edibles. Whichever method you try, be sure to log details such as what dose you used and how much sleep you had, so that you can figure out if it’s working for you.

In the end, adding a new skin care product or step to your nighttime routine is always a gamble to some extent. You can never be 100 percent certain of the outcome until you give it a try. However, CBD skin care appears to be more than just a passing trend, and could help you achieve your happiest, healthiest skin yet.

Sarah Tyrrell
Sarah Tyrrell
Sarah Tyrrell is a health, wellness, and lifestyle writer based in Ireland whose work has appeared in The Irish Times and The Independent, among others. In 2017, she founded the lifestyle brand “Self Love and Sarah” to promote healthy self image and body positivity for women.

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