August 19, 2022 5 min read


CBD serums, elixirs, and oils can permeate the skin at a profound level, whilst a moisturizer seals in hydration and preserves the skin's surface, improving the serum or oil's overall effects and advantages.

What comes to mind when you hear the words CBD? Elixir, oil, moisturizer, balm, salve, cream, lotion. CBD lotion and CBD salve are the most prevalent names for CBD products. However, CBD products have become so varied in quality, function, and purpose that it can be challenging to distinguish between them. Your skin requires protection from environmental elements such as pollution, pollutants, free radicals, and the weather, as well as anti-aging support. The optimum balance of oil, elixir, serum, and moisturizer will work together to provide the skin with maximum hydration and protection.

What is CBD

CBD is a molecule found in the Cannabis sativa plant, popularly known as marijuana or hemp. In the United States, one specific type of CBD is approved as a medication for seizures. Over eighty cannabinoids have been identified in the Cannabis sativa plant. THC (delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol) is the most well-known component of cannabis. However, CBD is derived from hemp, a Cannabis sativa plant variety that contains only trace quantities of THC. CBD appears to exert impacts on some brain chemicals, but these effects differ from those of THC. Perucca (2017) explained that CBD is prescribed for the treatment of seizure disorders (epilepsy). Miles (2017) explained that CBD is also used to treat anxiety, pain, dystonia (a muscular problem), Parkinson's disease, Crohn's disease, and numerous other ailments, although there is no solid scientific evidence to support these uses.

What Differentiates Serum, Elixir, Oil, And Moisturizer

To determine which is ideal for your skin type, you must first understand their differences. Serums, elixirs, and oils can permeate the skin on a deeper level, but a moisturizer seal in moisture and protects the skin's surface, enhancing the overall effects and advantages of the oil or serum. Ultimately, the result of layering serum, elixir, oil, and moisturizer will aid in regulating and moisturizing the skin. According to Cosmopolitan, if you don't layer your products correctly, or if you mix the incorrect moisturizer with, say, the wrong serum, you might render them completely worthless, or even irritate your skin and hasten your mortality.  It is a question of trial and error to determine what works best for your skin. It may also be affected by climate and other environmental factors.

CBD Serums

Most CBD serums are water-based, particularly those for oily or mixed skin, and also CBD infused. They contain vitamins, antioxidants, peptides, and unique, potent formulae. Since they contain CBD, they may have a multifunctional action to heal and improve the surface of the skin from within.

How to Use CBD Serum

  • CBD serum should be applied before the moisturizer. While cleansers, toners, and moisturizers are still the backbone of a good skincare routine, serums are a wonderful addition.
  • After cleansing, always apply toner without alcohol. Apply roughly a dime size over your entire face, neck, and décolletage. Make light contact with your fingertips. Before using a moisturizer, it is preferable to let the serum absorb for 1 to 3 minutes.
  • You may also use CBD serums beneath elixirs. Determine which serum best meets your skincare needs before proceeding.
  • Caution is advised since potent chemicals can affect sensitive skin. Always conduct adequate patch testing
  • Although CBD serums moisturize, they should never be used alone. They lack the protecting qualities seen in moisturizers.
  • Since moisturizer follows CBD serums in a routine, Renée Rouleau recommends keeping your moisturizer in the refrigerator.
  • When applied at a low temperature, it draws blood away from the skin. This creates a vacuum effect that pulls the serum's active components deeper into the skin.

CBD Elixir

According to Hsu (2019), CBD Elixirs are CBD-infused elixirs that are beneficial for the skin. They are a blend of different oils that aid in the prevention of fine lines by stimulating the regeneration of skin cells. Typically, they contain herbal compounds, plant extracts, and skin-beneficial substances such as ceramides, hyaluronic acid, and butter. They are particularly effective since they are composed of tiny molecules that may penetrate deeper into the skin.

How To Utilize A CBD Elixir

By mixing water- or hydrosol-based treatment with an oil-based product, you provide the skin with the necessary building blocks for optimal health. During the day, CBD Elixir can serve as a fantastic base for your makeup, and at night, supply the skin with additional hydration.


CBD is often extracted from the cannabis plant using heat and then combined with a carrier oil to create CBD oil. Others may use alcohol to make CBD tinctures. CBD oil is available in a variety of concentrations, and it can be used in a variety of ways. For instance, individuals may apply it directly to the skin, place a drop under their tongue, or incorporate it into creams and lotions. In reality, an oil blend can have hundreds of various-sized molecules. This makes them better suited as moisturizers than serums. Typically, facial oils include plant extracts and essential oils that offer lipids, moisture, and nourishment to the skin. Oils penetrate deeply into the skin, allowing for their quick absorption.

How To Apply CBD Face Oil

Despite oil's inability to enter the skin extremely deeply, it nonetheless provides important elements that feed the skin. Concentrated oil is provided by facial oils. The lowermost layers of your skin contain both water and oil. The uppermost layers of your skin are composed primarily of oil. In contrast, face oils are active even when absorbed into the outermost layers of the skin, whereas serums must penetrate deeper to be beneficial. Fu & Lu (2021) explained that applying face oils as the final phase of your skincare routine enables CBD serums to function as well as facial oils.

CBD Moisturizer

CBD Moisturizers are a mixture of oil and water, and CBD. Their purpose is to hydrate the outermost layers of skin, leaving it soft and supple.

How To Use Moisturizers

The moisturizer is the penultimate step after cleaning, applying a toner, oil, serum, and/or elixir. Apply the moisturizer to your forehead, cheeks, and chin using a gentle massaging motion. Bring it down to your neck and the area of skin below your collarbone, even to your chest. Keeping your skin healthy throughout the day and rejuvenating it at night.


It is best to use a moisturizing product along with oil, elixir, and serum. These products were developed to complement one another to provide the skin with the highest possible level of hydration and defense against environmental aggressors. Remember that the most important part of your daily skincare regimen is selecting the product or products that will work best for your specific skin type and the goals you have for your skin. This is true regardless of whatever products you decide to include in your routine.


Fu, V., & Lu, G. (2021). Skincare Decoded: The Practical Guide to Beautiful Skin. Simon and Schuster.

Hsu, T. (2019). Ads Pitching CBD as a Cure-All Is Everywhere. Oversight Hasnʼt Kept Up.

Miles, C. R. (2017). Faculty of Science & Technology.

Perucca, E. (2017). Cannabinoids in the treatment of epilepsy: hard evidence at last?. Journal of epilepsy research7(2), 61.