I've always suspected I was more anxious than most, but the mandatory work-from-home order proved it true.
Competing with my boyfriend, Tom, for the good desk chair, trying to tend to my super needy cat, and checking in on my bestie who's a nurse left me so drained by nighttime.
I was doing everything I could, but I was still so stressed all day, and my shoulders have been killing me- it was really starting to affect me. My friends and I had our weekly Facetime call, and one of them suggested CBD for its calming properties, but I was kind of over the hype.
Tom had bought CBD oil from a gas station before - I was worried at first they'd get me high, but they ended up just doing nothing (by the way, CBD products can't get you high anyway).
I asked Tom about it, and he told me about a few brands he knew about. I looked online, but there was so much information I was overwhelmed. The last brand he mentioned, Prima, probably had the most calming website and a great range of products.
The packaging was beautiful, but I didn't know how to trust all these brands since they were all so new.
After a night of barely sleeping, I thought I'd take another look at Prima - one thing I liked was that CBD wasn't the only ingredient - their range of skincare and topical creams are amazing, and contain ingredients like Shea Butter, Jojoba and hyaluronic acid.
I also found it weird that most places sell tinctures, but they don't - I was intrigued, but skeptical of their R+R Cream Advanced Recovery Rub. It's made with Eucalyptus and Menthol, and contains 750mg's of broad spectrum CBD. It's designed to soothe your body and help relieve discomfort.
I was still on the fence about trying it, and then I saw that they test their batches of CBD 5 different times before it arrives in its final form, so it's not stronger or weaker than they say it is, which apparently is a big problem in the CBD world.
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They also use broad spectrum CBD so there's less THC than full spectrum, and the products are designed to support a more holistic wellness.
The packaging was so gorgeous and they have a 30-day free return policy, so I thought, sure, why not? Shipping is free over $75, so I'd try a couple things and send back what didn't work for me, or give it to a friend.
I was even more skeptical of the skincare products, but my skin has been so dry lately, so I added the Enlightenment Serumto my order too. It's packed with vitamins and antioxidants, and designed to give you skin a boost of hydration.
When they arrived, I panicked that nothing would work and it would all be a waste and I spent too much money and I realized that wow, with this much stress and doubt, this was the perfect time to try this.
Before bedtime, after my shower, my shoulders were aching, so I rubbed in a little of the R+R cream. It had a tingly, cooling sensation and smelled amazing.
Within about half an hour, the tension in my shoulders began to ease, and I have to say, I slept better than I had in a long time that night. A little really went a long way, so I was happy to know that the tube would last longer than I thought.
When I woke up, I felt great- well rested and ready to take on the day. I went about my normal skincare routine and tried the Enlightenment Serum. I was surprised by how non-greasy it is. It aborsoded into my skin so well, and left it feeling super hydrated. It also helped reduce some redness I have been experiencing.
I don't know what I expected with these products, but I definitely didn't expect them to work as well as they did. After trying both for the last few weeks, I feel very much like myself, just calmer, more relaxed, and my skin is glowing. My eternally aching shoulders have even felt a lot better!
I recommended Prima to all my friends, and definitely want to try more of their products in the future. With Prima's wellness products, the chaos in our apartment (and in the outside world) feels just a little more manageable.
This is a real testimonial.
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