CBD In Cosmetics

Adding CBD to your standard skincare routine has been easier than ever, with new products hitting the shelves almost daily. It’s important to dive a bit deeper, to truly understand the properties of CBD and what it can do for your skin.


Brands like Vertly share the benefits of CBD stating, ‘It’s got anti-inflammation properties, vitamins A, D, and E, and essential fatty acids. The public is starting to view it the way we do — more like a vitamin.’ In this respect, the trend can also be a boost to your skincare routine going beyond the typical use for anxiety and inflammation. In addition to preventative care or skin maintenance, studies show that CBD can help treat acne, eczema, psoriasis, and even dry skin. Dendy Engelman, a dermatologist from New York City stated that usually retinoids are used when treating acne but it can actually make the treated skin worse before it improves in appearance or becomes clearer. She calls CBD a “new non-steroidal tool in their arsenal,” where “CBD can control inflammation and oil production.”


The ‘entourage effect’ of all components of the hemp plant including the CBD, CBN, and terpenes extracted, show to be more effective than just pure CBD alone as seen in this Israeli study. A “purified CBD extract versus a full spectrum extract of cannabis flowers containing large quantities of CBD” were studied. Claudia Mata, the cofounder of skincare line Vertly, also compares using the whole hemp plant extract to eating whole plant-based foods.  

To better understand what full spectrum means, the main differences between full spectrum, broad spectrum, and CBD isolate are that full spectrum CBD contains all of the naturally occurring plant compounds of the hemp plant including terpenes and cannabinoids, isolate or pure CBD contains up to 97% CBD in the end product, so it is highly concentrated but contains no terpenes or THC, and broad spectrum CBD contains all of the plant compounds of full spectrum CBD but all of the THC is removed.

At The Happy Labs, we use isolate CBD to ensure that there is no THC in any of our products, and add in many other natural plant compounds and vitamins for your benefit. See our Plants + Vitamins + CBD Wellness Dictionary here


When using all of the extracted goodness from the hemp plant, terpenes are a large part of product ingredient lists. Terpenes originate from the resin or sticky residue of the hemp plant and each have a unique aroma and flavor, providing additional health benefits. Spices in your cupboard such as black pepper or cloves also contain terpenes. Think of them as essential oil scents that add an additional layer to the CBD extract. This study discusses the synergistic effects of CBD with the terpenes that could potentially increase therapeutic benefits.

As more and more cosmetic brands add CBD to their ingredient list, it is important to understand the potential benefits and effects on your skin. Additional studies and certifications will ensure that CBD can help elevate your daily skincare routine. 
*The statements made in this article have not been evaluated by the FDA. Any products recommended are not intended to diagnose, treat, or cure any disease.

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