Great Barrier Relief

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Great Barrier Relief

$28.00

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What it is

 

Great Barrier Relief is a skin-soothing serum that restores your damaged skin barrier while evening out your complexion. This nourishing formula offers irritated skin a reset button by using tamanu oil and other ingredients that mimic a healthy barrier to replenish what your skin lacks.

 
Every purchase of Great Barrier Relief helps protect the Great Barrier Reef. 2% of all sales from Great Barrier Relief will be donated to the Great Barrier Reef Foundation. To learn more about how the help protect one of the seven natural wonders of the world, click here.
Who needs it

 

Someone who needs to press reset on their irritated skin. More specifically:

  • who washes their face more than twice a day
  • who overdoes skincare by using harsh acne treatments or anti-aging products too often
  • whose skin is constantly dehydrated
  • who has constant redness and dry patches
  • who is sensitive to many skincare products
  • who has chronic stress (yes, cortisol affects the skin barrier too!)
  • who is looking to get rid of hyperpigmentation
  • who has aging or mature skin
  • anyone who intends to maintain a healthy skin barrier function
  • who has skin problems associated with a damaged skin barrier

 

How to indulge

 

Apply one or two pumps of Great Barrier Relief before your moisturizer or in replacement of your moisturizer. No rules, really! Reach for Great Barrier Relief whenever your skin is feeling irritated and don’t forget to remove those sensitizing products from your routine.

How to #PressReset on *EXTREMELY* Irritated Skin with Great Barrier Relief.

* The following steps only apply to those who have severely damaged skin-barrier that literally every product they apply stings and irritate.

  1. Drop every skincare product you’re using.
  2. Take a break from cleansing, which also means no makeup or sunscreen during this period. 
    (If you need to wash your face, use lukewarm water and gently rinse. Use distilled water if you live in a place where tap water is too harsh or unfiltered! Please don't be surprised by the 'skipping sunscreen' advice! It's a very common dermatology practice to advise patients to drop everything including sunscreen when the patient is dealing with an extreme skin condition. When your skin-barrier is damaged, the permeability of the skin increases. The chemical UV filters can easily sink in and further sensitize the skin and nowadays, most conventional mineral sunscreens use nano/micro UV filters which can easily get absorbed into the skin too. And sunscreens that are formulated with other potential irritants can exacerbate the problem so we're eliminating all the potentially problematic factors to really give your skin a reset!)
  3. Use Great Barrier Relief morning and night until your skin has reset and feels relieved and relaxed.
  4. Start adding back your core essentials once your skin is healed: Cleanser, Moisturizer and SPF.

  

Key nutrients

 

Tamanu Oil

An oil that research shows has remarkable skin-regenerative properties and was traditionally used to heal wounds and cure various skin problems and ailments. It is an oil that our founder is personally OBSESSED with as it has eliminated most of her hyperpigmentation (sunspots, acne scars, other discoloration) far more effectively than any retinol or vitamin C ingredient. We know that’s a pretty big statement to make but clearly she’s onto something.

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Safflower Oil & Rosehip Seed Oil

Two incredible plant-based oils that have amazing skin-nourishing benefits and are higher in linoleic acid than oleic acid. Why does that matter, you ask? Countless studies demonstrate that oils rich in linoleic acid help restore ... (you guessed it!) damaged skin-barriers. The infusion of these two oils results in a high linoleic acid concentration that creates a light consistency, which melts right into your skin without the greasiness.

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NMF + Ceramides, Phytosterol*, Squalane

A cocktail of ingredients that is meant to mimic a healthy skin barrier. These elements are naturally found in your skin when it is not compromised and in a restful state of zen. When life gets too stressful and your skin is put on edge, these super ingredients escape from your skin and leave it vulnerable. Replenish your skin barrier with this restorative combination.

*Phytosterol is an ingredient similar to cholesterol found in plants.

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Niacinamide

Also known as Vitamin B3, this ingredient is the soccer mom of the skincare world who can do it all and more. Highly effective for barrier reparation (of course), anti-aging, skin-brightening, and even acne prevention, niacinamaide is the versatile queen your skin will adore. What’s more, it’s also one of the most gentle active ingredients that delivers great skin benefits without any skin irritation, making it accessible for all skin types to give a chance.

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Ingredients

 

Water, Propanediol, Calophyllum Inophyllum Seed Oil(10%), Dipropylene Glycol, Niacinamide, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Cetearyl Olivate, Polysorbate 60, Rosa Canina Fruit Oil, Glyceryl Oleate, Sorbitan Olivate, Sorbitan Oleate, Octyldodecanol, Glycerin, Butylene glycol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Squalane, Serine, Acetyl Glutamine, Glycine, Ceramide NP, Oleic acid, Sodium PCA, Glycosyl trehalose, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Sterols, Saccharide Isomerate, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Flour, Disodium Phosphate, Sodium Phosphate, Tocopheryl acetate, Coco-caprylate/Caprate, Lactic acid, Xanthan gum, Urea, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Hydrogenated Olive Oil Unsaponifiables, Magnesium Chloride, 1,2-Hexanediol, Hydroxyacetophenone, Glyceryl Caprylate, Pentylene glycol, Caprylyl Glycol, Disodium EDTA

 

Behind Creating Great Barrier Relief

 

#PressReset on instant gratification

We are a generation that’s addicted to instant gratification and we see that reflected in the realm of skincare. We find satisfaction in seeing immediate results from our skincare products and this promotes conventional products to try and become more “effective”. This creates harsher formulas, which further inflame and sensitize skin. As a result, we find ourselves reaching for even more products to fix that reaction. Vicious cycle, huh?

A poor functioning skin barrier is the culprit of nearly every skin problem, including dehydration, dryness, inflammatory acne, rosacea, eczema, and so much more. Our founder, Liah Yoo, is the number one advocate when it comes to keeping the skin barrier in tact, so it only made sense for us to create this skin-barrier restoring formula.

 

The inspiration

“My aunt is a practitioner of holistic medicine and, on the side, created cosmetic products using natural ingredients and medicinal herbs. One day she came across tamanu oil and after discovering its amazing regenerative properties, began to develop a face cream with it. This was the incidental beginning of a whole new history of skincare.

As she was testing out the product, she noticed that a huge, stubborn sunspot on her left cheek was finally fading and even noticed that her skin was firmer than ever! What was this magic? She couldn’t believe the results and started sharing it with her friends, family and eventually me. At this point, I had a ton of acne marks and some sunspots scattered across my face that didn’t seem like they were going to fade. As a skincare enthusiast, I thought I tried everything -- retinol, niacinamide, vitamin C, arbutin and all the other skin brightening ingredients that were supposed to fade those spots, but nothing worked better than my aunt’s tamanu oil cream. I needed to share this with the rest of the world. You deserve to know about this. Inspired by her formula, I created Great Barrier Relief, which has faded a lot of my discoloration, strengthened my skin barrier and has made my skin the healthiest it’s ever been. An added bonus, tamanu oil also promotes collagen production so it is a kickass anti-aging product that your mom will love too.”

- Liah xx

 

Testimonials

 

Before & After Results with Great Barrier Relief

How long Liah used GBR for: 1 month
Liah's Experience: "I
've been a long time use of tamanu oil itself, and my aunt's tamanu cream formula. But when it comes to evening out the complexion and soothing down my skin, there's nothing like a good pump of Great Barrier Relief. I got some sunspots and my skin sensitivity was out of the roof after my Australia trip. The temperature was around 40 degrees Celsius every day, I was hopping between cities which made my skin barrier really vulnerable and weak. After I got back from my trip, I dropped most products from my routine and focused on truly nourishing my skin and restoring my skin barrier with Great Barrier Relief."

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There are many preventative methods that everyone should be doing like moisturizing properly, wearing sunscreen daily, and not causing too much physical friction on your skin. That means no more rubbing your skin dry, try patting instead.   When it comes to choosing skincare, you really don't need to actively look for “anti-aging” skincare because: They’re usually super expensive.  They’re trying to shorten the amount of skin cell turnover rate, but you likely already have it running at a very healthy rate if you’re in your teens or early 20s. Once you get to your late 20s, you might want to consider adding actives (like vitamin C) and then moving up to retinoids or retinol later on.   Myth busted: Respect your skin! It’s smart and it knows how to take care of itself.    9. “Purging and breaking out is the same thing.” Purging is a period when your skin detoxifies, which usually happens after you start incorporating retinoids, retinol, vitamin C, or AHA into your routine. Those products are shortening the period that your skin regenerates and rejuvenates, so you get new skin faster. If the products your using don’t have any active ingredients that promote skin cellular turnover,  it’s likely your skin is just breaking out, not purging. You should also consider other factors that might cause a breakout like stress, hormonal fluctuations, or that triple-scoop ice cream you devoured last night. We feel you - it happens to the best of us.  Myth busted: Purging occurs after adding certain ingredients to your routine. Breaking out occurs from stress, hormones, and diet.     10. “Your products will stop working once your skin gets used to them.”  Your skin does not build up a tolerance to products. You might think this is happening if you’re using active ingredients (vitamin A, vitamin C, AHA) since they tend to deliver a dramatic result in a short period of time. But what’s happening is that if you’re using these ingredients for a long time, the effects just won’t seem as drastic since the major change occurs when you start using the products.  Myth busted: You might think products with these ingredients stopped being effective but really they’re still progressively working, it’s just not as instantaneous as it was when you first started using the product. #PressReset on Instant Gratification. There you have it! 10 skincare myths debunked. Let us know in the comment which one surprised you the most.  

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10 Skincare Myths Debunked

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Five Rules to Control Your Oily Skin

When you have oily skin, it’s easy to fall into the trap of instant gratification. Washing and scrubbing your face until it feels super squeaky clean and aggressively mattifying your skin with astringents reduces shine immediately but ultimately makes things worse in the long run. Here are five rules to follow to help fix the underlying problem, not just temporarily get rid of the symptoms. Rule #1: Properly Hydrate and Moisturize Sebum has a purpose. Our body produces it for a specific reason, and it’s to moisturize our skin. The more you aggressively dry out the shine and excess grease, the more your skin will overproduce sebum in an attempt to protect your skin barrier. Rule #2: Cleanse Gently Cleansing products contain something called surfactants, which are the detergents that bind to the oil on your skin and dissolve them in water when you wash your face, enabling us to get clean. The downside of cleansing too much is that these surfactants can dissolve our natural lipid barrier. The more you wash your face, the drier your skin gets, which means there’s more reason for your skin to overproduce sebum. Switch your cleanser to a gentle, non-foaming, gel cleanser that is SLS-free and has a pH of 4.5 to 6. Also, do not leave cleansing water on your skin! Cleansing water contains surfactants that will continue dissolving the healthy lipids in your skin if you do not wash it off. Rule #3: Oil is Not Your Enemy! Not every oil is your enemy. Oily to combination skin types tend to be deficient in linoleic acid, which is an essential fatty acid. Sebum deficient in linoleic acid is stickier and more likely to clog pores, so if you choose the right oil that is high in linoleic acid, it can really help rebalance your skin. Rule #4: Look for Sebum-Regulating Ingredients Like Niacinamide and Zinc Niacinamide is a great ingredient for regulating sebum production. The interesting thing is that it doesn’t regulate sebum by blocking your oil production, but rather by boosting your ceramide production so your skin stays naturally more hydrated and moisturized. Therefore, your sebum doesn’t need to overcompensate for dryness. Zinc is special because it is known to be a sebum inhibitor. Zinc comes in many forms including zinc PCA, zinc sulfate, and zinc oxide. Rule #5: Your Diet Matters! Vitamins A and D are fat-soluble vitamins that affect our sebaceous glands. Vitamin A is one of the most important vitamins for healthy skin, and Vitamin D helps reduce oil production. We’ve already talked about zinc in skincare, but it can also reduce the quantity of your skin surface sebum upon consumption!  You will also want to stay away from the foods that will encourage your sebaceous glands to pump out more oil, such as sugar, high-glycemic foods, and dairy. These foods are the ones that can affect acne and trigger inflammatory responses in the body. It’s best to stay away altogether, or keep these at a minimum level in your diet!  

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Five Rules to Control Your Oily Skin

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