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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, Cholesterol, 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.

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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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Does My Skin Get Used to Products?

So you’ve been seeing the same guy or gal for awhile now and it was all rainbows and butterflies, but lately have you started to feel like you’ve lost that fiery spark? It’s called relationship plateau and it happens to the best of us. But more importantly does that happen to our skincare routine? Have you been noticing lately that your favorite beauty arsenals aren’t providing you that extra glow that they used to? Before you go switching out all your products, give this a read. What’s the sitch? The short answer: No, your skin doesn’t really ‘get used to’ your skincare products. We know that might not be the answer you were looking for, but at least now you don’t have to buy an entirely new routine. Now the real question is: why isn’t your skincare working like it used to? Here are three possible reasons why your skin is no longer showing signs of improvement: 1. The Inside and Out All kinds of factors from the seasonal changes, hormone imbalances, sebum creation, the food you’ve been eating, your lifestyle, and even climate can truly affect your skin and how it reacts to your products. Who would’ve known! 2. The Dirty Work is DONE! Most treatment products that contain active ingredients aka what we classify as  ‘supplementary skincare’, like our Kale-lalu-yAHA, do one of the following: Help your skin normalize its pattern or cycle. Replenish the nutrients that your skin is lacking so your skin can be in a happy and balanced state.  Our body is incredibly smart and a genius at regulating and maintaining itself. If you happen to be low in Vitamin C and use supplements, it will help your body get back to a healthy state. If you over-supplement on Vitamin C, most of it gets flushed away. Our body has no need to hold on to all the Vitamin C. This is just like how AHA’s can work! Their mission is to remove dead skin cells and they will push your skin to go the extra mile to do so! Think of it as someone telling you to do 10 push-ups on a regular basis when your original capacity is only 5. By keeping up this streak you of course notice a huge difference in the beginning! Supplementary items, such as Vitamin C and AHAs, are used to help boost your skin not something you should depend on. The goal is to eventually have your skin and body run on it’s own without the extra help (unless your skin and body is rapidly aging or constantly inflamed). This may be a reason why you no longer see those intense changes in your skin. 3. Something Old ≠ Something New A freshly made Vitamin C serum versus the one that’s been sitting on your shelf for 6 months really makes a big difference in terms of effectiveness. Once a product is opened, the integrity and the efficacy of the product will slowly become compromised. If a product does have active or natural ingredients it could be easily affected by air or UV exposure. Think of it as unopened almond milk! Yes it will last a while, but once opened it is best to keep it in the fridge and drink it sooner rather than later. The Only Exception While your skin won’t get used to certain products, it can definitely become accustomed to some potentially irritating ingredients, such as glycolic acid and retinol. This is why many dermatologists recommend people to start of with low doses of an exfoliant then gradually increase the potency to avoid potential irritation. Our Kale-lalu-yAHA contains 5.25% of glycolic acid for this very reason: so it is mild in concentration for beginners. Keepin’ It Spicy We advise to commit to your Core Series products (a cleanser, moisturizer and SPF) for minimizing any unnecessary skin irritation. However, always listen to your skin and create adjustments to your supplementary products based on what it craves! It’s definitely fun to switch things up every now and then to find a serum or toner that works for you (if you need it). Your skin may not be showing immediate signs of improvement like it did in the past, but the best skincare product is one that protects and maintains your skin to help it function at its best! Use skincare that works with your skin, not against it.

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Does My Skin Get Used to Products?

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