KraveBeauty Blog

Great Barrier Relief: Everything You Need to Know

We live in such a fast-paced world where school, work, and our daily lives often take a significant toll on our mental health. We regularly feel overwhelmed, stressed out and all around not in a good mood because of all the crazy noise that's going on around us! Sounds familiar? When this happens, it's so important to take a step back and take some time for ourselves. Did you know that the same thing can happen to your skin? It, too, gets overwhelmed, and it needs time to reset and regroup so that it can function at its best. 

Our skin often just craves some relief. This happens from trying too many products at once, washing our face too often, using harsh treatments, or even when we're just feeling super stressed out. That's when Great Barrier Relief comes in handy. It helps your skin rebuild whenever it's feeling extra irritated and in need of some TLC.

So what exactly is Great Barrier Relief? Is it a serum or a moisturizer?

Great Barrier Relief is a serum! It soothes your skin and restores your damaged or weakened skin barrier by using ingredients (Ceramides, NMF, Cholesterol) that mimic a healthy skin barrier. Bonus point: since it contains tamanu oil, it also even out your complexion!

How do I use it?

There are no rules with Great Barrier Relief! Most people apply one or two pumps of GBR before their moisturizer or as a replacement of their moisturizer. If your skin is dehydrated, try using an occlusive or moisturizer after GBR to make sure you're giving your skin the hydration it may crave. 

You should reach for Great Barrier Relief whenever your skin is feeling irritated, which might not be every day or even every week. Apply GBR during those times when your skin needs some extra love. 

Can it be used for combination and acne-prone skin? 

Great Barrier Relief can be used for combination/acne-prone skin! GBR contains tamanu oil, which has excellent anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties that help in treating acne. Tamanu oil also works well for targeting discoloration caused by post-acne marks. 

However, tamanu oil itself is slightly higher in oleic acid content than it is in linoleic acid. And when our skin is deficient in linoleic acid, that lack can cause the skin's natural sebum to become gloop-ier and can cause clogged pores and acne. So to balance out the formula, we've included other amazing oils, like rosehip and safflower oil, that are higher in linoleic acid content and great for acne-prone skin.

Everyone's skin is unique, so we recommend that you exercise caution when trying any new product and start with baby steps! Our tip is to try a small amount on one patch of your face or neck before you apply liberally. 

Is it fungal acne safe?

Great Barrier Relief is formulated with oils that are not suitable for fungal acne, so we'd recommend not using GBR on areas where you have fungal acne. 

How much Niacinamide does Great Barrier Relief contain, and can I use other Niacinamide products at the same time?

Great Barrier Relief contains 2% Niacinamide. It's best not to use two serums that contain Niacinamide in one routine. If you're using multiple products that contain Niacinamide, try alternating the nights that you apply them. 

Can I use actives (Vitamin C/Retinol/AHA) in conjunction with Great Barrier Relief? 

You definitely can! Great Barrier Relief works wonderfully with active ingredients or treatments such as AHAs, BHAs, retinol/retinoids, Vitamin C, etc. Great Barrier Relief will help buffer out any initial irritation that the active ingredients can cause, which will give your skin a major sense of relief.

The damaged skin barrier can happen anytime to anyone, no matter what main skin concern you have. This is why it's so important to have regular check-ins with your skin to make sure it's balanced, healthy, and resilient. Pay attention to the feeling of dehydration, flakiness, and increased sensitivity to products, since those are all signs of a damaged skin barrier.  

If your skin's ever feeling down -- no worries!  Great Barrier Relief will always have your back and set your skin on a healthy path to recovery and repair.

If you have other questions or concerns about Great Barrier Relief that we missed here, DM us, reach out to hello@kravebeauty or check out of Instagram story highlights! 

3 comments

Please Please expand soon. I can’t wait to try your products! I’ve been doing the press reset challenge recently. It’s been 7 days. I’m happy to say that my skin feels so better than before. It just got a few cystic acne here and there but on it’s healing process. My hyperpigmentations are slowly but surely fading. I’m finding a way on how to get my hands on GBR Because I wish to include this to my routine once my serum is empty.
Anyways! Lets PressReset!

Much love,
From the Philippines 💛

Ronalyn March 10, 2020

I am 18 years old. Can I use your products for oily/combination and acne-prone skin? Thank You.

Srusti Patel December 02, 2019

Could you make larger bottles of the core products? I would like to use them for my entire body. Thank you.

Amanda Williams August 27, 2019

Leave a comment

All comments are moderated before being published

KraveBeauty Blog

Skin Barrier 101

Skin Barrier 101

Our 2020 Year in Review

Our 2020 Year in Review

#SlowDownSkincare: An Update on Our Sustainability Journey

#SlowDownSkincare: An Update on Our Sustainability Journey

#PressReset Diaries: Meet Eni, Law Student and Beauty Blogger

#PressReset Diaries: Meet Eni, Law Student and Beauty Blogger

Your Uncomplicated Guide to Skincare

Your Uncomplicated Guide to Skincare

#PressReset Diaries: Meet Ava, Beauty Content Creator

#PressReset Diaries: Meet Ava, Beauty Content Creator

#PressReset Diaries: Meet Gabbii, Content Creator and Skincare Enthusiast

#PressReset Diaries: Meet Gabbii, Content Creator and Skincare Enthusiast

Let's Bust Some Myths: Sustainability Edition

Let's Bust Some Myths: Sustainability Edition

Here's How You Can Be Productive on Earth Day

Here's How You Can Be Productive on Earth Day

#PressReset Diaries: Meet Kallie, our Social Media Marketing Assistant

#PressReset Diaries: Meet Kallie, our Social Media Marketing Assistant

#SpreadGoodnessInstead: Your Guide to Staying Home

#SpreadGoodnessInstead: Your Guide to Staying Home

All About Antioxidants

All About Antioxidants

#PressReset Diaries: Meet Ciarra, Preschool Teacher & Content Creator

#PressReset Diaries: Meet Ciarra, Preschool Teacher & Content Creator

#PressReset Diaries: Meet Thomas, Performer & Yoga Enthusiast

#PressReset Diaries: Meet Thomas, Performer & Yoga Enthusiast

Intentional Practices You Can Do to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint

Intentional Practices You Can Do to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint

Help Australia Fight Against These Bushfires

Help Australia Fight Against These Bushfires

#PressReset Diaries: Meet Monica, Artist and Beauty Enthusiast

#PressReset Diaries: Meet Monica, Artist and Beauty Enthusiast

The #PressResetChallenge Guide: An Overview of Your Journey

The #PressResetChallenge Guide: An Overview of Your Journey

Supplementary Skincare for Your Skin Concern

Supplementary Skincare for Your Skin Concern

#PressReset Diaries: Meet Sean, Licensed Esthetician and Blogger

#PressReset Diaries: Meet Sean, Licensed Esthetician and Blogger

How to Be More Intentional This Holiday Season

How to Be More Intentional This Holiday Season

How to Use Oat So Simple Water Cream for Your Skin Concern

How to Use Oat So Simple Water Cream for Your Skin Concern

How to Choose a Cleanser

How to Choose a Cleanser

#PressReset Diaries: Meet Irena, Freelance Graphic Designer

#PressReset Diaries: Meet Irena, Freelance Graphic Designer

Are You Recycling Your Beauty Products Properly?

Are You Recycling Your Beauty Products Properly?

Oat So Simple Water Cream Packaging Choice

Oat So Simple Water Cream Packaging Choice

How It All Started: Oat So Simple Water Cream Origin Story

How It All Started: Oat So Simple Water Cream Origin Story

Ingredient Series: Oats

Ingredient Series: Oats

How to Choose a Moisturizer

How to Choose a Moisturizer

#PressReset Diaries: Meet Jesslyn, Student from Singapore

#PressReset Diaries: Meet Jesslyn, Student from Singapore

How to Be an Intentional Consumer

How to Be an Intentional Consumer

Is Sunscreen Damaging Our Oceans?

Is Sunscreen Damaging Our Oceans?

#PressReset Diaries: Meet Deb, Doctor and Content Creator

#PressReset Diaries: Meet Deb, Doctor and Content Creator

Kale-Lalu-yAHA: Everything You Need to Know

Kale-Lalu-yAHA: Everything You Need to Know

Core vs. Supplement: Why and What is the Difference?

Core vs. Supplement: Why and What is the Difference?

Great Barrier Relief: Everything You Need to Know

Great Barrier Relief: Everything You Need to Know

#PressReset Diaries: Meet Alice, Our Social Media Intern

#PressReset Diaries: Meet Alice, Our Social Media Intern

10 Skincare Myths Debunked

10 Skincare Myths Debunked

Five Rules to Control Your Oily Skin

Five Rules to Control Your Oily Skin

#PressReset Diaries: Michelle Cordeiro Grant, Founder and CEO of LIVELY

#PressReset Diaries: Michelle Cordeiro Grant, Founder and CEO of LIVELY

10 Skincare Mistakes That Make Your Acne Worse & Sensitize Your Skin

10 Skincare Mistakes That Make Your Acne Worse & Sensitize Your Skin

What's The Difference: Whiteheads, Milia, Fungal Acne?

What's The Difference: Whiteheads, Milia, Fungal Acne?

#PressReset Diaries: Meet Ellie, Student & Photographer

#PressReset Diaries: Meet Ellie, Student & Photographer

Acne Skincare Ingredients 101: All you need to know about best acne-fighting ingredients

Acne Skincare Ingredients 101: All you need to know about best acne-fighting ingredients

Does My Skin Get Used to Products?

Does My Skin Get Used to Products?

#PressReset Diaries: Meet Rachel, Our Marketing Manager

#PressReset Diaries: Meet Rachel, Our Marketing Manager

What Does Sustainability Mean To Us?

What Does Sustainability Mean To Us?

Should I Refrigerate My Skincare?

Should I Refrigerate My Skincare?

Ingredient Series: Rosehip Oil

Ingredient Series: Rosehip Oil

The REAL Talk On Silicones

The REAL Talk On Silicones