Rated 4.2 out of 5
378 Reviews

Great Barrier Relief

Reparative, skin-soothing serum

$28 (1.52 oz / 45 ml)
Rated 4.2 out of 5
378 Reviews
$28 (1.52 oz / 45 ml)
  • Details
  • How to Pair
  • Ingredients
  • Recycling Guide

Details

A creamy, nourishing serum that calms signs of sensitivity and evens out skin without the greasy after feeling. A blend of conditioning oils fight irritation, discoloration and breakouts caused by a damaged skin barrier. Skin looks clear, feels calm, and probably sounds amazing.

A Calming Hand

Our skin and the environment don’t always get along. So when you need help fighting off environmental aggressors, Great Barrier Relief is there to lend a hand. It works by repairing damage in the skin barrier—skin’s invisible shield. Great Barrier Relief helps “glue together tears in the barrier to keep the good stuff in and the bad stuff out. Let your skin sigh a great breath of relief.

Deep Moisture, Hold the Grease:

Oat So Simple Water Cream + Great Barrier Relief = YES. Mix it up however you like: a dollop of each, one in the AM + one in the PM, or on different parts of the face.

Double Dose of Protection:

Warning: The combined anti-pollution, anti-irritant powers of Great Barrier Relief and The Beet Shield may make you think you’re invincible.

Always vegan, cruelty-free and free of fragrances, essential oils, colorants, and allergic sensitizers.

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

Step 1: #SkincareCommitment: Once you’ve used it up, time to recycle. Make sure you rinse out all leftover product before you start.

Step 2: Get the deets: Great Barrier Relief is 100% recyclable, but we recommend a quick Google search to check what can be recycled in your city. If it can’t be recycled near you, consider using TerraCycle. It’s a mail-in service that will recycle your beauty products for free!

Step 3: Chuck it in the (recycling) bin. No need to remove the labels or glue, they can be recycled too.

FYI, here are all the materials used to create Great Barrier Relief. Each number is a resin identification code, which recycling plants use to identify the types of plastic and how they should be processed.

Cap: PP (5) / Polypropylene

Bottle: PET (1) / Polyethylene Terephthalate

Box: PAP (21) / Paper, Mixed paper, Cardboard

Product Focus

Product Focus

Mighty morphing power changer

Great Barrier Relief is a natural shapeshifter. You can use it as a daily serum, substitute it for your moisturizer or as an acne treatment to transform a spot into a not.

Triple play

GBR is loaded with Tamanu Oil, a breakout-clearing, texture-smoothing, manicure-giving (beta) active that helps revive skin. Paired with Safflower and Rosehip oil, this trio of oils—a troil, if you will—calms redness, soothes irritation and nourishes dryness without a greasy feel.

She can do it all

Niacinamide a.k.a. the soccer mom of skincare ingredients is a master multitasker. It helps prevent breakouts and fades the look of dark spots while brightening skin. That’s good parenting.

From your nose to your toes

Don’t let your face hog all the skin-loving goodness. Great Barrier Relief can calm your neck, body, hands, or your fire sign friends.
  • Testimonials
  • How to Use
  • Origin

Testimonials

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Testimonials

Yuri
Shannon
Alex
Lauren
Sable
Juan
Leah

Yuri

dewiestglow

Skin Concern: dehydration, hyperpigmentation
Age: 18-24

“This is a serum that I reach for morning and night. As someone who has experienced a lot of hyperpigmentation prior to using this, it has completely killed all of the dark spots and all the small little dark marks that I used to have on my skin. It does a really amazing job at calming my skin if I have over-exfoliated...gotten too much sun...have a really bad pimple that is upsetting me because I ate too much tiramisu... This does an amazing job at calming your skin barrier with ceramides, vitamin B3, and tamanu oil. If you have issues with a compromised skin barrier, or if you have issues with irritation, hyperpigmentation, or inflamed skin and you have been wondering if GBR was right for you... This is a sign letting you know that it is. And you're ready.”

How to Use

How to Use

Step 1

Start with clean, dry skin.

Step 2

Apply 1–2 pumps of GBR onto your skin. Feeling dry? Add an extra pump. If you’re oily, keep it light.

Step 3

Layer on your favorite moisturizer (subtle Oat So Simple plug) and SPF in the mornings.

Free Tip

If you’re feeling sensitive, avoid rubbing! Use a clean q-tip instead to apply a thin layer on redness or irritation.

The Origin Story

The Great Barrier Relief Story

Great Barrier Relief

Rated 4.2 out of 5
378 Reviews
average rating 4.2 out of 5
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378 Reviews
Reviewed by Chubby S.
Verified Buyer
I recommend this product
Age Range
25 - 34
Skin Concern
  • Acne
  • Sensitivity
  • Redness & Inflammation
  • Uneven Texture
  • Ageing
Rated 4 out of 5
Review posted

Great Product! Be careful with your actives!

About me: I have very sensitive skin with rosacea. It is dry in some places and also oily in others. I also live in a US state that has awfully cold, long winters. During the summer time, I ride my motorcycle, so my skin is also stripped of all moisture (think of keeping your face in a polluted blowdryer).

This product: This product is pretty great. I have noticed a difference within the first 3 weeks of using this! It initially helped to soothe my skin that has been TORN UP by my riding experiences. :) It makes my skin appear hydrated and I definitely feel a difference.

Reason for rating: The ONLY reason I have not given this 5 stars is because of the niacinamide content. If you are using ANY additional niacinamide AND have sensitive skin, you may experience redness and irritation because you are probably getting a higher dosage of this ingredient than you actually need. You might not experience this issue if you have normal-ish skin, but for me with pretty sensitive skin, it was a bit more irritating. I noticed this irritation about 2 weeks after starting to use this product. After changing up the amount of niacinamide I use in my routine, I have noticed a decrease in irritation. :)

Would recommend, just pay attention if you are layering actives! :)

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Reviewed by Abyy M.
Verified Reviewer
I recommend this product
Age Range
18 - 24
Skin Concern
  • Acne
  • Oiliness
  • Sensitivity
  • Redness & Inflammation
  • Dryness
Rated 5 out of 5
Review posted

Game changer

Everyone needs to try this out. I had been contemplating on purchasing this for so long since I had been suffering from extreme acne and dryness that came from over using acne treatments. For three months my skin has been actively breaking out. After seeing many people say this helps “detox” the skin, I said why not try it and use this as my last resort. I immediately had seen results. Not only did this calm my skin from my painful break outs but it moisturized and visibly reduced scarring I had accumulated. I noticed I didn’t not break out as much with only a week of use. Do note I was on antibiotics to help with the severe acne. I cannot say for sure this will help with acne directly since I was on antibiotics, but I honestly had not seen much improvement with the antibiotics either. I believe both in combination really changed the game. Regardless, it sure does calm the irritation and dryness that accompanies troubled/acne skin, which may be the root of all my acne in general. I can say for sure after using this I had seen improvement I had longed for for months, not only in my recent acne struggle but for the skin texture I had hated for so long.

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Reviewed by Alli
Verified Buyer
I recommend this product
Age Range
18 - 24
Skin Concern
  • Acne
  • Dullness
  • Ageing
  • Dark spots
  • Dryness
Rated 5 out of 5
Review posted

I can’t even describe it but wow

I ordered this to try to deal with the damage wrought by my unfortunate experimentation with a micellar water that left me with acne unlike anything I’d experienced since my teen years. I’ve been using it in place of my normal moisturizer, morning and night. I don’t think it actually did anything for the acne, which has slowly faded and healed as expected since discontinuing the problem product. However, looking past the remaining acne, my skin just looks...BETTER in a way that I can’t even really describe or explain. It has a healthy glow, and even more surprising, the forehead lines I’ve had since I was 14 are less less prominent. I look like I’ve been downing gallons of water and going on sunrise hikes, despite living in some of the worst air quality on earth for the past week. All this after only about two weeks of use. I’m hooked, and will continue to use.

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Reviewed by Samantha
Verified Buyer
I recommend this product
Age Range
25 - 34
Skin Concern
  • Dryness
  • Redness & Inflammation
  • Sensitivity
Rated 5 out of 5
Review posted

Works Instantly!

I have a compromised skin barrier and this really saved my skin. During quarantine I went a little crazy trying new skincare products and I paid the price - my face was always irritated, red and dry to the point where my skin was flaking. After 2 uses of this the redness and flakes went away. Now I use it day and night - my new holy grail!

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Reviewed by Eric
Verified Buyer
I recommend this product
Age Range
25 - 34
Skin Concern
  • Acne
  • Dark spots
  • Oiliness
  • Redness & Inflammation
Rated 5 out of 5
Review posted

Really good for Maskne

I struggled with maskne because my skin barrier was weak and I would get infected hair follicles especially around facial hair. But I have felt totally protected with GBR-- my skin produces less sebum with this product and is happy throughout the day! Will buy again!

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