Rated 4.6 out of 5
Based on 1027 reviews

Great Barrier Relief

Reparative, skin-soothing serum

$28(45ml / 1.52 Fl oz)

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A creamy, nourishing serum that calms signs of sensitivity caused by a broken skin barrier. A blend of nourishing oils and rebalancing actives restore damaged skin to clear breakouts and soothe irritation. Skin looks clear, feels calm, and probably sounds amazing.

A Calming Hand

Our skin and the environment don’t always get along. Whether it’s because you’re a city dweller or got too pump-happy with the retinol, your skin needs some back up. Great Barrier Relief is there to lend a hand, no bat symbol required. GBR works by repairing damage in the skin barrier—the skin’s invisible shield. It helps repair tears and strengthen the barrier wall to kick environmental aggressors to the curb. It may be green, but it’s got a black belt in kicking ass.

PETA-certified vegan and cruelty-free. Always free of fragrances, essential oils, dyes, and colorants.

The color and texture of Great Barrier Relief may naturally vary slightly from batch to batch. No worries! This is a normal occurrence when using naturally-derived ingredients and it does not impact the efficacy of the formula.

Note: Great Barrier Relief does contain 10% Tamanu Oil, which is derived from Tamanu nuts. Though most people don’t have issues using this ingredient, people with nut allergies could have a potential reaction. If you think your skin will react, we recommend performing a 24-hour patch test on your wrist and neck first and slowly integrating GBR into your routine thereafter. If you do experience an allergic reaction, stop using the product immediately and seek medical attention if needed.

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

Pair with Oat So Simple Water Cream
When you’re craving: Extra moisture
Why it works: Water-based cream to hydrate, oil-based serum to seal it in.
How to use: Can be mixed together or applied in any order.
Extra tip: Apply moisturizer liberally but apply serum in layers to prevent greasiness.

Step 1: Clean and separate! Before recycling, make sure your bottle is rinsed and free of product. It is important to separate the pump + cap and silicone insert from the bottle. The pump itself needs to be taken apart into its components: plastic pump, plastic straw, and spring.

Step 2: Investigate! The silicone insert, plastic straw, and spring are not recyclable and need to be thrown away. The remaining pump + cap are made from PP [5] which is accepted by some curbside recycling programs. The bottle is made from 100% PCR (post-consumer recycled) PET [1], which is completely recyclable. We recommend checking with your local recycling to see which materials can be recycled in your area.

Step 3: Recycle! If type 1 and type 5 plastics are both recyclable in your area, we recommend leaving the cap on. The labels or glue can be recycled too, so no need to remove those.

Materials Used
Bottle: 100% PCR PET [1]
Pump, cap: PP [5]
Box: FSC paper and soy based inks

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.

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.

The Best Things Come in 3's

GBR is loaded with Tamanu Oil, a breakout-clearing, texture-smoothing, manicure-giving (beta) active that replenishes skin. Paired with Safflower and Rosehip oil, this trio visibly calms redness and nourishes dry skin from the first swipe.

Millennial Parent Vibes

Niacinamide a.k.a. the soccer parent of skincare, ingredients is a master multitasker. It helps prevent breakouts and fades the look of dark spots for radiant, even skin. That’s good parenting.

New Look, Same Old Fave

GBR’s glowed up. Our OG tried-and-true serum is now in an airless pump that pushes out every bit of product, so you don’t need to break it open. Don’t do it, bestie... Just trust us.

SKINSTRUCTIONS

How to Use Your Serum

Apply 1-2 pumps on clean, dry skin. Use a little extra for dry skin and a little less for oily skin. Gently massage into the skin until fully absorbed. If using as a sensitive spot treatment, use light pats or apply with a q-tip.

Real Customers, Honest Words

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1027 Reviews
Reviewed by COURTNEY Y.
Verified Buyer
I recommend this product
Age Range
25 - 34
Skin Concern
  • Acne
  • Aging
  • Oiliness
  • Redness & Inflammation
  • Sensitivity
Rated 5 out of 5
Review posted

MY HOLY GRAIL MOISTURIZER

IF YOU ARE USING RETINOIDS YOU MUST BUY THIS! IT HELPS TREMENDOUSLY TO CALM SKIN.

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

AMAZING

This is a repurchase, I love Great Barrier Relief serum to help my stressed skin recover, and specifically after chemical exfoliator

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Reviewed by Ben S.
Verified Buyer
I recommend this product
Rated 5 out of 5
Review posted

Soothing

I ordered this in anticipation of winter, because I struggle a bit with dryness and redness this time of year. Using this a few nights a week leaves my skin more even and soft, and even a little brighter when I wake up.

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Reviewed by Eileen B.
Verified Buyer
I don't recommend this product
Age Range
18 - 24
Skin Concern
  • Acne
  • Dark Spots
  • Oiliness
  • Redness & Inflammation
  • Uneven Texture
Rated 2 out of 5
Review posted

Maybe not for me?

I've been using GBR on and off for well over a year now (since July 2020) and recently purchased two new bottles as I was excited about the repackaging. During that time I've had quite a skin journey including various prescriptions, and had previously found GBR helpful in tolerating and healing from strong actives. I found it cosmetically elegant and very much enjoyed using it. However, as of my most recent October repurchase I'm feeling disenchanted. I finally found my keys to happy, clear skin (steady tretinoin and benzoyl peroxide use), and found myself clogging up immediately after incorporating GBR again. Especially in my t zone which had been well controlled by the actives. When I took a break from GBR, I cleared up. Unfortunately I don't think GBR has a place in my personal routine anymore. I guess skin changes and everybody is different but I'm so sad to say goodbye :(

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Reviewed by MONA
Verified Buyer
I recommend this product
Age Range
45 - 54
Skin Concern
  • Dullness
  • Aging
  • Dryness
Rated 4 out of 5
Review posted

like texture and moisture, not smell

Good+ product. Goes well with my sunscreen.

Smell is not pleasant but disapate quickly

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