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Ep 209 - The #DamnGood Skin Barrier-Boosting Creams We’ll Use Forever

“Barrier Repair” is a big beauty buzzword - but what does it really mean? Today we’re bringing you a little Skin Barrier 101, along with a roundup of our #damngood skin-saving favorites.

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Brrr… is it getting fresh in here? That’s not the cool fall air, it’s Charlotte Tilbury’s new “Cryo” face mask that you strap on straight-outta the freezer! In today’s episode, Carlene & Jill test the latest, buzziest fall beauty products, like Drunk Elephant’s new-and-better Vitamin C-Firma Fresh Day Serum that you mix yourself for max potency. Jill dabbles in colour-correcting using Chanel’s fancy new Le Teint concealers. And is Selena Gomez’ highly anticipated first mascara (one entire year in the making) living up to her millions of fans’ expectations? Dr. Dennis Gross cracks the freshness code with swipe-on retinol pads that just may rival the OG Alpha Beta peel on Jill’s permanent top shelf. A Van Gogh-inspired fragrance that truly is a “work of art,” and more must-gets in today’s all-star episode!

Carlene wearing her new everyday mascara, the Rare Beauty Perfect Strokes Universal Volumizing Mascara

Meet the new-an-better Drunk Elephant C-Firma Fresh Day Serum that you mix-in yourself

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In partnership with our friends at Olay, today we’re answering some important questions about the almighty retinol with Dr. Frauke Neuser, P&G’s principal scientist and total ingredient wizard. Backed by decades of clinical research, this non-prescription form of vitamin A has been proven to kickstart cell turnover and collagen production to reverse signs of wrinkles, age spots and texture. So why does the latest data show that the majority of women who start a retinol routine quit before they start seeing any results?

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Dr. Neuser explains the real reason so many women aren’t seeing any results in their retinol routines, or worse, stop due to irritation. What type of retinol penetrates best? What percentage should we look for on the label? How important is product packaging and how can you tell when retinol has “gone off”? These questions and more, on how to build retinol into your existing skincare routine, without sacrificing any of your tried-and-true favourites (acids, anyone?) Get ready to re-start your retinol regimen, for good.

PS- Don’t miss us over on Pia Baroncini’s podcast Everything is The Best! where we chat about morning routines, fave new product discoveries and more!

Products Mentioned in this Episode: Olay Eyes Retinol 24 Night Eye Cream; Olay Regenerist Retinol 24 Night Facial Serum; Olay Regenerist Retinol 24 Night Facial Moisturizer.


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