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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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We’re all on beauty product journeys, and when you find your ride-or-die – you’re set for life. Or so you think. But what happens when the brand comes along and decides to reformulate your forever love?! This week Jill and Carlene investigate the many reasons why we’ve seen so many reformulations of cult-fave products in 2021. Then, stay tuned as they count down their #DamnGood 2.0 faves, including a flex on an iconic antioxidant serum, a highly-anticipated vegan lipstick and a rare anti-drying purple toning shampoo that made the Breaking Beauty cut. Plus, meet the Oribe of sunscreen, a revamped brand so gorgeous, you’ll wanna wear SPF everyday of the year.

Bite Beauty Power Move Lipstick in Fig (left) vs. Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Lipstick in Fig

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*Note that every product recommended by Breaking Beauty Podcast is independently selected, though some products you buy through the below links may earn us a commission.*

Hands up if you want youthful skin for as long as you can?! (Everybody, we know.) Notorious for her No-B.S. skincare advice, Caroline Hirons is here to spill the tea. The long-time YouTuber and blogger has trained in more than 100 beauty brands, creating bespoke facials and educating teams internationally for top-tier beauty companies around the world. Caroline has also written a best-selling book,Skincare: The Ultimate No-Nonsense Guide” and most recently, Caroline founded “Beauty Backed,” a U.K.-based organization helping salons and spas get back on their feet after the pandemic.

Today, Caroline is sharing her top age-well skin tips, including the advice she wishes she told her younger self. Plus, the skin guru debunks some of the biggest myths going in the beauty industry when it comes to blue light and your skin, neck creams, whether luxury skincare is actually worth the big bucks, the best drugstore buys, the Gwyneth-Gate sunscreen scandal and egads! She even (politely) sounds off on the 60-second cleansing rule. Plus, stay tuned to find out why Caroline Hirons is leaving the YouTube game and – plot twist!- could she be starting her own podcast??? Well, if it’s good enough for the Royal Couple…

Products & References Mentioned In This Episode:

*Note that every product recommended by Breaking Beauty Podcast is independently selected, though some products you buy through the below links may earn us a commission.*

Today we’re chatting with Dr. Michelle Wong, known for her easy-to-understand explainers on her Lab Muffin Beauty Science blog and YouTube channel, to break down recent headlines around sunscreens not living up to their SPF rating on the label. (Hello, Purito-gate and Krave-gate!) But that doesn’t mean you should give up on sunscreen – quite the contrary. Tune in for Michelle’s expert advice on finding not only a lovely textured sunscreen that isn’t greasy, chalky and doesn’t mess with your makeup, but one that you can trust to perform as it claims. That’s right, she’s naming names!


Plus, Michelle reveals how we might be sabotaging the strength of our SPF ourselves – Gwyneth, we’re looking at you – with some helpful tips on how to actually boost sunscreen efficacy, along with the best way to reapply it throughout the day. And if you love today’s episode, be sure to check out Michelle’s awesome new 12-part podcast series called Skincare School, co-hosted by Adore Beauty’s Senior Editor Amy Clark. Happy Sun Days!

Products & References Mentioned In This Episode:

*Note that every product recommended by Breaking Beauty Podcast is independently selected, though some products you buy through the below links may earn us a commission.*

  • The organization that tests sunscreens is [behind a firewall but you can see some of the top-performing sunscreens they tested in 2021 here.]

*Disclaimer: Unless otherwise stated, all products reviewed are gratis media samples submitted for editorial consideration.*

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Are you ready to discover the best sunscreens for face for the summer of 2019? We know, we know – SPF isn’t sexy. But the truth is, once you find the Holy Grail of face sunscreens that you actually love to wear, it’s actually the best anti-aging cream you could ever buy.  Jill and Carlene tested over 20 of the buzziest sunscreens for face, and at the end of the episode, they reveal their top three favourites in store right now.

But first, time to phone a friend! Skin therapist Dija Ayodele, founder of The Black Skin Directory in London, gives us the scoop on her groundbreaking work advocating for the #protectyourmelanin movement. Dija explains why every skintone needs to wear sunscreen, and she shares her very best SPF tips (like why do you need a facial sunscreen instead of moisturizer with SPF, anyway? And what step do you put sunscreen on in your skincare routine?).  Plus, Dija reveals why these are the best face sunscreens for black skin in her books: ECooking Solcreme Sunscreen SPF 30; Unsun Tinted Mineral SPF 30; Glossier Invisible Shield Sunscreen SPF 30

We phone a friend, Dija Ayodele, founder of The Black Skin Directory

Dija’s raising awareness that every skin tone needs sun protection

In this skin-saving Damn Goods episode, Carlene and Jill dig into their beauty editor handbook to share some Sunscreen 101, like the meaning of broad-spectrum sunscreen and the difference between chemical and physical formulas.  Then, stay tuned as they deliver the Coles Notes on this year’s jaw-dropping Consumer Reports sunscreen study, like the sad fact that very few sunscreens actually live up to their claims. (Here’s just a few of the Consumer Reports sunscreens that earned top marks: La Roche Posay Anthelios Melt-in Cream SPF 50, Banana Boat SunComfort Clear UltraMist Spray SPF 50+, Hawaiian Tropic Sheer Touch Ultra Radiance SPF 30, Trader Joe’s Sunscreen Spray SPF 50, Bullfrog Land Quick Gel SPF 50 Sunscreen.) And for the grand finale, you’ll hear their honest reviews on the SPF formulas for face that they’d actually buy again—and which ones weren’t worth the hype (Nexxxxxt….!).

Products mentioned in this episode:

Jill’s faves:
La Roche Posay Anthelios XL Dry Touch Gel Cream SPF 60
Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry Touch SPF 60

Carlene’s fave
La Roche Posay Anthelios Ultra-fluid Lotion SPF 60 (aka Shaka Lotion)
Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Face Sunscreen SPF 60
Coola SPF 50 Classic Face Sport Classic Sunscreen White Tea Moisturizer
Neutrogena Sheer Zinc SPF (mineral protection)

A comprehensive list of all the face sunscreens we tested:

Murad Age Reform Invisiblur Perfecting Shield Broad Spectrum SPF 30
Shiseido Ultra Sun Protection Lotion SPF 50+ Wetforce
Dermalogica Super Sensitive Shield SPF 30
Clé de Peau Beauté UV Protective Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 50+
Coola SPF 50 Classic Face Sport Classic Sunscreen White Tea Moisturizer
Vichy Idéal Soleil SPF 60 Anti-Shine Dry Touch Lotion
Amore Pacific Moisture Sun Protector Broad Spectrum SPF 35 Sunscreen
Beauty Blender Selfie Shield Broad Spectrum SPF 38 Dry Oil Primer
La Roche Posay Anthelios Ultra Fluid Lotion SPF 60
Estée Lauder Perfectionist Pro Multi-Défense UV Fluid SPF 45

Aveeno Face Sunscreen Lotion SPF 50 for Sensitive Skin
Neutrogena Sheer Zinc Face Mineral Sunscreen SPF 50
Consonant The Perfect Sunscreen SPF 30
Drunk Elephant Umbra Sheer Physical Daily Defense SPF 30 Broad Spectrum Sunscreen
Supergoop Play 100% Mineral Lotion SPF 50
Vichy Idéal Soleil SPF 60 100% Mineral Filter
Institut Estherderm UV Protect Your Protector Care 100% Mineral Very High Protection SPF 50
Ava Isa Pure Untinted Matte SPF 45 Sunscreen With Certified Organic Bio UVA Ultra

Every product is independently selected by Breaking Beauty Podcast hosts and/or guests. Products you purchase through our links may earn us a commission.

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