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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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Just in time for back-to-school SZN, we’re welcoming back LA-based celebrity facialist and skincare founder Shani Darden, whose clients include fellow mamas Jessica Alba, Shay Mitchell and Molly Sims. Some of you might remember Shani from episode 90 when she talked to us about the “Three Facial Treatments Guaranteed to Transform Your Skin.” Today, we’re chatting skincare commandments for the PG 13 human in your life, inspired by Shani’s Instagram series “Skincare Habits to Teach Your Kids,” where she features her own tween daughters, Lennon and Phoenix.

Shani’s daughter Lenny already has a skincare routine!

You’ll find out how many steps works best for an effective AM and PM skincare routine – whether it’s all about healthy hygiene habits or minimizing blackheads and fine bumps in the T-zone. We find out which ingredients are safe for precious tween skin, as we discover the specific cleansers, moisturizers, sunscreens and masks that Shani personally has lining her daughters’ top shelves. Plus, how young is too young to dabble in professional facial treatments? When is it time to make a dermatologist appointment for your pre-teen or teen? Skin School is officially in session!

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Celebrity facialist to famous faces like Demi Lovato, Lili Reinhart and Lisa Rinna, Renée Rouleau is dialing in with expert tips on one of the most frustrating of skincare conundrums, adult acne! In today’s episode, the seasoned skincare blogger explains the root causes of adult acne, why chin and jawline breakouts are so common and the real talk on what you can expect from your skincare, your facialist – and when it’s time to go see a derm. Plus, we get the #glowdown on what an ideal adult acne skincare routine looks like (depending on which type of acne you have!) from the best types of cleansers, exfoliators and treatment ingredients to tackle spots, without sacrificing wrinkle prevention and glowy hydration.

Cystyic acne SOS: Renée Rouleau Anti Bump Solution

Help for acne scars? Versed’s new at-home dermaplaning tool

PLUS: Happy 25th Anniversary to Renée Rouleau Skincare! Visit and follow our Instagram @breakingbeautypodcast for details on how-to win an exclusive $500 Renée Rouleau Skincare giveaway!!

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In today’s founder episode, we’re chatting with Clarisonic co-founder, Dr. Robb Akridge – aka Dr. Robb. The Seattle-based scientist has done everything from studying marine biology to researching AIDS vaccines before pivoting to the world of beauty with his breakthrough invention, the Clarisonic cleansing brush. Fans were stunned when L’Oréal discontinued the device last year, and now, Dr. Robb speaks out about how he felt when he learned of the gadget’s demise.

RIP Clarisonic (Image: The Cut)

We trace the Clarisonic’s rise, and ultimate fall. Then, stay tuned to hear about his latest high-tech skincare invention, The Opulus Treatment System, beauty’s first-ever “skincare appliance.” Like your own personal beauty lab, this futuristic innovation whips up potent formulas in seconds, so fresh it’s as if it just rolled off the assembly line. We know, we know: do you really need a $500 skincare appliance? Find out why his second first-to-market invention might have you whipping out your credit card once again.

Meet Opulus, beauty’s first “Skincare Appliance”

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Happy holidays everyone! Today’s replay* episode features aesthetician-to-the-stars, Renée Rouleau. Renée’s career has spanned more than three decades, and she counts famous faces like Demi Lovato, Lili Reinhart and Lisa Renna as clients. Lucky for us, Renée is also super passionate about skin education. Her self-titled website boasts more than 1,000 articles on everything from how to know if your moisture barrier is damaged to the best way to prevent wrinkles starting in your 20s.

In this noteworthy episode, Renée walks us through the exact steps to building a rock-solid skin routine for your skin type, plus she gets down to some skincare 101 like: Does serum go on before or after moisturizer? What the heck is an essence? And how often should you use retinol? Plus, find out why this skin expert thinks our favourite face cleansing balms really have to go (say whaaat?!)

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

Renée Rouleau Pro Remedy Oil

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