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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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Caroline Hirons book

 

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. The U.K.-based esthetician has also written a best-selling book, simply titled “Skincare,”  – with a 2.0 version expected April 2022 and her own skincare line later next year. (Mark your calendars!)

Caroline Hirons

Caroline Hirons is said to be launching her own skincare line in 2022 according to The Evening Standard

Today, Caroline shares 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, and egads! She even shares why she is not necessarily a fan of the 60-second cleansing rule. Plus, stay tuned to find out why Caroline Hirons left the YouTube game and – plot twist!- could she be starting her own podcast??? 

Caroline Hirons

Skin Care The New Edit By Caroline Hirons is available now for pre-order

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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.*
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Fleur and Bee

Check out Fleur & Bee’s 100% vegan and cruelty-free line of natural skincare products at fleurandbee.com and use promo code BREAKING to get 15% off.

Ana Luisa

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Hello Fresh

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As a leading board-certified dermatologist with a posh new practice overlooking Bryant Park, Dr. Shereene Idriss, AKA #PillowTalkDerm has amassed more than 350K-strong Instagram fans who come for her epic junk science takedowns, and stay for the real talk on routines, ingredient 101 and more. In today’s episode, the Pillow Talk Derm breaks down current trending topics, from skincare “microdosing” to TikTok-famous trends like chlorophyll water and DIY salt water sprays.

Find out why Dr. Idriss believes hyaluronic acid is way overhyped, and it could be causing more harm than good. Plus, hear her take on the #1 product from The Ordinary that she believes is worth the hashtags, why she does her bedtime routine well before dinner, how-to treat dry lips using her trademark “basting” technique, and listen in on early clues on her very own skincare line that she’s been busy working on behind the scenes.

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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.*

PROMO CODES: Thank you to our show partners. When you support them, you support the creation of Breaking Beauty Podcast! 

Ouai

Discover a new OUAI of life with cruelty-free, sulfate-free, and paraben-free hair care, body, and fragrance products from OUAI. Go to TheOuai.com and use code BEAUTY to get 15% off your entire purchase.

It’s the first day of fall, and a busy AF September! That’s okay because Instagram is on FIRE with beauty lewks that are inspiring us to break out of our bare faced slumps. First up, we recap our top #ICYMI moments from Spring 2022 Fashion Week so far –  including the runway show that inspired Carlene’s new favourite lippie look. Next, we dive into the beauty news of the moment, like what the heck is happening with Beautycon, celebrity plastic surgery doppelgangers and Kylie’s new-new baby-care line (yep!!).

Left: A model at the Ulla Johnson Spring 2020 Show demo’s the “Blooming Lips” trend using the Bobbi Brown Crushed Lipstick in Sunset

Right: Carlene tests the glossy ombré trend wearing Armani Beauty Ecstasy Shine Lipstick in 300 Play in the centre of lips with Wander Beauty Lip Retreat Oil in Oasis overtop

Left: Guess who? Tori Spelling shuns plastic surgery rumours. Right: Kourtney K-Dash

Finally, Carlene reveals her skincare routine fail that led to a fortnight of itching. Stay tuned as Dr. Laurel Geraghty helps solve our sensitive skin woes, in a phone-a-friend segment brought to you by Cetaphil. You’ll find out the difference between sensitive skin vs sensitized skin, the fastest way to fix a flare up, along with the simple routine (and ingredients!) you need to keep sensitive skin calm, cool and collected (like do you really need to avoid exfoliation?) Join us for a definitive round of True or False, sensitive skin edition.

Dr. Laurel Geraghty is here to school Carlene on how to prevent another face-itching flare-up!

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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.*

Thank you to our show partners. When you support them, you support the creation of Breaking Beauty Podcast! 

Cetaphil


Our conversation with Dr. Geraghty is brought to you in partnership with Cetaphil. Cetaphil’s iconic, best-selling cleansers and moisturizers – Gentle Skin Cleanser, Daily Facial Cleanser, Moisturizing Cream, Moisturizing Lotion and Advanced Relief Lotion – are now reformulated to better meet the needs of even the most sensitive skin. Follow Dr. Geraghty on Instagram and Cetaphil on Instagram, TikTok and Facebook to continue to learn more about the new and improved formulas.

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


We’re chatting with facialist-to-the-stars, Joanna Vargas! Joanna counts famous faces like Mindy Kaling and Rachel Brosnahan among her elite clientele. On top of heading up her branded spas in both Manhattan and L.A. and running her eponymous skincare business, Joanna is author of the essential skincare guide, “Glow From Within.” In today’s episode, we’re learning about skin barrier health 101, untangling the biggest culprits that lead to a damaged skin barrier (like, are exfoliating toners as villainous as they’re made out to be?) and how to know when yours has been compromised.

Glow From Within by Joanna Vargas

The Joanna Vargas Spa in Los Angeles

Stay tuned as Joanna shares her top tips for maintaining and repairing a damaged skin barrier, as we discuss everything from skincare “slugging,” to whether humidifiers can actually help to the holy grail products she really swears by. But first, we’re kicking it off with a mini “damn goods” review in partnership with one of todays’ show partners, Strivectin. Find out why the brand’s timely new Wrinkle Recode Moisture Rich Barrier Cream had us feeling moist and cocooned all holiday long.

Products 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.*

Thank you to our show partners. When you support them, you support the creation of Breaking Beauty Podcast!

Strivectin

StriVectin Wrinkle Recode Moisture Rich Barrier Cream addresses key signs of a compromised skin barrier thanks to its 1:1:1 Biomimetic Lipid Ratio and NIA-114, StriVectin’s patented form of Niacin backed by over three decades of research. New email subscribers receive 15% off their first order.


Coola

Get 10% off your first order of COOLA Organic Skincare on COOLA.com using code BEAUTY.


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?!)

Products mentioned in this episode:

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

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

Thank you to our show partners. When you support them, you support the creation of Breaking Beauty Podcast! 

DOVE Revive your skin with Dove Nourishing Secrets hand creams and body lotions, available in 4 intensively nourishing formulas, with ingredients like avocado and coconut oil. Take the Dove Nourishing Secrets beauty routine quiz to find your nature-inspired match at dovenourishingsecrets.com


Do we really need an eye cream? In today’s episode, we set out to answer that very question, with triple-board certified dermatologist Dr. Mamina Turegano, who’s earned nearly half a million TikTok followers with her viral, edu-tainment skincare videos. Dr. Mamina walks us through the causes and treatments for dark circles, undereye puffiness and crow’s feet, including the eye creams that actually wield results, the single at-home gadget that’s worked on her, and the tested-and-true in-office treatments.

Dr. Mamina’s videos featuring her Mom’s Japanese skincare hacks have gone viral

Be sure to tune in next week, when we continue our all about eyes exploration with Manhattan-based plastic surgeon Dr. Lara Devgan, with the 101 on solutions that pick up where derm-treatments and eye creams simply can’t. Fox eyes, blepharoplasty, fat transfers – you’ll learn the costs, benefits, downtime and more in the second installment of this two-part special all about your most important, above-the-mask feature.

Just one of the eye creams Dr. Mamina uses in her own routine.

Products 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.*

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

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Apostrophe Get your first visit with a board-certified dermatologist on Apostrophe.com for FREE with the code: BEAUTY. This code is only available to Breaking Beauty listeners and you won’t find it anywhere else.  Use code: BEAUTY at sign up and get the visit for free! To get started go to Apostrophe.com and click “begin visit.”

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We’re back with another episode of the #DamnGoods! Before we get into our regularly scheduled programming, Carlene and Jill fill you in on some actionable steps we’re taking to continue our commitment to the #AmplifyMelanatedVoices movement. If you’re a Black Creator interested in starting a podcast, email us at breakingbeautypodcast@gmail.com and we will share any technical know-how we’ve learned along the way, from how to produce an episode on all platforms to monetization. Secondly, as we’ve always supported brand founders, we are now making monthly donations to our local Black Business and Professional Association (BBPA), supporting entrepreneurship, higher education and economic empowerment of Black Canadians.

In today’s podcast, we’ll touch on the latest FDA findings around sun safety, along with our roundup of the best mineral sunscreen innovations that have managed to shake their “chalky” reputation of the past. Also known as physical sunscreens, SPFs that use mineral filters like zinc oxide and titanium dioxide to filter out the sun’s UV rays used to resemble thick white paint when you put them on. Good news though! The 2.0 versions now come in sheer, silky textures, matte finishes and glowy serums (seriously, there’s something for everyone!)

From a formula for dry skin you’d swear is a skincare lotion to a winner for oily skin that’s already selling out at Sephora to a groundbreaking luminous serum for all skin tones, get ready to get your summer on with this epic mineral sunscreen shopping list. Plus, our favourite option for clean beauty lovers, our pick for best drugstore mineral SPF and an update from aesthetician extraordinaire Dija Ayodele of Black Skin Directory on the hyperpigmentation workbook you need if dark spots and discolouration have gotten the better of your complexion.

Products Mentioned In This Episode:
** Note that every product is independently selected by Breaking Beauty Podcast hosts, though things you buy through the below links may earn us a commission.***

Thank you to our show partners. When you support them, you support the making of Breaking Beauty Podcast!

Nutrafol Grow thicker, healthier hair with Nutrafol. Head to Nutrafol.com and use promo code BEAUTY to get 20% off. Shipping is free on all monthly deliveries and you can pause or cancel your subscription anytime.

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