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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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Meet the O.G. “Cosmetics Cop.” Paula Begoun is the 67-year-old founder of Paula’s Choice skincare and the author of over 20 books, including Don’t Go to the Cosmetics Counter Without Me. Today, the industry veteran is here to retrace the origin story behind the iconic range, dubbed as “The Original Internet Beauty Brand” and one of the first to go “fragrance-free” long before “free from” lists were even a thing. Today, Paula’s Choice is gaining more popularity than ever before, ranking as one of the Top 5 most-talked about beauty brands on Reddit.

Skincare By Hyram calls Paula’s Choice 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant “Sorcery in a Bottle”

Find out why Gen-Z influencer Skincare By Hyram has touted the best-selling Paula’s Choice 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant as “Sorcery in a Bottle.” Then, stay tuned as Paula goes off on the biggest cosmetics myths she’s busting these days, as she sets the record straight on the number one threat your skin:
Plus, find out why she thinks antioxidants are the unsung heroes of skincare, along with her predictions on which ingredients are going to peak next (Hint: turns out CBD may have actual scientific legs, guys.) And finally, Paula gets real real about cosmetic surgery.

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Dark spots beware! Today we’re chatting about all things hyperpigmentation with Dr. Alexis Stephens, a Florida-based dermatologist and Skin of Color expert who’s leading the charge when it comes to cultural competency in the field of skin science. (Check out her life-changing before-and-after’s on patients here.) We’re getting to the bottom of why hyperpigmentation happens and what you can do about it, whether you’ve been dealt melasma, erythema or post-inflammatory pigmentation due to genetics, hormones or sun damage.

Dr. Alexis Stephens demo’s her favourite budget finds from The Ordinary and The Inkey List

Dr. Stephens is also a trained beauty chemist, so stay tuned as she gets into the specific ingredients to treat hyperpigmentation, from the best prescription options to her top budget finds you can find at major beauty retailers. Then, listen to the end as she addresses our top listener questions: how to get rid of acne scars, hyperpigmentation treatments for body, the merits of micro-needling, and the real talk on hydroquinone. The number one thing we learned? While there isn’t a single “magic cream,” there’s help for hyperpigmentation yet.

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