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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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Nearly a decade ago, Charlotte Cho introduced North America to the concept of the “10-Step Korean Skincare Routine” via her e-commerce destination, Soko Glam, along with its genius sister blog on all things K-Beauty, The Klog. Charlotte is also a bonafide esthetician, a best-selling author and co-founder of her own skincare lines, Then I Met You and Good (Skin) Days. In the meantime, K-beauty is thriving –  it’s now a $13.1 billion phenomenon, all thanks to the Korean “skin-first” philosophy, renowned for coaxing a radiant, makeup-free glow.

Meet the 15x Award-Winning cleansing balm that Caroline Hirons just called “Product Of The Year”

Today, Charlotte tells us why her Then I Met You’s Living Cleansing Balm has now won 15 awards and why the holy grail product was recently named Product of the Yearby British skin expert Caroline Hirons. Then, stay tuned as Charlotte schools us on the next phase in K-Beauty: hydrating acid toners, “triple cleansing,” “cushion” sunscreens and more. And finally, listen in as Charlotte gives us a sneak peek at her second book, The Little Book of Jeong, set for release this summer, along with the steps she’s taking beyond beauty to #stopasianhate. (Please note that this episode was previously recorded.)

To help fight Anti-Asian Racism, please find an extensive list of organizations here, thoughtfully compiled by Harper’s Bazaar’s Erica Gonzales.

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Charlotte will be releasing her second book this summer, The Little Book of Jeong

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Glow Recipe co-founders and Shark Tank alums Christine Chang and Sarah Lee had no idea their little online store, offering a curated assortment of Korean beauty products, would explode into the multi-million dollar business it is today. Now, Glow Recipe is a Korean skincare company in its own right, selling out at Sephora on the regular. Today, we’ve got Christine Chang in the studio to tell us the inside story behind Glow Recipe’s massive success and what it’s like to go from L’Oréal marketing interns to beauty moguls – with their sights set on Australian expansion next.

How cute is Glow Recipe’s packaging?

Find out the origin story behind the best-selling Watermelon Glow Sleeping Mask (a jar is sold every 3 minutes in over 33 countries around the world) that’s as precious in pastel pink packaging as it is effective at coaxing that covetable glass skin glow. The New York-based Mom and entrepreneur also launched a diffusion line, called Sweet Chef, exclusively at Target stores earlier this year. You’ll hear all the scoop on two follow up products hitting store shelves this month.

Believe it! That Glow Recipe glow

Keep your ears perked as Christine tells us which Korean beauty influencers she follows herself, where to eat the best Korean food in New York City, and finally, you won’t want to miss her personal #christineglowtips for eliciting the very best glow yourself—Glow Recipe style.

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Products mentioned in this episode: Glow Recipe Watermelon Glow Sleeping Mask; Glow Recipe Watermelon Glow Ultra-Fine Mist; Sweet Chef Ginger Kombucha + Vitamin D Chill Mist; Sweet Chef Superfood + Vitamins Moisture Boost; Atopalm Real Barrier Intense Moisture Cream; Blithe Tundra Chaga Pressed Serum; MAKEP:REM UV Defense Me Blue Ray Sun Gel SPF 50

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