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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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Does our Breaking Beauty #Fam love a deal or what? We’ve gone deep in the drugstore aisles this season to round up the latest cheap thrills and get this: every #damngood product we recommend is under $15!! Starting with two contenders to treat maskne and irritation, you’ll hear about a new K-Beauty pimple patch that can be worn beneath makeup, along with a buzzy hydrogel face mask that’s designed to be worn under PPE. Is it a gimmick or a great? Jill asks her friend Bethany – who’s an actual ER nurse – to put it to the test!

Glossier’s new Body Hero campaign stars women of the WNBA

Plus, has Carlene found dupes for Sol De Janeiro Fragrance-Free Body Cream and Rare Beauty’s Pinch Liquid Blush? You betcha. She also discovers a skincare-infused undereye concealer that you might decide to trade in your eye cream for. Another great tubing mascara that costs less than your Starbucks order, Glossier’s new enviro-friendly exfoliating soap bar (with a campaign that’s giving us all the feels) and the one Instagram-worthy hand sanitizer – you’re not going to want to miss this money-saving, skin-craving, dope ass episode!

Carlene finally found the perfect shade for dark brown brows! Maybelline Brow Extensions in Deep Brown

Carlene’s fave new budget finds

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.*

Hum Nutrition

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Got Milk

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Meet Skincare By Hyram – aka Hyram Yarbro – the 24-year-old “Skincare Specialist” whose viral videos are making ordinary brands like CeraVe sell out among his six million TikTok Stans. Starting with his popular skincare routine reaction videos launched earlier this year, his #skincarebyhyram hashtag has racked up 1.4 billion views on the platform in just six months. In today’s episode, Hyram discusses his lightning-fast rise to fame, including how he’s dealing with the success – and the mistakes he’s made along the way.

We ask Hyram about that licensing deal we’ve been hearing about (Could “Hyram-Approved” Skincare be hitting store shelves soon?) And, we got you with his product recommendations, too. Find out which budget skincare brand he says is poised to be the next big thing. You’ll also hear about his complete, 4-step skincare routine, including the serum for oily skin he’s calling “sorcery in a bottle.” Finally, we find out which skincare tool is totally not worth the spend, and the skincare trend he’s predicting will be big for 2020 and beyond.

***Trigger warning – today’s episode contains discussions about eating disorders***

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.*

Herbivore Pink Cloud Rosewater + Tremella Creamy Jelly Cleanser

Youth To The People Kale + Green Tea Superfood Antioxidant Cleanser

Honest Beauty Calm & Porefect Serum

First Aid Beauty Coconut Water Cream

Dr Jart + Every Sun Day Mineral Sunscreen SPF 50

Everyday Humans Rosé S’Il Vous Plait SPF 30 Gentle Mineral Sunscreen

Shani Darden Retinol Reform

Paula’s Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid

The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%

Iunik Tea Tree Relief Toner

Paula’s Choice Clear Extra-Strength Anti-Redness Exfoliating Solution With 2% Salicylic Acid

Foreo UFO

Versed Skincare

Glow Recipe Plum Plump Hyaluronic Acid Serum

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

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