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Happier Barrier
Happier Barrier
Happier Barrier
Geek & Gorgeous

Happier Barrier

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A nourishing, yet lightweight moisturizer with squalane, skin-identical lipids + green tea polyphenols for a healthy skin barrier & silky soft skin.  

50 ml

Skin type: dry, normal, combination

Skin concern: can be used regardless of skin concern, compromised barrier

Cruelty-free | Vegan | Fragrance & Essential oil free | Gluten-free | Pregnancy-safe


A nourishing & intensely hydrating, yet lightweight cream that spreads gorgeously and leaves the skin moisturized and silky soft.  The formula focuses on maintaining a happy and healthy skin barrier with 7% Squalane to lock in moisture without feeling heavy or greasy, plus a 3% skin-identical lipid mixture that works in synergy with 0.1% pure Ceramide 2 for a strong & healthy skin barrier. 

Happier Barrier also contains a high-quality, standardised polyphenol-rich Green Tea Extract that gives the formula its light peachy color and added antioxidant & skin-soothing properties. This is further enhanced by a good dose of two classic calming ingredients, Allantoin and Bisabolol. 

Lipids + Green Tea

Who is it for?

Pretty much anyone looking for a nourishing, yet lightweight formula with dry, normal or combination skin. We especially recommend it if a healthy skin barrier is your focus. For very dry skin, Happier Barrier's formula is probably not occlusive enough. 
Skin Type
dry, normal, combination skin
Skin Problem
can be used regardless of skin concern, compromised barrier
rich, yet lightweight cream

how to use it?

Apply after serums in the AM and/or PM. Use as much or as little as your skin needs.
Shelf life: 1 year from production (unopened), 6 months PAO (period after opening)

Ingredients & Research

key ingredients:

Squalane – A super nice and stable oily liquid that occurs naturally in the sebum of the human skin. It's a superb moisturizer making the skin silky smooth, without being heavy or greasy. It's pretty much compatible with all skin types and skin conditions, incl. acne-prone skin.

Lipids (Jojoba Oil/Macadamia Seed Oil Esters, Phytosteryl Macadamiate, Phytosterols, Squalene)  –  Jojoba, macadamia and olive oil-derived, patented lipid mixture that mimics the surface lipid composition of healthy, young adult skin. Used at 3%, it is clinically proven to help barrier repair and skin hydration. It works in synergy with Ceramide 2.

Ceramide 2 – Also known as Ceramide NG, is one of the 9 types of ceramides that can be found naturally in the upper layer of the skin. Ceramides are super important molecules in keeping the barrier healthy and the skin hydrated

Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract (standardised to 90% polyphenols) - Green tea polyphenols are one of the most researched natural ingredients proven to have potent antioxidant, UV protecting and soothing properties.

Bisabolol + Allantoin - Two classic skincare ingredients known for their skin soothing abilities.

Saccharide Isomerate - A skin-idententical carbohydrate molecule that binds to the skin like magnet and gives long-lasting hydration.

full inci list:

Aqua (Water), Squalane, Glycerin, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Jojoba Oil/Macadamia Seed Oil Esters, Polyglyceryl-3 Methylglucose Distearate, Butylene Glycol, Cetearyl Alcohol, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Saccharide Isomerate, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Bisabolol, Allantoin, Ceramide NG, Squalene, Phytosteryl Macadamiate, Phytosterols, Tocopherol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Citric Acid,  Sodium Citrate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Phenoxyethanol


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Dermatologic Therapy, Volume 26 (3) – May 1, 2013, The use of green tea extract in cosmetic formulations: not only an antioxidant active ingredient

Skin Research and Technology, , Volume 15 (3) – Aug 1, 2009, Protective effects of green tea extracts on photoaging and photoimmunosuppression

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Customer Reviews

Based on 52 reviews
Incredibly hydrating

I've had problems all winter with dry, flaky skin (even though my skin is usually oily). I've tried many other creams, which either were not occlusive enough or caused spots. Within a week of using the Happier Barrier cream, the dry patches have cleared up. It has a beautiful texture - it feels light and is easily absorbed, but is also wonderfully soothing and hydrating. I highly recommend it, and would even suggest that people with oily skin give it a try.

So moisturising.

This is a fantastic cream. It is not sticky or greasy. It is so moisturising without feeling heavy. Feels very velvety.
This company is excellent to deal with. Bang on time. No fuss. I would highly recommend them. Fantastic to finally find a European based company that make great products.

Wow, you absolutely nailed it with this cream!

I was so excited when I saw your brand new launches, because I am a big fan of G&G. I had high expectations to begin with but this cream goes beyond those. How did you achieve a nourishing barrier cream that feels so so hydrating on the skin at the same time? It hits exactly the right spot for me in terms of texture, feel on the skin. But most surprised I am about the feeling of long lasting hydration. Have tried so many creams but this is the first one I encounter that achieves that. I am really loving this cream. I can already tell this will become on of my HG products. Thank you so much! Greetings from Estonia

Elsa Ramirez
Barrier cream

I’ve had problems with my skin barrier on my neck for a while, I’ve tried different products on it and nothing seemed to help until I bought geek & gorgeous barrier cream and that has helped my skin, will definitely be repurchasing

Monika Gogorová

Príjemný krém, bez výraznej vône. Neštípe na citlivej pleti, naopak velmi pekne ju upokojí. Nezanecháva mastný film, pekne vsiakne, pokožka zostáva jemná. Jednoduché, ale vychytané zloženie. Určite ešte kúpim. Prijala by som aj väčšie balenie.