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Happier Barrier
Happier Barrier
Happier Barrier
Happier Barrier
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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 118 reviews
Great Moisture

I’ve been using it for a fes weeks and my skin is looking much better! More moisturized and less dry

High praises for these products

I have been using the Hydration Station in AM, Happy Barrier in PM, and the .05% Retinol and these really are excellent products. My anti aging routine was working well already, and using some quality products, but I have been seeing so much lately about this brand I wanted to give it a try. I'm going to be staying with these 3 items and reordering. My skin already is softer, brighter and the fine lines softening, all in less than 5 weeks. If you want serious skincare ingredients without all the unnecessary extras, well formulated and in a great size to reduce waste while not excessively priced, you are here! I hope G&G continues with success so I can keep up my now improved routine.


Alors en soi j'ai aimé ce soin très doux, bien hydratant, protégeant et réparant la barrière cutanée, combo parfait car utilisatrice de rétinoides, de vit C, etc. En revanche, mais je pense que je suis tombée sur un mauvais tube, il y avait des "petits morceaux" dans la crème (pas comme un gommage, pire, limite des morceaux de verre, très irritant, ce qu'on ne veut pas...). Donc j'ai stoppé l'utilisation directement.

Charalambos Toumazou
Simply the best

I am in love with happier barrier. I was apprehensive when I first purchased it because the price was significantly lower that most moisturizers I had purchased and liked in the past. To my surprise this feels both light and luxurious on the skin. It is almost instantly absorbed into the skin allowing one to layer moisturizer and sunscreen easily without having to wait a very long time, essential in the morning when one is in a hurry to get ready for work. It has a pleasing, neutral, faint scent which dissipates very quickly (important especially for men). The best part is that it keeps my skin feeling hydrated throughout the day and when applied at night time its lightweight non greasy texture does all the necessary moisturizing without the need for alternative heavier products. Highly recommended


This is a gentle, light to medium weight sensitive skin moisturizer. Did not sting or irritate. Recommend.