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A beauty podcast from mindbodygreen, the leading brand in health and well-being. Hosted by mbg’s beauty director, Alexandra Engler, Clean Beauty School explores the intimate and intricate relationship between beauty and wellness, including physical, mental, environmental, and spiritual health. Through this series, we’ll dive into the science and soul of beauty’s most pressing topics.

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A beauty podcast from mindbodygreen, the leading brand in health and well-being. Hosted by mbg’s beauty director, Alexandra Engler, Clean Beauty School explores the intimate and intricate relationship between beauty and wellness, including physical, mental, environmental, and spiritual health. Through this series, we’ll dive into the science and soul of beauty’s most pressing topics.

    Tips for acne & aging | board-certified dermatologist Naana Boakye, M.D.

    Tips for acne & aging | board-certified dermatologist Naana Boakye, M.D.

    “Health is wealth. Without your health, you can’t do anything. And it's a job to stay healthy. That’s why you need a team and partnerships to help you,” says board-certified dermatologist Naana Boakye, M.D. Boakye considers herself a lifestyle derm, which means she focuses on nutrition, mental health, and day-to-day choices—not just topicals or prescriptions. “Radiant skin is a lifestyle.” In this episode of Clean Beauty School, mindbodygreen beauty director & host Alexandra Engler chats with Boakye about why it’s so important to find a skin care pro you trust, stress management tips that will help clear up skin, and her go-to ingredient combo that will give you healthy skin for life. 

    Show notes:
    -Follow Naana Boakye, M.D. 
    -Learn more about her practice, Bergen Dermatology 
    -Studies that show which foods may influence acne, including B12 and whey
    -Research on the gut-skin connection
    -The brain-skin connection: How stress triggers acne and aging 
    -Read more about topics mentioned in this episode: acne types, hormonal & adult acne, inflamed acne, retinol and retinoid, coffee for skin and acne, coconut oil for skin, how diet affects acne, stress acne, acupuncture & acupressure, 4-7-8 breathing, breathwork, stress management tools, gut microbiome, skin microbiome, skin barrier function, benzoyl peroxide, niacinamide, sunscreen. 
    -Shop products mentioned in this episode: KINLÒ SKINCARE, Proudly skin care

    Take 25% off vitamin C potency+ with code VITAMINCPOD. Cannot combine with gift cards or other discount codes. Apply code at checkout.

    Follow the host: @alex_blair_
    Call in: sayhi.chat/cleanbeautyschool
    Comments: podcast@mindbodygreen.com
    Sponsorship inquiries: sales@mindbodygreen.com 

    • 39 min
    Product myths, debunked | Cosmetic chemists Gloria Lu & Victoria Fu

    Product myths, debunked | Cosmetic chemists Gloria Lu & Victoria Fu

    “Skin care isn’t an exact science. We can get into the nitty gritty details of ingredients all we want, but that doesn’t mean anything if you don’t know how to use it in your own routine. That’s why I think it’s so important to learn how to implement, improve and troubleshoot your own skin care routine for your skin type,” says cosmetic chemist Victoria Fu, who co-founded Chemist Confessions alongside Gloria Lu. And Lu agrees: “It’s empowering for someone to be comfortable enough with their skin that you know what it needs everyday.” In this episode of Clean Beauty School, mbg beauty director and host Alexandra Engler chats with Lu and Fu about industry pet peeves, why formulations are never black and white, and why we should stop focusing on ingredient percentages so much. 

    Show notes:
    -Follow Chemist Confessions & learn more about Gloria Lu & Victoria Fu
    -Pick up their book, Skincare Decoded: The Practical Guide to Beautiful Skin
    -Listen to their podcast Chemist Confessions The Podcast
    -Follow along their work and blog 
    -Read more about topics mentioned in this episode: vitamin C, vitamin C serum, salicylic acid, niacinamide, retinol, glycerin, AHAs, humectants, preservatives in beauty, skin types, how to layer products, how to build a skin care routine, double cleanse   
    -Shop products mentioned in this episode: Revela, Chemist Confessions Aquafix Hydrating Water Gel, Blank Slate Gel Cleanser, Gold Standard Exfoliating Treatment, The Specialist Exfoliation Treatment, Balm Voyage Soothing Occlusives, Double Play Face & Eye Treatment, Strivectin Super-C SPF 30 Vitamin C Moisturizer, Youth To The People Kombucha + 11% AHA Exfoliation Power Toner, Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery 50 g Sunscreen SPF 50 +, Kanebo Allie Extra UV Gel Sunscreen, KOSE SOFTYMO Speedy Cleansing Oil

    Take 25% off vitamin C potency+ with code VITAMINCPOD. Cannot combine with gift cards or other discount codes. Apply code at checkout.

    Follow the host: @alex_blair_
    Call in: sayhi.chat/cleanbeautyschool
    Comments: podcast@mindbodygreen.com
    Sponsorship inquiries: sales@mindbodygreen.com 

    • 57 min
    Gen-Z, body neutrality & the potential return of “thinspiration” | activist Alex Light 

    Gen-Z, body neutrality & the potential return of “thinspiration” | activist Alex Light 

    “Feeling better about our bodies does not come from changing our bodies, it comes from changing our mindset,” says body positivity activist and influencer Alex Light, author of You Are Not A Before Picture. “I would love for women—because women predominantly bear the burden of beauty standards—to be able to live their lives free of concern about how they look. We have been taught that if we’re not thin or pretty then we’re not worthy.” In this episode of Clean Beauty School, mbg beauty director and host Alexandra Engler chats with Light about body neutrality, her hopes for Gen-Z and future generations, and the return of “thinspiration” culture on social media. Plus, why toeing the line between “wanting to better yourself” and “not being good enough as I am now” can be so challenging.  

    Show notes:
    -Follow Alex Light
    -Read Alex’s book You Are Not A Before Picture: How to Finally Make Peace With Your Body, For Good  
    -Read about the history of diet culture and fad diets 
    -Read more about topics mentioned in this episode: learning to love your body, setting boundaries, separating weight from health, cream blush, cream bronzer, natural lip color, vitamin C, retinol, meditation, breathwork 
    -Shop products mentioned in this episode: It Cosmetics Superhero Elastic Stretch Volumizing and Lengthening Mascara, Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Bronzing Cream, Rare Beauty Stay Vulnerable Melting Blush, SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic, Garnier Green Labs Pinea-C Brightening Serum Cream with SPF 30, La Roche Posay Sunscreen, Clinique Moisture Surge™ 100H Auto-Replenishing Hydrator, Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Serum, CeraVe Night Renewing Skin Cream, Bioderma H20 Micellar Water

    Take 30% off all supplements and personal care products with code MBG30, and score a free lip balm on orders over $75. Apply code at checkout. 

    Follow the host: @alex_blair_
    Call in: sayhi.chat/cleanbeautyschool
    Comments: podcast@mindbodygreen.com
    Sponsorship inquiries: sales@mindbodygreen.com 

    • 50 min
    The best skin-longevity tips | Celebrity esthetician Joanna Vargas 

    The best skin-longevity tips | Celebrity esthetician Joanna Vargas 

    “I became an esthetician because I fell in love with taking care of people. I love the idea that someone would come to me one-on-one, tell me all their issues or insecurities, and I would help them overcome that. We would become a team, working together to get the skin the healthiest it could be for you,” says celebrity esthetician Joanna Vargas, founder of her eponymous spa and skin care line. “It’s about how you treat yourself: What products you use, how much you sleep, if you’re eating well. You have so much control over what you see in the mirror.” In this episode of Clean Beauty School, host and mindbodygreen beauty director Alexandra Engler chats with Vargas about the latest in spa treatments and technology, ingredients she loves for all skin needs, and why you should address the whole body (not just the face) in your skin care routine. Plus, how she became the one of the most sought-after facialists to the stars. 

    Show notes:
    -Follow Joanna Vargas 
    -Learn more about the spa treatments at Joanna Vargas
    -Research on the gut-skin connection
    -Research on the brain-skin connection 
    -Learn more about Hyperbaric Oxygen Chambers 
    -Research on radio frequency for the skin
    -Read more about topics mentioned in this episode: connection between gut health and skin, sleep and acne, vitamin C, retinol, glycolic acid peels, how often should you exfoliate, acne, sensitive skin, microneedling, how to build collagen naturally, LED light therapy skin benefits, LED facials, at-home LED masks, lymphatic drainage, facial massage, stress management techniques, types of facials, peptides, antioxidants for skin, types of wrinkles, sun care, hyperpigmentation, salicylic acid, how to soothe inflammation, mandelic acid, lactic acid
    -Shop products mentioned in this episode: Joanna Vargas Skin Care Rescue Serum, Rejuvenating Serum, Supernova Serum, Eden Hydrating Pro Moisturizer, SUQQU Face Protector SPF 50

    Take 20% off glow from the inside out bundle+ with code BEAUTYPOD. Cannot combine with gift cards or other discount codes. Apply code at checkout.

    Follow the host: @alex_blair_
    Call in: sayhi.chat/cleanbeautyschool
    Comments: podcast@mindbodygreen.com
    Sponsorship inquiries: sales@mindbodygreen.com 

    • 49 min
    How did beauty get this polarized? | beauty journalist Jennifer G. Sullivan

    How did beauty get this polarized? | beauty journalist Jennifer G. Sullivan

    “There's polarity in the beauty industry, but nothing's black and white. I can almost always see the other person's side of the story," says beauty journalist and co-host of Fat Mascara Jennifer G. Sullivan. In this episode of Clean Beauty School, mindbodygreen beauty director and host Alexandra Engler chats with Sullivan about the many gray areas of the modern beauty industry. Plus, why the pillars of her beauty routine are good health, exercise, and injectables. 

    Show notes:
    -Follow Jennifer G. Sullivan and Fat Mascara
    -Follow along with Jenn’s writing, including the Allure piece “The Latest Advancements In Natural Beauty”
    -Read Jenn’s new column on The Cut, Ask A Beauty Editor
    -What to know about talc and asbestos
    -Learn about the preservative triclosan  
    -Read more about topics mentioned in this episode from mindbodygreen: the false narrative of natural vs sustainable ingredients, essential oils, collagen supplements, gray hair care, olive oil for skin, new wave of sunscreens, benefits of hiking, CBD for skin, forest bathing.
    -Shop products mentioned in this episode: Angela Caglia Neroli Oil Cleanser, SkinMedica TNS Advanced Serum, Ultra Violette Sunscreen, Naked Sundays Sunscreen

    Take 20% off glow from the inside out bundle+ with code BEAUTYPOD. Cannot combine with gift cards or other discount codes. Apply code at checkout.

    Follow the host: @alex_blair_
    Call in: sayhi.chat/cleanbeautyschool
    Comments: podcast@mindbodygreen.com
    Sponsorship inquiries: sales@mindbodygreen.com 

    • 48 min
    Glossy hair, color trends & more | Celebrity colorist Justin Anderson 

    Glossy hair, color trends & more | Celebrity colorist Justin Anderson 

    “Your hair is your most important accessory: You wear it everyday. Think about your favorite piece of clothing—if you wear it daily, wash it, don’t care for it, it’s going to break down,” says celebrity colorist Justin Anderson, co-founder of hair and color care brand dpHUE. In this episode of Clean Beauty School, mbg beauty director and host Alexandra Engler chats with Anderson about hair color trends, how to identify your most natural color, finding a colorist you trust, and at-home color maintenance tips. Plus, we get into how often you should actually be washing your hair. 

    Show notes:
    -Use code is Justin15 for 15% off your order on dpHUE.com for a limited time. 
    -Follow @justinanderson, @justinandersoncolor & dpHUE
    -Read more about topics mentioned in this episode: At-home color, root touch up, hair toners, hair glosses, purple shampoo, apple cider vinegar hair rinse, apple cider vinegar hair benefits, apple cider vinegar health benefits, hair rinses, shampoo schedule, hair oils, keloid scars, LED masks, hot yoga, breath-work benefits.
    -Shop products mentioned in this episode: dpHUE Apple Cider Vinegar Hair Rinse, Apple Cider Vinegar Hair Masque, Color Fresh Hair Oil, Cool Blonde Shampoo, Cool Blonde Conditioner, Cool Brunette Shampoo, Cool Brunette Conditioner, Gloss+, Brightening Powder, Styling collection, Dr. Dennis Gross DRx SpectraLite™ FaceWare Pro, Alpha Beta Universal Daily Peel, Naturium

    We hope you enjoy this episode of the Clean Beauty School Podcast, sponsored by Avocado’s new body + skin line. To learn more about their plant-based skincare, click here!

    Follow the host: @alex_blair_
    Call in: sayhi.chat/cleanbeautyschool
    Comments: podcast@mindbodygreen.com
    Sponsorship inquiries: sales@mindbodygreen.com 

    • 56 min

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