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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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    • 4.9 • 59 Ratings

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.

    What even is holistic plastic surgery? | board-certified plastic surgeon Anthony Youn, M.D.

    What even is holistic plastic surgery? | board-certified plastic surgeon Anthony Youn, M.D.

    “Holistic plastic surgery is the idea that in plastic surgery, you look at the body as a whole picture—and you want to start with the basics. And the basics aren't Botox or facelift or breast implants. The basics are lifestyle, nutrition, exercise, and reducing the environmental toxins that you're exposed to,” says board-certified plastic surgeon Anthony Youn, M.D. “I really look at surgery as a valid option, but an option we have to consider as that last resort.” In this episode of Clean Beauty School, mindbodygreen beauty director & host Alexandra Engler and Youn discuss longevity, the problems with social media and traditional medicine, and preventive aging steps to take before considering going under the knife. 

    Show notes:
    -Learn about plastic surgery stats and zoom dysmorphia. 
    -Research on body dysmorphia. 
    -Research on L-arginine and wound healing. 
    -Anthony Youn, M.D. 's work on mbg about embracing alternative medicine.

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    • 53 min
    Can natural ingredients be as effective as filler & botox? | dermatologist Macrene Alexiades, M.D., Ph.D., FAAD

    Can natural ingredients be as effective as filler & botox? | dermatologist Macrene Alexiades, M.D., Ph.D., FAAD

    “If you use natural and organic ingredients in your skincare, or even in your diet, you will in the long run, look better, healthier, and more beautiful than those who go for the quick fixes. Quick fixes and aggressive treatments may look good for a night, a week, or even a month or two. But If overused, they can damage the skin. And as the months and years go by, the skin can actually look worn and unhealthy. So you're far better served going with the healthy, organic plant ingredients that actually boost skin health and naturally repair damage,” says double-board certified dermatologist Macrene Alexiades, M.D., Ph.D., FAAD. In this episode of Clean Beauty School, host & mindbodygreen beauty director Alexandra Engler and Alexiades talk about skin longevity and the future of healthy aging products and treatments. And as Alexiades notes, “the future is now.” 

    Show notes:
    -Rachel Carson's Silent Spring.
    -Cosmetic Dermatologic Surgery by Macrene Alexiades, M.D., Ph.D., FAAD. 
    -Reasons for collagen decline. 
    -Read about “baby botox” trend.
    -Try Macrene Actives.

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    • 58 min
    The ultimate guasha episode | Debbie Kung, DAOM, LAc

    The ultimate guasha episode | Debbie Kung, DAOM, LAc

    “Guasha has been around for centuries, and in the East is seen as folk and family medicine—something that is passed down from generation to generation. And the reason it's been around for so long, and it's still around, is because it works,” says skin care expert Debbie Kung, DAOM, LAc. In this episode of Clean Beauty School, mindbodygreen’s beauty director Alexandra Engler and Kung discuss guasha. The practice may be focused on the face in the West, but in the East it has been used on the body for centuries to help improve immunity, stress, and so much more. Listen in to hear Kung explain the history, how to create your own routine, and her must try products. 

    Show notes:
    -Studies about guasha, microcirculation & the skin. 
    -Learn about the lymphatic system.
    -Making synthetic sebum.  
    -Studies on body guasha and the inflammatory & immune response & musculoskeletal pain.
    -A case study on using guasha to help Hepatitis B. 
    -See our favorite guasha stones. 
    -Kung’s beauty recommendations: Essentialist Inc. Gua Sha Tools, Essentialist Inc. Daily Renewal Facial Oil, The Ordinary Organic Cold-Pressed Rosehip Seed Oil.

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    • 1 hr 16 min
    What we’re getting wrong about sunscreen | George Zaidan, science writer

    What we’re getting wrong about sunscreen | George Zaidan, science writer

    “If the only advice you’re saying to someone is to wear sunscreen and ignore the rest, that might be a little problematic,” says science journalist George Zaidan. In this episode of Clean Beauty School, beauty director Alexandra Engler and Zaidan discuss the many misconceptions we have about sunscreen, what your SPF labels truly mean, and how real user behavior throws a wrench into the works. 

    Show notes:
    -Zaidan’s book, Ingredients: The Strange Chemistry of What We Put in Us and on Us.
    -Australian study showing daily sunscreen use is associated with a lower risk of skin cancer.
    -A report showing benzene contamination in a large number of sunscreens.
    -A study showing SPF 100+ is more protective against burns than SPF 50+.
    -Research stating nearly half of sunscreens in the U.S. don’t live up to their SPF numbers.
    -FDA 2019 report requiring additional investigation for 12 common sunscreen ingredients.
    -A study stating advertising intentional sun exposure represents a form of abuse. 
    -Product recommendations for Zaidan: Rahua’s Classic Conditioner, Odele’s Smoothing Conditioner, Osmia’s Rose Clay Facial Soap, Ethique’s Bliss Bar, and Oars + Alps Moisturizing Bar Soap.
    -mbg article on the difference between physical and chemical sunscreens.
    -mbg article on the difference between UVA and UVB rays.

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    • 47 min
    Your skin on stress | Dermatologist & psychiatrist Amy Wechsler, M.D.

    Your skin on stress | Dermatologist & psychiatrist Amy Wechsler, M.D.

    “When a patient comes in, I sit down with them and ask all about their stress, sleep, relationships, work, exercise, and sex lives. Usually they’ll be confused and say ‘Oh, I’m here for a skin thing,’ but a lot of people are walking around with undiagnosed and therefore untreated disorders, and we need to start there,” says double board certified dermatologist & psychiatrist Amy Wechsler M.D., one of the handful of physicians in the country with both certifications. “Research shows that when people go to the doctor, even more than looking for a diagnosis—they are looking to be heard. It’s important that we listen to them.” In this episode of Clean Beauty School, mindbodgyreen’s beauty director & host Alexandra Engler and Wechsler discuss the immediate and long-term consequences of chronic stress on the skin—plus, her go-to solutions.  

    Show notes:
    -Read up on the brain-skin connection. 
    -Understanding how brain & skin cells develop. 
    -Learn about the benefits of sex for skin. 

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    • 38 min
    How being type-A can hurt your skin | Perpetua Neo, DClinPsy

    How being type-A can hurt your skin | Perpetua Neo, DClinPsy

    “It’s about creating a mental framework that removes you from needing to be perfect to being OK with being good enough,” says Perpetua Neo, DClinPsy, who specializes in helping executives, perfectionists, and type-A individuals. In this episode of mindbodygreen’s beauty podcast Clean Beauty School, beauty director Alexandra Engler and Neo discuss how being a perfectionist can set you back in your skin care goals, as well as how to set beauty boundaries in a world of social media influence and unattainable expectations. 

    Show notes:
    - Read up on some of Neo’s work on mindbodygreen: cognitive photoshop, perfectionism and beauty, and forming habits. 
    - Research on the increase in perfectionism in younger generations, and the unrealistic standards or academic and professional achievement, how they should look, and what they should own. 
    - Research on social media and anxiety.

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    • 54 min

Customer Reviews

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59 Ratings

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Love!

Really happy this podcast is here! Would love to see an episode on safe skin care for pregnancy and breastfeeding!

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Can’t wait for more!

A wonderful amount of information already. Looking forward to the next episode. Definitely subscribe! Alexandra has a great voice to match the clean/wellness topics she covers.

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So excited for a podcast! We could all use more info on clean beauty that’s easy to digest.

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