Episodes
“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...
Published 07/26/21
“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...
Published 07/19/21
“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...
Published 07/12/21
“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...
Published 07/05/21
“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...
Published 06/28/21
“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...
Published 06/21/21
“I wish clean beauty would care about toxic beauty standards the same way it cares about toxic beauty ingredients. Because when you look at the physical and mental harm caused by beauty standards versus beauty ingredients, there's no contest: Beauty standards are so destructive to our psychological harm and to our physical bodies,” says beauty expert & journalist Jessica DeFino. In this episode of Clean Beauty School, beauty director Alexandra Engler and DeFino discuss beauty standards,...
Published 06/14/21
“I always felt like if you can do better for yourself and the planet, why not? And now the clean beauty industry is freaking fantastic now, there’s no reason not to try,” says former social worker, clean beauty expert, and celebrity makeup artist Katey Denno. “Now I would never in a million years suggest that it's fine if you don't have clean beauty skincare, and to just grab anything that's not clean. The clean market is so big—you can find anything you need.” In this episode of Clean Beauty...
Published 06/07/21
“The sense of smell is processed differently than any other sense. You actually experience the sense of smell—it triggers our emotions and the memories—before you're able to actually process it,” says fragrance expert, reiki healer, and founder of Perfumerie Mindy Yang. In this episode of Clean Beauty School, mindbodygreen beauty director Alexandra Engler and Yang discuss the scientific reason we’re all so enamored with scent, how to decode perfume notes, and the modern world of functional...
Published 05/31/21
“When you follow quick fixes [from social media], you wind up spending a lot of time, energy, money, and resources on things that may not work for your individual case. And I think it's so valuable to understand you are unique—we have a lot of similarities, but your particular situation may not fit neatly into a box,” says board-certified dermatologist and hormone expert Keira Barr, M.D. In this episode of Clean Beauty School, mindbodygreen’s beauty director Alexandra Engler and Barr discuss...
Published 05/24/21
“Hair loss can be so traumatic for women—it's so stressful. This becomes a vicious cycle because stress can worsen hair loss,” shares board-certified dermatologist and hair care expert Raechele Cochran Gathers, M.D. In this episode of Clean Beauty School, mindbodygreen Beauty Director Alexandra Engler and Cochran Gathers discuss hair loss causes, if regrowth is possible, and how to care for your scalp naturally.  Show notes: -Surveys regarding hair loss during quarantine and for COVID-19...
Published 05/17/21
“I would really hope that we evolve as a sector to get to a point where the consumer doesn’t feel that they need to read the ingredient list to make sure that their product is safe,” says clean cosmetic chemist Krupa Koestline—but in the meantime? There’s a lot to learn. In this episode of Clean Beauty School, mindbodygreen beauty director Alexandra Engler and Koestline discuss how to decode your ingredient list to make sure both it’s safe and effective—with tips like why alcohols aren’t...
Published 05/10/21
“If somebody is really upset about their fine lines, wrinkles on their forehead, or the lines around their mouth, I'm like, ‘OK, so you smiled a lot and you were thinking a lot. When did that ever hurt you to be thoughtful, laugh, and to express yourself?” says holistic esthetician Hayley Wood. In this episode of Clean Beauty School, mindbodygreen beauty director Alexandra Engler and Wood discuss how we talk about the way we look—and how that can dramatically change the ways we treat...
Published 05/03/21
“Sometimes we just need to stop. Stop to see what's happening. Is my skin getting better? Is my skin getting healthier? Do I feel that my skin is getting stronger and more resilient?” says natural skin care expert and brand founder Tata Harper. In this episode sponsored by Tata Harper Skin Care, beauty director Alexandra Engler and Harper talk about taking a skin care diet, extremophile endurance technology, and her difficult decision to skip essential oils in her latest collection,...
Published 04/26/21
“In traditional medicine, doctors are there to put out fires. But if we take a step back and educate people how to care for their skin in a prophylactic way, you can not only help with accelerated aging—but perhaps stop people from developing certain skin conditions later,” says our guest, mindbodygreen collective member and board-certified dermatologist Whitney Bowe, M.D. In this episode, we dive into your skin as an organ, it’s barrier function, and many ways modern lifestyles may be...
Published 04/19/21
Published 04/14/21
“There is no product that can replace the simple act of taking care of yourself,” says our host, beauty director Alexandra Engler. In this premiere episode of mindbodygreen’s Clean Beauty School podcast, she explains the current state of clean beauty, how we define these buzzy terms, and what you can expect from our leading-edge, layered conversations. Join us every Monday to see beauty behind the curtain.  Comments: podcast@mindbodygreen.com Sponsorship inquiries: sales@mindbodygreen.com
Published 04/14/21
Introducing our new 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. Tune in every Monday for thoughtful, critical conversations with top experts and up-to-date info on clean beauty’s most pressing topics.  Comments:...
Published 04/07/21