Want to learn more about clean beauty but don’t know where to start? Our editor-curated list of clean beauty focused podcasts has got you covered. From the basics of what clean beauty actually means to essential clean beauty tips from our favorite founders, discover the podcasts that can help you find new ways to go clean in your beauty routine.
Heard On: The Trend Reporter with Mara
Jenna Rosenstein, beauty director at Harpers Bazzar and author of The Ultimate Guide To Clean Beauty, went on the The Trend Reporter Podcast to talk with Mara Schiavocampo about all things clean beauty.
What does clean beauty actually mean?
Rosenstein pointed out that, unfortunately, there is no national standard for clean beauty and the United States cosmetics industry is largely unregulated. Therefore, it’s up to individual publications and retailers to create their own standards for the term.
Three ‘dirty’ ingredients to definitely avoid:
- Talc: Rosenstein explained that because of the way Talc is mined, it can be contaminated with asbestos: a human carcinigen. Talc is commonly found in powdered makeup formulations, foundation, and eyeshadows.
- Oxybenzone: a chemical ingredient commonly found in sunscreen and a known endocrine disruptor.
- Mineral Oil: a bioaccumulator and found to be the largest containment in the human body.
On the essential clean beauty swap:
If you’re not ready to swap all your tried and true products for cleaner versions, Rosenstein recommends starting by swapping your lipstick and lip-balms for cleaner versions as you’re inadvertently ingesting these throughout the day:
Two easy ways to make your routine more sustainable:
- Give up your makeup wipes: Rosenstien explained that due to the way makeup wipes are woven, along with the oils they contain, they’re not biodegradable and pile up in land fills.
- Go as plastic free as you can: I.e. stay away from plastic packaging and products containing silicone.
What to use instead?
Re-usable makeup removers (like the Face Halo), sustainably sourced cotton pads with micellar water, or a cleansing oil on dry skin to remove makeup before cleansing with a soap-based or foaming cleanser (I.e. double cleansing).
Heard On: The Beauty Closet by Goop
Nyakio Grieco went on the Goop Beauty Closet Podcast to talk about her clean skincare line: Nyakio- which is based on family beauty secrets passed down to her from her grandmother, (also named Nyakio), who was a coffee farmer in Kenya.
“…women in Kenya rely very heavily on sustainable ingredients that come from the earth to treat the skin.”Nyakio Grieco on the Goop Beauty Closet Podcast
The superstar ingredients she loves?
- Kenyan coffee
- Sugar cane
- Botanical oils
On whether the Black Lives Matter Movement has impacted the beauty industry:
Nyakio said that she generally feels encouraged about the way beauty is going and added that:
Nyakio also discussed the reality of being a black founder and what it was like trying to raise capital for a clean beauty brand in 2002: “Nobody was talking about clean, nobody was talking about Africa.”
On what real beauty is:
Nyakio believes that true beauty comes the inside and stems from kindness: “There’s no pretty person that has an ugly tongue.”
On her musts for good skin:
Sleep, nutrition, hydration, physical health, and mental health: “Happy people glow.”
On her skincare routine essentials:
- Double cleansing
- A great face oil
- Sleep masks
3. The Best and Worst Foods For Your Skin: Keira Barr, M.D.
Heard On: the mindbodygreen podcast.
Keira Barr, M.D., went on the Mindbodygreen podcast to talk about all things skin aging. One of her most poignant statements? That exercise can help reverse skin aging—even if you only start exercising later in life.
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Dr. Barr noted that a lot of the changes we see in our skin as we age (I.e. fine lines, pigment changes, and changes in texture) are due to the reduced energy metabolism of our cells (mitochondira).
Lucky for us, exercise can help to regulate the skin’s mitochondrial function.
On the pod, Dr. Barr cited a 2015 study which showed that chemical messengers produced during exercise can stimulate mitochondrial function and improve immunity.
Sweet! What type of exercise does she recommend?
According to Barr, the best type of movement for improving your skin are cycling and HIIT workouts. She also noted that yoga—via praynayma breathing and aysanas—can help to regulate blood sugar levels and increase insulin sensitivty. This process ultimately reduces glycation (resulting in a reduction of wrinkles and fine lines).
Heard On: The Lemon Water Podcast
Aishwarya Iyer, the founder of Brightland Olive Oil, sat down (remotely) with Michelle of the Lemon Water Podcast to talk about her transition from being a start-up consultant to becoming an entrepreneur herself and setting out to transform the olive oil industry.
To get people excited about olive oil: a staple in most kitchens, yet often overlooked.
On creating the perfect olive oil:
The Golden Stats On Olive Oil
- Rich in healthy monounsaturated fats
- Contains beneficial fatty acids, vitamin E, and vitamin k.
- Loaded with powerful antioxidants (which help to fight inflammation), and
- Great for digestion.
Quality Indicators: What To Look For
- Harvest date (olive oil should be consumed within 16 months harvest)
- A UV-protected bottle
- A polyphenol count north of 300
Big Tip: Soak organic dates in a high-quality olive oil for 30 minutes, then sprinkle with a pinch of Himalayan sea salt for an indulgent—anytime—treat.
Heard On: The Almost 30 Podcast
Nadine Artemis, author of Renegade Beauty and founder of our go-to clean beauty brand—Living Libations—was featured on the Almost 30 podcast where she discussed the natural route to beauty and vitality.
“Beauty isn’t something that’s applied to us, we’re in partnership with the universe…especially [us] mothers, we have to find another source”Nadine Artemis on the Almost 30 Podcast
Her advice? Foster your relationship with nature by:
- Getting a healthy amount of sun exposure;
- Drinking purified water (using home filters, shower filters, and glass water bottles);
- Cutting chemicals out of your daily routine (I.e. those found in synthetic clothing, oral care, feminine care, sunscreen, etc.).
How to step into a healthy relationship with the sun (and reap the multiple health benefits of Vitamin D):
- Start slowly but surely: 5, 10, 15 minutes of direct sun exposure depending on where you live;
- Use jojoba oils—like Everybody Loves The Sunshine—to help your skin harmonize with the sun;
- Drink chlorophyll water when you’re in the sun: Artemis notes that, like plants, our cells are essentially engaging in a type of photosythesis when we’re in the sun, and;
- Use an App like D-minder—which will tell you how long you need to be in the sun that day (based on a variety of factors such as your skin type and location) to get sufficient Vitamin D exposure.