Join us for Clean Beauty, a 10-day journey to demystify the beauty industry and learn how to choose a skincare and self-care routine that is sustainable, supports your own well-being, nourishes your body, leaves a minimal carbon footprint, and is kind to all the life around you.
Clean Beauty with Dr. Joy Reese and Sophie Jaffe
Let's detoxify our self-care.
Dr. Joy Reese is a naturopathic practitioner who specializes in skincare. In 2013, Dr. Joy Reese and her son Luke started Skinny & Co. and they’re been on a mission to demystify the world of skincare by simplifying and refining the process ever since. It’s common sense, but purer products mean healthier bodies and a more sustainable world. This has become their guiding light. Sophie Jaffe Sophie Jaffe is a Los Angeles-based health and wellness expert, who is certified as a raw food chef and yoga teacher. Sophie founded her company and wellness brand, Philosophie, with the goal of making it easier, more inspiring, and more delicious to attain optimal health and radiant wellness. When Sophie isn’t crafting revolutionary products from the world’s most potent superfoods, she is sharing her insights on how to live a life full of unbounded energy, bliss, and balance on the Philosophie blog and savoring every moment with her three beautiful children and loving husband.
01: Day 1 - Defining Clean Beauty: Introduction
This 10 day course will help you understand the beauty and cosmetics industry, and assist you in making better choices about the products that you choose to put in and on your body. In today’s lecture, we’ll be discussing what clean beauty means, and why it’s important to pay attention to the ingredients in your beauty products. Marketing jargon is everywhere in the beauty industry, but what does clean beauty actually mean to us? Clean Beauty starts from within. The personal care products that we put on ourselves, and our loved ones matter. With more than 80,000 consumer chemicals in our everyday lives, it’s more important than ever to educate and empower ourselves about the choices we make for beauty.
02: Day 1 - Defining Clean Beauty: Lecture
What does Clean Beauty mean, and why does it matter? In this course, we’ll define Clean Beauty products as ones that are made from real, non-synthetic, ingredients, are non-toxic, and free from harmful effects.
03: Day 1 - Defining Clean Beauty: Discussion + Homework
Take the opportunity to go through your makeup and beauty products, setting aside anything that has ingredients listed on our Top Ten Beauty Offenders list.
04: Day 2 - Detoxing, from Micro to Macro: Introduction
While detoxing your beauty regimen is an amazing start, clean beauty means so much more than simply removing toxins from a compartmentalized area of your life. In today's lecture, we begin to understand how toxins make their way into our bodies, and how they interact with our cells. We’ll start on a micro-level, with an overview of cellular structure, and expand into all the ways that toxins around us make their way into our bodies and our homes.
05: Day 2 - Detoxing, from Micro to Macro: Lecture
Clean Beauty is more than what’s in our makeup bag. We need to be identifying substances in our home, garage, and our day to day environment that have the potential to cause harm to our wellbeing, and the wellbeing of our families. Synthetic chemicals can disrupt cell function–this can cause affect cell hydration within minutes. Many of the synthetic chemicals we’re exposed to were invented in the 20th century, and many in the 1950s. Our bodies have not co-existed with these chemicals for very long, and our systems don’t know how to process them.
06: Day 2 - Detoxing, from Micro to Macro: Discussion + Homework
Where do chemicals sneak into our lives? Go through your cleaning cupboard and remove anything with the word ‘fragrance’, or with parabens, petrochemicals, formaldehyde, pesticides or anything on our Top Ten Beauty Offenders list.
07: Day 3 - Powerful Routines: Introduction
Creating a life-changing routine doesn’t have to mean re-working your whole life. Today we'll discuss powerful routines that can be integrated into a clean beauty lifestyle, and Joy will share some of her favorite morning routines for a healthier, more impactful day. A small change can make a big difference, and a 5% upgrade over time can compound to create a healthier, more beautiful life. Joy will show us how to create a 15 minute routine that will help us create a foundation of strength and beauty that follows us throughout our day. We’ll also dive into oil pulling, and discover how small actions make a big impact.
08: Day 3 - Powerful Routines: Lecture
The power of creating a personal routine. Morning routines and rituals are a great way to set yourself up for success on a day-to-day basis. They say that it takes 21 days to create a habit, and with 7 days left in this course, it’s a great opportunity to develop a routine that will have a positive impact on the quality of your day.
09: Day 3 - Powerful Routines: Discussion + Homework
The mouth is a mirror for the body. Today, be a detective for yourself and examine the meridian mouth chart to see if any of your cavities, fillings, root canals or pain are associated with physical issues you are experiencing–you may be surprised with what you find! Look at your tongue–does it have lines, cracks or bumps? Verify by coordinating these findings with the meridian clock chart.
10: Day 4 - Challenges in the Beauty Industry: Introduction
Today, Joy is joined by her son–and industry insider–Luke Getty, to discuss challenges in the production of clean beauty products. We’ll talk about the problems in the beauty industry; we’ll also talk about the kind of changes that need to happen in the beauty industry, why we don’t see them as much as we should, and why it’s important that we care. Joy and Luke will share some of the most common ways that brand manufacture beauty products, and the real reason that there are so many synthetic chemicals in products (hint: it’s not what you think!). Joy and Luke will chat about what responsible manufacturing really means and why it’s so difficult to accomplish.
11: Day 4 - Challenges in the Beauty Industry: Lecture
Contract manufacturing, and other challenges in manufacturing clean beauty products. Contract manufacturing is a common way to produce beauty products. When a company works with a contract manufacturer, it means that a third party is producing the product. Water, often the first ingredient in beauty products, is often used as a filler to save money, and to create a reliable consistency in a product.
12: Day 4 - Challenges in the Beauty Industry: Discussion + Homework
Go through the rest of your bathroom shelves or drawers, pulling out all of your body products. Put aside anything that contains hormone disrupting chemicals; these can easily be identified as 'fragrance' on the label. Remember, even vaseline is made from petroleum jelly.
13: Day 5 - Hormones and Beauty Products: Introduction
Today, we’ll briefly go over how our endocrine system works, and how our hormones can be affected by what we put in and on our bodies. We’ll begin to understand how synthetic chemicals can affect our endocrine system, and where those chemicals are most likely to come from. From chemical disruptors to simple ways we can improve hormonal balance through our everyday lifestyle choices, today’s lecture is focused on understanding the critical role that hormones play in our growth, mood, health, development and the everyday functions of our bodies.
14: Day 5 - Hormones and Beauty Products: Lecture
Understanding How Synthetic Chemicals Affect Hormones & the Endocrine System. Sometimes when we talk about hormones, we think first of the sex hormones–estrogen and testosterone. But hormones play a much bigger role in your body. Hormones like Vitamin D3 and dopamine are just a couple of the less obvious hormones that your body produces.
15: Day 5 - Hormones and Beauty Products: Discussion + Homework
Empower yourself by adding more medium-chain fatty acids into your diet. Eat a spoonful of high quality coconut oil in the morning or the evening–a spoonful in your coffee, smoothie or evening tea. Pay attention to see if it affects how you feel throughout the day. Try to balance your body with other nutrient dense superfoods like brazil nuts, seaweed and magnesium.
16: Day 6 - Environmental Concerns: Introduction
Given how the impact unregulated chemicals can have on our bodies, it’s important to consider the effect that they have on the environment. Many beauty products are manufactured overseas, where there is even less regulation in manufacturing & disposing of synthetic chemicals. From plastic containers to plasticizer chemicals, the beauty and cosmetics industry has an inherently detrimental effect on the environment. Today we’ll talk about some of the biggest environmental concerns we have about the beauty industry, and the small steps that we can take as consumers to make a difference.
17: Day 6 - Environmental Concerns: Lecture
Cosmetics Manufacturing, Abroad and at Home. Traditional cosmetics and beauty industry manufacturing contributes to a myriad of environmental issues. From unsustainable resources like palm oil plantations that decimate rainforests, to parabens, and other potential carcinogens, being discharged into rivers around the world, especially in Asia. Many of the chemicals that we are trying to avoid are finding their way into our waterways and ecosystems due to lax production regulations. Our natural ecosystems are being affected by the production of many types of products, and we need to be attentive to how our products are contributing to ecosystem destruction.
18: Day 6 - Environmental Concerns: Discussion + Homework
Identify toxins in the air around you. Note any scented or soy candles, along with dirty air filters, pet beds, air fresheners, dryer sheets, and non-stick cooking sprays. Unless it is organic, soy is usually grown with pesticides, and you are burning these in your house. When using fragrances, ensure that they are essential oil based, and that all ingredients are transparently included in the ingredient list.
19: Day 7 - Best Practices: Introduction
Often, some of the best practices for looking and feeling your best are the most simple. Seemingly small additions to your life–like drinking plenty of water, breathing some fresh air, and getting enough sleep–can play a critical role in looking and feeling your best. Today, we will break down some simple, best practices for leading a Clean Beauty lifestyle.
20: Day 7 - Best Practices: Lecture
How to Look and Feel Your Best. Stay hydrated. How much water do you need in a day? To stay hydrated, drink half your weight in ounces every single day. For example, if you weigh 150 lbs, divide that in half and you’ll get 75–you should be drinking 75 ounces of water a day. Sleep is critical to looking and feeling good. For better sleep, turn off lights, cell phones and TVs. Get outside for fresh air and sunshine. Sunshine triggers the body to produce Vitamin D, a critical hormone for regulating mood, bone strength and immune function.
21: Day 7 - Best Practices: Discussion + Homework
Give yourself an extra 5 to 10 minutes in the morning to create a morning ritual for yourself. Choose one or all of these tips to integrate into your morning routine, paying special attention to how it impacts your day. Drink an 8 oz glass of water first thing in the morning, with either a squeeze of lemon or a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar in it. Take a probiotic before you go to bed, or when you first wake up. Eat a couple of brazil nuts to support your cells.
22: Day 8 - Affirmations: Introduction
Beauty is so much more than skin deep. Today we’ll learn about how our beauty and well-being can be impacted by our perceptions. Our belief systems and emotions are a huge component in our vibrancy, and the energetic side of health and well-being. Today, we’ll look into our energy pathways, the four realms to investigate when trying to understand imbalance in your well-being, and the power of CBD to assist us in change. We’ll move deeper into understanding how our perceptions about ourselves, and the world around us, impact how we look and feel.
23: Day 8 - Affirmations: Lecture
Beauty, from the inside out. Trauma, stress, injury, and blocked emotions all play an active role in hormonal regulation through disruptive stress hormones and emotional blockage. These can block the natural flow of energy along the meridians in our bodies. In Chinese medicine, meridians are the energy pathways throughout the body. Qi, our life force, flows easily along these meridians when we are in good health. These meridians are like a river flowing through our bodies, and when we have blockages like trauma or injury, it’s like a damn that blocks the flow of the river’s water. This is what creates a blocked emotion in our lives. Blocked emotions can affect weight, health, and even our skin. Despite being buried deep within us, blocked and unprocessed emotions can affect our external being.
24: Day 8 - Affirmations: Discussion + Homework
Day 8 Assignment. Identify one thing that bothers you about yourself (take a moment to self reflect), and then forgive yourself. Next, identify a problem you have with someone else–and then forgive them. Follow this with a truly thankful heart for being able to forgive yourself and someone else. Write down 3 things that you are truly thankful for, tape the paper on your mirror and make sure to review daily.
25: Day 9 - Pure Baby: Introduction
From our earliest days on earth, we are inundated with toxins and chemicals that seep into our skin. We all either have or know a baby (or a fur baby). Babies, children, and pets are exposed to the same amount of toxic chemicals in our environment as we are–sometimes without the protections we take as adults. Babies may crawl on a floor that has just been cleaned with synthetic chemicals or put a new toy in their mouth and chew on it, and the same goes with pets. Today, we will learn more about how babies’ bodies and systems are more sensitive to chemical toxins than adults, and can be more influenced by these chemicals during critical stages of development. We’ll learn about the hidden, and legal, toxins in our everyday environment, and the small steps we can take to protect our little ones.
26: Day 9 - Pure Baby: Lecture
Everyday Chemicals and Our Children. Babies are much more sensitive to synthetic chemicals than adults. Their detoxification systems aren’t fully developed until they are at least 2 years old (with more growth yet to come as they get older). The liver and kidneys of babies are not mature in function until about 24 months of life.
27: Day 9 - Pure Baby: Discussion + Homework
Look around your child’s room and bathroom, and remove any products that have words you can't pronounce. Pay special attention to food colors and dyes, and baby skincare products that you are slathering on your baby's bottom or body. Tonight, turn off all the lights when you put baby to bed and try removing cell phones and laptops from the room while you and your children sleep.
28: Day 10 - Accessibility & Action: Introduction
Often those with lower incomes suffer the most for corporate profitability. Many feel that there are fewer resources available for them to live a clean beauty lifestyle, but the real choice is often in choosing to simplify. While many healthy and organic products come at a price-point that is seems unachievable, there are plenty of affordable ways to simplify your routine and make cleaner, healthier choices. Using multi-purpose, natural ingredients, and purchasing only clean, ethical products will not only help you achieve a clean beauty lifestyle, but may make it more attainable for others as well.
29: Day 10 - Accessibility & Action: Lecture
The Cost of a Clean Beauty Lifestyle. Leading a clean beauty, and chemical-free, lifestyle doesn’t have to be expensive. In fact, Joy often finds that she spends less money, buying fewer, less expensive products. Simplification–using simple, multi-purposed products–is key. And, it doesn’t have to cost a lot of money. Sometimes we think that we don’t have a choice when we’re on a budget, and that the only options we have are to buy cheaper products, with more chemicals in them, from cheaper stores.
30: Day 10 - Accessibility & Action: Discussion + Homework
Go through your entire home and purge the things that you don’t need. Give what you don't need to someone in more need (unless it’s toxic). Whether you choose to give to an organization that supports those in need or a friend that could use some support, pay attention to the way that you feel after you share with others.