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Ep 209 - The #DamnGood Skin Barrier-Boosting Creams We’ll Use Forever

“Barrier Repair” is a big beauty buzzword - but what does it really mean? Today we’re bringing you a little Skin Barrier 101, along with a roundup of our #damngood skin-saving favorites.

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You may know Dr. Jen Gunter from her no-B.S. New York Times columns, like My Vagina Is Terrific. Your Opinion About It Is Not”. Or, perhaps you follow her on social media, where her epic junk science take downs have earned her a reputation as Twitter’s Resident Gynecologist and GOOP’s #1 enemy. Dr. Gunter’s recently republished book, The Vagina Bible, answers common questions about tricky-yet-common vagina symptoms and conditions, while her recent TED Talk “Why Can’t We Talk about Periods?” has racked up over 1 million views in just ten days.

In today’s episode, Dr. Jen Gunter separates the myth from the medicine when it comes to vagina care 101, while delivering the real talk on vaginal rejuvenation and the effects of long-term birth control use as she enlightens us on the language around “vaginas” (because even that can be confusing!) Then, the good doctor answers listeners’ burning questions, but not before sharing her real feelings on messing with GOOP. Plus, stay tuned to the end to hear her take on the subject of the recent Toxic Beauty documentary, talc-use dangers and lawsuits.

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Note: is the site Dr. Jen Gunter recommends for reliable reproductive health information.

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Jean Godfrey June, Beauty Director of

Excuse us while we Fan Girl for a moment. When it comes to beauty editors, there’s almost no one we hold in higher regard than Jean Godfrey June, the au natural Beauty Director of and former beauty director at Lucky Magazine. June’s column at the latter outlet, called “The Beauty Closet” (who can forget those era-defining illas?), earned maximum respect for its just-between-us-BFFs writing style at a time when meaningless magazine-speak was very much the norm.

June earned a devoted following long before influencers were even a thing and we were so excited to get her into the studio to chat about which all-natural products she herself uses everyday, plus, tips on how to detox your beauty routine. (P.S. Goop by Juice Beauty is now available at Detox Market!) And we couldn’t let her go without finding out what it’s like to work with the Gwyneth Paltrow on a daily basis, including what the actress-cum-beautypreneur wore for their beach-side job interview!

Lastly, find out which new products are notable this month from Glossier, Clinique and a first at drug stores from Burt’s Bees!

Products mentioned in this episode:
Clinique X Marimekko, starting at $24 Burt’s Bees Makeup, Assorted prices; Glossier Solution, $24. LanoGoop Exfoliating Instant Facial, $175Well People Expressionist Liquid Eyeliner, $24.50Beauty Counter Dew Skin Tinted Moisturizer SPF30, $55, True Botanicals Vitamin C Booster, $90Ursa Major Force Field Daily Defense Lotion SPF 18. $54Coola SPF 30 Unscented Matte Tint, Naturopathica SPF 50

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