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How Cannabis Is Making Its Way Into Skin-Care

Jessa Blades

Brands that are using the compound known as CBD say that it has health benefits for the skin

By Fiorella Valdesolo

THE STATE-BY-STATE move toward the legalization of marijuana has pushed cannabis into the mainstream. The FDA recently approved an epilepsy drug featuring cannabidiol, or CBD, a non-psychoactive cannabis compound. CBD has also become a key ingredient for many niche skin-care brands…. see Jessa’s comments and read the full story here

Natural Beauty Podcast with Forever 35 and Jessa Blades

Jessa Blades

Kate and Doree of Forever 35 discuss their struggles with staying organized, and break down what they're doing to master their to do lists. Then, they speak to the wonderful @jessablades, makeup artist, herbalist, and natural beauty expert. She answers listeners’ questions, offers up her picks for the best natural beauty brands, and even gives a simple face mask recipe you can whip up in your kitchen. Listen here.

And check out some of my favorite deodorants that we talked about in the episode.


5 Winter Skin Savers That'll Boost Your Mood, Too

Jessa Blades

via Mind Body Green:

Oh winter—so many people love this time of year, and I want to, I really do, but when I’m on the East Coast, the winter season really is an "all hands on deck" project to keep my mental and physical health in check.

Winter is tricky for a few reasons: Lack of lush nature, freezing temps, drying indoor heat, early evening darkness, and the perpetual gray outside are just a few. Still, as I get older I’m learning to appreciate all the seasons and relish in the quiet of winter. It’s a time for introspection and inviting our energy and attention inward. As a natural beauty expert, herbalist, and someone who’s learning to love winter, I’m excited to share my tips and tricks to help make the season a more delicious and pleasurable one for all.

Here are my best self-care tips to help boost your mood, save your skin, and bring the best of nature into your routine to inspire a connection to yourself and to the earth... read the rest here.

21 Amazing Health and Beauty Benefits of Olive Oil

Jessa Blades

Did you know Olive oil is an amazing natural makeup remover? I talked to Readers Digest about this and other uses for the all might olive oil...

You might think that olive oil would make a dirty, greasy face even greasier, but it turns out the opposite is true. Olive oil grabs onto other oils, taking them with it as you wipe. “Olive oil works similarly to makeup removers, and it is non-comedogenic, meaning it won’t clog pores,” Iracheta says. Blades notes that it’s great for removing waterproof mascara without irritating eyes.... read the whole post here.

Science Says Baths Can Reduce Inflammation And Beat Stress—Here’s How To Take Your Most Luxurious One Ever

Jessa Blades

Prevention and I talked all things bathing.

Here is a step by step way to make your bath experience super special and healing.

Natural beauty experts share their favorite non-toxic bath bombs, essential oils, and more products for ultimate relaxation in the tub....

Jessa Blades, a natural beauty expert and makeup artist, believes that it’s important to seek out health-benefitting products that also feel good to you personally. “When creating a bathing experience for yourself, make sure that it delights your personal senses and pleasure," she says. "If you don’t like lavender essential oil, then don’t use it. Find an essential oil that really speaks to you.” (These 5 essential oils may help treat your health conditions.) Blades thinks that setting the proper mood will lead to even less stress. She favors inspiring podcasts, beeswax candles, and a favorite scent, like sage, to turn your bathroom into a “healing oasis.”

Baths are rituals that are personal to each practitioner, but to fully immerse yourself in those health advantages, the right products are essential. Here are the best ones recommended by our natural beauty experts to create a bath that’s not only healthy and non-toxic, but incredibly luxurious as well. Read the whole article here.

5 genius ways a makeup artist uses concealer

Jessa Blades

I got to talk with Well and Good about all of the various ways my 15 years as a makeup artist has taught me to use concealer... enjoy!

Chances are, you’ve relied on your makeup bag’s unsung hero (AKA concealer) to cover up dark circles or banish a zit that somehow popped up while you were kickin’ it in dreamland, but you may not know that it has some other seriously impressive hidden talents just waiting to be discovered.

I caught up with Jessa Blades, natural beauty expert and makeup artist, who here, shares five fresh ways to use concealer (for just about everything). That means there’s no need to schlep around a gaping-at-the-seams makeup bag, with tons of one-use products ever again. Or you can use it to skip foundation altogether—that’s a major win for minimalism! Read the whole article here.

Jessa Blades talks Natural Beauty with Free People

Jessa Blades

via Free People's Blog:

As part of our Wellness Wednesday series in SohoJessa Blades has taken up a short residency with us to discuss all things natural beauty — what it means, where to find it, and how to, slowly but surely, work it into our daily routines. We attended the first of her 2-part workshop this week — not only was it informative, but fun! The demos and DIY take-home bath salts made for a nice touch, too. For those who were lucky enough to attend, as well as those who aren’t visiting NYC, read on to meet the woman who is well on her way to changing the beauty world for the better.

Natural beauty expert, makeup artist, and herbalist… Is there one you feel more drawn to than the other?

I really feel like, depending on the day and depending on either the workshop or the group of women I’m working with, I lead with one or the other. I’m always talking about the healing power of plants, empowerment, taking your health care back into your hands, having more fun with healing, beauty, nature, and just being the best version of ourselves. But, depending on who I’m working with and who I’m talking to, the medium sort of varies. You can meet someone who has no knowledge of natural beauty but loves to garden, so then maybe I would choose to lead with herbalism.

What is one piece of advice you would give someone just starting his/her journey toward a cleaner inner-beauty lifestyle?

Focus on the gut. That means small amounts of fermented foods integrated into your diet every day. Spoonful amounts of kimchi, or sauerkraut… and make sure you have a really good probiotic and are adding more sleep and more plants into your everyday diet. But ultimately, the gut is really the root of all that can help.
Beauty and wellness seems to be on everyone’s minds these days. Are there current trends in the beauty/wellness world that you are loving?

I love that the term self-care is being used and thrown around. I think it still needs a bit more definition, like what does that actually look like? And what does that actually mean? But I think that’s something I can really help with through my teaching. Also, natural beauty topical products — they are just a lot more accessible than they were 9 years ago.

A trend we should stay away from?

Detox. You are not toxic. Your body is perfect. Your body wants to be in balance. When we study and look at Ayurveda as a 5000-year-old lifestyle, it reminds us that everything is medicine. So for me, coffee might be okay, but for you, coffee might be “toxic” and so you should avoid it depending on the balance in your body right now. However, it’s too simplistic to say that something is good and something is bad and this detox idea has a negative connotation and does not come from a place of empowerment. Read the rest of the article here.

*THIS* is What Wellness Pros Pack to Turn Their Hotel Rooms into Self-Care Sanctuaries

Jessa Blades

From Well and Good, by MICAELA ENGLISH:

As self care becomes more essential, so does the need to create surroundings that are conducive to that endeavor. At home, that could mean turmeric lattesessential oil diffusers, and Himalayan salt lamps. But what about on the road?

To figure out how to turn temporary abodes, like hotel rooms and rentals, into Zen dens where you can de-stress, get ample amounts of sleep, and overall, create a high-vibe environment, I asked 11 wellness pros to share their secrets.

Here are their best tips, tricks, and must-haves that’ll help you banish stress, aid digestion, soften the jet-lag blow, and generally feel happier and healthier.

Jessa's tip:

Hygge body oils and tinctures

Natural beauty expert Jessa Blades is never without her Tridoshic body oil. “I warm it up by placing the bottle in a mug of hot water, then I sit on a towel and massage myself with the oil after a bath to ground my nervous system after flying,” she says. “I also bring a sleep-tight tincture (with valerian and skullcap) to help me fall and stay asleep without feeling groggy.”

Check out the rest of the tips!


Sensitive Skin... some thought and foundations for Refinery29

Jessa Blades

Got to chat with Refinery29 about some of my favorite foundations for sensitive skin.

As a makeup artist and natural beauty expert with a holistic skin healing practice, one of my favorite subjects to discuss is how to help, heal, and work with ✨sensitive skin✨ For those of you out there who identify with skin that is more sensitive, I invite you to open up the way you are thinking about it. Instead of thinking there is something wrong with you or you are TOO sensitive, consider maybe that the product is filled with ingredients that aren’t healthy for your skin (possibly filled with irritants or heavy metals) or that you are having a reaction to something else, perhaps a food allergy or a reaction to your shampoo or face lotion. The new way we need to think about sensitive skin is that your skin is communicating and asking you to listen, to make a change and use this as an opportunity to find something new that works better. We need to become detectives for our skin and realize that since our skin is our largest organ, we need to find the healthiest products as well as realize that some of the reactions might just not be as topical as we think they are.


These Are The Products A Natural Beauty Expert Uses To Make Her Clients Camera-Ready

Jessa Blades

My coverage of basckstage at Revitalize is live on @mindbodygreen... read it here!

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Why You Should Be Massaging Your Breasts On The Reg

Jessa Blades

I got to share my breast massage tips with Well and Good, see below and start massaging those breasts!

Breasts aren’t usually invited to the self-care party—despite the fact that there’s a restorative practice for pretty much every other part of the body (hair included). But there’s an argument to be made for crowning the girls guests of honor during your next big night in—as it turns out, massaging your melons has some major health benefits.

“Massage is a wonderful, stress-relieving, detoxifying practice for the whole body,” says natural beauty expert Jessa Blades.

And no, you don’t need to be pregnant or nursing to reap the rewards, a fact the holistic wellness world’s been clued in to for ages. “In Ayurveda, if you get a full-body massage, your breasts are massaged too,” Blades notes. “It’s odd that we don’t massage the breasts [in the West].”

While mammary manipulation might not be mainstream at the moment, that’s starting to change as word gets out on the physical and emotional benefits the practice produces. And fortunately for those too shy for a full-frontal rubdown from a stranger, it’s easy to do at home... read the rest of the article here.

Self-Care in the Age of Anxiety: 8 Ways to Keep Calm and Carry On

Jessa Blades

I got to chat with Vogue and Eviana Hartman all about Self Care in these tumultuous times. Hoping this can help ground all of you :)

The first two weeks of the Trump administration have been nerve-rattling, to say the least—not just for people working in politics, but also for those simply trying to keep up. Factor in cold weather, and many informed citizens are—in body, mind, and spirit—on the verge of a breakdown. “Winter is already a moment when we’re not as strong as we normally are,” says Jessa Blades, a natural beauty expert and makeup artist in Brooklyn who has spent her career advocating for the suddenly buzzy concept of self-care. The recent avalanche of shocking political developments, she says, “is happening in our brains and our inboxes and our Facebook feeds, and it’s way too much to take on. People aren’t feeling rested; they’re waking up in the middle of the night with anxiety. We need to take a moment to check in with ourselves.”

That’s easier said than done at a moment when following the news—and figuring out how to most effectively respond to it—feels increasingly like a full-time job. But as Blades argues, it isn’t that we don’t have time to tend to our well-being; we don’t have time not to. “If you’re not taking care of yourself and feeling run down and miserable,” Blades says, “it’s harder to have all that energy to resist and to organize.”

In other words, setting aside a few moments each day for self-care—whatever that means to you—is a form of activism. Here, Blades discusses eight simple ways to keep calm and carry on.

First things first—get your data stream under control.
“Turn off your alerts—across the board, people should do that. At least make it so that you have to go visit a website or open an app to get news. Make sure your phone is not constantly disrupting a train of thought or a conversation you’re having. Airplane mode is a wonderful tool. Consider setting aside some time to be unreachable every day. And to not look at the news sometimes—even if it’s just a two-hour break, or a news curfew at night. Whatever works for your schedule.”

Get back to nature.
“I wonder how many people who went to the Women’s March have spent anytime in nature since then,” Blades says. “Just go sit in a park for a few minutes with your phone off, or drive to the beach, or go for a walk or hike in the woods if you have access to that. It’s scientifically proven that you’ll feel a lot better.”

Don’t forget to breathe.
This advice isn’t new, but it is particularly relevant right now. Blades has lately taken to prescribing a basic breathing exercise, which takes just minutes, for busy clients: With the tip of the tongue resting on the tissue ridge behind your front teeth, inhale through the nose for a count of four. Then hold for a count of seven, and exhale through the mouth for a count of eight. Repeat for a total of four cycles. “They say it helps you fall asleep in one minute,” she says of the practice. “You can do it before you go to bed, or just for oxygenating the body. It’s so simple, and it rewires you.”

Self-indulgence is a form of activism . . .
“Sometimes self-care means that you bought this beautiful new body lotion, and it’s the process of opening the box and opening the jar and applying it, taking in the scent and the texture, and finding the beauty in that,” Blades says, noting that the right products feel good in more ways than one: “Make sure you know who made it, and support brands that are socially and environmentally conscious—most of those companies are women-owned. That is also an act of resistance. If you want to change things, shop differently.”

. . . and so is DIY.
“It’s not always about the consuming. There’s plenty to work with in your pantry cabinet or fridge—treating yourself can be as simple as getting some sugar and some olive oil and mixing them up to make a body scrub, or mixing some raw organic honey with organic whole milk yogurt and making a mask for your face. Or heat up organic olive, sesame, or coconut oil—double-boil it so it doesn’t get too hot—and do a self-massage. It’s one of the most relaxing things you can do for your nervous system.”

Aromatherapy is therapy.
“This is a nice moment for adding essential oils to your life. They are a really potent, easy-to-travel-with self-care tool. They change your mood, relieve pain, wake you up. They’re antifungal and antiviral as well, if you’re going to clean with them or spray them in the air. Choose one, or a few, that make you feel relaxed—lavender, clary sage, and petitgrain are some nice ones—get a little spray bottle, fill it with distilled water, add a few drops, and you have a sleep or stress or travel spray.”

When it comes to your wellness plan, add, don’t subtract.
“All this talk about New Year’s resolutions and detox and cleansing—that rhetoric right now is too much for our hearts and minds to handle. I’m not saying binge only on fondue and brownies, but think about what is delicious, what is sensual—look at adding that in, rather than being like, ‘I’m so freaked out that I need to work out for an extra hour.’ Can you cook with friends for an hour instead? Or go see some art? Rather than depriving yourself, what amazing delicious roasted veggie soup can you make that is really nourishing and grounding? Look at adding things that make you feel good, rather than focusing on feeling like you're toxic or bad.”

Let go of guilt—and embrace fun.
“Something that’s really coming up with my clients recently is guilt around feeling good. It’s like, ‘oh my God, I went to a friend’s birthday party and ate cake and drank a glass of wine, and I’m sorry to the world.’ It’s feeling selfish for letting your mind not be totally focused on what’s going on. But the power of fun and the healing of fun, whatever that means for you, is so needed right now. Go see some friends and laugh together.”

The Dr. Taz Show Podcast with Jessa Blades

Jessa Blades

From Dr. Taz...

Listen to the podcast here.

Anything you put on your skin can have a direct impact on your internal health. Your skin is your biggest organ, and oftentimes no less important than your heart or brain. Anything you put on your skin can impact your internal health as well. And, your skin responds to emotional stress, which can manifest in physical ailments (hives, dermatitis). Jessa Blades is a Holistic Skin Coach who takes a very natural approach to skin care and make-up. Some of her clients are completely open to do anything and everything to heal their skin, such as change diet, totally detox personal care products, and try herbal remedies.  Others aren't quite ready for that overhaul, so Jessa slowly introduces healthier options. 

Jessa's advice to begin your own transition to natural products is to look at the products you use every single day. Those are the ones you should start to replace to a more natural version in order to reduce the cumulative toxic load.

Makeup Top 3

  • Mascara
  • Lipstick or Lip Gloss (can also double as a cheek stain)
  • Foundation/Concealer

Skin Care Top 3

  • Face Cleanser
  • Face Oil
  • Deodorant.

The shelf life is shorter for these kinds of products, but the benefits are worth it. Why is it so important for you to take things into your own hands? The main reason is that regulations in the beauty industry are very lax in the U.S. The European Union, on the other hand, bans hundreds of ingredients which they consider as toxins or even carcinogens.

The Environmental Working Group ( is a wonderful resource for avoiding dangerous products. Jessa also has an online store that features natural products which she has intensely vetted. Listen in as Jessa joins Dr. Taz to share how she became involved in holistic beauty, as well as which product categories she recommends to start replacing as soon as possible.

Soak, Steam, Spritz: It’s All Self-Care // NY Times

Jessa Blades

I got to talk about my favorite topic: SELF-CARE in the NY TIMES. Check out the full story here.

In the days after the presidential election, Jessa Blades, an herbalist and makeup artist in Brooklyn who supported Hillary Clinton, was devastated. “All I could think to do was blend a tea to control my stress,” she said.

Ms. Blades, 37, mixed three pounds of lemon balm, nettle, chamomile, rose and oats together “for soothing the nervous system, calming, giving the right amount of boundaries and opening the heart” and put it in brown paper bags with “love for you and the world” written on the front. She gave them out to friends with instructions to use the combination for self-care.

The term self-care has, over the past few years, become part of the vernacular. But what does it mean? “I always say it’s a daily practice,” she said. “It can be as complicated or as simple as you want it to be: making sure you get enough sleep and drink enough water, monthly facials, fermented foods, a meditation app for your phone or packing healthy snacks for the plane.”

In recent weeks, though, self-care has often been invoked as a way of dealing with open-ended anxiety....

Hail To The V Podcast : Chat and Tea with Jessa Blades

Jessa Blades

The most amazing ladies Emily and Kelsey asked me to be a part of their podcast, Hail to the V. I said yes! I love these gals and they inspire me to do the work I do, every single day. They describe their podcast as a: "Radical collaboration platform offering medicinal stories to make our bodies a safe place to live."

How good does that sound? 

I'm honored to be a part of their community and please be sure to check out what they are up to with their Fifth Vital Sign Project...

Our mission is to use education as preventative care, encouraging individuals to make informed choices about their health.  We strive to spread unbiased, free, reproductive health information so that we all feel more secure, safe, and alive in our bodies.

See? Told you they were awesome!

Listen here


Jessa Blades

I got to share my tips on how to handle a big pimple with Well and Good! Check it out-

No matter how old you are, or how clear your skin normally is, just about everyone has had the humbling experience of waking up to a huge surprise pimple on your face. Of course, it’s always on the day you’ve got a big date or run into someone you haven’t seen in years.

But there’s plenty of reason to remain calm, no matter how much you feel the urge to sweat your spots. For one thing, that bump is probably way more prominent in your own (sometimes overly critical) mind than in anyone else’s. For another, stressing isn’t helping your cause at all. “Freaking out contributes to the inflammation,” warns natural beauty guru and makeup artist Jessa Blades.

The good news: A bit of strategic makeup can totally hide your flare-up. So keep calm—and get your natural makeup on.

Read on for Blades’ no-fail, 5-step big pimple action plan.

Step 1: Calm it down

It’s hard to hide a blemish that’s really angry and inflamed, so you want yours to chill—literally. “A great way to [curb inflammation] is to ice it down,” says Blades. Another kitchen staple that can work wonders? Garlic, Blades says, although you should test it on another part of your skin first to see if you react. “Slice a clove of garlic and let the alliin [the sulfuric and antioxidant-rich chemical it produces] activate, which takes about 10 minutes,” she says. “Then put it on the pimple, or make a paste to put on. It’s very anti-inflammatory.” Oh, and raw, organic honey works, too. It’s antibacterial and super soothing, notes Blades.

Step 2: Moisturize—the right way

Once you’ve spent a few minutes bringing the swelling down, you want to make sure your skin is just the right amount of moisturized to prep it for cover up. Prepare for a Goldilocks moment: “The surface should be lightly hydrated, but not too much, or else the makeup will slip off,” Blades says. “You don’t want your skin to be too slick, but you also don’t want it to be too dry, or the powder will be flakey.”

Because everyone’s skin is so different, it might take a bit of trial and error to find, say, the perfect skin-clearing natural oil for you. In general, Blades advises opting for a less creamy moisturizer, then letting it soak for at least five minutes before you even think about putting on makeup.

Step 3: Conceal like a pro

Blades recommends working with either a creamy foundation or a concealer and using tools (not fingers) for precision. “Use a very clean, small brush—I prefer a lip or eyeliner brush—and dab it directly on the spot,” she says. “Apply in tiny, quick, dabbing strokes, and then let that sink in for about one minute.”

For some rockstar clean options, Blades likes W3ll People’s Narcissist Foundation StickVapour Organic Beauty’s Illusionist Concealer, and Beautycounter’s Touchup Skin Concealer Pen(which you can dab on directly, no brush required).

Step 4: Pat, pat, patty pat

It’s such a simple move to boost your makeup’s longevity, but one people often skip. Once your first coat of cover-up is on, “take your clean ring finger and gently press where you just applied concealer, just barely touching it,” says Blades. This helps set the makeup.

Step 5: Get your powder on

Grab a fluffy brush and either a translucent or foundation powder (Blades likes Jane Iredale’s PurePressed Broad Spectrum Powder, which has SPF 20, and Juice Beauty’s Flawless Finishing Powder). “I like to use an eye shadow blending brush, which is much smaller than a regular powder blending brush,” she says. “This helps you do really detailed work when you’re trying to cover up a specific spot.” If you find that your pimple is not covered enough once you’ve put powder on it, don’t panic: Blades recommends repeating the last three steps once more for an added layer of concealment.

Also, don’t forget the power of distraction. “A makeup artist trick is pulling focus away from what you don’t want people to focus on,” she says. “When you’re dealing with a big pimple, figure maybe today’s the day you do a smokey eye or play with bright lipstick hues.” In other words: Work what you’ve got!

Selena Gomez’s Hiatus and the Importance of Self-Care: 5 Easy Ways to Take Time for Yourself

Jessa Blades

As we get into fall and temperatures and immunity start to change, I couldn't be more thrilled to share my self-care tips with Vogue. Happy to be in the company of Selena Gomez & Taryn Toomey as we talk about the most important practice there is- daily/gentle taking care of self. Spoiler alert: fermented foods, herbs, nature and breath :)


At the tail end of a banner summer, Selena Gomez announced she was taking time off for herself, causing a social media stir. “I want to be proactive and focus on maintaining my health and happiness,” she explained in a statement. Today, it came out that the singer is taking her promise quite seriously—reportedly checking into a Tennessee rehab facility and making mental wellness her top priority. Gomez’s vocal support for self-care marks a poignant shift in dialogue, honing in on the collective need to take time for ourselves—something that should be an utter no-brainer, but is often lost in the work-life whirlwind. Here, two wellness experts reveal five simple ways to bring self-care into your routine and breathe a little easier each day.

Try an Unorthodox Stretch
According to cult fitness instructor and wellness guru Taryn Toomey, softening and rolling your shoulders, followed by heel-tapping, foot-hopping, and head-shaking movements is a quick way to diffuse nervous energy. To decompress, swing your legs against a wall with a pillow under your rear to relax. “After five minutes, shake the legs rapidly for 30 seconds, then fall softly into a fetal position on your side,” she says.
Fermented Foods Work From the Inside
“My favorite tip is to eat two fermented foods each day,” says natural beauty and self-care expert Jessa Blades—sauerkraut, kimchi, kombucha, yogurt, and so on. “They help build up your gut health, which in turn helps improve your mood, skin, digestion, and immunity.”

Take Five Minutes to Find Nature
It might sound easier said than done, but five minutes of mindful breathing on a bit of park grass can make a world of difference. “Don’t worry that you don’t have 20 minutes a day to practice meditation,” Blades adds. “Just getting some fresh air, experiencing nature, and breathing are essential for bringing peace of mind.”
Write It All Down
“Take some time to write with an actual pen and paper—just brain dump, no editing,” Toomey says, of the cathartic power of journaling to provide an emotional outlet in times of need. “By doing so, you will feel calmer and more able to stay in the now.”

Why Not Get Herbal?
Though it plays into type, there’s something intrinsically healing about old-fashioned herbs and oils. Blades relies on nettle and lemon balm teas, paired with a calming essential oil in the bath like lavender. “Add a couple drops to a cup of Epsom salts, mix, and then pour into your bath to help calm you,” she says. The restful results speak for themselves.